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3:06 AM ET, May 10, 2014


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Max Brantley / Arkansas Blog, Arkansas Times:
Judge Chris Piazza invalidates Arkansas's same-sex marriage ban  —  Circuit Judge Chris Piazza today invalidated the Arkansas ban on same-sex marriage and recognition of marriages legally entered by same-sex couples in other states.  —  An appeal is expected.
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Arkansas Judge Strikes Down State Ban On Same-Sex Marriage  —  “THIS COURT HEREBY FINDS the Arkansas constitutional and legislative ban on same-sex marriage through Act 144 of 1997 and Amendment 83 is unconstitutional.”  [ Update : The state is seeking an immediate stay.]  —  McDaniel
Discussion: GLAAD
Andrew Demillo / Associated Press:
Arkansas Judge Strikes Down Gay Marriage Ban  —  An Arkansas judge on Friday struck down the state's ban on gay marriage, opening the door for gay couples to wed.  —  Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza said the 2004 amendment's definition of marriage as allowable only between a man …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dems reject GOP offer on Benghazi  —  House Democratic leaders on Friday rejected a Republican proposal designed to entice the minority party into participating in a special investigation of the deadly 2012 attack on U.S. diplomats in Benghazi, Libya.  —  Although the GOP bill creating …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Paul Diverges From His Party Over Voter ID  —  MEMPHIS — Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky broke Friday with fellow Republicans who have pushed for stricter voting laws as a way to crack down on fraud at the polls, saying that the focus on such measures alienates and insults African-Americans and hurts the party.
Iowa's Republican Secretary of State Just Proved That Voter ID Laws Are Unnecessary
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Rand Paul quotes Captain Kirk: GOP to ‘boldly go’
David Pitt / Associated Press:   Report on Iowa voter fraud investigation released
Alexander C. Kaufman / The Huffington Post:
Robert Reich Trashes White House ‘Numbskull’ For Walmart Event  —  Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich trashed the White House on Thursday for using Walmart, an enemy of unions and fair-pay advocates, as a poster company for a new climate-change campaign.  —  Reich, who served under President …
Discussion: Power Line and Mediaite
Charles Krauthammer / National Review:   Republicans Move on Benghazi
Donald Sterling's Pathetic Racism Excuse Revealed In Second Secret Recording: I Was Just ‘Jealous’ & ‘Trying To Have Sex With’ V. Stiviano!  LISTEN To His Crude Comments About His Penis Size  —  Yesterday, Donald Sterling's reaction to his racism scandal was heard for the first time …
Bill Carter / New York Times:
A Successor to ‘Colbert’ Is Named  —  What comes after “The Colbert Report”?  —  On Comedy Central it will be “The Minority Report” and the host will be the “senior black correspondent” from “The Daily Show” — otherwise known as Larry Wilmore.  —  Comedy Central has concluded a deal …
Michael Sneed / Chicago Sun Times:
There are rumblings Bill Clinton may apologize to wife, Lewinsky  —  The Lewinsky affair . . .  Is Bubba about to blubber?  —  Sneed hears rumbles former President Bill Clinton, who lied about his affair with White House intern Monica “That Woman” Lewinsky, may opt to publicly apologize …
Randy Holmes / Toronto Star:
Rob Ford: One wild night in March  —  Fresh from Hollywood, two months before rehab, Rob Ford and his felon pals hook up again for drink, drugs and astonishing invective  —  Mayor Rob Ford, left, receives gentle treatment from host Jimmy Kimmel during a March 3 appearance on the comedian's late-night talk show.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Louie Gohmert Compares Gay Rights Advocates To Nazis In House Floor Speech (VIDEO)  —  You know who else called people “haters”?  —  Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) does, so he took to the House floor on Friday afternoon to offer a Third Reich comparison that was bizarre even for Third Reich comparisons.
Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal:
FAA: U.S. Airliner Nearly Collided With Drone in March  —  Incident Appears to be First Case of a Big U.S. Airliner Nearly Colliding With an Airborne Drone  —  A U.S. airliner nearly collided with a drone over Florida earlier this year, a federal official said, a near miss that highlights risks posed …
Greg Bluestein / Political Insider blog:
AJC Poll: Carter in tight race with Deal, Nunn leading GOP Senate contenders  —  An Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll that rolls out Saturday finds Democrats in an especially close race for the state's top offices in November.  —  The poll has Gov. Nathan Deal three percentage points ahead …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Four Pinocchios for Obama's claim that Republicans have ‘filibustered about 500 pieces of legislation’  —  “Here's what's more disconcerting.  Their [Republicans] willingness to say no to everything — the fact that since 2007, they have filibustered about 500 pieces of legislation that would help …
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
¿Quién es el mentiroso más grande?
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Sister Toldjah
Matt Purple / American Spectator:
Sequester Death Toll: One Job  —  At the core of the dysfunction in Washington is this dilemma: Government must approve spending cuts, yet government has no interest in approving spending cuts.  Federal employees are quite content with their lifestyles—46 percent more in retirement benefits …
Erika Johnsen / Hot Air:   The total number of federal jobs lost to sequestration? That would be... one.
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Mitt Romney: Raise the minimum wage  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on Thursday morning said he supports an increase in the minimum wage, breaking with many Republicans who have stood against it.  —  “I, for instance, as you know, part company with many of the conservatives in my party on the issue of the minimum wage.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Romney: GOP should raise minimum wage
Discussion: Hot Air
Amnesty International USA:
Nigerian Authorities Failed to Act on Warnings About Boko Haram Raid on School  —  Contact: Gabe Cahn,, 202.776.7700, c: 202.412.1678, @AIUSAmedia  —  (WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Damning testimonies gathered by Amnesty International reveal that Nigerian security forces failed …
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
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