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2:50 PM ET, May 6, 2014

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Vanity Fair:
Exclusive: Monica Lewinsky Writes About Her Affair with President Clinton  —  Monica Lewinsky writes in Vanity Fair for the first time about her affair with President Clinton: “It's time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress.”  She also says: “I, myself, deeply regret what happened between me and President Clinton.
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Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Monica Lewinsky in Vanity Fair: Time to burn beret  —  Monica Lewinsky is taking to the pages of Vanity Fair to address her affair with former President Bill Clinton, writing that she avoided the spotlight for fear of becoming an issue during Hillary Clinton's 2008 campaign …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Hillary Clinton pushes gun control, Obamacare
Discussion: CNN and Washington Free Beacon
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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Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Jeb Bush edges up, Hillary Clinton slightly slides, in CNN 2016 poll  —  Washington (CNN) - She's still the overwhelming front runner in the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, but according to a new national poll Hillary Clinton's support has slightly deteriorated since the beginning of the year.
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Rand Paul Wants Hillary Clinton Subpoenaed By Benghazi Committee (VIDEO)
Discussion: Liberaland and susiemadrak.com
Justin Gillis / New York Times:
Wide Impact of Climate Change Already Seen in U.S., Study Says  —  The effects of human-induced climate change are being felt in every corner of the United States, scientists reported Tuesday, with water growing scarcer in dry regions, torrential rains increasing in wet regions …
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
White House Hopes Report Will Change GOP Minds On Climate Change
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
New York Times:
A Defeat for Religious Neutrality  —  The American values of pluralism and inclusion are central to the First Amendment, which forbids government from favoring or aligning itself with any particular religion or believers over nonbelievers.  —  In a lamentable ruling on Monday …
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Reaction
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Cornelius Swart / KGW-TV:
Gov. Kitzhaber helps save woman's life  —  PORTLAND — Oregon's governor performed CPR on an unconscious woman in downtown Portland Monday, providing her medical assistance and helping to keep her alive until paramedics could arrive.  —  Gov. John Kitzhaber was traveling by car through downtown Portland …
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Gov. John Kitzhaber / Oregonian:
Gov. John Kitzhaber performs CPR on woman lying unconscious on Portland street
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 …
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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 …
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ACP Journal Club:
Changes in Mortality After Massachusetts Health Care Reform: A Quasi-experimental Study  —  Benjamin D. Sommers, MD, PhD; Sharon K. Long, PhD; and Katherine Baicker, PhD  —  Ann Intern Med. 2014;160(9):585-593. doi:10.7326/M13-2275  —  Background: The Massachusetts 2006 health care reform …
Jim Romenesko:
Survey: Most say journalism is headed in the wrong direction  —  Profs at the Indiana University School of Journalism surveyed 1,080 journalists and found:  —  * Six in ten say their newsrooms have shrunk during the past year, while only 13.2% report newsroom growth.
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Just 7 percent of journalists are Republicans. That's far fewer than even a decade ago.
Discussion: Mediaite and National Review
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.
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Emily Schultheis / Politico:
House candidate: I'd ‘rather see’ terror attack than TSA screening  —  A candidate for Congress in Georgia said earlier this year that he'd rather see another terrorist attack on the United States than have Transportation Security Agency screenings at airports.
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Nancy Pelosi calls for split Benghazi panel  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said the select committee probing the attack in Benghazi should be split equally between Democrats and Republicans.  —  “If this review is to be fair, it must be truly bipartisan,” Pelosi said in a Tuesday morning statement.
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Pelosi Calls For Equal Ratio Of Dem, GOP Members On Benghazi Panel
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Daily Kos
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Lawmaker Who Compared Obamacare To Holocaust: You're Missing My Point  —  The Tennessee lawmaker who compared Obamacare's individual mandate to Nazis deporting Jews to concentration camps thinks his critics missed the point.  —  State Sen. Stacey Campfield (R) caused a stir Monday morning …
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Roque Planas / The Huffington Post:
MSNBC Celebrates Cinco De Mayo In Worst Possible Way  —  MSNBC tried its hand at cultural commentary on Monday with a Cinco de Mayo segment featuring a stereotypical portrayal of a stumbling Mexican by a reporter pretending to guzzle tequila straight from the bottle.
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Adrian Carrasquillo / BuzzFeed:
Here's A Cringeworthy Video Of What MSNBC Thinks Cinco De Mayo Is About
Paul Roderick Gregory / Forbes:
Putin's ‘Human Rights Council’ Accidentally Posts Real Crimean Election Results  —  The website of the “President of Russia's Council on Civil Society and Human Rights” posted a blog that was quickly taken down as if it were toxic radioactive waste.  According to the Council's report …
Globe and Mail:
Ford turns back from United States  —  After announcing he was taking time off to go to rehab, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford boarded a plane to Chicago last Thursday, landed, but then turned around before officially entering the United States.  —  “He voluntarily withdrew his application to enter the USA …
 
 
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David Freedlander / The Daily Beast:
Happy Huckabee Gets Mad
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Andy McSmith / The Independent:
Collapse in pay lies behind Britain's return to work: Self-employed are hidden victims of recession, report warns
Discussion: Spectator
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
So Many Jihadists Are Flocking to Libya, It's Becoming ‘Scumbag Woodstock’
Colin Campbell / The New York Observer:
Michael Grimm: ‘I Really Am One of the Luckiest Members of Congress’
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama Biographer: ‘The World Seems to Disappoint Him’
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Voting Rights Act fixes should get a vote in the House and Senate
Discussion: National Review
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
How the White House helped Republicans on Benghazi
Wall Street Journal:
The Catholic Church and the Convention on Torture
Arthur Chu / The Daily Beast:
Yes, Brendan Eich Is Like Donald Sterling (He's Even Scarier)
Laura Donnelly / Telegraph:
Hundreds of asthma deaths could be prevented
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Mark White / Politico:
Why I Changed My Mind About the Death Penalty