2016 Watch
May 13, 2014
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Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R) just blundered into another problem of his own making. Days after saying Republicans should not "go too crazy" in their efforts to implement restrictive voter ID laws, the freshman Kentucky lawmaker walked back his criticism, saying he supported such proposals after all.

In a statement to Slate, a spokesperson said Paul only meant that voter ID laws, "should not be a defining issue of the Republican Party," and that, "in terms of the specifics of voter ID laws, Senator Paul believes it's up to each state to decide that type of issue."

This is the biggest problem Paul will face if he pursues a White House bid. He has a penchant for breaking with the party — most notably on national security — and espousing beliefs that are anathema to a big chunk of primary voters. Racing to clarify his remarks may stem the backlash from the right in the short term, but it also risks painting him as a waffler in the long term.

This creates something of a no-win for Paul: Either stick to his guns and irk the base, or hedge his criticisms and come across as unprincipled. Jon Terbush

Quotables
4:17 a.m. ET

A year ago, the African militant group Boko Haram held a swath of Nigeria the size of Belgium, appearing unstoppable in their quest to carve out an Islamic state. An offensive by Nigerian troops and allied forces from neighboring nations has taken its toll on the rebels, according to the women rescued from Boko Haram by Nigeria last week in the Sambisa Forest. About a month ago, the women told Reuters, their captors started complaining about a shortage of guns, ammunition, and gas.

"One evening in April, Boko Haram followers stood before us and said 'Our leaders don’t want to give us enough fuel and guns and now the soldiers are encroaching on us in Sambisa. We will leave you.'," 18-year old Binta Ibrahim told Reuters. When the captors heard government helicopters, they first tried to sell of the women for about $10 apiece, then stoned some of them and fled.

In the Reuters video below, 22-year-old Hanatu Musa said the captors also complained that Boko Haram had deceived them into fighting and killing in the name of religion. —Peter Weber

The Daily Showdown
4:01 a.m. ET

On Monday's Daily Show, Jon Stewart had one simple message for the two gunmen who died Sunday trying to shoot up a purposefully provocative Mohammed-cartoon-drawing contest in Garland, Texas — and for everyone else. "I can't believe we have to reiterate this," he said: "It is not OK to shoot other people because you are offended by what they draw, even if they drew it to offend you." To hammer that point home, various correspondents popped up from under his desk to propose various scenarios where it might be OK to shoot people. (No.)

While he was on the subject of Texas, Stewart took some low, mostly well deserved shots at Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and other Texans claiming that U.S. military exercises in the state are prelude to federal martial law. "You know who's calling it a Texas takeover? Lone Star lunatics," Stewart said. "Texas, there's no Texas takeover. The United States government already controls Texas, since like the 1840s.... Just borrow a textbook from a neighboring state: It's all in there." Stewart ended with this challenge for Texas, ending with "I never thought I'd be saying this — what would Rick Perry do?" —Peter Weber

only in portland
2:06 a.m. ET
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There is a place where vegans can go and never have to worry about running across something derived from an animal: The world's first vegan mini-mall in Portland, Oregon.

Portland has a long history of supporting vegetarians and vegans, the Los Angeles Times reports. In the late 1800s, Seventh-Day Adventists, who shun meat, flocked to the Rose City, and today it even has a vegan strip club, where animal-free food is served and the dancers aren't allowed to don fur, leather, silk, or pearls. At the mini-mall, the Food Fight! grocery store sells such staples as fruits and vegetables and specialty items like meatless jerky and dairy-free chocolate. After loading up on groceries, patrons can hit up the Sweetpea Baking Co. for vegan baked goods, Herbivore for clothes and pleather purses, and Scapegoat Tattoo, where owner Brian Thomas Wilson uses ink that does not contain any animal byproducts.

Wilson told the Times that when he opened the shop a decade ago, there weren't too many people looking for a vegan tattoo parlor. Now, he often finds himself tattooing pieces that showcase a client's dedication to the lifestyle. Wilson himself became a vegan in 1999, after he ordered a 79-cent breakfast at a casino in Reno, and couldn't eat the hunk of ham and fluorescent yellow eggs. "That was the lightbulb that went off," he said. "It changed my whole life." Catherine Garcia

RIP
1:41 a.m. ET
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David Goldberg, the SurveyMonkey CEO perhaps best known as the husband of Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, died on Friday at a private resort in Mexico from head trauma and blood loss after a gym accident, Mexican officials said Monday. It appears Goldberg, 47, "fell off the treadmill and cracked his head open," said a spokesman for the prosecutor's office in Mexico's Nayarit State, where Goldberg was vacationing with family and friends.

When Robert Goldberg found his brother on the floor of the gym, he was still alive, the spokesman said, and Sandberg visited the hospital in Nuevo Vallarta. There will be no charges filed related to the accident. Goldberg was a well-regarded entrepreneur and mentor, and the family is holding an invitation-only memorial service at Stanford on Tuesday. Men are being asked to wear an open collar "in keeping with Dave's lifelong hatred of ties," according to the invitation. He and Sandberg, married since 2004, have two children together. Peter Weber

investigations
1:34 a.m. ET
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In Peru, a man was shot with an arrow by members of the reclusive Mashco Piro tribe as they swept into his village in the middle of the rainforest.

The incident took place in Shipetiari, and it was the third time people from the tribe have been seen this year, the BBC reports. Anthropologists believe they were looking for food or tools, but they are not sure why they attacked the man, who was killed. There are about 600 Mashco Piro, who live in separate groups and are always on the move. Sometimes, they set up shelters along rivers and dig for turtle eggs, anthropologists say, and in southern Peru, some people feel bad for them because they are not part of the modern world, and try to coax them out of the forest with treats.

There are about a dozen indigenous tribes that have either little or no immunity to diseases, so the Peruvian government has banned physical contact with them. The government pays for specialists to mediate contact between the tribes and settled communities, the BBC says, and has sent someone to help the people of Shipetiari deal with the death in their village. Catherine Garcia

you better sit down for this
12:57 a.m. ET
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Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, Chipotle has released its top secret guacamole recipe — which just so happens to be nearly identical to 99.9 percent of all other guacamole recipes.

Chipotle's version calls for 2 ripe Hass avocados, 2 teaspoons each of lime juice and chopped cilantro, one-quarter of a cup of finely chopped red onion, half of a finely chopped jalapeño, and one-quarter of a teaspoon of kosher salt. After making sure your avocado feels "squishy yet firm," all you have to do is coat the cut up avocado in lime juice, season, mash, then fold everything together. That's it! Maybe next week they’ll enlighten us and share how they shred their cheese. Catherine Garcia

Golden Years
12:33 a.m. ET

David Letterman is talking a lot about his retirement, which makes sense since he only has a handful of shows left. President Obama has almost two more years left, but on Monday's Late Night, Letterman still asked him about his future plans. No dice. But dominos, maybe. Some Late Show guests, like Steve Martin, go with the darkly comic when it comes to Letterman's retirement, but Obama was cheerfully goofy.

"I was thinking you and me, we could play some dominos together," Obama said. "We can go to the local Starbucks and, you know, swap stories." It's worth noting that this is apparently what the president thinks "real people" do, and maybe he's right. Things get a little sappy at the end, but Letterman did elicit from Obama that he's planning to take a month off after leaving office. Well, it's something. —Peter Weber

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