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10:45 PM ET, May 13, 2014


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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: Politico and Washington Monthly
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:
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 …
Kevin Cirilli / The Hill:
Plouffe: Clinton even more formidable now
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Talking Points Memo
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
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: AEIdeas and Daily Kos
Benjy Sarlin /
Marco Rubio clarifies climate change stance - sort of
Washington Post:
Marco Rubio makes a wrong turn on climate change
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  —  The actor Alec Baldwin was arrested Tuesday morning for riding his bicycle the wrong way on a Manhattan street, and then arguing with officers who stopped him, the police said.  —  Mr. Baldwin, whose often volcanic temper …
Discussion: Guardian
Travis Gettys / The Raw Story:
Operation American Spring promises to drive Obama from office this Friday  —  Self-styled revolutionary patriots plan to converge on Washington, D.C., this week to drive President Barack Obama and disloyal lawmakers out of office.  —  “We are calling for the removal of Barack Obama …
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 …
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:
Misstep in Re-election Filings May Fell House Veteran of Michigan
Discussion: and Mediaite
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Dana Davidsen / CNN:
Christie: It would be ‘stressful’ to run against Jeb  —  (CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he takes fellow Republican Jeb Bush “at his word” that he hasn't yet made a decision whether to seek the presidency, and says it would be hard to run against him because of their good relationship.
Discussion: Politico
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.
France won't cancel warship deal with Russia: sources  —  (Reuters) - France will press ahead with a 1.2 billion-euro ($1.66 billion) contract to sell helicopter carriers to Russia because cancelling the deal would do more damage to Paris than to Moscow, French diplomatic sources said on Monday.
Discussion: Hot Air
Barbie Latza Nadeau / The Daily Beast:
Pope Francis: Church Would Baptize Aliens  —  In a quirky morning Mass, the pope used a far-out example of little green Martians seeking Jesus to preach about the church's inclusiveness.  —  Is Pope Francis willing to go to extremes to fill the pews?  Apparently so, if his latest outreach message is an indication.
Associated Press:
Idaho ban on gay marriage struck down  —  BOISE, Idaho — A federal magistrate judge ruled Tuesday that Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.  —  U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale wrote in the decision that Idaho's laws banning same-sex marriage unconstitutionally deny gay …
Discussion: Washington Blade
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 …
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 …
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Kory Grow / Rolling Stone:
H.R. Giger, Surrealist Artist and ‘Alien’ Designer, Dead at 74
New York Times:
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Discussion: ThinkProgress, The Week and Poynter
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Top Goldman Tech Banker Anthony Noto Heads to Coatue
Discussion: Fortune and BuzzFeed
Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
Drop in Food Stamp Enrollment Picks Up Steam
Chris Randolph / Courthouse News Service:
Five Months in Solitary for a Traffic Ticket
Discussion: The Raw Story
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Hagan, Tillis continue to be locked in toss up
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Liberalism and the NBA locker room
The Boston Globe:
Amid outcry, black mass at Harvard is called off
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Benghazi panel in recess limbo
Discussion: Daily Kos
Dale Russakoff / New Yorker:
I. THE PACT  —  Late one night in December, 2009 …
Discussion: The Verge
Michael Parsons / The Irish Times:
Letters to priest provide rare insight into life of Jackie Kennedy
Larry J. Sabato / Politico:
How Big a Wave?  —  The big question for 2014: Will we see a GOP ripple ... or a tsunami?
Discussion: CNN and Washington Post