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1:05 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.
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Liberaland and
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Hillary Clinton pushes gun control, Obamacare  —  NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Hillary Clinton on Tuesday offered her most detailed comments on domestic policy in months, calling for tighter gun restrictions while also going to bat for Obamacare and warning that rising economic inequality is contributing to “social collapse.”
Discussion: CNN and Washington Free Beacon
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Pelosi Calls For Equal Ratio Of Dem, GOP Members On Benghazi Panel
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Daily Kos
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 …
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 …
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg View:
Dueling Numbers on Obamacare
Discussion: VodkaPundit
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 …
Colin Campbell / The New York Observer:
Michael Grimm: ‘I Really Am One of the Luckiest Members of Congress’  —  Congressman Michael Grimm, who is facing a 20-count federal indictment on wire fraud, tax evasion and a slew of other charges, says he's actually a lucky guy.  —  Speaking on Geraldo Rivera's WABC talk show this morning …
Discussion: Politico
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Paul Roderick Gregory / Forbes:
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Jim Romenesko:
Survey: Most say journalism is headed in the wrong direction
Discussion: The Dish and The Huffington Post
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
So Many Jihadists Are Flocking to Libya, It's Becoming ‘Scumbag Woodstock’
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Vulnerable Democratic Sen. Hagan runs anti-Obamacare attack ads against GOP contender
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama Biographer: ‘The World Seems to Disappoint Him’
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Fox Host Wants TV Meteorologists To Ask Obama About Benghazi Today (VIDEO)
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Daily Kos
Washington Post:
Voting Rights Act fixes should get a vote in the House and Senate
Discussion: National Review
Wall Street Journal:
The Catholic Church and the Convention on Torture
 Earlier Items: 
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)
Laura Donnelly / Telegraph:
Hundreds of asthma deaths could be prevented
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Judicial Nominee's Memos on Drones Stirring Bipartisan Concern in the Senate
Discussion: Power Line
Mark White / Politico:
Why I Changed My Mind About the Death Penalty