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10:45 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
Adrianna McIntyre / The Incidental Economist:
Health insurance saves lives. That means it improves health, too.
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Raw Story
The Sen / Camp4u:
Here you go.  —  I regret that some people miss the point of my post.  It was not to offend.  It was to warn.  To draw attention to Obamacare and the slippery slope that I see occurring in the lives of myself, my constituents, and the rest of the country with the continued taking of freedom by the federal government.
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: National Review and Shakesville
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.
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.
Discussion: CBS DC
Cornelius Swart / KGW-TV:
Gov. 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.  —  KGW has learned that Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber …
Wall Street Journal:
The Catholic Church and the Convention on Torture  —  Child sexual-abuse cases and teachings on abortion don't put the Vatican in violation of an international treaty.  —  The United Nations committee that monitors compliance with the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel …
Laura Donnelly / Telegraph:
Hundreds of asthma deaths could be prevented  —  Two thirds of deaths from the respiratory condition in the UK — including almost all those involving children — might be avoided  —  Asthma sufferers are dying needlessly because of failings by GPs and health services, a national review has found.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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
Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
Kerry: 'Two Years and Three Quarters Left as the Secretary, Provided I Don't Screw Up'  —  Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to the U.S. embassy staff in Luanda, Angola on Sunday as he continued his visit to the continent of Africa.  A portion of his remarks seemed to reflect …
Monica Mark / Guardian:
Missing Nigerian schoolgirls: Boko Haram claims responsibility for kidnapping  —  Islamist militants' leader threatens to sell the more than 270 girls abducted in north-east Nigeria on 14 April  —  The leader of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram has said that more than 270 schoolgirls snatched …
Discussion: Shakesville and Samizdata
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Danny Yadron / Wall Street Journal:
Symantec Develops New Attack on Cyberhacking
Discussion: Guardian, FireEye Blog and VodkaPundit
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
Arthur Chu / The Daily Beast:
Yes, Brendan Eich Is Like Donald Sterling (He's Even Scarier)
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
 Earlier Items: 
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Release Obama's Benghazi intelligence briefings
Julian Ryall / Telegraph:
China plans for North Korean regime collapse leaked
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Hillary Clinton to star at Marjorie Margolies event
Discussion: ABC News and CNN
Jon Swaine / Guardian:
Occupy Wall Street activist found guilty of assaulting police officer
Discussion: VICE
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters:
What If Fox News Instead of MSNBC Had Pulled This Cinco de Mayo Stunt?
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Joe Hagan / New York Magazine:
Benghazi and the Bombshell  —  Is Lara Logan too toxic to return to 60 Minutes?