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12:30 PM ET, May 11, 2014

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Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
CNN Poll: Should Obamacare be kept or repealed?  —  Washington (CNN) - A majority of Americans want to keep the federal health care law as is, or make some changes to improve it, according to a new national poll.  —  But a CNN/ORC International survey released Sunday also indicates public attitudes …
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Dan Merica / CNN:
In memoir excerpts, Clinton honors her mom  —  Washington (CNN) - Hillary Clinton honored her late mother, Dorothy Howell Rodham, as her life's biggest influence in excerpts from her upcoming memoir, “Hard Choices,” released Sunday by Vogue magazine.  —  Clinton, whose first grandchild …
Discussion: Politico and Althouse
Dana Davidsen / CNN:
DNC chairwoman: GOP using Benghazi to ‘gin up their base’ ahead of midterms  —  (CNN) - Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said Republicans are digging up the issue of the 2012 attack in Benghazi to drive turnout this election year.  —  Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee …
Mark Steyn / Steyn Online:
BringBackOurBalls  —  It is hard not to have total contempt for a political culture that thinks the picture at right is a useful contribution to rescuing 276 schoolgirls kidnapped by jihadist savages in Nigeria.  Yet some pajama boy at the White House evidently felt getting the First Lady …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Nafeez Ahmed / Guardian:
Behind the rise of Boko Haram - ecological disaster, oil crisis, spy games  —  Islamist militancy in Nigeria is being strengthened by western and regional fossil fuel interests  —  The kidnapping of over 200 Nigerian school girls, and the massacre of as many as 300 civilians in the town of Gamboru Ngala …
Chris Reed / The Daily Caller:
30-year New York Times Science Writer Out After Writing Book About Genetics, Race  —  Nicholas Wade, a British-born science reporter and editor for more than 30 years with The New York Times, is no longer with the newspaper — just days after the release of his latest book …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
CNN:
Obama congratulates Michael Sam, first openly gay player drafted by NFL  —  (CNN) — President Barack Obama congratulated Michael Sam on Saturday for being the first openly gay football player taken in the National Football League draft, the White House said in a statement.
Discussion: New York Times, Towleroad and Rumproast
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Betsy Klein / ABC News:
Obama Congratulates Michael Sam, White House Says
Benjamin Bell / ABC News:
Sen. Marco Rubio: Yes, I'm Ready to be President  —  He's a 42-year-old freshman senator, but when asked by Jonathan Karl on “This Week” if he's ready to be president, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida answered without hesitation.  —  “I do ... but I think that's true for multiple …
Jenna Portnoy / Washington Post:
Cantor faces tea party fury in his back yard  —  SHORT PUMP, VA. — Just a few miles from his family home, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) felt the wrath of the tea party Saturday, when activists in his congressional district booed and heckled the second-most powerful House Republican.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Wis. prosecutors abuse the law for partisan ends  —  U.S. District Judge Rudolph T. Randa, revolted by the police-state arrogance of some elected prosecutors, has stopped a partisan abuse of law enforcement that was masquerading as political hygiene.  Last Tuesday, Randa halted the corruption …
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Biden takes shot at Clintons in SC  —  Vice President Joe Biden gave a closed-door speech Friday to South Carolina Democrats that included a shot at the Clintons.  —  Biden, a potential 2016 candidate, said the unraveling of middle-class financial security began in “the later years …
Discussion: Liberaland and Hot Air
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
With Malice Toward Nuns  —  WASHINGTON — SO much for all the cozy hugs and soothing cold calls and fun selfies and humble gestures and talk of mercy, love, inclusion, equality and justice.  —  Pope Francis appears guilty of condoning that most base Vatican sport: bullying nuns.
Discussion: Daily Kos
ThinkProgress:
Saturday's Illegal Cliven Bundy-Endorsed ATV Rally Runs Through Sacred American Indian Sites  —  Matt Lee-Ashley is a Senior Fellow with the Public Lands Project at the Center for American Progress.  —  This Aug. 11, 2009 photo shows a restored cliff dwelling south of Blanding, Utah.
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Republicans Tighten Grip on Debates in 2016 Race  —  MEMPHIS — The Republican National Committee moved Friday to seize control of the presidential primary debates in 2016, another step in a coordinated effort by the party establishment to reshape the nominating process.
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James Hohmann / Politico:
GOP leaders reconsider Rand Paul
Discussion: Liberal Values and PoliticusUSA
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Why Lois Lerner Should Be Granted Immunity  —  In this week's episode of the Capitol Hill soap opera, Lois Lerner, the apparatchik at the center of the IRS jihad against conservative groups, was at long, long last held in contempt of Congress.  Amid the farce, the House's IRS probe is floundering.
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Jonathan Alter / The Daily Beast:
Six Catholics, Three Jews and Not Much Memory at the Supreme Court
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Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
WHITE HOUSE TO FOCUS ON ROAD, BRIDGE REPAIR
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U.S. Officers Kill Armed Civilians in Yemen Capital
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