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12:15 PM 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...
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
Discussion: RedState and Mediaite
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
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.
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
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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.”
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.
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 …
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.
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
Washington Post:
Eastern Ukrainians vote for self-rule in referendum opposed by West  —  DONETSK, Ukraine — Residents of two regions of eastern Ukraine turned out in significant numbers Sunday to vote in support of self-rule in a referendum that threatens to deepen divisions in a country already heading perilously toward civil war.
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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
 
 
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Avik Roy / Forbes:
New McKinsey Survey: 74% Of Obamacare Sign-Ups Were Previously Insured
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P. J. O'Rourke / The Daily Beast:
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Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Hagel ‘Open’ to Reviewing Military's Ban on Transgender People
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Scott Kaufman / The Raw Story:
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