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8:40 AM ET, May 8, 2013

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CNN:
Sanford wins South Carolina House vote  —  (CNN) - Former Gov. Mark Sanford will win the race for South Carolina's 1st Congressional District, CNN projects.  With 70% of the vote in, Republican Sanford leads Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, 54%-45%.  —  Once considered a possible presidential …
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Sanford Leads / The Huffington Post:
COUNTY-BY-COUNTY … THE CANDIDATES  —  held this seat from 1995 to 2001 before serving as the governor of South Carolina from 2003 to 2011.  In 2009 he admitted to lying about having an affair with an Argentinian woman, to whom he is now engaged.  —  Elizabeth Colbert Busch (D) …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Mark Sanford defeats Elizabeth Colbert Busch
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Sanford victory could spell trouble for House GOP leadership
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Bruce Smith / Associated Press:
DESPITE SCANDAL, EX-SC GOV. SANFORD BACK IN OFFICE
Bruce Smith / Associated Press:
Ex-SC Gov. Sanford Back In Political Office
Discussion: Firedoglake
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Delaware, Continuing a Trend, Becomes the 11th State to Allow Same-Sex Unions  —  Delaware on Tuesday became the 11th state to permit same-sex marriage, the latest in a string of victories for those working to extend marital rights to gay and lesbian couples.
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Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Delaware Becomes 11th State With Marriage Equality [UPDATED]
Laurel Ramseyer / Firedoglake:
Delaware Becomes Eleventh State to Legalize Marriage Equality [Updated]
Discussion: Advocate and Freedom to Marry Blog
Jack Markell / CNN:
Delaware becomes eleventh state to approve same-sex marriage
Discussion: Associated Press
Irin Carmon / Salon:
Judge rips Obama's right-wing Plan B stance  —  “You're disadvantaging young people, African-Americans, the poor... that's the policy of the Obama administration?”  —  “It turns out that the same policies that President Bush followed were followed by President Obama,” said District Court Judge Edward Korman …
Politico:
Immigration battle: Marco Rubio vs. Jim DeMint  —  Tea party heavyweights Marco Rubio and Jim DeMint are on opposite sides of the immigration debate - and they're duking it out for the support of the movement.  —  The clash went public Tuesday, when Rubio hosted leaders of tea party groups …
Discussion: Salon, Rush Limbaugh and msnbc.com
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USA Today:
Reports of sex abuse, beatings inside Cleveland house  —  THREE MISSING CLEVELAND WOMEN FREED  —  Three women who had been held captive for 10 years were found Monday in a Cleveland neighborhood, barely a mile from where they had been abducted.  Amanda Berry was able to escape and alert authorities …
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Ashley Killough / CNN:
Biden on Susan Rice: She speaks for the president  —  Washington (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden praised U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice on the eve of congressional hearings over last year's deadly terror attack against a U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya …
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
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USA Today:
Hagel orders changes to confront military sexual abuse  —  Report comes on the heels of Air Force chief sexual assault prevention officer's arrest for allegedly groping a woman.  —  WASHINGTON — A report showing that sexual assaults in the military jumped by more than one-third since 2010 …
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Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Pentagon Study Sees Sharp Rise in Sexual Assaults
Niall Ferguson / Harvard News:
An Open Letter to the Harvard Community  —  Last week I said something stupid about John Maynard Keynes.  Asked to comment on Keynes' famous observation “In the long run we are all dead,” I suggested that Keynes was perhaps indifferent to the long run because he had no children, and that he had no children because he was gay.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Give Guns, Immigration Reform Low Priority  —  Creating jobs and growing the economy get highest priority  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans put reforming immigration and reducing gun violence — the focus of much of the attention on Capitol Hill in recent weeks …
Umbrella Security Labs:
Breaking news: Traffic from Syria Disappears from Internet  —  At around 18:45 UTC the OpenDNS resolvers saw a significant drop in traffic from Syria.  On closer inspection, it seems Syria has largely disappeared from the Internet.  —  The graph below shows DNS traffic from and to Syria.
Kevin Glass / Townhall.com:
Report: Budget Deficit Shrinks Due To More Tax Revenue  —  The Congressional Budget Office released updated projections today to find that the federal budged deficit is smaller than at this point last year, and smaller than at any time since the 2008 financial crisis.
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CBO's Publications:   Monthly Budget Review
cms.gov:
Medicare Provider Charge Data  —  As part of the Obama administration's work to make our health care system more affordable and accountable, data are being released that show significant variation across the country and within communities in what hospitals charge for common inpatient services.
Steve Benen / The Maddow Blog:
'That's absurd beyond the word absurd'  —  You know Republican state lawmakers in Texas are pursuing a troubling agenda when “birther” legislation starts to move, and it's not the most ridiculous proposal worth watching.  —  Rather, this is (thanks to Anneli Kunze on our Facebook page for the tip).
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Obama May Back F.B.I. Plan to Wiretap Web Users  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, resolving years of internal debate, is on the verge of backing a Federal Bureau of Investigation plan for a sweeping overhaul of surveillance laws that would make it easier to wiretap people …
WBFF-TV:
USAF Vet Willing to Offer National Cemetery Burial Plot to Bombing Suspect  —  US Air Force (USAF) veteran Julie Frein said she is willing to give up her burial plot at Arlington National Cemetery to Tamerlan Tsarnaev - the deceased Boston bombing suspect.  —  The Anne Arundel County woman told Fox45 …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
The Fox News Anchor Megyn Kelly Renews Contract  —  Two of the best-known anchors on the Fox News Channel, Greta Van Susteren and Megyn Kelly, have renewed their contracts, possibly foreshadowing the first change to the channel's prime time schedule in over a decade.
Discussion: Deadline.com, Mediaite and TheBlaze.com
 
 
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Kevin Diaz / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Michele Bachmann is in talks to settle Iowa lawsuit
Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
Republicans mull wish list on debt limit
Discussion: Politico
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
After Boston, Little Change in Views of Islam and Violence
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Yahoo! News
Katherine Connell / National Review:
Benghazi: Do as I Say, or as I Do?  —  General Martin Dempsey …
Discussion: Hot Air
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Joe Biden Tells Supporter He Opposes Keystone Pipeline, But Is “In The Minority,” She Says
Discussion: E2-Wire
Patrick J. Lyons / New York Times:
Ray Harryhausen, Cinematic Special-Effects Innovator, Dies at 92
David Brooks / New York Times:
Beyond the Fence  —  The opponents of immigration reform …
Discussion: The Monkey Cage and msnbc.com
 Earlier Items: 
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Boehner says he ‘probably’ can't support online sales tax bill
John Sides / The Monkey Cage:
Obama's Voter Mobilization Was Barely More Effective than Romney's
Discussion: American Prospect
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Cumulus CEO dings Limbaugh
Danielle Dreilinger / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Louisiana Supreme Court rules voucher funding violates the state Constitution
Discussion: msnbc.com and Joanne Jacobs
 

 
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