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5:30 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.
Discussion: Shakesville
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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 …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Republican-Led Filibuster Blocks Minimum Wage Bill in Senate
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’
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate to vote on campaign finance
Discussion: CNN
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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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The White House's Obamacare victory lap looking more like a false start
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Here's What Happens When the GOP Takes Over the Senate  —  From abortion bans to Obamacare cuts to, maybe, an empty Supreme Court chair, the Republicans already know exactly what they'll do if they get control of both houses of Congress.  —  Passing a federal law banning almost all abortions after 20 weeks.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
Manu Raju / Politico:
Rand Paul to plunge into North Carolina Senate race  —  Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is making an 11th hour plunge into the North Carolina Senate race, aiming to boost his preferred candidate and block the GOP establishment's favorite, state House Speaker Thom Tillis, from scoring a clean win in Tuesday's primary.
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.
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.
CNN:
Rep. Thompson doubles down on racial remarks in interview with CNN's Dana Bash  —  (CNN) - In an exclusive interview with CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash, Rep. Bennie Thompson doubled down on controversial remarks he made about race over the weekend.
Kelly Gray / WSET-TV:
BREAKING NEWS: Train Has Derailed in Lynchburg  —  Lynchburg, Va - Lynchburg emergency officials have confirmed that a train has gone off the tracks in downtown Lynchburg.  It happened around 1:45 Wednesday afternoon.  —  Between 12 and 14 CSX tankers carrying crude oil were involved …
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
bizjournals:
The Onion sets its sights on BuzzFeed, Upworthy  —  Finally!  The Onion is taking on BuzzFeed and Upworthy on their turf.  —  This June the satire site — stuck for now in the hopelessly 20th century business of spoofing reported, written news articles — will launch Clickhole.com.  —  What's that?
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 …
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” …
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 …
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.
Facebook:
f8: Introducing Anonymous Login and an Updated Facebook Login  —  Today at f8, we announced Anonymous Login, a brand new way to log into apps without sharing any personal information from Facebook, along with a new version of Facebook Login with even better privacy controls.
 
 
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Justice Scalia Makes Epic Blunder In Supreme Court Opinion
Salon:
GOP's white Southern men problem: Why they can't hold Democrats down any longer
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Ashley Halsey III / Washington Post:
White House opens door to tolls on interstate highways, removing long-standing prohibition
Discussion: ThinkProgress and NPR
Dan Merica / CNN:
Bill Clinton plays professor, blasts media in Georgetown speech
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
Ilya Somin / Washington Post:
The politics of science fiction
Dick Morris / NewsMax.com:
Rick Perry Can Make Comeback
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How Barack Obama Sold Out The Kale Crowd
 

 
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