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8:00 AM ET, May 21, 2014

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James Hohmann / Politico:
2014 primary election results: Establishment, self-funders win big in primaries  —  Tuesday was a great night for incumbents, the GOP establishment and self-funders.  —  It was a bad night to be a Clinton in-law.  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell defeated his GOP challenger …
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Payback time: GOP incumbents learn how to win  —  In 2014, the tea party insurrection is starting to look more like the Boston massacre.  —  In state after state this primary season, entrenched politicians are proving that incumbency counts for something after all, leveraging the stature …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
CNN:
Boehner: Tea party and GOP aren't that different  —  (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday the tea party and conservative Republicans are basically one in the same.  —  As establishment Republican candidates try to fend off a series of tea party challengers in Tuesday's midterm primaries …
Peter Hamby / CNN:
How Mitch McConnell crushed the tea party … Mitch McConnell walks into less-than-friendly territory at the Conservative Political Action Conference in March, holding a rifle aloft while Bon Jovi's “Living on a Prayer” plays.  The rifle is for a lifetime achievement award he'll present to retiring Republican Sen. Tom Coburn.
Carl Willis / WSB-TV:
School district apologizes over yearbook quote incident  —  Sponsored Links  —  CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. —  UPDATE: Paris Gray and her family met with the school's principal and the area superintendent on Tuesday.  They apologized for the miscommunication and said they would not deny her giving a speech at graduation.
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James Hamblin / The Atlantic Online:
The Chemistry Joke That Got a Student Suspended  —  Paris Gray, upstanding vice president of her about-to-graduate high-school class in Jonesboro, Georgia, was suspended last Friday when administrators figured out what her yearbook quote meant.  It read:
The Hill:
Vet scandal rocks Obama  —  The White House tried Tuesday to douse flames of criticism over allegations that dozens of veterans have died because of gross mismanagement at Veterans Affairs hospitals.  —  President Obama's chief of staff, Denis McDonough, met frustrated Democrats on Capitol Hill …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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Jonathan S. Tobin / Commentary Magazine:
When a President Learns Everything on TV
New York Times:
V.A. Accusations Aggravate Woes of White House
David Weigel / Slate:
Rick Santorum Endorsed the Judge Who Just Legalized Gay Marriage in Pennsylvania  —  Gay marriage is legal in Pennsylvania today, following a ruling by U.S. District Judge John Jones.  Pennsylvania had gotten into the pre-emptive-ban game early in 1996, and that ban is now gone …
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Otto Kitsinger / Associated Press:
Federal Appeals Court Puts Same-Sex Marriage On Hold In Idaho
Discussion: The Mahablog
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Bush-Appointed Judge Cites Scalia In Axing Pennsylania Gay Marriage Ban
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Harry Reid optimistic on David Barron  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) signaled Tuesday that a controversial judicial nominee from the Obama administration is likely to win eventual confirmation from the Senate.  —  The nominee, David Barron, has drawn some criticism and scrutiny …
Discussion: The Hill and CNN
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Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
The Sequel To Rand Paul's Epic Filibuster Is Happening Tomorrow
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:
Reid Hints at ‘Nuclear’ Summer Over Debate Time
Discussion: Daily Kos and Booman Tribune
Dick Morris / The Hill:
Turn up the heat on Clinton  —  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has characterized her place in history as akin to a runner in a relay race: taking the baton, running her laps as best she can, and then handing it off to John Kerry, her successor.  —  But the actual record indicates that …
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
CNN President: We Won't Be ‘Shamed’ Into Covering Benghazi  —  CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker on Monday said that the network probably won't be covering the House select committee to investigate Benghazi.  —  “We're not going to be shamed into it by others who have political beliefs …
Discussion: Watts Up With That? and Twitchy
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Bill Barrow / Associated Press:
Ga., Ky. Primaries: Lots of Attention, Few Votes  —  A relatively small slice of the electorate will participate in Republican primaries in Georgia and Kentucky, despite international attention and eye-popping sums of money heaped on races that will help determine which party controls …
Discussion: CNN
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Bloomberg:
Businesses Turn Out Workers' Votes to Stomp Tea Party
Discussion: Washington Post
ThinkProgress:
Biggest Loser: Thawing Greenland Competes With Collapsing Antarctic For Fastest Ice Loss  —  Several new studies underscore scientists' concerns we're headed toward a coastline at least this flooded (20 meters or 69 feet) over many hundreds of years:  —  The worst-case scenario for sea level rise …
Charles Levinson / Wall Street Journal:
Comey: FBI ‘Grappling’ With Hiring Policy Concerning Marijuana  —  Monday was a big day for the nation's cyber police.  The Justice Department charged five Chinese military officials with hacking, and brought charges against the creators of powerful hacking software.
David Undercoffler / Los Angeles Times:
GM issues more recalls, this time for 2.42 million vehicles  —  General Motors' recall saga continued Tuesday with the beleaguered automaker recalling another 2.42 million vehicles for four separate issues.  The move also means GM will take a $400-million charge against second-quarter earnings.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Jennifer Robison / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Nevada will dump Xerox as health insurance exchange contractor  —  The Silver State Health Insurance Exchange board voted unanimously Tuesday to end its relationship with Xerox, the vendor contracted in 2012 to build the exchange's Nevada Health Link website.
Discussion: ACASignups.net, Hot Air and Twitchy
 
 
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Julieta Chiquillo / Dallas Morning News:
$60M Allen football stadium deemed ‘not safe,’ will close this season
David Zurawik / Baltimore Sun:
‘House of Cards’ looking for NSA director, senators, reporters
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Kate Tummarello / The Hill:
NSA reform legislation ‘watered down’?
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Sam Roberts / New York Times:
Arthur Gelb, Critic and Editor Who Shaped The Times, Dies at 90
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Hillary Clinton to sit down with Diane Sawyer for first interview on her new book
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
How El Niño Might Alter the Political Climate
Discussion: NewsBusters and AEIdeas
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Joe Miller / Salon:
Alaska's climate denial fiasco: Joe Miller's battle to be the state's biggest kook
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
Walter Russell Mead / The American Interest Podcast:
The Real Policy Failure in Libya
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The next big fight over the safety net
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Eschaton
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Al Qaeda's American Fighters Are Coming Home—And U.S. Intelligence Can't Find Them
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
AL.com:
Convicted former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.: Presidential pardons for all ex-offenders
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
David Folkenflik / NPR:
NPR To End ‘Tell Me More,’ Eliminate 28 Positions