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11:35 AM ET, May 1, 2014

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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The worst excuse ever: The Rhodes memo debacle  —  The White House damage control on the latest batch of Benghazi emails is not going well.  The White House's belated release of the documents at the very least show it has been actively evading legitimate congressional requests for relevant information.
Discussion: CNN and Fox News
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Cassie Walker Burke / Politico:
The White House beat, uncovered
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Email Suggests White House Strategy on Benghazi
Discussion: JustOneMinute and NewsBusters
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Jay Carney Lies About the Benghazi Email
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Mediaite
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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Royson James Toronto / Toronto Star:
Rob Ford is out of time and must resign: James  —  Toronto mayor's descent so long and dark it may be too late for redemption  —  Jennifer Gordon, whose back is to the camera, and friends spotted Mayor Rob Ford “stumbling” down the street near the Esplanade on St. Patrick's Day 2012.
Discussion: VodkaPundit and Boing Boing
Mayor Rob Ford / CBC News:
Rob Ford's statement on leave of absence
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Tom Coburn: I Don't Believe There Should Be A National Minimum Wage  —  Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) said Thursday that he doesn't believe there should be a national minimum wage.  —  Senate Republicans voted Wednesday to block debate on legislation to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10.
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Snapchat:
Putting the Chat into Snapchat  —  Building Snapchat has taught us a lot about what makes conversation special.  When we first started working on an application for sharing disappearing pictures, we had no idea how much we would learn.  Our classmates were quick to point out that you could always take a screenshot.
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Antonin Scalia's Blunder Is Unprecedented, Legal Experts Say  —  Justice Antonin Scalia's factual error in a dissenting opinion Tuesday has become the talk of the legal community as experts puzzle over the extraordinary nature of the Reagan-appointed justice's blunder, which the Supreme Court quietly corrected as of Wednesday morning.
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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
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Uh oh: House committee claims only two-thirds of federal ObamaCare enrollees paid first premium by April 15
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.
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
If Data Were a Journalist  —  He'd work for Ezra Klein.  —  “Vox.com 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 Althouse
Politico:
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 …
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,” …
The Verge:
Meet Swarm: Foursquare's ambitious plan to split its app in two  —  To take on Yelp, Foursquare is moving beyond the check-in  —  Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley has spent the last year trying to convince the world that Foursquare isn't what it used to be.  The company emerged back in 2009 …
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Bill Henck: Inside the IRS, part 2  —  William Henck has worked inside the IRS Office of the Chief Counsel as an attorney for over 26 years.  We posted his personal account, including his testimony to a retaliatory audit conducted by the IRS against himself, this past February in “Inside the IRS.”
Detroit Free Press:
Moscow revives Red Square May Day parade  —  MOSCOW - Tens of thousands of Russians marched through Red Square on Thursday as part of May Day celebrations in the first such display of Soviet-era-like ceremony since 1991 - the year the Communist Soviet Union dissolved.
Discussion: Hot Air
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
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Benjamin Netanyahu Has Had Enough Of Your Selfies  —  “You are slaves.”  —  View Entire List ›
 
 
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Alan I. Abramowitz / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Minimal Class Divide in American Politics
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
Korean Ferry Students Captured Sinking on Video
Discussion: NPR and Mashable
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  May 1, 2014 - Jeb Bush Is Top Dog …
Discussion: The Week and Politico
Jesse Eisinger / New York Times:
Why Only One Top Banker Went to Jail for the Financial Crisis
Jeanna Smialek / Bloomberg:
Growth Freezes Up as U.S. Business Spending Slumps: Economy
Marisa Schultz / detroitnews.com:
Conyers' place on ballot may hinge on backdated registrations
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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Ryan Gallagher / The Intercept:
British Spy Chiefs Secretly Begged to Play in NSA's Data Pools
The Hill:
Jobs: The best way to fight poverty
Sean Poulter / Daily Mail:
Subway removes ham and bacon from nearly 200 stores and offers halal meat only after ‘strong demand’ from Muslims
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
The Supreme Court tries to reconcile the Fourth Amendment with the realities of our tech age.