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9:50 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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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, A Republican, Will Not Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Ruling  —  A sign of the times.  —  Republican Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett speaks in Harrisburg, Pa.  —  The Associated Press  —  WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett will not be appealing Tuesday's …
Marc Levy / Associated Press:
Pennsylvania Won't Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Case
New York Times:
Pelosi Picks 5 Democrats For Panel On Benghazi  —  WASHINGTON — Representative Nancy Pelosi of California on Wednesday appointed a full slate of senior House Democrats to a special committee investigating the 2012 attack on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, surprising some in her party …
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Politico:
Clinton allies pressured Dems on Benghazi  —  Hillary Clinton's world was so worried about a Republican investigation of the Benghazi attacks, they sent a message to House Democrats: We need backup.  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) publicly considered boycotting the panel …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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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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 …
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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
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.
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Pat Sajak: Climate change tweet ‘parody’  —  “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak returned to Twitter to let his follower know his recent comment on global warming was just “hyperbole.”  —  “As most of you know, original Tweet was intended to parody the name-calling directed at climate skeptics.
Discussion: Mediaite
Adam Beam / Associated Press:
KY. DEMOCRAT MUM ON QUESTION OF ‘OBAMACARE’ VOTE  —  You are here  —  Home » United States Senate » Ky. Democrat mum on question of ‘Obamacare’ vote  —  BEATTYVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes on Wednesday twice refused to say whether …
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Bluegrass Politics:
Mitch McConnell challenges Alison Lundergan Grimes to three debates
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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.
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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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 …
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 …
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 …
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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Mary Bruce / ABC News:
Obama on Allegations of VA Misconduct: ‘I Will Not Stand for It’
Discussion: Politico, Firedoglake and CNN
Sancho Panza / SOOPERMEXICAN:
War On Women!!  Guess Which Democrat Candidate Deleted a Tweet Saying He Wanted to Punch the Face of a Conservative Woman!!  —  MEXCLUSIVE!!  It's so funny how liberals look the other way when a Democrat is caught advocating violence on women that I thought I'd give them another chance …
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Larry Kramer Lives to See His ‘Normal Heart’ Filmed for TV  —  Most revolutionaries don't live to see as much dizzying change as Larry Kramer has.  —  In the 1980s, he was the most strident, scolding voice in New York City (in the world, really) on behalf of gay men infected with H.I.V. …
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.
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.
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 …
 
 
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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
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Megan McArdle / Bloomberg View:
Taxing a Professor's Privilege
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The Clinton Magic Fades in Philadelphia
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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
 

 
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CBC to lose another 400 jobs by March

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New York Post and Daily News discussed working together; News considering digital-only future

 
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