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May 7, 2014

Kevin Durant gave a moving speech in accepting his MVP award Tuesday night, speaking about the hardships he overcame growing up outside of Washington, D.C., and thanking his teammates and family for all their help. --Jon Terbush

11:55 a.m. ET
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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is voting for you know who in the presidential election. Though Rubio didn't come right out and say that he'd be voting for his former rival Donald Trump, it was heavily implied in his tweets Friday where he said that come November, not only will he not be voting for Hillary Clinton, but he also won't be abstaining from voting. That leaves just one other option:

Rubio followed up that tweet with emphasis on the fact that his change of heart has more to do with preventing Hillary Clinton from becoming president than suddenly loving Trump:

Just months ago, Rubio was chastising Trump for his supposedly little hands, calling him everything from an "embarrassment" to a "person that has no ideas of any substance on the important issues." So far, his supporters haven't been thrilled with his changed tone on Trump:

The true test for Rubio's new alliance will be whether he sticks with his original plan to sit out on the Senate race because a "real good friend" of his from Florida is now running, or whether he heeds Trump's advice and runs. Becca Stanek

11:10 a.m. ET

Bernie Sanders supporter Victor Vizcarra has — hands down — the most casually terrifying quote of the day:

It's like Batman's butler always said: Some people just want to watch the world burn. Jeva Lange

10:57 a.m. ET
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Even though Donald Trump thinks he "looks like a spoiled brat," embattled pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli is still going to support him in the presidential race. In a tweet late Thursday, Shkreli — who gained infamy as CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals after raising the price of a drug by more than 5,000 percent — announced that he'd be voting for Trump over Hillary Clinton:

All Shkreli thinks Trump needs now is a running mate who is "seasoned in politics." But don't worry, it won't be him:

At least that's one bullet dodged. Becca Stanek

10:39 a.m. ET
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Is the politician you're talking to speaking in a deep, impressive voice? He probably thinks you're rich or important. That's just one conclusion of a new study from researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine, which found that politicians modulate their voices depending on the social status of their audience.

When conversing casually, politicians will speak as if they are addressing family, but in front of large groups, their voices often take on a sing-song quality. And among people of high stature, whom they consider peers, politicos will opt for that lower tone.

Dr. Rosario Signorello, who worked on the project, said similar habits have been observed in some animals, and he plans to study chimpanzees to see if the pattern holds.

Previous research has drawn another comparison between politicians and the animal kingdom: They are prone to use body language to convey personal size and power, like when Jeb Bush stood on tiptoes to look tallest during a GOP debate — or when his brother did the "gorilla walk," holding his arms in an ape-like manner. Bonnie Kristian

10:25 a.m. ET
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This week, President Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, the first of two Japanese cities on which the United States dropped nuclear bombs at the end of World War II. While there, Obama called for a "world without nuclear weapons" and a "moral revolution."

But in practice, the president has reduced the American nuclear stockpile less than any other post-Cold War president. In fact, a new report from the Federation of American Scientists indicates that both George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush shrank the stockpile significantly more than Obama and Bill Clinton — yet even Clinton destroyed nearly twice as many warheads as Obama has so far.

Obama has also quietly planned a $1 trillion, 30-year update of our nuclear arsenal, a pricey program critics suggest is ill-suited to modern national security issues. Bonnie Kristian

10:21 a.m. ET
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Writer Peter Manso was working on a story about Roy Cohn for Playboy in 1981 when Cohn invited him to a dinner party he was hosting. The guests included Estee and Joe Lauder, the Baron and Baroness Ricardo "Ricky" di Portanova of the Cullen oil fortune, and, of course, Donald Trump and his first wife, Ivana.

Writing for Politico Magazine, Manso recalled how he was seated beside the real estate mogul at dinner, only to be given a Trump Tower sales pitch complete with forceful encouragement to buy a luxury apartment he couldn't possibly afford:

I grinned. Years before I'd learned that the proper response to rich people who don't, or won't, appreciate that your situation isn't the same as theirs is to explode the fiction right off since there's always the possibility that what they're doing stems not from ignorance so much as they're trying to make you feel small and uncomfortable. It's a form of bullying.

It's also crass. Here Trump was at his pal lawyer's dinner table in this lovely house, sitting with at least two other couples who could have bought and sold him several times over yet he's desperately vying for top-dog status, flexing muscle by trying to sell a freelance writer real estate. It was the same smarmy narcissism that you find in used car salesmen and which, plainly, these past 35 years has fueled Trump's biz dealings, his TV forays, his penchant for compliant blonds and, now, his quest for the presidency. [Politico]

Much later, Manso met Trump again — only this time, he did more than uncomfortably grin when Trump decided to show off his wealth. Read the whole story at Politico. Jeva Lange

9:48 a.m. ET
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Drug test results stemming from the London 2012 Olympic Games may end up pushing as many as 23 athletes out of the upcoming Games in Rio, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced Friday. After retesting 265 doping samples from London using more advanced methods than were available at the time, the IOC says it has found athletes from five different sports and six different countries to possibly be guilty of doping.

The latest results come on the heels of last week's announcement that, after retesting 454 doping samples from the 2008 Games in Beijing, 31 athletes had tested positive. The IOC says there may be more results in coming weeks, too, as retests continue. "We want to keep the dopers away from the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro," IOC president Thomas Bach said. "This is why we are acting swiftly now." Becca Stanek

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