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11:25 AM ET, May 14, 2014


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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 and Taegan Goddard's …
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
CBS News:
Tea party pulls out a modest victory in Nebraska Senate primary  —  Shares -  —  The victory notched by tea party Republicans in the Nebraska Senate race was modest, but they'll take it in a season that has yielded few bright spots so far.  —  Ben Sasse won the GOP nomination for the seat …
Discussion: Hot Air and Wall Street Journal
ABC News:
Tea Party Favorite Wins Nebraska's GOP Primary
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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 …
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
McCain: Send U.S. Special Forces to Rescue Nigerian Girls  —  The hawkish Senator tells The Daily Beast that American forces should #BringBackOurGirls—even if the Nigerian government says no.  —  The United States should send in special forces to rescue the hundreds of girls kidnapped by Boko Haram …
Washington Post:   Rescuing the kidnapped girls should be only a first step for Nigeria to counter Boko Haram
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
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.
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.
Discussion: Washington Post
Dana Davidsen / CNN:
Christie: It would be ‘stressful’ to run against Jeb
Discussion: Politico
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.
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.
Rubio Can't Name A Single Source Behind His Climate Denialism
Discussion: Daily Kos
Benjy Sarlin /
Marco Rubio clarifies climate change stance - sort of
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
Justin Bieber — LAPD Investigates Alleged Attempted Robbery  —  LAPD Investigates  —  ALLEGED ATTEMPTED ROBBERY  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Justin Bieber allegedly committed an attempted robbery ... so claims a San Fernando Valley woman, and TMZ has learned the LAPD is now investigating.
Officials dash hopes of survival after mine fire kills 238 in Turkey  —  Soma, Turkey (CNN) — A sullen throng maintained vigil outside a coal mine in Soma, Turkey, on Wednesday as hopes flagged for finding survivors inside the burning complex of tunnels.  —  At least 238 people were known dead …
Discussion: ThinkProgress, BBC, Reuters and Mashable
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 Veteran Congressman From Michigan
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Associated Press:
2014 primary results: Shelley Capito, Natalie Tennant win West Virginia primaries
Discussion: CNN
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Pope Francis: Church Would Baptize Aliens
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Kory Grow / Rolling Stone:
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Discussion: National Review and Hot Air
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
The Totally Misleading Way The GOP Plans To Attack Obamacare Next
Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
Drop in Food Stamp Enrollment Picks Up Steam
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