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10:20 AM ET, May 12, 2014

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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
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NBC News:
Southern Democrats Competitive Despite Rough Midterm Climate - NBC News  —  Democratic candidates are holding their own in three key Senate races despite a daunting political environment for their party in the upcoming midterm electi...
Gabriel Arana / American Prospect:
The Unbearable Whiteness of Liberal Media  —  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.  Everyone on the masthead of this liberal publication …
Discussion: National Review
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Hillary Clinton Already Answered The Benghazi Question Trey Gowdy Has For Her  —  Video Benghazi Investigation Benghazi Attack Trey Gowdy Investigation Trey Gowdy Benghazi Trey Gowdy Benghazi Questions Trey Gowdy Hillary Clinton Trey Gowdy Benghazi Committee Benghazi Hillary Clinton Hillary Clinton Benghazi
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Michael Bloomberg defends Hillary Clinton on Benghazi
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Hot Air
New York Post:
Our newly efficient IRS  —  That's quite some efficiency.  Back in March, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told a House committee investigating the targeting of conservative organizations that it “would take years to produce” all the data Congress demanded.  —  Now, just a day after the full House voted …
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.”
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.
CNN:
Donald Sterling tells Anderson Cooper: I was ‘baited’ into ‘a terrible mistake’  —  Clips from the exclusive interview with Donald Sterling will be released on CNN.com and “New Day” in the early morning.  Watch Anderson Cooper's full interview with Sterling at 8 p.m. ET Monday on “AC360” on CNN.
Marist Poll:
5/12: Arkansas: Pryor Leads for U.S. Senate; Hutchinson Ahead for Governor  —  In the race for U.S. Senate in Arkansas, Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor is ahead of Republican Tom Cotton, 51% to 40%, among registered voters statewide including those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate.
Rand Paul / New York Times:
Show Us the Drone Memos  —  WASHINGTON — I BELIEVE that killing an American citizen without a trial is an extraordinary concept and deserves serious debate.  I can't imagine appointing someone to the federal bench, one level below the Supreme Court, without fully understanding …
Discussion: Lawfare and Vox Popoli
Carrie Dann / NBC News:
In Polling Obamacare, A Label Makes A Big Difference  —  When it comes to views of the new health care law, sometimes it's all in a name.In Kentucky, a new Marist poll conducted for NBC News finds that 57 percent of registered voters have an unfavorable view of “Obamacare,” …
Dave Canton / Union-News:
Chicopee woman faces wiretapping charges after allegedly recording her own arrest  —  SPRINGFIELD— A Chicopee woman apparently got a little too loud and belligerent while drinking on Chestnut Street Sunday morning, and refused to cooperate with police when they asked her to quiet down.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Raw Story
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Hagel ‘Open’ to Reviewing Military's Ban on Transgender People  —  WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in an interview broadcast on Sunday that the military should “continually” review its prohibition on transgender people in the armed forces, calling into question whether …
Discussion: ABC News, The Week and The Daily Caller
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Mike McCormick / WYFF-TV:
Student's art rejected from school show for being ‘inappropriate’
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MJ Lee / Politico:
Mitt Romney adviser: Tim Geithner's lying
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P. J. O'Rourke / The Daily Beast:
Russian History Is on Our Side: Putin Will Surely Screw Himself
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Scott Kaufman / The Raw Story:
Jindal: ‘The war over religious liberty is a war over free speech’
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Anthony Faiola / Washington Post:
A modern pope gets old school on the Devil
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Emmarie Huetteman / New York Times:
Rubio on a Presidential Bid, and Climate Change
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