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12:40 PM ET, April 30, 2014

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Ben Crair / The New Republic:
How Oklahoma Botched an Execution  —  Clayton Lockett's lethal injection suffered a problem more fundamental than the drugs  —  On Tuesday night, after Oklahoma botched the lethal injection of Clayton Lockett, the director of the Department of Corrections said Lockett's vein had not only “blown,” but actually “exploded.”
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Helen Pow / Associated Press:
Killer dies of heart attack after FORTY MINUTES writhing in agony and sitting up to say 'something's wrong' when experimental drug execution causes his veins to explode  —  A death row inmate spent forty minutes writhing in agony before dying of a heart attack following a new cocktail …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Katie Fretland / Guardian:
Oklahoma execution: Clayton Lockett writhes on gurney in botched procedure
Discussion: Hot Air and Shakesville
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Oklahoma Stays Second Execution After First Is Botched
Associated Press:
Oklahoma Inmate Dies After Botched Execution, Second Execution Delayed
Discussion: CNN
Marcus Thompson II:
Warriors Had the Blueprint For a Dramatic Boycott Ready to Go  —  The plan was set, the product of a 30-minute players meeting.  The Warriors were going to go through pre-game warm-ups and take part in the national anthem and starting line-up introductions.
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Oren Dorell / USA Today:
Senator: E-mails show how Benghazi story shaped  —  Republicans say e-mails released Tuesday on the attack in Benghazi, Libya, include “the smoking gun” that shows a White House official urged that the assault on the U.S. consulate be blamed on a protest that never happened.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Democrats plan vote to reverse Citizens United decision  —  Senate Democrats will schedule a vote this year on a constitutional amendment to reform campaign finance as they face tens of millions of dollars worth of attack ads from conservative groups.
Discussion: Liberaland
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate to vote on campaign finance  —  The Senate will vote this year on a constitutional amendment that would allow Congress and the states to regulate the nation's campaign finance laws.  —  A roll call on the constitutional amendment, written by Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) …
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Tim Pawlenty: Republican Party must back wage hike  —  Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Wednesday that Republicans should support a “reasonable” increase in the minimum wage.  —  “If you're going to talk the talk about being for the middle class and the working person …
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Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Senate Ready To Sink Effort To Boost Minimum Wage
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Is Barry Whiffing?  —  WASHINGTON — Stop whining, Mr. President.  —  And stop whiffing.  —  Don't whinge off the record with columnists and definitely don't do it at a press conference with another world leader.  It is disorienting to everybody, here at home and around the world.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
Americans in large numbers want the U.S. to reduce its role in world affairs, a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds  —  Americans in large numbers want the U.S. to reduce its role in world affairs even as a showdown with Russia over Ukraine preoccupies Washington, a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds.
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Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Koch Brothers Still Unknown to Many Americans - WSJ/NBC Poll
Anthony Man / Sun-Sentinel:
Looking for complaints, Rick Scott instead finds praise for Obamacare  —  Scott meet with seniors looking for Obamacare horror stories, but found little complaints.  —  Sun Sentinel  —  BOCA RATON— Gov. Rick Scott visited a senior center Tuesday to warn about cuts he said Obamacare …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The “apartheid” slur has a long history.  —  “I will not allow my commitment to Israel to be questioned by anyone,” John Kerry pronounced in a press statement yesterday.  Far be it from us to defy an order from the secretary of state.  It is clear to us, however, that there is something to which Kerry's commitment is far deeper.
Tampa Bay Times:
Alan Grayson seeks annulment, saying his wife was wed to another man  —  Orlando Sentinel:  —  When U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson married his wife, she was already wed to another man, according to a new court filing by the congressman's lawyers, seeking an annulment on the basis of bigamy.
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Jeff Weiner / Orlando Sentinel:
Alan Grayson asks for annulment, accuses wife of bigamy in new court documents
Cathleen Decker / Los Angeles Times:
Democratic governors group lacks faith in Wendy Davis campaign  —  Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis won't get help in her gubernatorial campaign from the Democratic Governors Assn. (LM Otero / Associated Press / March 4, 2014)  —  If Washington was reeling on Tuesday, the vertigo may have stemmed …
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Official FCC Blog:
Finding the Best Path Forward to Protect the Open Internet  —  I am a strong believer in the importance of an Open Internet.  As President Obama has explained, “Preserving an Open Internet is vital not just to the free flow of information, but also to promoting innovation and economic productivity.”
New York Times:
Two Giant Banks, Seen as Immune, Become Targets  —  Federal prosecutors are nearing criminal charges against some of the world's biggest banks, according to lawyers briefed on the matter, a development that could produce the first guilty plea from a major bank in more than two decades.
Patrick Marley / JSOnline:
Federal judge strikes down Wisconsin's voter ID law  —  By Patrick Marley, Jason Stein and Bruce Vielmetti of the Journal Sentinel  —  In a decision that could have implications nationally and in Wisconsin's November elections, a federal judge on Tuesday struck down the state's voter ID law …
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New York Times:   Federal Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin Law Requiring Photo ID at Polls
 
 
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Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
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Sharon Otterman / New York Times:
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How Barack Obama Sold Out The Kale Crowd
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A Foreign Policy Flirting With Chaos
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