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4:15 AM ET, May 20, 2014

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David Weigel / Slate:
Read What Georgia's Michelle Nunn Actually Said About Obamacare  —  Former President George H.W. Bush walks onstage with Points of Light Institute CEO Michelle Nunn for a speech on October 16, 2009, in College Station, Texas.  —  Earlier today the GOP oppo group America Rising sent out a series …
Discussion: Hot Air, Daily Kos and National Review
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Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Nunn Refuses To Answer How She Would Have Voted On Obamacare
Discussion: Power Line
Caitlin Huey-Burns / Real Clear Politics:
In Georgia Senate Primary, GOP Fray Could Take a Toll
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Federal Judge Strikes Down Oregon Same-Sex Marriage Ban, Weddings Can Start Immediately  —  State officials have said they will not appeal the ruling.  Judge's order is effective immediately.  —  Supporters of same-sex marriage gather for a rally in Portland, Oreg., on April 22.
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Jeff Mapes / Oregonian:
Oregon gay marriage ban struck down by federal judge; same-sex marriages begin  —  Oregon's ban on same-sex marriages was struck down Monday by U.S. District Judge Michael McShane, who ruled that the prohibition violated the federal constitutional rights of gays and lesbians.
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Cochran campaign knew of wife's taping for weeks  —  Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-Miss.) legal team apparently held onto information concerning a man's taping of the senator's bedridden wife for as many as two weeks before turning it over to the police.  —  Cochran's campaign spokesman …
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Therese Apel / The Clarion-Ledger:
Police considering ‘conspiracy’ in Cochran video case
ThinkProgress:
Florida Lawmaker: Common Core Will Turn ‘Every One Of Your Children’ Gay  —  Florida Republican Rep. Charles Van Zant, left, believes that increasing educational standards cause homosexuality.  —  CREDIT: AP Photo/Phil Coale  —  Common Core may not be a well-intentioned set …
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
Why Democrats Are Aching to Run Against Jeb Bush  —  On Friday, Hillary Clinton spoke at the New America Foundation's “Big Ideas” conference (disclosure: I'm a New America senior fellow).  Her basic theme was familiar—the American dream of upward mobility is in peril—though she did offer a couple of intriguing twists.
Oregonian:
Monica Wehby's ex-husband accused her of ‘ongoing harassment’ during divorce: police report  —  The ex-husband of Republican Senate candidate Monica Wehby accused her of “ongoing harassment” as they were going through a divorce in December 2007, documents obtained by The Oregonian show.
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Hillary's Brain; Hillary's Brain on Drudge  —  An article linked today on Drudge:  —  http://on.wsj.com/1jOqOJR  —  Hey!  Hillary's brain is off-limits!  Leave her health records alone!  Democrats are right - scouring records of a female candidate is just politics of personal destruction …
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
U.S. Cites End to C.I.A. Ruses Using Vaccines  —  WASHINGTON — Three years after the Central Intelligence Agency set up a phony hepatitis vaccination program in Pakistan as part of the hunt for Osama bin Laden, the Obama administration told a group of American health educators last week …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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Katie Van Syckle / New York Magazine:
Ira Glass Doesn't Know or Care Who Edits the New York Times  —  The “This American Life” host admits he's not up on the biggest media story of the moment.  —  This afternoon at the Peabody Awards, which celebrate TV, web, and radio storytelling, “This American Life” host Ira Glass admitted he's …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Exploring the Origins of the Legend of Joe Biden  —  I've been wondering about this for a while: I just noted this story about how a Connecticut teen invited Joe Biden to her prom and he replied by sending a corsage.  But I've wondered for a while about the origins of what I'll call the still-growing Joe Biden Legend.
Discussion: Bloomberg View
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The Intercept:
Data Pirates of the Caribbean: The NSA Is Recording Every Cell Phone Call in the Bahamas  —  The National Security Agency is secretly intercepting, recording, and archiving the audio of virtually every cell phone conversation on the island nation of the Bahamas.
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
For 2016 Hopefuls, Washington Experience Could Do More Harm than Good  —  Military Service Top Positive, Atheism Top Negative for Potential Candidates  —  As the 2016 presidential campaign begins to take shape, Washington experience has become less of a potential asset for those seeking the White House.
Wesley Lowery / Washington Post:
N.H. police commissioner who used racial slur in reference to Obama resigns  —  WOLFEBORO, N.H. — Town officials confirmed Monday that the 82-year-old police commissioner who was heard publicly calling President Obama the n-word — sparking nationwide outrage — has tendered his resignation.
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Associated Press:
Mitt Romney calls on N.H. police commissioner to resign
Anna Merlan / Runnin' Scared:
Truthers Plan to Hand out Fake Brochures for 9/11 Museum On Opening Day  —  The dedication of the new National September 11 Memorial Museum happened last week, with speeches from President Obama and Mayor de Blasio and flags flown at half-mast outside at the World Trade Center Memorial Plaza.
Matt K. Lewis / The Week:
The state of conservative media  —  We've come a long way.  We have a long way to go.  —  Some new and familiar faces...  I  —  n the beginning, long ago, before the rise of talk radio, cable TV, and blogs, the liberal-leaning mainstream media was the only game in town.
Lachlan Markay / Washington Free Beacon:
EXCLUSIVE: Democracy Alliance Network Revealed  —  A secretive dark money group backed by George Soros and other liberal mega-donors is looking to steer nearly $40 million to left-wing groups in 2014 to support high-profile political and policy efforts, according to documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
NRA Thinks #BringBackOurGirls Hashtag Isn't 2nd Amendment-y Enough  —  The hashtag #BringBackOurGirls, which was launched to bring attention to the kidnapping of hundreds of girls in Nigeria by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, has inspired plenty of discussion, on Twitter and elsewhere.
Discussion: Daily Kos
The Diane Rehm Show / The Diane Rehm Show …:
James Webb: “I Heard My Country Calling”  —  Former U.S. Sen. Jim (D-VA) is a decorated combat veteran of the Vietnam war.  Among his awards, he received the Navy Cross and two Purple Hearts serving as a Marine.  In a new memoir he writes of how growing up in a military family helped shape …
BBC:
Thailand army declares martial law  —  Jonathan Head reports from Bangkok on the surprise announcement  —  The Thai army says that it is imposing martial law amid a political crisis “to preserve law and order”.  —  The surprise announcement also granted the army wide-ranging powers to enforce its decision.
Discussion: Bloomberg View and NPR
Lauren French / Politico:
Nancy Pelosi criticized on Koch film  —  The show must go on — unless it breaks congressional rules.  —  Rep. Candice Miller, the chairwoman of the House Administration Committee, wrote to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Monday saying a scheduled film screening of an anti-Koch brothers movie …
 
