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6:10 AM ET, May 12, 2014


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Donald Sterling tells Anderson Cooper: I was ‘baited’ into ‘a terrible mistake’  —  Clips from the exclusive interview with Donald Sterling will be released on and “New Day” in the early morning.  Watch Anderson Cooper's full interview with Sterling at 8 p.m. ET Monday on “AC360” on CNN.
Benjamin Bell / ABC News:
Sen. Marco Rubio: Yes, I'm Ready to be President  —  He's a 42-year-old freshman senator, but when asked by Jonathan Karl on “This Week” if he's ready to be president, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida answered without hesitation.  —  “I do ... but I think that's true for multiple …
Emmarie Huetteman / New York Times:
Rubio on a Presidential Bid, and Climate Change  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Marco Rubio on Sunday said he was ready to be president, becoming the second potential Republican candidate recently to drop big hints about 2016 as he vies for early attention in a crowded field of maybes.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:   Rubio: 'I Don't Agree' With ‘Notion’ Of Climate Change
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Bachmann, Wasserman Schultz spar on CNN  —  Some clear tension arose between Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann during a segment Sunday on CNN's “State of the Union,” as the two went head to head on a handful of issues …
Dana Davidsen / CNN:
DNC chairwoman: GOP using Benghazi to ‘gin up their base’ ahead of midterms
Discussion: The Hill and The Gateway Pundit
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Hagel ‘Open’ to Reviewing Military's Ban on Transgender People  —  WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in an interview broadcast on Sunday that the military should “continually” review its prohibition on transgender people in the armed forces, calling into question whether …
Discussion: ABC News, The Week and The Daily Caller
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
In midterm elections, Democrats can have some hope of retaining control of Senate  —  Senate races are not House races.  —  This seems obvious.  But amid increasing chatter about just how bad the national environment will be for Democrats in midterm elections this fall, it's an important point to remember.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Amy Davidson / New Yorker:
STILL HERE  —  “You want me out of your life,” Monica Lewinsky wrote in a draft of a letter to President Bill Clinton in December, 1997.  At that point, their sexual encounters in his Oval Office study, which had begun two years earlier during a government shutdown and were facilitated by a pizza delivery, were still secret.
Dan Merica / CNN:
In memoir excerpts, Clinton honors her mom
Discussion: Politico and Althouse
Rand Paul / New York Times:
Show Us the Drone Memos  —  WASHINGTON — I BELIEVE that killing an American citizen without a trial is an extraordinary concept and deserves serious debate.  I can't imagine appointing someone to the federal bench, one level below the Supreme Court, without fully understanding …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Anthony Faiola / Washington Post:
A modern pope gets old school on the Devil  —  VATICAN CITY — A darling of liberal Catholics and an advocate of inclusion and forgiveness, Pope Francis is hardly known for fire and brimstone.  —  Yet, in his words and deeds, the new pope is locked in an epic battle with the oldest enemy of God and creation:
Discussion: The Talking Dog
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
With Malice Toward Nuns
Discussion: Daily Kos
Ruth R. Wisse / Wall Street Journal:
The Closing of the Collegiate Mind  —  Opponents of free speech have chalked up many campus victories lately as ideological conformity marches on.  —  There was a time when people looking for intellectual debate turned away from politics to the university.
Scott Kaufman / The Raw Story:
Jindal: ‘The war over religious liberty is a war over free speech’  —  Speaking at Liberty University's 2014 Commencement yesterday, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) attacked “elite” liberals who, he claimed, have launched “an assault on the freedom of expression in all areas of life.”
Discussion: Liberaland and Hullabaloo
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Secret Service agents pulled off White House patrol to help protect a top official's aide  —  The Secret Service monitored Brenda Allen and her family for months.  The surveillance came after an altercation with her neighbor, who worked for former Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan.
Discussion: Hot Air and CNN
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Eleanor Clift: Ambassador Stevens Wasn't Murdered, He Died Of Smoke Inhalation
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and RedState
Byron Tau / Politico:
Rogers: Foreign policy is ‘more than hashtags and selfies’
Discussion: Mediaite
$474M for 4 failed Obamacare exchanges
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Jenna Portnoy / Washington Post:
Cantor faces tea party fury in his back yard
Chris Reed / The Daily Caller:
30-year New York Times Science Writer Out After Writing Book About Genetics, Race
Discussion: Vox Popoli