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Julian Hattem / The Hill:
In first, Minnesota poll finds Obama unpopular  —  Half of the residents of Minnesota now disapprove of President Obama's performance, according to a new poll.  —  Results of The Star Tribune survey represent the first time that his approval rating has turned negative in the state since the president took office in 2009.
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Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Minnesota Poll results: Obama job approval
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama: Signing Up for Obamacare Is ‘Just Part of Growing Up’
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Long Island University:
LIU ANNOUNCES 2013 GEORGE POLK AWARDS IN JOURNALISM  —  Winners include four reporters who broke the story on secret NSA surveillance.  —  Brooklyn, N.Y. - Four reporters who revealed the extent of secret surveillance and massive data collected by the National Security Agency are winners …
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Martin Pengelly / Guardian:
Journalists who broke NSA story in Guardian receive George Polk Awards
James Barron / New York Times:
Polk Awards Honor Articles on N.S.A. Surveillance
James Hohmann / Politico:
Dems' new 2014 plan: Neutralize Obamacare  —  Democrats know their biggest problem in this year's midterm election is Obamacare.  So top party operatives have settled on a strategy to try blunting the GOP's advantage: Tell voters Republicans would make the problem worse …
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Ashley Parker / New York Times:
On Health Act, Democrats Run in Fix-It Mode
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Simon Bowers / Guardian:
Abba admit outrageous outfits were worn to avoid tax  —  New book reveals band's style was influenced by Swedish laws that allowed cost of outfits to be deducted against tax  —  The glittering hotpants, sequined jumpsuits and platform heels that Abba wore at the peak of their fame were designed …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Althouse
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
GOP slams stimulus on fifth anniversary  —  Washington (CNN) - Five years after the signing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 into law, the measure, which is better known as the Stimulus or Recovery Act, was roundly criticized once again by Republicans.
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Jose DelReal / Politico:
Marco Rubio on stimulus: 5 years of failure
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Sam Frizell / TIME:
Bill Nye Scolds GOP Congresswoman on Global Warming  —  “We need you to change things, not deny what's happening,” he told Representative Marsha Blackburn on Meet the Press  —  Bill Nye “The Science Guy” told Republican Representative Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee to stop questioning …
Jonathan Amos / BBC:
Missouri gun murders ‘rose after law repeal’  —  There are more than 300 million handguns in circulation in the US  —  Researchers claim a new study provides some of the most compelling evidence yet for tighter gun controls in the US.  —  The team followed the consequences of the State …
Discussion: The Raw Story
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Microaggression Mania: McGill U. student leader apologizes for .gif of Obama kicking open door  —  “Microagression” is the latest craze in racial grievance, something we highlighted when a UCLA professor was accused of the transgression for correcting grammar on minority students' papers.
Al Baker / New York Times:
Common Core Curriculum Now Has Critics on the Left  —  The Common Core has been applauded by education leaders and promoted by the Obama administration as a way to replace a hodgepodge of state standards with one set of rigorous learning goals.  Though 45 states and the District of Columbia …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Barons of Broadband  —  Last week's big business news was the announcement that Comcast, a gigantic provider of cable TV and high-speed Internet service, has reached a deal to acquire Time Warner, which is merely huge.  If regulators approve the deal, Comcast will be an overwhelmingly dominant player …
Discussion: Daily Kos
John Eligon / New York Times:
In Kansas, Right Joins Left to Halt Bill on Gays  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A bill that would have allowed individuals to refuse to provide business services to same-sex couples in Kansas because of religious beliefs met a surprising and quick end last week when conservative senators sided …
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Same-sex marriage moving swiftly back toward Supreme Court  —  Lower-court rulings have struck down state bans, meaning the issue could face a definitive test before justices as early as next year.  —  Demonstrators support same-sex marriage outside a federal courthouse in Virginia.
Discussion: National Review
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Restricted Access  —  An extensive collection of papers related to Bill and Hillary Clinton's years in the Arkansas governor's mansion remains under tight control at a public library in Little Rock, with access restricted by the Clinton Foundation.  —  President Bill Clinton donated his papers …
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Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Romney: Bill Clinton ‘Embarrassed the Nation,’ Shirked His Adult Responsibilities
Ashley Fantz / CNN:
Reality show snake-handling preacher dies — of snakebite  —  (CNN) — A Kentucky pastor who starred in a reality show about snake-handling in church has died — of a snakebite.  —  Jamie Coots died Saturday evening after refusing to be treated, Middleborough police said.
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Slaughter in the Cities, Ineffectual Mumbling in the White House
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Jim Brunner / The Seattle Times:
Seattle 1-percenter a leader in push for $15 minimum wage
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