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2:50 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 …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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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Nathan Fenno / Los Angeles Times:
Court documents show controversy involving Donald Sterling's wife  —  Rochelle Sterling, wife of Clippers owner Donald Sterling, watches the Clippers play the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference quarterfinals Sunday.  (Thearon W. Henderson / Getty Images / April 27, 2014)
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Senate Republicans Filibuster Minimum Wage Hike  —  As expected, Senate Republicans voted on Wednesday to block debate on legislation to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.  —  The procedural motion to begin debate received 54 votes for, and 42 against — short of the 60 needed to break a filibuster.
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Republican-Led Filibuster Blocks Minimum Wage Bill in Senate  —  WASHINGTON — A proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10, an underpinning of President Obama's economic agenda and an issue that Democrats hope to leverage against Republicans in the midterm elections, failed in the Senate on Wednesday.
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Senate Ready To Sink Effort To Boost Minimum Wage
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.
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Benjamin Goad / The Hill:
John Paul Stevens: ‘Money is not speech’
Discussion: National Review
Burgess Everett / Politico:   Senate to vote on campaign finance
Sharyl Attkisson / SharylAttkisson-Home:
White House Directed Incorrect Benghazi Narrative  —  Newly-released emails: “Video” to blame, “not a broader failure or policy.”  —  Newly-released documents reveal direct White House involvement in steering the public narrative about the September 11, 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi …
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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.
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 …
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
Robert Calandra / Philly.com:
Once opposed to ACA, now a convert  —  Dean Angstadt fells trees for a living.  —  He's a self-employed, self-sufficient logger who has cleared his own path for most of his 57 years, never expecting help from anyone.  And even though he'd been uninsured since 2009, he especially wanted nothing to do with the Affordable Care Act.
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.
Dan Merica / CNN:
Bill Clinton plays professor, blasts media in Georgetown speech  —  Washington (CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton's lecture on Wednesday had everything a Georgetown class usually has: A high profile professor, some carefully crafted slides and a handful of students dozing in their oversized sweatshirts.
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Scientific American Editor: Fox Told Me I Couldn't Talk About Climate Change  —  An editor with Scientific American magazine said Wednesday he was shot down by a Fox News producer when he said he wanted to talk about the impacts of climate change.  —  Michael Moyer appeared on “Fox & Friends” …
Francesca Chambers / Daily Mail:
Rick Santorum tells GOP group he's ‘not sure’ if the party cares about poor people as much as Democrats do  — At a meeting of conservatives, Santorum was asked for his thoughts on the Earned Income Tax Credit  — As part of his response to the question, Santorum said he's 'not sure …
Chris Giles / Financial Times:
China poised to pass US as world's leading economic power this year  —  Central Shanghai: China is likely to be the world's richest country by next year  —  The US is on the brink of losing its status as the world's largest economy, and is likely to slip behind China this year …
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Big donor secrecy: 'Irony, but it's not hypocrisy'  —  CHICAGO — Democratic attacks on the Koch brothers for secretive campaign spending have become a virtual plank in the party's platform, but it turns out big-money liberals can be just as defensive when their own closed-door activities are put in the spotlight.
Josh Kraushaar / NationalJournal.com:
Betting Against Nate Silver  —  Number-crunching Senate prediction models are fun to follow but are not very useful.  —  Nate Silver's presidential projections are more accurate than his Senate picks.  (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images)  —  I'm a numbers guy.
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.
Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal:
Google Stops Scanning Student Gmail Accounts for Ads  —  Google said Wednesday that it stopped scanning student Gmail accounts for advertising purposes after the practice was scrutinized during a recent court case.  —  Google Apps for Education, a free service used by more than 30 million students …
 
 
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