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7:30 AM ET, May 13, 2014

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J.D. Walker / Asheboro Courier Tribune:
Congressional candidate Keith Crisco dies suddenly at home  —  ASHEBORO — Asheboro businessman and congressional candidate, Keith Crisco, died suddenly at his home today.  —  Information is incomplete; however, early information indicates he suffered injuries from a fall around 1 p.m. at his home at 1263 Thayer Drive in Asheboro.
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Shushannah Walshe / ABC News:
Clay Aiken's Opponent in Congressional Race, Keith Crisco, Dies
Discussion: ABC News
Dana Davidsen / CNN:
North Carolina congressional candidate Keith Crisco dies
Discussion: ABC News
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Chamber of Commerce gives ultimatum to GOP  —  Tom Donohue, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said the GOP shouldn't even field a presidential candidate in 2016 unless Congress passes immigration reform this year.  —  “If the Republicans don't do it, they shouldn't bother to run a candidate in 2016 …
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
When will Boehner turn to immigration?
Burgess Everett / Politico:
John Boehner bans a return to earmarks
Discussion: CNN
Elise Foley / The Huffington Post:   Chamber Of Commerce President To GOP: Pass Immigration Reform Or Sit Out 2016
Jake Sherman / Politico:
John Boehner can't promise another 2 years as speaker
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Michael Paterniti / GQ Magazine Online:
The Man Who Knows Too Much  —  He works at the white-hot center of the media universe as the most reliable source for NSA surveillance scoops.  He talks to Edward Snowden most days and has full access to the complete archive.  And while Glenn Greenwald has spent the past year publishing revelations …
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Glenn Greenwald Doesn't Share Washington's Love Of Tim Russert  —  Tim Russert was revered inside the Beltway.  When the former “Meet the Press” host died suddenly in 2008, there was no shortage of tributes from his fellow Washingtonians.  —  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) hailed Russert as the …
Discussion: legacy.com
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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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.
Michael Hirsh / Politico:
The Boko Haram-Benghazi Link  —  In making the case that al Qaeda was on the run, the Obama administration sought to narrow down its enemies list - especially in Africa.  —  When it comes to out-conspiracizing his GOP competitors, Allen West is the master.
Discussion: CNN
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Steve Almasy / CNN:
CNN exclusive: Donald Sterling insists he's no racist, still slams Magic Johnson  —  (CNN) — Donald Sterling blamed Magic Johnson for his delayed apology to the controversy that has him fighting to keep his NBA team, and criticized the legendary NBA player's character, his battle with HIV …
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Ann Coulter's Hashtag Hijacking Of #BringBackOurGirls Backfires Big Time  —  Conservative pundit Ann Coulter on Sunday night joined the band of conservatives mocking the #BringBackOurGirls social media campaign, which began as a way to call attention to the 300 Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram.
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Adam Weinstein / Gawker:
Here Is a Collection of Twitter Trolls Teaching Photoshop to Ann Coulter
Bloomberg:
AT&T Said in Talks to Buy DirecTV for About $50 Billion  —  AT&T Inc. (T), joining the ranks of U.S. TV, Internet and wireless providers racing to consolidate, is in advanced talks to acquire DirecTV for about $50 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.
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
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Wiley Online Library:
Widespread, rapid grounding line retreat of Pine Island, Thwaites, Smith and Kohler glaciers, West Antarctica from 1992 to 2011.†  —  Additional Information Author Information  —  University of California Irvine, Dept. Earth System Science, Irvine, CA, USA
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 …
Discussion: The Raw Story and The Week
Matt K. Lewis / The Daily Caller:
Going down in flames: Shane Osborn decides to lose ugly in Nebraska  —  I was almost starting to feel sorry for Shane Osborn.  —  After all, he had been spurned by the conservative movement in favor of a fresher face named Ben Sasse, had been unceremoniously un-endorsed (for really no good reason) …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Staci Zaretsky / Above the Law:
In What State Do Courthouse Janitors Make More Money Than Prosecutors?  —  Some people go to law school not in the hope of making buckets of cash, but to bring justice to their communities.  With long hours and low pay, being a government attorney is a noble pursuit.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall.com:
I Checked My Privilege, And It's Doing Just Fine  —  1.2K  —  SHARES  —  Liberals have a new word for what normal people call “success.”  They call it “privilege,” as if a happy, prosperous life is the result of some magic process related to where your great-great-great-grandfather came from.
 
 
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
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Diane Dimond / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Michael Jackson Hit With New Sex Abuse Claim
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Mary Jo Rapini / MyFoxHouston:
Tinder app ‘hookups’ can ruin self-esteem in girls
Discussion: The Daily Banter
Medical Futility Blog:
Unilateral Do-Not-Attempt Resuscitation Orders at the Massachusetts General Hospital
Discussion: NewsBusters and National Review
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Huckabee Wants To Impeach Judge Who Struck Down Ark. Gay Marriage Ban
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James Walker / ESPN:
Don Jones apologizes for tweet
Brody Mullins / Wall Street Journal:
Club for Growth Cuts Spending in Idaho GOP Primary
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Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
Someone broke into President Garfield's tomb and stole his commemorative spoons
Discussion: The Verge and The Week
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Congressman Agrees Obama Is Killing Veterans, Suggests Obamacare Enrollees Will Be Next
Discussion: The Raw Story
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Iowa Republican Senate Candidate Still Thinks Iraq Had WMDs
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 

 
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