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11:40 AM 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
The Boston Globe:
Mass. scrapping flawed health insurance website
Adrianna McIntyre / The Incidental Economist:
Health insurance saves lives. That means it improves health, too.
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 …
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: Shakesville and National Review
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
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.  —  The most important turn in Monday's Supreme Court ruling in Town of Greece v. Galloway—a case that probes the constitutionality of explicitly religious prayer in legislative sessions …
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 …
Washington Post:
Voting Rights Act fixes should get a vote in the House and Senate  —  IT SEEMS like virtually everyone on Capitol Hill is interested in fixing the Voting Rights Act.  But who will step up and make something happen?  —  Last year, the Supreme Court hollowed out one of the most powerful parts of the law …
Discussion: National Review
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
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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Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Outside Spending Enters Arena of Judicial Races
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
Arthur Chu / The Daily Beast:
Yes, Brendan Eich Is Like Donald Sterling (He's Even Scarier)
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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