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9:35 PM ET, May 8, 2013

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Top Republican ‘Fairly Satisfied’ With White House's Account Of Benghazi  —  Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Bob Corker (R-TN) said Wednesday that he's “fairly satisfied” with the Obama administration's account of events that led to the deaths of American diplomats in Benghazi last year.
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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
New Benghazi probe evidence puts spotlight back on Clinton  —  New revelations about the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, are pulling Hillary Clinton back into a political firestorm that the presumptive 2016 candidate had so far managed to escape unscathed.
Michael Hirsh / NationalJournal.com:
Benghazi: Incompetence, But No Cover-up  —  The hearings deepen the tragedy, but not the scandal.  —  There was tragic incompetence, plainly, in the Obama administration's handling of the Benghazi attacks, and even possibly some political calculation.  It is a record that may well come …
Fox News:
Whistle-blower: Botched talking points hurt FBI probe of Benghazi attack  —  A key Benghazi whistle-blower, responding to Democratic claims that the prolonged scrutiny over the administration's botched talking points is unwarranted, testified Wednesday that the early mischaracterization …
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Benghazi Witness Says State Dept. Told Him Not To Meet With Congressional Investigators  —  Deputy chief of mission for the U.S. in Libya Gregory Hicks testified Wednesday that he was told not to meet with a congressman sent to investigate the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi.
New York Times:
Official Offers Account From Libya of Benghazi Attack  —  WASHINGTON — A State Department official presented a minute-by-minute account on Wednesday of what happened during the seige of the diplomatic compound in Benghazi last Sept. 11, offering the first public testimony from an American official …
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Benghazi whistleblower: 'I've been demoted' for challenging Susan Rice's claims
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Weasel Zippers
Carlo Muñoz / The Hill:
GOP chairman denied Benghazi files
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Cleveland Hero Was A Repeat Domestic Abuser  —  Charles Ramsey battered his wife, did prison time for three attacks  —  The Cleveland man credited with helping free female captives from a house of horrors is a convicted felon whose rap sheet includes three separate domestic violence convictions …
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Harriet Sherwood / Guardian:
Stephen Hawking joins academic boycott of Israel  —  Physicist pulls out of conference hosted by president Shimon Peres in protest at treatment of Palestinians  —  Professor Stephen Hawking is backing the academic boycott of Israel by pulling out of a conference hosted by Israeli president Shimon Peres …
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Dylan Matthews / Wonkblog:
Heritage study co-author opposed letting in immigrants with low IQs  —  Robert Rector (center), one of the study's co-authors.  (Heritage)  —  The Heritage Foundation made something of a splash with its study suggesting that immigration reform will cost the public trillions.
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Mike Gonzalez / The Heritage Foundation:
Heritage Statement on the Cost of Amnesty Study
Discussion: First Read
Steve Benen / The Maddow Blog:
A classic Cheney modifier  —  Dick Cheney won't let a little thing like the absence of credibility stand in the way of cheap shots, as he hopes to exploit the deaths of Americans abroad for partisan gain. … Actually, “North Africa” is a pretty big place, as Cheney may recall.
Discussion: Applesauce
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Daily Mail:
Dick Cheney slams Obama administration's Benghazi performance as 'a failure of leadership ... I cannot understand why they weren't ready'  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney criticized the Obama administration on Tuesday for its handling of the September 11, 2012 terror attack on the U.S. Consulate …
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Obama Maintains Approval Advantage, but GOP Runs Even on Key Issues  —  Two-Thirds Say Obama ‘Fights Hard’ for His Policies  —  OVERVIEW  —  President Obama continues to hold a substantial advantage over congressional Republicans in public regard.  Obama's job approval is back in positive territory …
Brian Skoloff / Associated Press:
Jury Reaches Verdict in Jodi Arias Trial in Ariz.  —  Jurors reached a verdict Wednesday in the trial of Jodi Arias after deliberating about 15 hours over four days on whether the former waitress should be convicted of murder in the 2008 fatal stabbing and shooting of her one-time boyfriend.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Taylor Marsh
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Hunter / Daily Kos:
We are governed by outright morons: … You gigantic dumbass.  Sorry; there's just no other way to put it.  The entire purpose of “sequestration” was to be cuts enforced without choice.  The mechanism was meant to be so abominable that not even the human clusterf—ks that are our current Congress …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Eschaton
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Sanford victory could spell trouble for House GOP leadership  —  Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) is heading back to Congress — and that may not be good news for House GOP leadership.  —  Sanford owes party leaders nothing, as they refused to spend money on his campaign …
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Ramsey Cox / E2-Wire:
Senate rejects gun amendment to water infrastructure bill  —  The first GOP amendment voted on for the Senate's water infrastructure bill was about gun rights.  —  The Senate is considering the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which would authorize projects related to flood and storm risk reduction …
Discussion: Politico
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Ben Geman / E2-Wire:
Republicans to huddle Wednesday to mull options on EPA nominee vote
Discussion: Politico
Dylan Byers / Politico:
The Post's Sharyl Attkisson piece  —  The Washington Post's Paul Farhi has written a glowing profile of Sharyl Attkisson, the Emmy award-winning CBS correspondent who has been the mainstream media's most persistent investigator of the events surrounding last year's attack in Benghazi, Libya.
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Social Security report: Immigration bill would boost economy  —  The Senate Gang of Eight's immigration legislation is likely to be a net boon to the economy and Social Security, a new government report shows.  —  The Social Security Administration finds that by 2024, the immigration bill …
Discussion: The Plum Line
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:   Analysis: Immigration bill would add millions of US taxpayers
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Conservatives Plan Anti-MSNBC Protest at Comcast Shareholders Meeting  —  A tea-party group has invited 60,000 activists in Philadelphia to express their displeasure with the left-leaning network directly to Comcast CEO Brian Roberts when he meets investors there next week.
Discussion: Mediaite and Inside Cable News
Nathan Freed Wessler / ACLU:
FBI Documents Suggest Feds Read Emails Without a Warrant  —  New documents from the FBI and U.S. Attorneys' offices paint a troubling picture of the government's email surveillance practices.  Not only does the FBI claim it can read emails and other electronic communications without a warrant …
 
 
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