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7:45 PM ET, May 11, 2014


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CNN Poll: Should Obamacare be kept or repealed?  —  Washington (CNN) - A majority of Americans want to keep the federal health care law as is, or make some changes to improve it, according to a new national poll.  —  But a CNN/ORC International survey released Sunday also indicates public attitudes …
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 …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Dana Davidsen / CNN:
DNC chairwoman: GOP using Benghazi to ‘gin up their base’ ahead of midterms
Discussion: The Hill and The Gateway Pundit
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Rubio: 'I Don't Agree' With ‘Notion’ Of Climate Change  —  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Sunday said he doesn't believe that human activity is behind climate change.  —  “I don't agree with the notion that some are putting out there, including scientists, that somehow there are actions …
Emmarie Huetteman / New York Times:
Rubio on a Presidential Bid, and Climate Change
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Nafeez Ahmed / Guardian:
Behind the rise of Boko Haram - ecological disaster, oil crisis, spy games  —  Islamist militancy in Nigeria is being strengthened by western and regional fossil fuel interests  —  The kidnapping of over 200 Nigerian school girls, and the massacre of as many as 300 civilians in the town of Gamboru Ngala …
Byron Tau / Politico:
Rogers: Foreign policy is ‘more than hashtags and selfies’
Discussion: Mediaite
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
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, The PJ Tatler and CNN
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.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Dan Merica / CNN:
In memoir excerpts, Clinton honors her mom
Discussion: Politico and Althouse
Jenna Portnoy / Washington Post:
Cantor faces tea party fury in his back yard  —  SHORT PUMP, VA. — Just a few miles from his family home, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) felt the wrath of the tea party Saturday, when activists in his congressional district booed and heckled the second-most powerful House Republican.
Chris Reed / The Daily Caller:
30-year New York Times Science Writer Out After Writing Book About Genetics, Race  —  Nicholas Wade, a British-born science reporter and editor for more than 30 years with The New York Times, is no longer with the newspaper — just days after the release of his latest book …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
$474M for 4 failed Obamacare exchanges  —  Nearly half a billion dollars in federal money has been spent developing four state Obamacare exchanges that are now in shambles - and the final price tag for salvaging them may go sharply higher.  —  Each of the states - Massachusetts, Oregon …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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
Benjamin Bell / ABC News:
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel: Military's Transgender Policy ‘Continually Should Be Reviewed’  —  Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel told ABC News' Martha Raddatz that he believes the ban that prohibits transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military should be reviewed.
Obama congratulates Michael Sam, first openly gay player drafted by NFL  —  (CNN) — President Barack Obama congratulated Michael Sam on Saturday for being the first openly gay football player taken in the National Football League draft, the White House said in a statement.
Betsy Klein / ABC News:
Obama Congratulates Michael Sam, White House Says
Discussion: Associated Press
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