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Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Mass. discarding broken ObamaCare site  —  Massachusetts is preparing to abandon its troubled ObamaCare website, a system so problematic that the state was forced to enroll tens of thousands of people in temporary insurance plans through Medicaid.  —  The plan underscores the depth …
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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 …
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 …
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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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Republican senators turning against their own in 2016  —  Fearful of a third successive Democratic triumph, concerned Senate Republicans are turning against 2016 presidential bids by upstart hopefuls within their own ranks.  —  In forceful comments to The Hill, GOP senators made it plain …
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Judicial Nominee's Memos on Drones Stirring Bipartisan Concern in the Senate  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama's choice for a powerful appeals court appointment is in peril from both the left and the right, highlighting how the fraught politics of an election year are threatening …
Speaker.gov:
Boehner Taps Gowdy to Lead Select Benghazi Panel … WASHINGTON, DC - House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced today that he has chosen Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC) to serve as chairman of the select committee to investigate the 2012 tragedy in Benghazi, Libya.
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:   Boehner Taps Trey Gowdy To Lead Special Benghazi Committee
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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Juan Williams / The Hill:
House GOP walking into a trap  —  What happens to the House Republican caucus if Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) forces a vote on immigration reform?  —  Here are three predictions:  —  1. The bill passes.  An overwhelming majority of Republicans vote for it.
Mark White / Politico:
America's Capital Punishment Crisis  —  As governor, I oversaw the execution of 19 murderers.  But now the death penalty is making me queasy.  —  In 1990, when I was campaigning to take back the Texas governor's mansion four years after I was unseated, I ran an ad I now regret.
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Charles M. Blow / New York Times:   Eye-for-an-Eye Incivility  —  The botched Oklahoma execution …
Melissapamerktla / KTLA 5:
Rialto Assignment Asking Students to Question Holocaust to Be Revised  —  The Rialto school district planned to revise an eighth-grade assignment that raised red flags by asking students to consider arguments about whether the Holocaust — the systematic killing by the Nazis of some 6 million Jews …
Laura Donnelly / Telegraph:
Hundreds of asthma deaths could be prevented  —  Two thirds of deaths from the respiratory condition in the UK — including almost all those involving children — might be avoided  —  Asthma sufferers are dying needlessly because of failings by GPs and health services, a national review has found.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Mortality Drop Seen to Follow '06 Health Law  —  BOSTON — The death rate in Massachusetts dropped significantly after it adopted mandatory health care coverage in 2006, a study released Monday found, offering evidence that the country's first experiment with universal coverage …
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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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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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
Arthur Chu / The Daily Beast:
Yes, Brendan Eich Is Like Donald Sterling (He's Even Scarier)  —  Did Donald Sterling ever try to use the power of the state to annul the marriages of thousands of people he never met because he disapproved of them?  Ex-Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich did.  —  We've heard a lot recently about what constitutes …
 
 
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Heather Digby Parton / Salon:
GOP's demented “Benghazi!” disease: Why conservatives so desperately need a scandal
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