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1:20 PM ET, May 13, 2014

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Katie Glueck / Politico:
Karl Rove: Hillary Clinton might have brain injury  —  Republican strategist Karl Rove suggested last week that Hillary Clinton suffers from brain damage, according to a new report.  —  The New York Post's Page Six section reported Monday that Rove, appearing at a conference …
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Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Karl Rove disputes Hillary Clinton remarks  —  Karl Rove never explicitly said that Hillary Clinton had brain damage, the Republican strategist said Tuesday morning on Fox News.  —  “I never used that phrase,” Rove said when asked about a New York Post report that said he suggested …
Kevin Cirilli / The Hill:
Plouffe: Clinton even more formidable now  —  Former Obama campaign adviser David Plouffe said Hillary Clinton will be more formidable as a 2016 presidential candidate than she was in 2008.  —  “Does Hillary Clinton run?  If she does, I'm sure that, on our side, there'll be a Democrat …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
“Karl Rove has deceived the country for years, but there are no words for this level of lying...
David Keys / The Independent:
Exclusive: Found after 500 years, the wreck of Christopher Columbus's flagship the Santa Maria  —  Shipwreck found off coast of Haiti thought to be one of the most significant underwater discoveries in history  —  More than five centuries after Christopher Columbus's flagship, the Santa Maria …
Reed Abelson / New York Times:
More Insured, but the Choices Are Narrowing  —  In the midst of all the turmoil in health care these days, one thing is becoming clear: No matter what kind of health plan consumers choose, they will find fewer doctors and hospitals in their network — or pay much more for the privilege of going to any provider they want.
Harvard News:
Even as Harvard Group Drops Sponsorship, Black Mass Underway at Hong Kong  —  Although the Harvard Extension School Cultural Studies Club dropped its sponsorship of a reenactment of a satanic “black mass” ritual earlier in the night, members of the New York-based Satanic Temple gathered …
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The Boston Globe:
Amid outcry, black mass at Harvard is called off
Michael Parsons / The Irish Times:
Letters to priest provide rare insight into life of Jackie Kennedy  —  A 14-year correspondence with Fr Joseph Leonard reveal thoughts about marriage to President John F Kennedy and reaction to his assassination  —  Jackie Kennedy's long and close correspondence with a Dublin priest gives …
Discussion: ABC News and The Week
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
The IRS scandal for dummies  —  Paul Caron holds down the fort at the TaxProf Blog.  On his site he has provided daily compilations of news stories and editorial commentary bearing on the IRS scandal over the past year.  He has not otherwise made his point of view on the scandal apparent.
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Paul L. Caron / USA Today:
The media ignore IRS scandal: Column
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Benghazi panel in recess limbo  —  A special panel to investigate the deadly Benghazi attack is in limbo during the House recess, with Democrats weighing whether to participate and Republicans vowing to proceed alone, if necessary.  —  The two parties are at odds over the rules governing …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Lindsey Graham / The Post and Courier:
Charleston County Republicans censure U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham  —  Charleston County Republicans fought among themselves Monday night before deciding to issue a “censure” of U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham for not being Republican enough.  —  The vote was immediately criticized …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Roll Call
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Jeb 2016: The Bush battle within  —  Jeb Bush's decision whether to run for president in 2016 is being driven by competing impulses within his own family.  On one side is his eldest son, George P., who's unabashedly and publicly supportive of his father's potential candidacy.
Adam Weinstein / Gawker:
Here Is a Collection of Twitter Trolls Teaching Photoshop to Ann Coulter  —  Ann Coulter's bulls**t conservative troll game is slipping.  In her zeal to land a jab against... Twitter?  Michelle Obama?  Nigerian schoolgirls?... she opened a door for her detractors, and they jumped through …
KMOV-TV:
News 4 investigates: Workers paid taxpayer dollars to do nothing  —  (KMOV.com) - News 4 dug for answers after finding out workers in Wentzville are being paid do nothing at a facility where they are supposed to be processing paper applications of those signing up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
Diane Dimond / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Michael Jackson Hit With New Sex Abuse Claim  —  The star of a 1987 Pepsi ad featuring Michael Jackson has joined a suit against the singer's estate, alleging that Jackson sexually abused him for years.  —  And then there were five.  The Daily Beast has learned that another man …
New York Times:
What Mr. Putin Can't Control  —  If there were questions about the legitimacy of the separatist referendums in eastern Ukraine, the farcical names of the entities on which people were asked to vote — the self-declared People's Republics of Donetsk or Luhansk — surely answered them.
Larry J. Sabato / Politico:
The 2014 GOP Wave  —  The big question for 2014: Will we see a GOP ripple ... or a tsunami?  —  Last week, Republican primary voters passed their first Senate test, producing a North Carolina nominee, Thom Tillis, who is merely imperfect, not catastrophic.
Discussion: Washington Post
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP blocks energy bill, scuttling vote on Keystone XL pipeline  —  Senate Republicans on Monday blocked bipartisan-energy efficiency legislation and derailed a promised vote on the Keystone XL pipeline, striking a blow against two Democratic incumbents facing tough re-election races.
Washington Post:
Marco Rubio makes a wrong turn on climate change  —  SEN. MARCO Rubio (Fla.), whom many presume to be a contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, said two things Sunday about climate change.  Only one could fit into a presidential campaign worth taking seriously.
Shane Goldmacher / NationalJournal.com:
Carl DeMaio Apologizes for Lifted Pension Report  —  After plagiarizing a National Journal investigative project to make a case against his opponent, the California Republican says he's “mortified.”  —  Carl DeMaio(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) … SHARE THIS STORY  —  SHARE THIS STORY
Dale Russakoff / New Yorker:
I. THE PACT  —  Late one night in December, 2009, a black Chevy Tahoe in a caravan of cops and residents moved slowly through some of the most dangerous neighborhoods of Newark.  In the back sat the Democratic mayor, Cory Booker, and the Republican governor-elect of New Jersey, Chris Christie.
Discussion: Politico and The Verge
Richard Ingham / Agence France-Presse:
Electrical stimulation of brain alters dreams  —  Paris (AFP) - Scientists on Sunday said they had used a harmless electrical current to modify sleep so that an individual has “lucid dreams,” a particularly powerful form of dreaming.  —  The discovery provides insights into the mechanism of dreaming …
Francesca Chambers / Daily Mail:
White House wanted Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner to LIE to the public about social security being behind the deficit  — In his memoir, out today, former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says the White House wanted him to mislead Americans about the long term costs of Social Security
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
New AP guidelines: Keep it brief  —  This is a short news article about how news articles are becoming shorter.  —  The world's largest independent news organization, the Associated Press, for one, has told its journalists to cut the fat — and keep their stories between 300 and 500 words …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Dems mistake 8 million sign-ups as happiness with Obamacare  —  BARACK OBAMA OBAMACARE 2014 ELECTIONS NANCY PELOSI  —  There's been a dramatic turnaround in some Democrats' thinking about Obamacare and the 2014 elections.  Where lawmakers once sought to avoid blame for their national health care overhaul …
Discussion: Fox News and Washington Post
 
 
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