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9:55 AM ET, May 23, 2010

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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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Michael Birnbaum / Washington Post:
Texas board approves social studies standards that perceived liberal bias  —  The Texas state school board gave final approval Friday to controversial social studies standards that minimize the separation of church and state and say that America is not a democracy but a “constitutional republic.”
Terrence Stutz / Dallas Morning News:
Texas State Board of Education approves new curriculum standards
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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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Rep. Van Hollen: Wall Street vote shows rift between Tea Party, Republicans
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Tea Party Makes Gains, but McConnell Seems Secure
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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 …
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Peter Baker / New York Times:   Obama Offers Strategy Based in Diplomacy
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
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.
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 …
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:
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
U.S. Implicates North Korean Leader in Attack  —  WASHINGTON — A new American intelligence analysis of a deadly torpedo attack on a South Korean warship concludes that Kim Jong-il, the ailing leader of North Korea, must have authorized the torpedo assault, according to senior American officials …
Washington Post:
Rand Paul cancels ‘Meet the Press’ appearance amid Civil Rights Act controversy  —  After two days of bruising media coverage about his views on elements of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul of Kentucky on Friday canceled his scheduled appearance on NBC's “Meet the Press.”
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHEN EXTREMISM AND IGNORANCE COLLIDE.... Republican Senate candidate …
 
 
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