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7:10 PM ET, May 13, 2014


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Katie Glueck / Politico:
Karl Rove: Hillary Clinton might have brain injury  —  Republican strategist Karl Rove suggested last week that Hillary Clinton suffers from brain damage, according to a new report.  —  The New York Post's Page Six section reported Monday that Rove, appearing at a conference …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
“Karl Rove has deceived the country for years, but there are no words for this level of lying...  [Hillary] is 100 per cent.  Period."  —  A Hillary spokesperson reacts to Karl Rove's planting of doubts about the soundness of Hillary's brain.  Here's what Rove said:
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
Why Karl Rove Uses Dirty Tricks: They Work  —  Karl Rove reportedly hinted that Hillary Clinton may have brain damage from a fall—then quickly backed away.  His history suggests it's a calculated maneuver.  —  Karl Rove now denies reports that he said Hillary Clinton may have brain damage.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Politico
Kevin Cirilli / The Hill:
Plouffe: Clinton even more formidable now  —  Former Obama campaign adviser David Plouffe said Hillary Clinton will be more formidable as a 2016 presidential candidate than she was in 2008.  —  “Does Hillary Clinton run?  If she does, I'm sure that, on our side, there'll be a Democrat …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Karl Rove disputes Hillary Clinton remarks  —  Karl Rove never explicitly said that Hillary Clinton had brain damage, the Republican strategist said Tuesday morning on Fox News.  —  “I never used that phrase,” Rove said when asked about a New York Post report that said he suggested …
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Ex-Clinton Press Secretary: I'd Bet Hillary Won't Run For President
Discussion: Mediaite and OnPolitics
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Lindsey Graham: ‘No reason’ to worry about Hillary Clinton
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Carly Sitzer / In Touch Weekly:
EXCLUSIVE — Alec Baldwin Arrested in New York For Disorderly Conduct  —  New details have emerged from a source in the NYPD, who confirms to In Touch that Alec Baldwin was given two summonses after he was caught riding his bicycle in the wrong direction.  —  “He was stopped by officers for riding the wrong way on a street.
J. David Goodman / New York Times:
Alec Baldwin Arrested After Biking the Wrong Way in Manhattan
Discussion: Guardian
Rubio Can't Name A Single Source Behind His Climate Denialism  —  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) was unable to name a single source when asked on Tuesday to name the information he is reading that has led him to recently further cement himself as a denier of human-caused climate change.
Discussion: Daily Kos and AEIdeas
Washington Post:
Marco Rubio makes a wrong turn on climate change
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Rep. John Conyers fails to qualify for ballot  —  Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) won't appear on the Democratic primary ballot after failing to submit enough valid signatures, Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett said on Tuesday.  —  “It is my determination that in accordance with the current laws …
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Filing Misstep May Fell House Veteran Conyers
Discussion: and Mediaite
David Keys / The Independent:
Exclusive: Found after 500 years, the wreck of Christopher Columbus's flagship the Santa Maria  —  Shipwreck found off coast of Haiti thought to be one of the most significant underwater discoveries in history  —  More than five centuries after Christopher Columbus's flagship, the Santa Maria …
Reed Abelson / New York Times:
More Insured, but the Choices Are Narrowing  —  In the midst of all the turmoil in health care these days, one thing is becoming clear: No matter what kind of health plan consumers choose, they will find fewer doctors and hospitals in their network — or pay much more for the privilege of going to any provider they want.
Anti-Gay Leader Describes Michael Sam Kiss As ‘Graphic Political Statement’  —  The drafting of Michael Sam into the NFL was an historic moment, but reactions to the first openly gay NFL player kissing his boyfriend in celebration made for a story of their own.
Ben Domenech / The Federalist:   Why Michael Sam's Draft Position Makes Sense
Lacey Rose / Hollywood Reporter:
‘West Wing’ Uncensored: Aaron Sorkin, Rob Lowe, More Look Back on Early Fears, Long Hours, Contract Battles and the Real Reason for Those Departures  —  Sidney Poitier was the first choice for president; Bill Clinton was a fan; and Sorkin and Tommy Schlamme created a show …
Lindsey Graham / The Post and Courier:
Charleston County Republicans censure U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham  —  Charleston County Republicans fought among themselves Monday night before deciding to issue a “censure” of U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham for not being Republican enough.  —  The vote was immediately criticized …
Michael Parsons / The Irish Times:
Letters to priest provide rare insight into life of Jackie Kennedy  —  A 14-year correspondence with Fr Joseph Leonard reveal thoughts about marriage to President John F Kennedy and reaction to his assassination  —  Jackie Kennedy's long and close correspondence with a Dublin priest gives …
Eliot A. Cohen / Wall Street Journal:
A Selfie-Taking, Hashtagging Teenage Administration  —  The Obama crowd too often responds to critics and to world affairs like self-absorbed adolescents.  —  As American foreign policy continues its long string of failures—not a series of singles and doubles, as President Obama asserted …
Harvard News:
Even as Harvard Group Drops Sponsorship, Black Mass Underway at Hong Kong  —  Although the Harvard Extension School Cultural Studies Club dropped its sponsorship of a reenactment of a satanic “black mass” ritual earlier in the night, members of the New York-based Satanic Temple gathered …
The Boston Globe:
Amid outcry, black mass at Harvard is called off
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
The Totally Misleading Way The GOP Plans To Attack Obamacare Next  —  One of the next big tests for Obamacare's long-term viability — matched only perhaps by whether people actually like their new coverage — is what happens to health insurance premiums in 2015.
News 4 investigates: Workers paid taxpayer dollars to do nothing  —  ( - News 4 dug for answers after finding out workers in Wentzville are being paid do nothing at a facility where they are supposed to be processing paper applications of those signing up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
David Weigel / Slate:
Rand Paul Is Giving Up on Voter ID.  Who's Next?  —  Rand Paul really has had an excellent May.  He flew into Charlotte last week for an eleventh-hour rally with Greg Brannon, an inexperienced but passionate candidate who'd osmosed in the Paul family's politics.
Larry Parsons / Mercury News:
Panetta lecture panel weighs in on Snowden, Benghazi  — @LParsons69 on Twitter  —  Monterey >> A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who helped reveal the “global surveillance system” leaked by former NSA-contractor Edward Snowden stood next to an old CIA hand …
Chris Randolph / Courthouse News Service:
Five Months in Solitary for a Traffic Ticket  —  NEW ORLEANS (CN) - Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents held a Mexican citizen in solitary confinement for five months after beating him and denying him medical treatment, the man claims in Federal Court.
Discussion: Liberaland and The Raw Story
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Travis Gettys / The Raw Story:
Operation American Spring promises to drive Obama from office this Friday
Discussion: Liberaland, Hinterland Gazette and TPNN
Kory Grow / Rolling Stone:
H.R. Giger, Surrealist Artist and ‘Alien’ Designer, Dead at 74
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Discussion: Hot Air
New York Times:
Google Must Honor Requests to Delete Links, European Court Rules
Discussion: ThinkProgress, The Week and Poynter
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
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Discussion: Fortune, BuzzFeed and New York Times
Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Hagan, Tillis continue to be locked in toss up
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