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5:05 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
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
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
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.
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.
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?
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Citing NBA's decision on LA Clippers, Harry Reid calls on NFL to change Redskins name  —  In the wake of the NBA's decision to suspend the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) suggested Wednesday that national outrage should now be directed toward …
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” …
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.
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.
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.
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
Salon:
GOP's white Southern men problem: Why they can't hold Democrats down any longer  —  In a very famous (and possibly apocryphal) quote, Lyndon Johnson said upon signing the 1964 Civil Rights Act that the Democrats had lost the South for a generation.  And there's little doubt that the Republicans immediately saw a path to a new majority.
Discussion: Crooked Timber and Hullabaloo
 
 
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Ashley Halsey III / Washington Post:
White House opens door to tolls on interstate highways, removing long-standing prohibition
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Steven Davidoff / New York Times:
Yahoo Chief's Pay Tied to Another Company's Performance
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Ilya Somin / Washington Post:
The politics of science fiction
Dick Morris / NewsMax.com:
Rick Perry Can Make Comeback
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Lizzie Parry / Daily Mail:
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Once opposed to ACA, now a convert
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