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11:20 AM ET, May 6, 2014


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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 …
ACP Journal Club:
Changes in Mortality After Massachusetts Health Care Reform: A Quasi-experimental Study  —  Benjamin D. Sommers, MD, PhD; Sharon K. Long, PhD; and Katherine Baicker, PhD  —  Ann Intern Med. 2014;160(9):585-593. doi:10.7326/M13-2275  —  Background: The Massachusetts 2006 health care reform …
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:   Mass. discarding broken ObamaCare site
The Boston Globe:
Mass. scrapping flawed health insurance website
Adrianna McIntyre / The Incidental Economist:
Health insurance saves lives. That means it improves health, too.
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.
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 …
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 climate change report unveils dire warning, calls for action
Discussion: National Review and Shakesville
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Jeb Bush edges up, Hillary Clinton slightly slides, in CNN 2016 poll  —  Washington (CNN) - She's still the overwhelming front runner in the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, but according to a new national poll Hillary Clinton's support has slightly deteriorated since the beginning of the year.
Discussion: Politico
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:   Judicial Nominee's Memos on Drones Stirring Bipartisan Concern in the Senate
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 …
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
The Supreme Court gives its blessing for prayer at town meetings.  Get ready for a lot more Jesus in your life.
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 …
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 …
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.
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
Why I Filmed My Abortion  —  When Emily Letts got pregnant, she knew she would get an abortion.  Then she decided to film it.  Letts, 25, is an abortion counselor at Cherry Hill Women's Center in New Jersey, which is where she had her abortion.  The non-graphic video focuses on her face …
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
This Woman Filmed Her Abortion To Show Other People It Doesn't Have To Be Scary
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
How the White House helped Republicans on Benghazi
Monica Mark / Guardian:
Missing Nigerian schoolgirls: Boko Haram claims responsibility for kidnapping
Discussion: Shakesville and Samizdata
Danny Yadron / Wall Street Journal:
Symantec Develops New Attack on Cyberhacking
Discussion: Guardian, FireEye Blog and VodkaPundit
Wall Street Journal:
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
Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
The Starting Gun for Competitive 2014 GOP Primaries
 Earlier Items: 
Arthur Chu / The Daily Beast:
Yes, Brendan Eich Is Like Donald Sterling (He's Even Scarier)
Laura Donnelly / Telegraph:
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
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Release Obama's Benghazi intelligence briefings
Julian Ryall / Telegraph:
China plans for North Korean regime collapse leaked
Jon Swaine / Guardian:
Occupy Wall Street activist found guilty of assaulting police officer
Discussion: VICE