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1:55 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
Mark Berman / Washington Post:
Inmate dies following botched Oklahoma execution, second execution delayed
Katie Fretland / Guardian:
Oklahoma execution: Clayton Lockett writhes on gurney in botched procedure
Discussion: Hot Air, Shakesville and Tulsa World
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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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 and Hot Air
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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
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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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.
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Senate Ready To Sink Effort To Boost Minimum Wage
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.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and The Daily Caller
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
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” …
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.
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.
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 …
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.”
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 …
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.
Dick Morris / NewsMax.com:
Rick Perry Can Make Comeback  —  More ways to share...  Stumbled  —  Vine  —  Newstrust  —  Tell my politician  —  Technocrati  —  | A A  —  Of the last eight people who have won the Republican nomination for president, six ran for the office and lost before they eventually got their party's designation.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 
 
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Lizzie Parry / Daily Mail:
Arrested for quoting Winston Churchill: European election candidate accused of religious …
Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
Rep. McAllister rejects calls for resignation after kissing video
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Robert Calandra / Philly.com:
Once opposed to ACA, now a convert
Lisa Daftari / Fox News:
Al Qaeda-linked jihadists accused of hanging victims on crosses
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Cathleen Decker / Los Angeles Times:
Democratic governors group lacks faith in Wendy Davis campaign
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
The Rise of the Drone Master: Pop Culture Recasts Obama
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U.S. Economy Barely Grew in First Quarter
Sharon Otterman / New York Times:
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Jason Zengerle / The New Republic:
How Barack Obama Sold Out The Kale Crowd
Richard N. Haass / Wall Street Journal:
A Foreign Policy Flirting With Chaos
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Juan Williams / Wall Street Journal:
Getting Past Name-Calling to Talk About Poverty
Jonathan Rauch / Washington Monthly:
It's All in the Implementation
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Alan Grayson seeks annulment, saying his wife was wed to another man
 

 
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