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12:10 PM ET, May 6, 2014


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Vanity Fair:
Exclusive: Monica Lewinsky Writes About Her Affair with President Clinton  —  Monica Lewinsky writes in Vanity Fair for the first time about her affair with President Clinton: “It's time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress.”  She also says: “I, myself, deeply regret what happened between me and President Clinton.
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Mortality Drop Seen to Follow '06 Health Law  —  BOSTON — The death rate in Massachusetts dropped significantly after it adopted mandatory health care coverage in 2006, a study released Monday found, offering evidence that the country's first experiment with universal coverage …
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:   Mass. discarding broken ObamaCare site
Adrianna McIntyre / The Incidental Economist:
Health insurance saves lives. That means it improves health, too.
The Boston Globe:
Mass. scrapping flawed health insurance website
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Republican senators turning against their own in 2016  —  Fearful of a third successive Democratic triumph, concerned Senate Republicans are turning against 2016 presidential bids by upstart hopefuls within their own ranks.  —  In forceful comments to The Hill, GOP senators made it plain …
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Rand Paul Wants Hillary Clinton Subpoenaed By Benghazi Committee (VIDEO)  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a presumptive 2016 presidential contender, wants the current 2016 presumptive frontrunner Hillary Clinton to be dragged in front of the House's new committee on Benghazi to testify about the attacks.
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Jeb Bush edges up, Hillary Clinton slightly slides, in CNN 2016 poll
Discussion: Politico
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Judicial Nominee's Memos on Drones Stirring Bipartisan Concern in the Senate
Discussion: Power Line
Melissapamerktla / KTLA 5:
Rialto Assignment Asking Students to Question Holocaust to Be Revised  —  The Rialto school district planned to revise an eighth-grade assignment that raised red flags by asking students to consider arguments about whether the Holocaust — the systematic killing by the Nazis of some 6 million Jews …
Justin Gillis / New York Times:
Wide Impact of Climate Change Already Seen in U.S., Study Says  —  The effects of human-induced climate change are being felt in every corner of the United States, scientists reported Tuesday, with water growing scarcer in dry regions, torrential rains increasing in wet regions …
White House says effects of climate change are here  —  Washington (CNN) — Flooded rail lines.  Bigger, more frequent droughts.  A rash of wildfires.  —  Those are some of the alarming predictions in a White House climate change report released Tuesday, part of President Barack Obama's …
White House climate change report unveils dire warning, calls for action
Discussion: Shakesville and National Review
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Nancy Pelosi calls for split Benghazi panel  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said the select committee probing the attack in Benghazi should be split equally between Democrats and Republicans.  —  “If this review is to be fair, it must be truly bipartisan,” Pelosi said in a Tuesday morning statement.
Discussion: Hot Air
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Pelosi Calls For Equal Ratio Of Dem, GOP Members On Benghazi Panel  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Tuesday called for an equal ratio of Democrats and Republicans on the GOP's upcoming select committee to investigate the Benghazi attacks of 2012.  —  “If this review is to be fair, it must be truly bipartisan.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Daily Kos
Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
The Starting Gun for Competitive 2014 GOP Primaries
New York Times:
A Defeat for Religious Neutrality  —  The American values of pluralism and inclusion are central to the First Amendment, which forbids government from favoring or aligning itself with any particular religion or believers over nonbelievers.  —  In a lamentable ruling on Monday …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Lawmaker Who Compared Obamacare To Holocaust: You're Missing My Point  —  The Tennessee lawmaker who compared Obamacare's individual mandate to Nazis deporting Jews to concentration camps thinks his critics missed the point.  —  State Sen. Stacey Campfield (R) caused a stir Monday morning …
Cornelius Swart / KGW-TV:
Gov. Kitzhaber performs CPR, helps save woman's life  —  PORTLAND — Oregon's governor performed CPR on an unconscious woman in downtown Portland Monday, providing her medical assistance and helping to keep her alive until paramedics could arrive.  —  Gov. John Kitzhaber was traveling …
Juan Williams / The Hill:
House GOP walking into a trap  —  What happens to the House Republican caucus if Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) forces a vote on immigration reform?  —  Here are three predictions:  —  1. The bill passes.  An overwhelming majority of Republicans vote for it.
Globe and Mail:
Ford turns back from United States  —  After announcing he was taking time off to go to rehab, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford boarded a plane to Chicago last Thursday, landed, but then turned around before officially entering the United States.  —  “He voluntarily withdrew his application to enter the USA …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Fox Host Wants TV Meteorologists To Ask Obama About Benghazi Today (VIDEO)  —  What does the weather have to do with Benghazi?  —  Dana Perino, co-host of Fox News' “The Five,” challenged meteorologists on Monday to ask Obama the tough questions on the 2012 attacks in Libya.
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Daily Kos
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Release Obama's Benghazi intelligence briefings
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
How the White House helped Republicans on Benghazi  —  If Republicans succeed in turning the Benghazi “scandal” from a nothingburger into a Double Big Mac, the Obama White House can blame its own secrecy and obsessive control over information.  —  On Monday afternoon, a White House press briefing …
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Voting Rights Act fixes should get a vote in the House and Senate
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The Catholic Church and the Convention on Torture
Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
Kerry: 'Two Years and Three Quarters Left as the Secretary, Provided I Don't Screw Up'
Ed Rogers / Washington Post:
The Insiders: Left-footed Democrats try to dance to the right
Discussion: Power Line and Daily Mail
Arthur Chu / The Daily Beast:
Yes, Brendan Eich Is Like Donald Sterling (He's Even Scarier)
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Hundreds of asthma deaths could be prevented
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Brookings Institute:
Declining Business Dynamism in the United States: A Look at States and Metros
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Post
Nancy Lofholm / Denver Post:
Discussion: Yahoo! News and National Review
Mark White / Politico:
Why I Changed My Mind About the Death Penalty
Julian Ryall / Telegraph:
China plans for North Korean regime collapse leaked