 
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Corey Robin / New York Times:
The Republican War on Workers' Rights
Michael Bastasch / The Daily Caller:
Aussies To Slash 90% Of Global Warming Funding From Budget
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Laura Nahmias / Capital New York:
Cuomo's GOP funder, defiantly, on Astorino
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Katie Glueck / Politico:
Poll: GOP voters back immigration reform
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Bob Dole defends Eric Shinseki
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Rush Limbaugh:
Obama VA Scandal: Racehorse California Chrome Gets Faster Health Care Ruling Than Our Veterans Left to Die
Sam Youngman / Lexington Herald-Leader:
As primary nears, McConnell talks like the winner he expects to be
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jennifer Newton / Daily Mail:
Hitler's face to appear on side of 20 buses for a month in Washington D.C. as part of controversial …
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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
U.S.-Armed Syrian Rebel Group Seeks ‘All Syrian Land Occupied by Israel’
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Nick Bilton / New York Times:
Marc Andreessen on the Future of Silicon Valley(s), and the Next Big Technology
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McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Here's How Republicans Are Trying To Solve Their Problem With Black Voters
Discussion: Daily Kos and Booman Tribune
Byron Tau / Politico:
President Obama golfs with Bain Capital lobbyist
David Weigel / Slate:
Watch the Homophobic Ad That a Losing Candidate is Running in Georgia
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Mark Stenberg / Adweek:
Sources: Amazon plans to shut its FAST service Freevee in the coming weeks, as part of a broader effort to focus its ad and product efforts on Prime Video

Rebecca Rubin / Variety:
Sony Pictures Entertainment strikes a deal to manufacture, distribute, and market Disney's DVD, Blu-ray discs, and other physical media in the US and Canada

Katie Paul / Reuters:
Israel-based BRIA, a Getty-backed AI image generation startup that licenses 1B+ images from 18 stock providers, raised a $24M Series A from Publicis and others

 
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