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2:35 PM ET, May 23, 2010


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Frank Rich / New York Times:
The ‘Randslide’ and Its Discontents  —  IF there is one certain outcome to recent American elections, it's this: The results will invariably prove most of the Beltway's settled political narratives wrong.  —  Tuesday's pre-midterms were no exception.  We were told that all incumbents …
The Huffington Post:
Palin: Maddow Was ‘Prejudiced’ In Her Rand Paul Interview  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin accused MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on Sunday of conducting a “prejudiced” interview with Rand Paul, in which the Tea Party candidate infamously aired skepticism about the reach of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
QUOTE OF THE DAY.... Following up on an earlier item, RNC Chairman Michael Steele conceded he's not “comfortable” with Rand Paul's opposition to the Civil Rights Act.  " It only took him the whole week to say so.  —  But on ABC's “This Week” earlier, host Jake Tapper asked a related question …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Balloon Juice
Political Punch:
Steele not comfortable with Rand Paul's views on civil rights  —  In a “This Week” interview Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said he was not comfortable with Rand Paul's views on civil rights.  Steele's comments came in a debate with DNC Chairman Tim Kaine.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Steele and Kaine stand by Paul, Blumenthal despite controversies
Discussion: CNN
B.J. Reyes / Star Bulletin:
Djou wins special election for Congress  —  Hanabusa leads Case with nearly all the votes counted  —  Republican Charles Djou emerged victorious tonight in the special election to fill Hawaii's vacancy in Congress, giving Hawaii it's first GOP member of Congress in 20 years.
B.J. Reyes / Star Bulletin:
Special race draws 50% of voters
Discussion: Daily Kos and Gateway Pundit
Associated Press:
Republicans Capture House Seat in Obama's Hometown
Maamoun Youssef / Associated Press:
Yemeni cleric advocates killing US civilians  —  CAIRO - An American-Yemeni cleric whose Internet sermons are believed to have helped inspire attacks on the U.S. has advocated the killing of American civilians in an al-Qaida video released Sunday.  —  Anwar al-Awlaki has been singled …
Amena Bakr / Reuters:
U.S. cleric urges Muslims to kill U.S. soldiers
Discussion: Weekly Standard and The Page
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
If you're going to criticize the new social studies curriculum adopted by the Texas Board of Education, you'd better quote it.  —  Or at least link to the text.  And if you choose to paraphrase and not even link, and I have to look up the text myself, and your paraphrase is not accurate …
Arthur C. Brooks / Washington Post:
America's new culture war: Free enterprise vs. government control  —  America faces a new culture war.  —  This is not the culture war of the 1990s.  It is not a fight over guns, gays or abortion.  Those old battles have been eclipsed by a new struggle between two competing visions of the country's future.
Amy Turner / Times of London:
Earth will bite us back, warns Irons  —  There are too many humans and disease may restore the balance, the actor claims  —  The world is becoming so overpopulated that nature will one day wreak its revenge, claims Jeremy Irons, the actor.  —  Launching himself as a green campaigner …
Pat G. / Think Progress:
Sen. Lamar Alexander Advocates A Government Takeover Of BP  —  The oil spill that resulted from a British Petroleum rig exploding in the Gulf of Mexico is still continuing unabated, and many scientists are now saying that BP and the Obama administration are downplaying the amount of oil that is gushing into the water.
Saudi ‘emo’ girls busted by religious cops: report  —  Saudi Arabia's religious police have arrested 10 “emo” women for allegedly causing a disturbance in a coffee shop, Al-Yaum newspaper reported on Saturday.  —  The coffee shop owner in the eastern city of Dammam called the Commission …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and NewsReal Blog
Chris Ingalls / KING-TV:
Investigators: Edmonds rape suspect deported nine times  —  EDMONDS, Wash. - The KING 5 Investigators have learned that an illegal immigrant accused of raping a woman in Edmonds Sunday has been deported nine times.  That's much more than previously reported.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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Bob Marshall / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Louisiana coast's battle against drifting oil expected to last months, if not years
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Kara Rowland / Washington Times:
Senators: Administration keeps Congress in dark on intel
Habib Toumi / Gulf News:
Saudi scholar's fatwa wades into controversy
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Fergus Cullen / Wall Street Journal:
Richard Blumenthal's Real Record
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