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8:25 PM ET, May 21, 2014

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Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
Same-Sex Marriage Support Reaches New High at 55%  —  Nearly eight in 10 young adults favor gay marriage  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans' support for the law recognizing same-sex marriages as legally valid has increased yet again, now at 55%.  Marriage equality advocates have had a string …
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Marc Levy / Associated Press:
Pennsylvania Won't Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Case
Jay Michaelson / The Daily Beast:
Pennsylvania. Oregon. Is Gay Marriage Unstoppable?
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Slate
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Thunder Down Ballot  —  In one more observation about the Georgia primary, some interesting things happened in GOP U.S. House races.  One of the most common Twitter-memes early last night was that no matter who won the ultimate Senate prize, Congress would be rid of Paul Broun and Phil Gingrey …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Booman Tribune
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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Bucking Deputies, Pelosi Picks 5 Democrats for Benghazi Panel  —  WASHINGTON — Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, disregarding some of her closest lieutenants in the Democratic leadership, appointed a full slate of House Democrats on Wednesday to a special committee investigating …
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Pelosi ‘Leaning Toward’ Full Participation In New Benghazi Probe
Discussion: Daily Kos
ThinkProgress:
Pope Francis Makes Biblical Case For Addressing Climate Change: ‘If We Destroy Creation, Creation Will Destroy Us’  —  Pope Francis made the religious case for tackling climate change on Wednesday, calling on his fellow Christians to become “Custodians of Creation” and issuing a dire warning …
Discussion: The Week
Kevin Poulsen / Wired:
Snowden's First Move Against the NSA Was a Party in Hawaii  —  It was December 11, 2012, and in a small art space behind a furniture store in Honolulu, NSA contractor Edward Snowden was working to subvert the machinery of global surveillance.  —  Snowden was not yet famous.
Discussion: Techdirt and Poynter
Peter Wehner / Commentary Magazine:
The New Obama Narrative: Epic Incompetence  —  The last eight months have battered the Obama administration.  From the botched rollout of the health-care website to the VA scandal, events are now cementing certain impressions about Mr. Obama.  Among the most damaging is this: He is unusually, even epically, incompetent.
Discussion: Power Line and Ed Driscoll
The Hill:
Vet scandal rocks Obama  —  The White House tried Tuesday to douse flames of criticism over allegations that dozens of veterans have died because of gross mismanagement at Veterans Affairs hospitals.  —  President Obama's chief of staff, Denis McDonough, met frustrated Democrats on Capitol Hill …
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New York Times:
Obama Vows a Forceful Response to Veteran Care Issues
Discussion: Hot Air
Mary Bruce / ABC News:
Obama on Allegations of VA Misconduct: ‘I Will Not Stand for It’
Discussion: Politico, Firedoglake and CNN
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
U.S. utility's control system was hacked, says Homeland Security  —  (Reuters) - A sophisticated hacking group recently attacked a U.S. public utility and compromised its control system network, but there was no evidence that the utility's operations were affected, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
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Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Planned Homeland Security headquarters, long delayed and over budget, now in doubt
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Balloon Juice
Marc Caputo / Naked Politics:
Joe Garcia gets in America Rising's crosshairs (again) with ‘Communism works’ line  —  Beware, Joe Garcia, America Rising PAC is watching.  —  When the Democratic Miami Congressman appeared to eat earwax during a committee hearing (he didn't, he says), the political action committee was quick to catch it and post the video.
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Brendan Bordelon / The Daily Caller:
Dem Congressman: 'We've Proved That Communism Works'
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
WTF?  —  I'm not sure why this isn't a bigger deal.  I hadn't heard about it other than in this brief passage tucked away in a Politico article about the House GOP agriculture bill.  But it takes a small program intended provide meals to children in the school lunch program during …
ThinkProgress:
The Untold Story Of What Happened At An Overcrowded West Virginia Jail After The Chemical Spill  —  When roughly 10,000 gallons of chemicals leaked into a West Virginia watershed this January, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency.  Officials shut down schools …
Dennis Wagner / Arizona Republic:
FBI reverses no-recording policy for interrogations  —  Since the FBI began under President Theodore Roosevelt in 1908, agents have not only shunned the use of tape recorders, they've been prohibited by policy from making audio and video records of statements by criminal suspects without special approval.
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Team Romney Thinks It's Winning The GOP Civil War  —  Mitt's biggest fans celebrate the triumph of Romney Republicanism in Pennsylvania, Oregon, and Idaho.  “The Romney brand has had a real resurgence,” says O'Brien.  —  Steve Marcus / Reuters / Reuters  —  For the small orbit of friends …
Joseph Shapiro / NPR:
Supreme Court Ruling Not Enough To Prevent Debtors' Prisons … Debtors' prisons were outlawed in the United States nearly 200 years ago.  And more than 30 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court made it clear: Judges cannot send someone to jail just because they are too poor to pay their court fines.
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
U.S. deploys 80 troops to Chad to help find kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls  —  The United States has deployed 80 troops to Chad to augment efforts to find Nigerian schoolgirls who were taken hostage by a militant Islamist group, the White House announced Wednesday, in a significant escalation …
Bluegrass Politics:
Mitch McConnell challenges Alison Lundergan Grimes to three debates  —  By Sam Youngman syoungman@herald-leader.com U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, fresh off his primary win against challenger Matt Bevin, is challenging Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes to three debates.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Robert Mackey / New York Times:
Young Iranians Arrested for Being Too ‘Happy in Tehran’  —  Just days after Iran's president denounced Internet censorship as “cowardly,” six young Iranians were arrested and forced to repent on state television Tuesday for the grievous offense of proclaiming themselves to be “Happy in Tehran …
Josh Kraushaar / NationalJournal.com:
The Clinton Magic Fades in Philadelphia  —  Chelsea Clinton's mother-in-law loses badly in her comeback congressional bid.  —  GLENSIDE, PA.—As Marjorie Margolies chit-chatted with voters for last-minute support at a polling station in this leafy Philadelphia suburb, her campaign aide Dylan McGarry …
Discussion: US News, msnbc.com, Washington Post and CNN
 
 
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Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Ex-Christie Aide Tells of Push to Win Over Fort Lee's Mayor
Discussion: Daily Kos and Balloon Juice
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
White House ‘strongly supports’ NSA bill
Discussion: Politico
Sally Kohn / The Daily Beast:
The Chipotle Anti-Gun ‘Scandal’ Has the Right Up in Arms
David Weigel / Slate:
Todd Akin a Tea Partyer? Not So Much.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and RedState
Isaac Chotiner / The New Republic:
Get Ready for a National Debate About Slavery Reparations
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Chamber of Commerce funnels $100K to back Thad Cochran
Discussion: BuzzFeed, The Hill and Washington Post
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg View:
Taxing a Professor's Privilege
Discussion: Althouse
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Extraordinary Elite Delusions and the Madness of Commissions
Mitch McConnell / Salon:
GOP's quiet election scandal: What Tuesday's results really mean for workers
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
‘Over My Dead Body’: Spies Fight Obama Push to Downsize Terror War
Discussion: The Jawa Report and NewsBusters
Adam Weinstein / Gawker:
AP Editor Accidentally Adds Her Buzzfeed Cover Letter to Photo Caption
ThinkProgress:
How South Florida Is Ignoring The State's Leading Politicians And Taking On Climate Change