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1:45 AM ET, May 21, 2010

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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.
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Washington Post:
Rand Paul comments about civil rights stir controversy  —  Two days after becoming the newest symbol of “tea party” politics, Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul of Kentucky thrust himself, his party and the movement into an uncomfortable conversation about the federal government's role …
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.
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:
Area politician has some explaining to do  —  Rand Paul is predictably walking his statements on the Civil Rights Act back as fast as he can.  “Let me be clear,” he says in a statement released today.  “I support the Civil Rights Act because I overwhelmingly agree with the intent of the legislation …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and USA Today
Mike Memoli / Real Clear Politics:
Paul: I Support the Civil Rights Act
Jake / Page One:
Rand Paul Made Same Racial Comments in 2002
Bruce Bartlett / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
Rand Paul is No Barry Goldwater on Civil Rights
Howard Fineman / Newsweek Blogs:
Rand Paul and D. W. Griffith
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Rand Paul causes Civil Rights Act controversy with desegregation remarks
Discussion: The Politico
Brady Dennis / Washington Post:
Senate clears way to vote on financial reform  —  The Senate voted Thursday afternoon to end its three-week debate on a bill to rewrite the nation's financial regulations, paving the way for a final vote on the landmark legislation.  —  The 60-to-40 vote — the minimum required to end debate …
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Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Brown key to Wall St. bill passage  —  In January, he broke the Democrats' lock on the Senate.  —  On Thursday, he gave it back.  —  Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) effectively became the 60th vote to cut off debate on Wall Street reform Thursday - a far cry from when Republicans were hailing …
The Huffington Post:
Wall Street Power Play: Bankers In Bizarre Showdown With Auto Dealers  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Wall Street has found itself battling auto dealers in a last-ditch effort to block an amendment opposed by big banks from coming to the Senate floor.  The bank lobbyists are working to persuade …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Silla Brush / The Hill:
Wall Street bill nearing finish line as Senate passes legislation 59-39
Discussion: FrumForum
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Senate Passes Wall Street Reform Bill
Wall Street Journal:
Senate Passes Finance Bill
Political Punch:
Exclusive: President Obama To Replace Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair*  —  ABC News has learned that President Obama will replace the Director of National Intelligence, Admiral Dennis Blair (ret.) His resignation will come as soon as tomorrow, sources tell ABC News.
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Michael Anton / Weekly Standard:
Obama Has “More Confidence” in Brennan?  —  I've never been a huge fan of Admiral Dennis Blair as Director of National Intelligence—nor of the institution of DNI, for that matter.  A fine naval officer, Blair seemed out of his milieu as DNI, often unaware of basic facts that someone in his position should know.
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
Facing a Rift, U.S. Spy Chief to Step Down
Discussion: PostPartisan, Swampland and Mediaite
Eileen Sullivan / Associated Press:   National intelligence director resigning
The Hill:
National intelligence director to resign
Discussion: The Politico
The Huffington Post:
Little Girl Who Challenged First Lady Is Right: Obama Is Deporting More Immigrants Than Ever  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  A little girl became the face of the nation's immigration debate on Wednesday, when she told First Lady Michelle Obama about her mother's fear.
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Oscar Avila / Chicago Tribune:
Immigration crackdown for Illinois  —  Feds to step up enforcement  —  In the midst of an outcry over illegal immigration and Arizona's new crackdown, a top Department of Homeland Security official visiting Chicago on Wednesday said his agency intended to step up enforcement in places such as Illinois.
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Rasmussen Reports:
71% in Arizona Now Support State's New Immigration Law
reason-contest.s3.amazonaws.com:
And The Winner of The Everybody Draw Mohammad Contest is...  To remind readers of the stakes: In recent months, a Swedish cartoonist that sketched Mohammed as a “roundabout dog” as part of a planned street installation was assaulted during a lecture and, the following week, two extremists attempted to burn his house down.
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RushLimbaugh.com:
Obama-Prop Calderon Rips USA, Gets Standing Ovation from Dems (But Off-Script He Admits the Truth)  —  BEGIN TRANSCRIPT  —  RUSH: I know.  I know he's there.  I saw it.  I saw the spectacle.  I watched a little bit of it, Felipe Calderon's speech to a joint session of Congress beating …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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Fox News:
Calderon Criticism of Arizona Law Overlooks Mexico's Tough Immigration Policy
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Gibbs mum on Sestak job offer  —  Don't ask the White House if Obama aides tried to force Joe Sestak out of the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate primary by offering him a job.  They are keeping mum on the controversy.  —  Press Secretary Robert Gibbs deflected a barrage of questions about reports …
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
The New Term for the War on Terror  —  If you blinked, you might have missed it.  The Obama administration has unofficially rebranded “war on terror” phrase that dominated public discourse throughout the Bush administration.  The replacement phrase, carefully chosen, is “CVE” — Countering Violent Extremism.
Victoria Gill / BBC:
Scientists make ‘artificial life’  —  The synthetic cell looks identical to the “wild type”  —  Scientists in the US have succeeded in developing the first synthetic living cell.  —  The researchers constructed a bacterium's “genetic software” and transplanted it into a host cell.
Discussion: Don Surber, Hot Air and Truthdig
Zev Chafets / New York Times:
Op-Ed Contributor: The Rush Limbaugh Victory  —  THERE are many theories for why very conservative Republicans seem to be doing so well lately, taking their party's Senate nominations in Florida, Kentucky and Utah, and beating Democrats head-to-head in Massachusetts, New Jersey and Virginia.
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
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Nick Anderson / Washington Post:
Report: D.C. schools make most significant reading gains among urban systems
TUAW Blogger / TUAW:
Found Footage: Apple pulls iSlam Muhammad app
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Gates: Obama would veto defense authorization bill over F-35 engine
Discussion: CNN
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
FACT CHECK: Tax cut math doesn't add up for some
Discussion: Moe Lane, Hot Air and Townhall.com
Richard A. Serrano / Los Angeles Times:
Senate panel asks Clinton library to turn over documents on Elena Kagan
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Cindy Wolff / Memphis Commercial Appeal:
Officers killed in West Memphis
Discussion: CNN and Gateway Pundit
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
A Tax Hike Conservatives Can Love?
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