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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
In midterm elections, Democrats can have some hope of retaining control of Senate  —  Senate races are not House races.  —  This seems obvious.  But amid increasing chatter about just how bad the national environment will be for Democrats in midterm elections this fall, it's an important point to remember.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Voter Enthusiasm Down Sharply From 2010  —  Republicans, Democrats less enthusiastic about voting  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A majority of U.S. registered voters, 53%, say they are less enthusiastic about voting than in previous elections, while 35% are more enthusiastic.
Gabriel Arana / American Prospect:
The Unbearable Whiteness of Liberal Media  —  This article has been corrected.  —  On the staff of The American Prospect, I'm the only member of an ethnic minority.  That's not because I bring all the variety the magazine needs, or because the editors don't think diversity is valuable.
TMZ.com:
Jay Z PHYSICALLY ATTACKED by Beyonce's Sister Solange [VIDEO]  —  PHYSICALLY ATTACKED BY BEYONCE'S SISTER [VIDEO]  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  11:33 AM PT — TMZ has obtained an EXTENDED VERSION of the elevator footage ... showing Solange continuing her attack on Jay Z for 2 more minutes.
New York Times:
Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans as Antarctic Ice Melts  —  The collapse of large parts of the ice sheet in West Antarctica appears to have begun and is almost certainly unstoppable, with global warming accelerating the pace of the disintegration, two groups of scientists reported Monday.
Discussion: Gothamist
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
GOP goes quiet on ObamaCare  —  House Republicans have no scheduled votes or hearings on ObamaCare, signaling a shift in the party's strategy as the White House rides a wave of good news on the law.  —  Not a single House committee has announced plans to attack the healthcare law in the coming weeks …
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Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck departing for AHIP
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Allen West / Allen B. West:
Focus on Boko Haram right now seems fishy to me  —  I find it interesting that everyone (including the First Lady) is now all up in arms about Boko Haram and their jihadist actions.  After all, we reported on the kidnappings of the girls quite some time ago - this isn't breaking news.
Discussion: Politico and The Raw Story
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Lanre Ola / Reuters:
Boko Haram offers to swap kidnapped Nigerian girls for prisoners
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Hillary and me  —  The 2008 campaign was a nightmare.  Will 2016 be as bad?  —  The date was December 3, 2007, and the plane was a gleaming Gulfstream corporate jet, crammed to its wood veneer with bottled water, uneaten crudités, Hillary-Clinton-for-President staffers …
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Pamela Engel / Business Insider:
Here Are The Drunkest Countries In The World [MAP]  —  Alcohol consumption varies widely across the globe, and the U.S. stacks up pretty well compared to some other countries.  —  As the map below from the World Health Organization shows, Russians and their neighbors drink more than almost everyone else in the world.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and The Week
New York Times:
Tea Party Activists See Own Groups Among Washington Adversaries  —  WASHINGTON — The still-emerging Tea Party movement is not merely waging war against the Republican establishment this year.  Some of its more heated disputes are coming from within.  —  That struggle is playing out vividly …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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Eliana Johnson / National Review:   Rubio's Resurgence  —  Marco Rubio is flashing across a lot …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Crazy Climate Economics  —  Everywhere you look these days, you see Marxism on the rise.  Well, O.K., maybe you don't — but conservatives do.  If you so much as mention income inequality, you'll be denounced as the second coming of Joseph Stalin; Rick Santorum has declared that any use of the word “class” is “Marxism talk.”
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Iowa Republican Senate Candidate Still Thinks Iraq Had WMDs  —  Rising Iowa senate candidate Joni Ernst told the Des Moines Register board in a meeting last Friday she still believes Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.  —  “I do have reason to believe there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq,” Ernst said.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Chamber Prez: GOP Has No Chance In 2016 If It Blocks Immigration Reform  —  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has strongly supported Republican candidates and priorities in recent years.  So it was notable when its leader on Monday said the GOP shouldn't even bother to field a presidential nominee …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Congressman Agrees Obama Is Killing Veterans, Suggests Obamacare Enrollees Will Be Next  —  A Republican congressman agreed on Monday that President Barack Obama is “killing veterans” for political expediency during a radio interview on News Radio 710 KEEL and suggested that Obama would apply …
Discussion: The Raw Story and CNN
Ruth R. Wisse / Wall Street Journal:
The Closing of the Collegiate Mind  —  Opponents of free speech have chalked up many campus victories lately as ideological conformity marches on.  —  There was a time when people looking for intellectual debate turned away from politics to the university.
 
 
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