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11:20 AM ET, May 2, 2014

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Bill McBride / Calculated Risk:
April Employment Report: 288,000 Jobs, 6.3% Unemployment Rate  —  From the BLS: … Click on graph for larger image.  —  The headline number was well above expectations of 215,000 payroll jobs added.  —  The first graph shows the job losses from the start of the employment recession …
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Michelle Jamrisko / Bloomberg:
Hiring in U.S. Kicks Into Higher Gear as Unemployment Plunges  —  The job-creation engine kicked into higher gear as U.S. employers boosted payrolls in April by the most in two years and the jobless rate plunged to the lowest since the collapse of Lehman Brothers.
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Payrolls jump in April as thaw hits jobs market  —  April nonfarm payrolls up 288,000; unemployment 6.3%  —  Job creation accelerated in April as the U.S. economy added 288,000 new positions, while the unemployment rate plummeted to 6.3 percent amid a sharp drop in the workforce.
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Report Shows Resurgence of Hiring but Has Downbeat Notes  —  The American economy gained steam in April, adding 288,000 jobs, while the unemployment rate fell to 6.3 percent, the lowest level since September 2008.  —  After a sharp slowdown in December and January, and a modest improvement since then …
Lucia Mutikani / Reuters:
U.S. payrolls surge in April, jobless rate hits 5-1/2 year low
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Midterm Calculus: Bursting the Democrats' Midterm-Turnout Bubble
Discussion: National Review
John Dickerson / Slate:
Why the new Benghazi emails aren't a “smoking gun.”  —  Has the Benghazi “smoking gun” been found?  Some White House critics believe that new documents wrestled from the White House by Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, prove that the Obama administration concocted a cover-up …
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Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Leadership Aide: Boehner ