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12:10 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 …
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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  —  The heads of the Democratic and Republican parties on Sunday criticized controversial comments made by two Senate hopefuls in their own parties, but each stood behind their candidacies.  —  Tea Party-backed Kentucky Senate …
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.
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Charles Djou, Republicans capture Hawaii House seat  —  Update, 12:02 am: Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou (R) won the special election in Hawaii's 1st district tonight.  He took 39.5 percent of the vote to 31 percent for state Sen. Colleen Hanabusa and 28 percent for former Rep. Ed Case (D).
Associated Press:
Republicans Capture House Seat in Obama's Hometown
B.J. Reyes / Star Bulletin:
Special race draws 50% of voters
Discussion: Daily Kos and Gateway Pundit
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 …
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Terrence Stutz / Dallas Morning News:
Texas State Board of Education approves new curriculum standards
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.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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 …
Habib Toumi / Gulf News:
Saudi scholar's fatwa wades into controversy  —  Saudi scholar gets into trouble for saying that women could give their milk to men for maternal relations  —  Manama: A Saudi scholar has waded into controversy after he said that women could give their milk to men to establish a degree …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Payback Time: Deficit Crisis Threatens Ample Benefits of European Life  —  PARIS — Across Western Europe, the “lifestyle superpower,” the assumptions and gains of a lifetime are suddenly in doubt.  The deficit crisis that threatens the euro has also undermined the sustainability …
Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
Mexico Tourism Promoter Running Threatening Ads in Arizona Newspaper?  —  It seems that “Visit Mexico” bought an ad that ran in yesterday's Arizona Republic (how long it's been running and if it's in there today, I'm not sure).  —  I got the heads-up about it after seeing this Twitter post from Sheriff Joe Arpaio:
Fergus Cullen / Wall Street Journal:
Richard Blumenthal's Real Record  —  The attorney general never gave Connecticut businesses the benefit of the doubt he's now asking for.  —  Until Monday, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal seemed to be a shoo-in for retiring Sen. Chris Dodd's Senate seat.
 
 
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