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4:20 PM 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.
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Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Obama's ‘Blame the Video’ Fraud Started in Cairo, Not Benghazi  —  The e-mail revelations and the Obama administration's lies  —  Here is the main point: The rioting at the American embassy in Cairo was not about the anti-Muslim video.  As argued here repeatedly (see here and here) …
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Email Suggests White House Strategy on Benghazi  —  WASHINGTON — A newly released email shows that White House officials sought to shape the way Susan E. Rice, then the ambassador to the United Nations, discussed the Middle East chaos that was the context for the attack on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Can Obama get his groove back?  —  It's been more than a year since President Obama saw his approval rating hit 50 percent, and his still-souring numbers have Democrats fretting about his toxic effect in November.  —  Party strategists say the solution is for the White House to shake …
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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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:   Commentary: From the bench to the podium
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Obamacare Is Getting the Benghazi Treatment, Courtesy of House Republicans  —  House Republicans just put out a new report on the Affordable Care Act.  You should take is as seriously as you take all reports from House Republicans these days.  —  In other words, you shouldn't take it seriously.
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Robert Pear / New York Times:
Administration Details Late Surge in Health Enrollments
Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast:
John Oliver on ‘Last Week Tonight,’ Turning Down CBS, and ‘Nauseating’ American Politics  —  The newly minted host of HBO's ‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’ sat down to discuss his new gig, the strange state of U.S. politics, and more over coffee.  —  “I'm still getting used to this whole interview thing,” says John Oliver.
Discussion: Althouse, Mediaite and Yahoo! News
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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Frank Gunn / Toronto Star:
Rob Ford did cocaine on wild night, witnesses say
Royson James Toronto / Toronto Star:
Rob Ford is out of time and must resign: James
Discussion: VodkaPundit
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 …
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Amy Chozick / Associated Press:
Bill Clinton Defends His Economic Legacy
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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ed.gov:
U.S. Department of Education Releases List of Higher Education Institutions with Open Title IX Sexual Violence Investigations  —  Contact: Press Office, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov  —  The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released today a list …
Oren Dorell / Associated Press:
General: Military should've tried to rescue Benghazi Americans  —  WASHINGTON — U.S. military personnel knew early on that the Benghazi attack was a “hostile action” and not a protest gone awry, according to a retired general who served at U.S. Africa Command's headquarters in Germany during the attack.
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Ilya Somin / Washington Post:
Victims of Communism Day  —  Today is May Day.  Since 2007, I have advocated using this date as an international Victims of Communism Day.  I outlined the rationale for this idea (which I did not originate) in my very first post on the subject: … Our relative neglect of communist crimes carries a real cost.
Discussion: Hit & Run
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Detroit Free Press:
Moscow revives Red Square May Day parade
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Fox News Brands Scientific American Editor A ‘Coward’ (VIDEO)  —  A Scientific American editor must have struck a nerve over at Fox News this week when he tweeted about having a “Fox & Friends” producer shoot down his idea to talk about the impacts of climate change on the show.
Alan Pyke / ThinkProgress:
Seattle Announces $15 Minimum Wage, Highest In The U.S.  —  Seattle will raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour over the coming years under a deal brokered by Mayor Ed Murray and blessed by labor and business groups alike, city leaders announced Thursday afternoon.
Sam Youngman / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Kentucky GOP seeks pledge from McConnell and Bevin to support party's nominee  —  The Republican Party of Kentucky has begun the tricky task of trying to unify its party nearly three weeks before GOP primary voters choose between U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Louisville challenger Matt Bevin.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
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A.B. Stoddard / The Hill:   Dems on thin ice for 2014
George F. Will / Washington Post:
The heavy hand of the IRS seizes innocent Americans' assets  —  Earnest moralists lament Americans' distrust of government.  What really is regrettable is that government does much to earn distrust, as Terry Dehko, 70, and his daughter Sandy Thomas, 41, understand.
Discussion: VodkaPundit
 
 
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Vince Coglianese / The Daily Caller:
Everything About This Eleanor Holmes Sentence Is Wrong [VIDEO]
Discussion: Hot Air and Mediaite
Mark Flatten / Washington Examiner:
Veterans Affairs officials purged 1.5 million unfinished medical orders
Sara Reardon / Nature:
WHO warns against ‘post-antibiotic’ era
Discussion: Hullabaloo
James Hohmann / Politico:
Mitt Romney to endorse Monica Wehby in Oregon
Discussion: CNN
David Frum / The Atlantic Online:
Why Gun-Rights Backers Win While Other Conservative Causes Lose
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Alan I. Abramowitz / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Minimal Class Divide in American Politics
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
If Data Were a Journalist  —  He'd work for Ezra Klein.
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