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9:45 AM ET, May 1, 2014


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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 …
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 …
Mayor Rob Ford / CBC News:
Rob Ford's statement on leave of absence
A.B. Stoddard / The Hill:
Dems on thin ice for 2014  —  Amid a torrent of fresh and frightening polling, Democrats are clinging to some comforting silver linings: flush war chests, a few strong individual polls, a robust gender gap.  But it will be months before we know if they are kittens balancing on branches or cats with nine lives.
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:
Antonin Scalia's Blunder Is Unprecedented, Legal Experts Say
Discussion: The Mahablog and Legal Planet
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
The Supreme Court tries to reconcile the Fourth Amendment with the realities of our tech age.
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: Betsy's Page and Mediaite
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
If Data Were a Journalist  —  He'd work for Ezra Klein.  —  “ joins a crowded field of data-driven news sites,” USA Today reported earlier this month on Ezra Klein's new venture.  Maybe “Data” should have been capitalized.  —  A pair of articles the site published yesterday …
Discussion: The Dish and J Street
What is Hillary Clinton afraid of?  —  Over the 25 years Hillary Clinton has spent in the national spotlight, she's been smeared and stereotyped, the subject of dozens of over-hyped or downright fictional stories and books alleging, among other things, that she is a lesbian …
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
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
Meet Mary Burke, the Woman Who Could Beat Scott Walker  —  She's a political novice—and that may be what it takes to knock off Wisconsin's governor, of whose jobs plan she says: 'I've seen eighth-graders' term papers that are more thoughtful.'  —  Republicans call her “Millionaire Mary,” …
Discussion: Althouse
Marisa Schultz /
Conyers' place on ballot may hinge on backdated registrations  —  Conyers (John T. Greilick / The Detroit News)  —  Washington — An attempt to get Democratic Detroit Congressman John Conyers kicked off the August ballot is focusing on whether backdated voter registrations …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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
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’  —  v=2uEXkmMealE  —  In a speech to the militia members still gathered at Cliven Bundy's ranch in Nevada last week, Mike Vanderboegh …
Wall Street Journal:
AT&T Has Approached DirecTV About Possible Acquisition  —  AT&T has approached DirecTV about a possible acquisition of the satellite-TV firm, say people familiar with the situation, the latest sign of a possible shakeup in the television industry.
The Hill:
Jobs: The best way to fight poverty  —  Much of Washington's ongoing economic policy debate focuses on reducing poverty, with many arguing to raise the minimum wage and expand government programs.  But this focus ignores two simple truths.  —  First, poverty arises from sagging employment …
Oprah considering Clippers bid  —  Oprah Winfrey, David Geffen and Larry Ellison will join together in a bid to buy the Los Angeles Clippers if the NBA's board of governors votes to force Donald Sterling to sell the team, Geffen told ESPN's Jeremy Schaap on Wednesday.
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.
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New York Times:
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Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  April 30, 2014 - Crist Has 15-Point Compassion Lead …
Lenny Bernstein / Washington Post:
Planet headed toward ‘post-antibiotic era’ when treatments don't work: WHO
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Washington Post:
Poll: GOP presidential race wide open; Hillary Clinton leads Jeb Bush in theoretical matchup
 Earlier Items: 
Manu Raju / Politico:
Rand Paul to plunge into North Carolina Senate race
GOP's white Southern men problem: Why they can't hold Democrats down any longer
Discussion: Businessweek and Hullabaloo
Kelly Gray / WSET-TV:
BREAKING NEWS: Train Has Derailed in Lynchburg
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Here's What Happens When the GOP Takes Over the Senate
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Dan Merica / CNN:
Bill Clinton plays professor, blasts media in Georgetown speech
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
Josh Kraushaar /
Betting Against Nate Silver
Discussion: Daily Kos