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2:50 AM ET, May 21, 2014

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Carl Willis / WSB-TV:
School district apologizes over yearbook quote incident  —  Sponsored Links  —  CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. —  UPDATE: Paris Gray and her family met with the school's principal and the area superintendent on Tuesday.  They apologized for the miscommunication and said they would not deny her giving a speech at graduation.
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James Hamblin / The Atlantic Online:
The Chemistry Joke That Got a Student Suspended  —  Paris Gray, upstanding vice president of her about-to-graduate high-school class in Jonesboro, Georgia, was suspended last Friday when administrators figured out what her yearbook quote meant.  It read:
James Hohmann / Politico:
2014 primary election results: Establishment, self-funders win big in primaries  —  Tuesday was a great night for incumbents, the GOP establishment and self-funders.  —  It was a bad night to be a Clinton in-law.  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell defeated his GOP challenger …
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Bill Barrow / Associated Press:
Ga., Ky. Primaries: Lots of Attention, Few Votes  —  A relatively small slice of the electorate will participate in Republican primaries in Georgia and Kentucky, despite international attention and eye-popping sums of money heaped on races that will help determine which party controls …
Discussion: CNN
Peter Hamby / CNN:
How Mitch McConnell crushed the tea party
Discussion: Washington Post
Bloomberg:
Businesses Turn Out Workers' Votes to Stomp Tea Party
Discussion: Washington Post
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Federal Judge Strikes Down Pennsylvania Same-Sex Marriage Ban  —  “We now join the twelve federal district courts across the country [that] ... have concluded that all couples deserve equal dignity in the realm of civil marriage.”  —  Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett delivers an address …
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David Weigel / Slate:
Rick Santorum Endorsed the Judge Who Just Legalized Gay Marriage in Pennsylvania  —  Gay marriage is legal in Pennsylvania today, following a ruling by U.S. District Judge John Jones.  Pennsylvania had gotten into the pre-emptive-ban game early in 1996, and that ban is now gone …
Otto Kitsinger / Associated Press:
Federal Appeals Court Puts Same-Sex Marriage On Hold In Idaho
Discussion: The Mahablog
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Bush-Appointed Judge Cites Scalia In Axing Pennsylania Gay Marriage Ban
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
The Sequel To Rand Paul's Epic Filibuster Is Happening Tomorrow  —  On Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, will filibuster President Barack Obama's nomination of David Barron to fill a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.  Paul first threatened to filibuster Barron last week.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Harry Reid optimistic on David Barron
Discussion: CNN
Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:
Reid Hints at ‘Nuclear’ Summer Over Debate Time
Discussion: Daily Kos and Booman Tribune
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
CNN President: We Won't Be ‘Shamed’ Into Covering Benghazi  —  CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker on Monday said that the network probably won't be covering the House select committee to investigate Benghazi.  —  “We're not going to be shamed into it by others who have political beliefs …
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ThinkProgress:
Biggest Loser: Thawing Greenland Competes With Collapsing Antarctic For Fastest Ice Loss  —  Several new studies underscore scientists' concerns we're headed toward a coastline at least this flooded (20 meters or 69 feet) over many hundreds of years:  —  The worst-case scenario for sea level rise …
CNN:
Boehner: Tea party and GOP aren't that different  —  (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday the tea party and conservative Republicans are basically one in the same.  —  As establishment Republican candidates try to fend off a series of tea party challengers in Tuesday's midterm primaries …
Discussion: NBC News
Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
Quiz: How Dumb Does Obama Think We Are?  —  The Veterans Affairs policy fiasco is magnified by an insulting-public relations strategy.  —  News quiz: President Obama and his communications team hope that Americans are: 1) Dumb; 2) Distracted; 3) Numb to government inefficiency; 4) All of above.
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Charles Levinson / Wall Street Journal:
Comey: FBI ‘Grappling’ With Hiring Policy Concerning Marijuana  —  Monday was a big day for the nation's cyber police.  The Justice Department charged five Chinese military officials with hacking, and brought charges against the creators of powerful hacking software.
Associated Press:
Dinesh D'Souza pleads guilty  —  NEW YORK — A conservative scholar and filmmaker has pleaded guilty in New York federal court to making illegal campaign contributions.  —  Dinesh D'Souza, of San Diego, entered the plea Tuesday Manhattan.  —  He admitted getting two close associates to make $10,000 contributions to Wendy Long.
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Jennifer Robison / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Nevada will dump Xerox as health insurance exchange contractor  —  The Silver State Health Insurance Exchange board voted unanimously Tuesday to end its relationship with Xerox, the vendor contracted in 2012 to build the exchange's Nevada Health Link website.
Discussion: Hot Air, ACASignups.net and Twitchy
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Big Debate  —  It's now clear that the end of the Soviet Union heralded an era of democratic complacency.  Without a rival system to test them, democratic governments have decayed across the globe.  In the U.S., Washington is polarized, stagnant and dysfunctional; a pathetic 26 percent …
David Folkenflik / NPR:
NPR To End ‘Tell Me More,’ Eliminate 28 Positions  —  NPR announced Wednesday that it would cease broadcast of the weekday program Tell Me More on Aug. 1 and eliminate 28 positions as part of a larger effort to end the company's persistent budget deficits.  —  “These times require …
David Zurawik / Baltimore Sun:
‘House of Cards’ looking for NSA director, senators, reporters  —  Casting call makes return feel official, after stormy off-season  —  After a politically stormy off-season, the return of “House of Cards” to Maryland becomes a reality with casting call notices like this one going out.
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Mike Cason / al.com:
League of South president wants ‘Secede’ billboard restored on I-85 in Montgomery  —  A billboard ad with the word ‘Secede’ was put up on Interstate 85 in Montgomery on Friday but was removed after complaints.  The League of the South, which paid for the ad, wants it restored.  (Mike Cason/mcason@al.com)
 
 
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Kate Tummarello / The Hill:
Privacy advocates angry as NSA reforms ‘watered down’
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Sam Roberts / New York Times:
Arthur Gelb, Critic and Editor Who Shaped The Times, Dies at 90
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Hillary Clinton to sit down with Diane Sawyer for first interview on her new book
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Extreme Weather: How El Niño Might Alter the Political Climate
Discussion: NewsBusters
Joe Miller / Salon:
Alaska's climate denial fiasco: Joe Miller's battle to be the state's biggest kook
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Walter Russell Mead / The American Interest Podcast:
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The next big fight over the safety net
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Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
Will Russell Bucklew's Execution Be the Next Death-Penalty Disaster?
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Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Al Qaeda's American Fighters Are Coming Home—And U.S. Intelligence Can't Find Them
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
Kerry: If We're Wrong on Climate Change, 'What's the Worst That Can Happen?'
Matt Vespa / CNSNews:
Video: College Students Ace Pop Music Quiz, Bomb Benghazi Question
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Convicted former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.: Presidential pardons for all ex-offenders
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