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9:20 PM ET, May 5, 2014

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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
For Justices, Free Speech Often Means ‘Speech I Agree With’  —  WASHINGTON — Justice Antonin Scalia is known as a consistent and principled defender of free speech rights.  —  It pained him, he has said, when he voted to strike down a law making flag burning a crime.
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Allows Prayers at Town Meetings  —  WASHINGTON — In a major decision on the role of religion in government, the Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the Constitution allows town boards to start their sessions with sectarian prayers.  The ruling, by a 5-to-4 vote …
Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Supreme Court upholds prayer at government meetings
Joe Hagan / New York Magazine:
Benghazi and the Bombshell  —  Is Lara Logan too toxic to return to 60 Minutes?  —  Eleven years ago, the 60 Minutes correspondent Lara Logan was sitting in the InterContinental hotel in Amman, Jordan, watching her career flash before her eyes.  —  She was 31 years old, a rookie at CBS News …
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Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Midterm Election Indicators Daunting for Democrats  —  No Improvement in Perceptions of Job Market  —  With the midterm elections six months away, Democrats are burdened by an uneven economic recovery and a stubbornly unpopular health care law.  Perhaps equally important …
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Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Views of the Affordable Care Act and Its Future
Discussion: Daily Kos
CNN:
‘I will sell them,’ Boko Haram leader says of kidnapped Nigerian girls  —  (CNN) — Fears for the fate of more than 200 Nigerian girls turned even more nightmarish Monday when the leader of the Islamist militant group that kidnapped them announced plans to sell them.  —  “I abducted your girls.
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Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
This Woman Filmed Her Abortion To Show Other People It Doesn't Have To Be Scary  —  Emily Letts speaks to the camera in her video about her abortion procedure  —  Emily Letts, a 25-year-old abortion counselor at a clinic in New Jersey, knew that she wanted to use her own abortion story …
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Cosmopolitan:
Why I Filmed My Abortion  —  When Emily Letts got pregnant, she knew she would get an abortion.  Then she decided to film it.  Letts, 25, is an abortion counselor at Cherry Hill Women's Center in New Jersey, which is where she had her abortion.  The non-graphic video focuses on her face …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Tennessee State Senator Compares Obamacare To The Holocaust  —  On Monday, a Tennessee state senator apparently likened Obamacare's individual mandate to Nazi Germany's slaughter of Jews.  —  A brief post published at the blog of state Sen. Stacey Campfield (R) read: “Democrats bragging …
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Politico:
Trey Gowdy picked to lead Benghazi panel  —  Speaker John Boehner is tapping South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy to chair a House select committee which will investigate the attack in Benghazi.  —  Gowdy, a second-term Republican, is a former federal prosecutor and has been a key figure …
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:   Boehner Taps Trey Gowdy To Lead Special Benghazi Committee
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters:
What If Fox News Instead of MSNBC Had Pulled This Cinco de Mayo Stunt?  —  ¡Ay caramba!  Imagine the cries of offensive ethnic stereotyping or worse if Fox News had observed Cinco de Mayo by having one of its yanqui persons of pallor staggering across the set in a sombrero while chugging from a pint bottle of tequila?
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Jenna Levy / Gallup:
U.S. Uninsured Rate Drops to 13.4%  —  Uninsured rate down nearly four percentage points since late 2013  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — The uninsured rate for U.S. adults in April was 13.4%, down from 15.0% in March.  This is the lowest monthly uninsured rate recorded since Gallup and Healthways began tracking it in January 2008.
Pete Thamel / Sports Illustrated:
Source: Coach Craig Robinson fired by Oregon State  —  Craig Rohinson's teams failed to reach the NCAA tournament during his six seasons at Oregon State.  —  Oregon State fired head coach Craig Robinson on Sunday night, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Heather Digby Parton / Salon:
GOP's demented “Benghazi!” disease: Why conservatives so desperately need a scandal  —  Has anyone ever seen a full-blown marketing campaign replete with full-color graphics used to announce a House committee investigation?  You have now: … I'm going to guess that was in development for a while.
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Hillary Clinton to star at Marjorie Margolies event  —  Hillary Clinton will be the star attraction at a May 15 fundraiser for her daughter's mother-in-law, Marjorie Margolies, who's trying to recapture her old Pennsylvania congressional seat, POLITICO has learned.
Discussion: CNN and ABC News
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Liz Kowalczyk / The Boston Globe:
Mass. says flawed health website is too broken to fix  —  Massachusetts plans to completely scrap the state's dysfunctional online health insurance website, deciding that it would be too expensive and time-consuming to fix the overwhelming number of flaws.  —  Instead, officials will buy …
Bethany Barnes / Las Vegas Sun News:
Metro Police message to young girls: Have premarital sex, risk death  —  Girls who “get promiscuous” can wind up dead.  —  That was the message behind the Metro Police co-sponsored “Choose Purity” event Saturday at the William Pearson Center in North Las Vegas.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Hit & Run
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ThinkProgress:
Las Vegas Police Host ‘Choose Purity’ Event Claiming Premarital Sex Turns Girls Into Prostitutes
Discussion: The Raw Story
Jon Swaine / Guardian:
Occupy Wall Street activist found guilty of assaulting police officer  —  An Occupy Wall Street activist is facing up to seven years in prison after being convicted by a jury in Manhattan of assaulting a New York police officer as he led her out of a protest.
Discussion: VICE
 
 
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Julian Ryall / Telegraph:
China plans for North Korean regime collapse leaked
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Gregg Zoroya / Associated Press:
VA treatment records falsified, probe finds
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Kevin Liptak / CNN:
White House set to lay out imminent climate risks
Discussion: Politico
CNN:
Heavy clashes reported as Ukrainian forces tackle pro-Russian separatists
Nick Gillespie / The Daily Beast:
It's Not Racist to Hate Government
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Tillis at 40%, but momentum with Brannon
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Let Law Restrict Taking Guns Into Public
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