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Globe and Mail:
Rob Ford takes leave as recent drug video emerges  —  A second video of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking what has been described as crack cocaine by a self-professed drug dealer was secretly filmed in his sister's basement early Saturday morning.  —  The clip, which was viewed by two Globe and Mail reporters …
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Toronto Sun:
Mayor Rob Ford ‘ready to take a break’  —  Toronto Mayor Rob Ford (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun)  —  TORONTO -  —  Mayor Rob Ford tells the Toronto Sun that he is “ready to take a break” from the mayoral election campaign to “go get help.”  —  The decision to immediately step away from the campaign …
Tulsa World:
Eyewitness account: A minute-by-minute look at what happened during Clayton Lockett's execution … Well, it's a Lockett's execution didn't go well.  I lay the blame on the bleeding heart liberals who blocked Oklahoma's access to the execution drugs we've used in the past.
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Feelin' a Wave  —  As we have all observed, Nate Silver and other purveyors of “data journalism” have gotten a lot of flak early in this election cycle, some of it warranted, but much of it the kind of taunting schoolyard kingpins typically inflict on tyros they instinctively understand will be rich and powerful someday.
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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.
Miranda Blue / Right Wing Watch:
Bundy Ranch Speaker Warns Of ‘Civil War On A Vast Scale,’ Promises Harry Reid Will Have His ‘Balls Ripped Off’  —  http://www.youtube.com/watch?  v=2uEXkmMealE  —  In a speech to the militia members still gathered at Cliven Bundy's ranch in Nevada last week, Mike Vanderboegh …
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Elias Alias / Oath Keepers:
Bundy Ranch Advisory for April 29 2014
Jennifer Kabbany / The College Fix:
Meet the Poster Child for ‘White Privilege’ - Then Have Your Mind Blown  —  He's 20, he's white, and he's a freshman at Princeton University.  —  According to the ethnic and feminist studies college students and professors who frequently and vehemently complain that this country is steeped …
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Sean Poulter / Daily Mail:
Subway removes ham and bacon from nearly 200 stores and offers halal meat only after ‘strong demand’ from Muslims  — Pork is forbidden and while other meat can be eaten, it must be sourced, slaughtered and processed according to strict rules  — Subway said all halal meat served …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Justice Scalia Makes Epic Blunder In Supreme Court Opinion  —  It's not often that a Supreme Court justice makes a factual blunder in a formal opinion.  —  Legal experts say Justice Antonin Scalia erred in his dissent in the 6-2 decision Tuesday to uphold the Environmental Protection Agency's authority …
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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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Democrats Assail G.O.P. After Filibuster of Proposal to Raise Minimum Wage
Malia Mattoch / Reuters:
Hawaii lawmakers vote to increase hourly minimum wage to $10.10
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Daily Kos
Energy & Commerce Committee:
Committee Learns Who's Paid for Obamacare: As of April 15, Only 67 Percent of Enrollees in Federal Marketplace Had Paid First Month's Premium  —  Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee to Hold Hearing NEXT WEEK with Insurance Companies to Discuss Detailed Enrollment Data
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Examiner
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: Hullabaloo
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Jay Carney Lies About the Benghazi Email  —  Yesterday I wrote about the most significant email that the Obama administration produced in response to a FOIA request by Judicial Watch.  It was sent by White House political operative Ben Rhodes to a variety of administration officials whose duties related to PR, not policy.
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show
James Freeman / Wall Street Journal:
The ObamaCare 8%  —  The WSJ/NBC poll asks Americans if they think the health law is working.  —  A new survey from the Journal and NBC News shows that the President's signature health care law remains deeply unpopular.  —  Yesterday we noted the ABC/Washington Post poll showing Mr. Obama …
Discussion: NewsBusters and The Gateway Pundit
Washington Post:
Poll: GOP presidential race wide open; Hillary Clinton leads Jeb Bush in theoretical matchup  —  The 2016 Republican presidential nominating battle is shaping up as the most wide-open in a generation, with a new Washington Post-ABC News poll showing five prospective candidates within four percentage points …
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.
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 …
Lenny Bernstein / Washington Post:
Planet headed toward ‘post-antibiotic era’ when treatments don't work: WHO  —  The planet may be headed toward a “post-antibiotic era” when common infections once easily controlled by antimicrobial medicines may be lethal, the World Health Organization reported Wednesday in its first look …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
The Supreme Court tries to reconcile the Fourth Amendment with the realities of our tech age.  —  What we know for sure on April 29, 2014: Approximately 90 percent of Americans have cellphones, including Justice Stephen Breyer.  Twelve million people are arrested every year, the great majority of them for minor offenses.
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
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.
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: Washington Post and Politico
 
 
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White House opens door to tolls on interstate highways, removing long-standing prohibition
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Yahoo Chief's Pay Tied to Another Company's Performance
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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
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