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What a shock–Rand Paul says he was sandbagged and won’t appear on Maddow show again. For reason, scroll down the page a bit for video. Paul has been forced to announce today that, no, he would not work to repeal the 1964 Civil Rights Act…..leading Will Bunch to "quote" Paul: "I will oppose any effort to fire cannons on the Union stronghold at Fort Sumter." UPDATE: Just uncovered, letter Paul wrote to Kentucky paper in 2002 backing legal discrimination.
Repubs hit back by recalling that Robert Byrd once belonged to the KKK. But that was, like, 200 years ago….. Good Ezra Klein take on Rand: He’s "not a racist but he is an extremist." …. Mike Calderone at Yahoo! asks where the national media has been about all this until now, since much of this came out locally?….. Joe Conason on how hawkish GOP neo-cons are trying to deal with Paul…..Natch, John Stossel backs Paul on repealing part of Civil Rights Act.
Bill Kristol now pushing Campbell Brown, who is exiting CNN, for Senate in NY. Remember, her husband is conservative Dan Senor. Palin redux for Bill?
Wash Post reveals: FBI launched three separate probes of classified info leaked to Robert Novak in the 1980s…..New evidence which helps or hurts NYT case against Blumenthal on Viet service arrives–as NYT public editor says he is looking at it.
The Guardian: book borrowed by George Washington returned to library! What, no fine?
My new piece on reviews of first Hollywood film on the Plame case debuting at Cannes today.
BITS AND PIECES: Lance Armstrong denies new doping claims–then crashes in race and taken to hospital…. CNN headline on site asked: "Miss USA: Muslim Trailblazer or Hezbollah Spy?" Yes, most trusted name in news …… Meanwhile, I watched BP director on MSNBC this afternoon tell Andrea Mitchell what’s really threatening Gulf residents is not oil leak but "alarmist" claims by scientists…National Academy of Sciences report on global warming urges U.S. to cut emissions and institute carbon pricing.