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4:00 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
Justin Sink / The Hill:   US using drones to find kidnapped Nigerian girls
Washington Post:   Rescuing the kidnapped girls should be only a first step for Nigeria to counter Boko Haram
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
The New York Times Replaces Abramson as Executive Editor  —  Jill Abramson, the executive editor of The New York Times, is unexpectedly leaving the position and will be replaced by Dean Baquet, the managing editor of the newspaper, the company said Wednesday.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Jill Abramson to exit New York Times  —  New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson announced Wednesday that she will leave the paper, two sources familiar with the news informed POLITICO.  Managing editor Dean Baquet will take over as executive editor, effective immediately.
Kate Nocera / BuzzFeed:
Harry Reid Says He “Can't Vote” For Obama's Controversial Judicial Pick  —  “Unless I have a better explanation, I can't vote for him,” the Senate Majority Leader said of Michael Boggs.  —  U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)  —  Jonathan Ernst / Reuters / Reuters
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
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.
Jonathan Ernst— / TIME:
Bill Clinton Defends Hillary On Benghazi, Rove Attacks  —  Former President BIll Clinton said at the Peterson Foundation Fiscal Summit on Wednesday that his wife handled the attack in Libya appropriately and that he was “dumbfounded” by Karl Rove's suggestion she suffered brain damage from a fall in 2012
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Our Second Black President?
Discussion: The Reaction and Prairie Weather
Associated Press:
Bill Clinton vouches for Hillary's health
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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.
Noah Millman / The American Conservative:
Climate Change Isn't Just About Sea Levels, And Adaptation Will Require Action, Not A Sense Of Futility
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
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
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.
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
Joshua Rothman / Page-Turner:
The Origins of “Privilege”  —  The idea of “privilege”—that some people benefit from unearned, and largely unacknowledged, advantages, even when those advantages aren't discriminatory —has a pretty long history.  In the nineteen-thirties, W. E. B. Du Bois wrote about the “psychological wage” …
Discussion: Althouse
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.
Zeke J Miller / TIME:
Christie: Bridgegate Will Have No Effect On 2016  —  The scandal over the closure of lanes to the George Washington Bridge “will be a footnote” by the time the 2016 presidential race is under way, said New Jersey governor Chris Christie, who is still considering a run for the White House
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.
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
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: Guardian and Shakesville
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Ross Pomeroy / RealClearScience:
Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity May Not Exist
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Salvador Rizzo / New Jersey Online:
Moody's downgrades NJ debt as Christie's budget problems grow
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Girding for a Fight, McConnell Enlists His Wife
Martin Matishak / The Hill:
Dems debate mixing immigration, defense
Discussion: National Review
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
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Feds released hundreds of immigrant murderers, drunk drivers, sex-crimes convicts
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
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Eugene Volokh / Washington Post:
Federal appellate court rejects ‘Stop the Islamization of America’ trademark
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Rubio hints at 2016 bid even if Bush runs
Mollie Reilly / The Huffington Post:
Idaho's Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down By Federal Judge
Discussion: Daily Kos
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The IRS's Media Firewall
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