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1:50 PM ET, May 14, 2014


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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
Washington Post:   Rescuing the kidnapped girls should be only a first step for Nigeria to counter Boko Haram
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.
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
CBS News:
Tea party pulls out a modest victory in Nebraska Senate primary
Discussion: Hot Air and Wall Street Journal
ABC News:
Tea Party Favorite Wins Nebraska's GOP Primary
Discussion: CNN and The Gateway Pundit
Noah Millman / The American Conservative:
Climate Change Isn't Just About Sea Levels, And Adaptation Will Require Action, Not A Sense Of Futility  —  The latest four alarm fire on the climate change front is the melting of a chunk of west Antarctica's ice sheet, which appears to have passed the point of no return.
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.
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
Greg Bluestein / Political Insider blog:
David Perdue and the ‘reality’ of increasing federal revenue
Discussion: RedState
AMAZING VIDEO: Cat saves boy from dog attack in Southwest Bakersfield  —  BAKERSFIELD - A cat came to her best friend's rescue Tuesday when the young boy was attacked in his driveway in Southwest Bakersfield.  —  The surveillance video shows the boy playing on his bicycle when a dog sneaks up behind him and grabs his leg.
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Liberal Columnist Insists Again That Chris Stevens Wasn't Murdered In Benghazi  —  Republicans remain convinced that the Obama administration deliberately avoided labeling the attacks in Benghazi an act of terrorism.  But that alleged “cover-up” has nothing on a recent characterization by Eleanor Clift.
Discussion: and Liberaland
Nebraska Senate Nominee Says Religious Beliefs Can Justify Breaking Any Law  —  “[O]ur right to the free exercise of religion is co-equal to our right to life,” according to the campaign website of Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican who won his party's nomination to the United States Senate on Tuesday.
Discussion: The Raw Story
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.
Ece Toksabay / Reuters:
Hopes fade for survivors after Turkish mine fire kills more than 230  —  (Reuters) - Hopes faded of finding more survivors in a coal mine in western Turkey on Wednesday, where 238 workers were confirmed killed and 120 more still feared to be trapped in what is likely to prove the nation's worst ever industrial disaster.
Discussion: Shakesville and Guardian
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.
Olivia Nuzzi / The Daily Beast:
The Oh-So-Fragile Class of 2014 Needs to STFU And Listen to Some New Ideas  —  Another powerful woman has been discouraged from speaking on campus.  Because God forbid my fellow, fragile millennials have their ears damaged by words with which they don't agree.
Discussion: Washington Post and Booman Tribune
Martin Matishak / The Hill:
Dems debate mixing immigration, defense  —  Senate Democrats are debating whether to include language in the defense authorization bill to give legal status to young people who are illegal immigrants but serve in the military.  —  There's broad support for the idea in the Democratic conference …
Discussion: National Review
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.
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
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Criticized on Spying Statements
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Ahead of Midterms, Anti-Incumbent Sentiment Strong in U.S.
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Big spending group goes up again in 2014 ad wars
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Feds released hundreds of immigrant murderers, drunk drivers, sex-crimes convicts
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Eugene Volokh / Washington Post:
Federal appellate court rejects ‘Stop the Islamization of America’ trademark
Rubio Proposes Retirement Security Reforms At National Press Club
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Robert Knight /
The IRS's Media Firewall
Associated Press:
Capito, Tennant win W.Va. primaries
Discussion: CNN
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
Why Karl Rove Uses Dirty Tricks: They Work