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12:10 PM ET, May 14, 2014


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Washington Post:
Eric Cantor's tea party opponent in Va. primary may be picking up momentum  —  RICHMOND — There was a time when House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) sympathized with the tea party's frustration with Washington.  —  Now, he's engaged in open warfare with the GOP's insurgent wing.
Discussion: National Review and Booman Tribune
Omaha World-Herald:
Sasse's dominant victory in Senate race affirms Tea Party influence in Nebraska  —  LINCOLN — To Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ben Sasse, his blowout primary victory is a win for sweeping ideas and the U.S. Constitution.  —  “We were only going to do this (campaign) if we were going to talk about big …
Discussion: Roll Call
ABC News:
Tea Party Favorite Wins Nebraska's GOP Primary  —  The tea party scored a win in Nebraska on Tuesday as university president Ben Sasse captured the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in a bitter race that highlighted fissures within the GOP.  Two women set the stage for history-making in West Virginia.
Discussion: CNN and The Gateway Pundit
CBS News:
Tea party pulls out a modest victory in Nebraska Senate primary
Discussion: Hot Air and Wall Street Journal
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
New Benghazi Investigation Spooks GOP Leaders  —  It's not just the Democrats who are opposed to a new select committee looking into the Benghazi attacks.  Many top Republicans are uneasy, too.  —  Last Wednesday, as the House was preparing for its new investigation into the Benghazi attacks …
Washington Post:   Rescuing the kidnapped girls should be only a first step for Nigeria to counter Boko Haram
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Rubio hints at 2016 bid even if Bush runs  —  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) hinted Tuesday he'd run for president even if former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) does.  —  “I think when someone contemplates running for president of the United States, you do so based on a criteria you've established for yourself.
Dana Davidsen / CNN:
Christie: It would be ‘stressful’ to run against Jeb
Rubio Can't Name A Single Source Behind His Climate Denialism
Discussion: Shakesville and Daily Kos
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Senate Dems pound Obama judge pick  —  Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday suggested President Obama's nominee for a federal court in Georgia is in trouble.  —  The Democrats said they have deep concerns with Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Michael Boggs's voting record …
Discussion: Althouse
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Georgia Senate Frontrunner Touches Republicans' Third Rail, Suggests Raising Taxes  —  The Georgia Republican contenders for U.S Senate have made a lot of outrageous assertions, from calling evolution a lie “straight from the pit of hell” to proposing that poor students sweep floors to pay for lunch.
Greg Bluestein / Political Insider blog:
David Perdue and the ‘reality’ of increasing federal revenue
Discussion: RedState
New York Times:
Newark's Voters Choose New Mayor and New Path  —  Councilman Ras Baraka, the fiery scion of a militant poet, was elected mayor of Newark on Tuesday, signaling a likely shift in the direction that New Jersey's largest city had embarked upon for most of the last decade.
The Best Small And Midsize Cities For Jobs 2014  —  In the classic television show “The Honeymooners,” many jokes were wrung out of bus driver Ralph Cramden's membership in the International Brotherhood of Loyal Raccoons, headquartered in Bismarck, North Dakota.
Elizabeth Kolbert / New Yorker:
The West Antarctic Ice Sheet Melt: Defending the Drama  —  If you hang around climate scientists, you often hear the saying “Uncertainty is not our friend.”  It came to mind yesterday, when two teams of scientists released papers that reached the same terrifying conclusion.
Kat Stoeffel / New York Magazine:
Harvard's Kennedy School Adds Privilege-Checking to New-Student Orientation  —  The wonks in training at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government will soon be subjected to a new and touchy-feely line of inquiry: Checking Your Privilege 101.  In response to growing demand from student activists …
Discussion: Mediaite, The Gateway Pundit and TPNN
Mollie Reilly / The Huffington Post:
Idaho's Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down By Federal Judge  —  A federal judge has ruled that Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.  —  The ruling, handed down by U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale on Tuesday, followed oral arguments on May 5.  —  Earlier Tuesday, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter …
Associated Press:
Idaho ban on gay marriage struck down
Discussion: Washington Blade and Shakesville
The Right Scoop:
RAND PAUL to Hannity: There is nothing wrong with Voter ID, let's just not emphasize it as much  —  Sean Hannity had Rand Paul on his radio show today to ask him about the NY Times article where it was reported that he said “I think it's wrong for Republicans to go crazy on this issue because it's offending people.”
Rubio Proposes Retirement Security Reforms At National Press Club  —  U.S. Senator Marco Rubio  —  “A Secure Retirement for 21st Century Seniors” Remarks As Prepared For Delivery  —  National Press Club Washington, D.C.  —  My mother turned 80 the day I was elected to the U.S. Senate.
Benjy Sarlin /
Marco Rubio clarifies climate change stance - sort of
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Big spending group goes up again in 2014 ad wars  —  Washington (CNN) - Americans for Prosperity is once again putting its money where its mouth is.  —  The conservative non-profit political advocacy group backed by the deep pockets of billionaire industrialists David and Charles Koch announced Wednesday …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Eugene Volokh / Washington Post:
Federal appellate court rejects ‘Stop the Islamization of America’ trademark  —  The case is today's In re Geller & Spencer (Fed.  Cir. May 13, 2014): … The court concludes that “Stop the Islamization of America” mark, as used by its promoters, is likely to be understood as …
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Olivia Nuzzi / The Daily Beast:
The Oh-So-Fragile Class of 2014 Needs to STFU And Listen to Some New Ideas
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Feds released hundreds of immigrant murderers, drunk drivers, sex-crimes convicts
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Robert Knight /
The IRS's Media Firewall
Associated Press:
2014 primary results: Shelley Capito, Natalie Tennant win West Virginia primaries
Discussion: CNN
 Earlier Items: 
Barbie Latza Nadeau / The Daily Beast:
Pope Francis: Church Would Baptize Aliens
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
Why Karl Rove Uses Dirty Tricks: They Work
France won't cancel warship deal with Russia: sources
Discussion: National Review and Hot Air
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
The Totally Misleading Way The GOP Plans To Attack Obamacare Next
Lacey Rose / Hollywood Reporter:
‘West Wing’ Uncensored: Aaron Sorkin, Rob Lowe, More Look Back on Early Fears, Long Hours …