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3:55 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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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.
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.) …
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.
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!
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.
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:
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:
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Rand Paul won't answer Civil Rights Act question
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
What do Rand Paul's patrons think of Civil Rights talk?
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Paul: Civil rights ‘settled’ law
Ian M. / Think Progress:
Rand Paul: ‘The Hard Part Of Believing In Freedom’ …
Adam Nagourney / The Caucus:
Paul's Views on Civil Rights Cause a Stir
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Rand Paul, the Civil Rights Act, and Private Discrimination
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   McConnell ‘glad to hear’ Paul supports Civil Rights Act
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Rand Paul And “The Hard Part About Freedom.”
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
The Proud Ignorance of Rand Paul
Discussion: Gawker and RHRealityCheck.org
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Rand Paul not sure about desegregation ... Laura Burton Capps …
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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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 …
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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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Paul jumps out to a 25-point lead in KY Senate race
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 …
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.
 
 
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Cindy Wolff / Memphis Commercial Appeal:
2 West Memphis police officers, 2 suspects dead after traffic stop …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Knotted up in CO-Gov  —  The race for Governor in Colorado …
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Victoria Gill / BBC:
Scientists make ‘artificial life’
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
A Tax Hike Conservatives Can Love?
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David Fontana / Chronicle of Higher Education:
The Postradical Legal Generation
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ICE chief criticizes Arizona immigration law
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Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
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