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11:25 AM ET, May 23, 2010

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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
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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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.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Tea Party Makes Gains, but McConnell Seems Secure
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Washington Post:
Rand Paul cancels ‘Meet the Press’ appearance amid Civil Rights Act controversy
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
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
Ann Arbor / CBS News:
Text of Obama's Speech to West Point 2010 Cadets  —  Tells Graduating Class Their Honor, Duty, Love of Country Wins Support of a Proud and Grateful Nation  —  (CBS) Transcript of remarks by the president at the commencement ceremony of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, held at Michie Stadium …
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 …
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.
Byron York / Beltway Confidential:
As economic worries worsen, White House puts on the glitz  —  At a time when the unemployment rate stands at 9.9 percent, when jobs are still being lost, when worries about the global economy are causing breathtaking volatility on Wall Street, when millions of Americans who still have jobs …
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:
 
 
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