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2:55 PM ET, May 20, 2010

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David Weigel / Right Now:
Rand Paul, telling the truth  —  If we use “gaffe” in its proper, Kinsleyan form, that's what U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul issued to NPR yesterday, and that's what he defended on Rachel Maddow's show last night.  He told the truth about his stance on the Civil Rights Act.
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Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Exclusive: DeMint Says He Disagrees With Rand Paul On Civil Rights, Needs To ‘Talk To Rand About His Positions’  —  Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) endorsed anti-government extremist Rand Paul (R-KY) in the Kentucky US Senate primary, funneling money and resources for his successful campaign.
The Huffington Post:
Rand Paul On Civil Rights Controversy: I Shouldn't Have Talked To Rachel Maddow [UPDATED]  —  See new updates below.  —  The morning after he declined to endorse the totality of the Civil Rights Act in his much-discussed appearance on the Rachel Maddow Show, Dr. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) …
Ezra Klein:
Rand Paul may not be a racist, but he is an extremist  —  Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy  —  It's safe to say Rand Paul's first few days as the Republican nominee for the open Senate seat in Kentucky are not going well.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Paul won't back repeal of 1964 act  —  Rand Paul just put out a long statement that seeks to put to rest the controversy over the 1964 Civil Rights Act, but it continues to avoid discussing his central complaint with the bill, the way in which it regulates private businesses:
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 …
Mike Memoli / Real Clear Politics:
Paul: I Support the Civil Rights Act  —  Reacting to an avalanche of criticism over his perceived views of the Civil Rights Act, Rand Paul's campaign issues this statement today: … Sphere It!
Discussion: MyDD, Daily Kos, TPMDC, The Awl and FrumForum
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Paul blames ‘loony left’ for civil rights focus  —  Rand Paul lashed out at the “loony left” for pressing him on his view of the 1964 Civil Rights Act in an interview with Laura Ingraham this morning.  —  “I've never really favored any change in the Civil Rights Act,” he said.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Freedom as White Supremacy  —  It seems that yesterday US Senate candidate Rand Paul let the cat out of the bag and admitted that under his brand of libertarian conservatism he can't support the 1964 Civil Rights Act or other non-discrimination legislation as applied to private businesses.
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
In Defense Of Rand Paul (Kinda)  —  Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy  —  It's the top story on Memeorandum this morning.  TNC watches the above Maddow interview: … Think Progress highlights an interview Paul did with the Louisville Courier-Journal:
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Paul: Civil rights ‘settled’ law
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Rand Paul, the Civil Rights Act, and Private Discrimination
Discussion: Open Left and alicublog
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
What do Rand Paul's patrons think of Civil Rights talk?
Adam Nagourney / The Caucus:
Paul's Views on Civil Rights Cause a Stir
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
The Proud Ignorance of Rand Paul
Discussion: Gawker and RHRealityCheck.org
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Rand Paul And “The Hard Part About Freedom.”
The Politico:
Paul: No repeal of civil rights law
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Neil Vigdor / Stamford Advocate:
Critics weigh Blumenthal's words  —  “I wore the uniform in Vietnam and many came back & to all kinds of disrespect.  Whatever we think of war, we owe the men and women of the armed forces our unconditional support.”  —  The occasion was the Stamford Veterans Days parade: Nov. 9, 2008.
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Ann Coulter / Human Events:
Republicans on Track to Snatch Defeat From Jaws of Victory
Discussion: Swampland
Justin Gillis / New York Times:
Scientists Fault Lack of Studies Over Gulf Oil Spill  —  Tensions between the Obama administration and the scientific community over the gulf oil spill are escalating, with prominent oceanographers accusing the government of failing to conduct an adequate scientific analysis of the damage …
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Alan Colmes' Liberaland:   BP Oil Threatens To Arrest Reporters Covering Oil Spill
Glynnis MacNicol / Mediaite:
BP Oil Threatens To Arrest CBS Reporters Attempting To Investigate Spill
Zombie / Pajamas Media:
The New Free Speech Movement  —  Today is Everybody Draw Mohammed Day, a completely made-up satirical “holiday” dedicated to the concept of drawing Mohammed cartoons, as a way of making a statement about freedom of speech.  —  Not everyone agrees with this idea, however.
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Michelle Malkin:
Dhimmitude and Draw Mohammed Day
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Salahis Stopped by Secret Service Near White House Last Night  —  The Salahis were stopped by the U.S. Secret Service last night at around 8 p.m. ET during the State Dinner for Mexican President Felipe Calderon as their stretch limousine ran a red light and seemed to be trying to turn …
Wall Street Journal:
Landis Admits Doping, Accuses Others  —  Floyd Landis, the American cyclist whose 2006 Tour de France victory was nullified after a positive doping test, has sent a series of emails to cycling officials and sponsors admitting to, and detailing, his systematic use of performance enhancing drugs during his career.
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Bonnie D. Ford / ESPN:
Landis admits doping, accuses Lance
Discussion: This Just In
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
A Bad Day for the Obama Agenda  —  The primary election results show rising intensity among Republican voters.  —  The temptation for politicians and political analysts is to draw broad, sweeping conclusions from election results.  But most election outcomes defy being reduced to a single cause.
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CNN:
Bill Clinton to head back on the campaign trail
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: South Carolina Republican Primary for Governor  —  South Carolina GOP Primary for Governor: Haley Jumps Ahead  —  With South Carolina's Republican Primary for Governor less than three weeks away, State Representative Nikki Haley, coming off a fresh endorsement by Sarah Palin, now leads the GOP pack.
Donald Duck / Breitbart.tv:
CALDERÓN GETS STANDING OVATION FROM DEMS FOR CRITICIZING AZ IMMIGRATION CRACKDOWN  — Fox News: Mexico's Calderon Takes His Case to Congress  —  Looks like someone else didn't read the bill....  OH OH!  He is afraid they won't be bringing all the billions back to Mexico!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Mexican president urges Congress to reinstate assault weapons ban
Discussion: The Note, CNN and The Politico
The Hill:
Bring it on: Pelosi predicts ‘for sure’ that Dems will win House  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi has a message for Republicans this fall: Bring it on.  —  A buoyant Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday basked in the Democrats' special-election triumph while bashing Republicans and expressing confidence …
 
 
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