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1:05 AM ET, May 20, 2010

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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Rand Paul won't answer Civil Rights Act question  —  Moving from the Republican Primary to the general election means, for Rand Paul, addressing a broader set of issues than the anti-tax, anti-spending focus of his campaign.  —  And while he's answered this question before …
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Ian M. / Think Progress:
Rand Paul: ‘The Hard Part Of Believing In Freedom’ Is Opposing Ban On Whites-Only Lunch Counters  —  The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is one of the greatest accomplishments of the 20th century, banning whites-only lunch counters and similar discrimination in hiring, promotions, hotels and restaurants.
Martina Stewart / CNN:
Come to Kentucky, Rand Paul tells Obama  —  (CNN) - Fresh off his win in Kentucky's Republican Senate primary, Dr. Rand Paul is welcoming the attention from national Democrats that his insurgent, Tea Party-backed candidacy is generating.  —  Tim Kaine, chairman of the Democratic National Committee …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
More on Rand Paul  —  So is Rand Paul, on a personal level, just a deeply unlikeable guy?  One of the weird things about his acceptance speech last night was that he held it at the local country club — to what looked uncannily like a members only crowd.  This morning he defended the venue …
Taylor Marsh / The Huffington Post:
Rand Paul on Civil Rights: Private Restaurants Wouldn't Have To Serve Martin Luther King  —  Today on “Hardball,” Jack Conway charged that Ron Paul wanted to do away with the Civil Rights Act.  In fact, Rand Paul's words to the Courier-Journal, in their editorial board interview …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
What Tuesday Really Meant
Jamison Foser / Media Matters for America:
The New York Times has some explaining to do  —  This Associated Press report about the controversy surrounding Richard Blumenthal's description of his military service raises some questions about the New York Times' handling of the story: … So why didn't the Times include Blumenthal …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Times defends posting of clipped Blumenthal video  —  The New York Times, in a statement sent my way, is now defending its decision to run a shorter version of an explosive video of Richard Blumenthal in 2008 falsely claiming service in Vietnam — even though a longer version shows …
Daniela Altimari / Capitol Watch:
Blumenthal and Vietnam, the director's cut
The Note:
Sen. Harry Reid Suggests Sen. Scott Brown Lied  —  ABC's Jonathan Karl reports: Did Harry Reid just call Scott Brown a liar?  —  Basically, yes.  —  Here's the story: The Senate just rejected Reid's effort to move to a vote on the Wall Street reform bill, 57-42 (60 votes were needed).
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CNN:
Reid accuses Scott Brown of breaking word on vote  —  Sen. Harry Reid said Wednesday that another senator ‘broke his word with me.’  —  Washington (CNN) - Moments after narrowly losing a key vote on the hotly contested Wall Street reform bill Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, The Note and The Hill
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Immigrant Students Face Deporation After McCain Protest
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Vote Keeps Financial Reform Bill in Debate
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Peter Baker / The Caucus:
Obama Turns His Back On the Press  —  At a ceremony to sign a bill promoting press freedom around the world on Monday, President Obama refused to take questions from the reporters in attendance.  “I'm not doing a press conference today,” he told Chip Reid of CBS News, “but we'll be seeing you guys during the course of the week.”
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama shuns U.S. outlets at news conference
Discussion: The Politico, The Swamp and CNN
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Reflecting on PA-12  —  My biggest takeaway from the surprising outcome in PA-12 last night, besides the fact that Mark Critz and the DCCC did an amazing job?  There's a limit to just how unpopular Republicans can be and still hope to make gains everywhere this fall.
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The Politico:
The GOP's special failure
CBS News:
Heavy Sludge Oozes into Marshes of Louisiana  —  Governor Bobby Jindal Flew over Site and Reported “Heavy Oil;” CBS Cameras Turned Away by BP, Coast Guard  —  (CBS/AP) It may be the most disturbing site yet: the first heavy sludge now oozing into the marshes of Louisiana as the slick continues to grow in size out in the gulf.
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Wall Street Journal:
Kagan Criticized the Warren Court in Thesis  —  In her 1983 masters thesis, Elena Kagan criticized the Supreme Court under liberal icon Earl Warren for what she described as poorly argued rulings, a view that may help her defend herself from any claim by Republican senators that she is a judicial activist.
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Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Obama Should Go to Israel!  —  During a meeting with Jewish Democrats it was suggested — by which participant(s) we don't know — that Obama should visit Israel.  I mused about such a trip earlier this month.  Yes, let's see Obama interact with the Israeli people and go to the Knesset.
Discussion: Moe Lane
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Karen Travers / Political Punch:
Immigration Hits Home for Young Girl and First Lady Michelle Obama  —  ABC News' Karen Travers reports: During First Lady Michelle Obama's visit to an elementary school in Silver Spring, Md., Wednesday, a second grade female student brought up immigration reform in a very personal way.
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Matthew Stabley / NBC Washington:
Girl Outs Mother's Citizenship Status During First Lady's School Visit
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Congress about to limit political speech of bloggers?  —  The same sloppy legislative writing that created so many unintended consequences in ObamaCare also plagues the DISCLOSE Act, the effort in Congress to tighten spending rules in the wake of the Citizens United decision — and that's the generous take on the situation.
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Florida mosque bombed; FBI calls for help; national media mute  —  On May 10th, a middle-aged man carried a can of gasoline and a pipe bomb into the Jacksonville Islamic Center of Northeast Florida during evening prayers and detonated it.  Fortunately, there were no injuries to people, though the bomb did damage property.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
What If They Gave a Terrorist Attack And Nobody Noticed?
NBC Los Angeles:
Power Play Over Immigration Law  —  LA's boycott resolution sparks a threat over power the city receives from Arizona  —  An Arizona utility commissioner said he's willing to pull the plug on Los Angeles if the city goes through with a boycott of his state.
New York Times:
White House Embraces Upstart Who Beat Specter  —  Shortly after Representative Joe Sestak won an improbable victory Tuesday over Senator Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania's Democratic Senate primary, President Obama called Mr. Sestak to congratulate him.  The president pledged his full support …
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Kori Schulman / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Tonight at the White House State Dinner: Beyoncé and Rodrigo y Gabriela  —  State Dinner and Reception guests are in for a musical treat - Beyoncé and Rodrigo y Gabriela will perform in a tent on the South Lawn following the Dinner tonight.  —  Watch the Live Streams:
Discussion: Main Justice and newsfeed.time.com
 
 
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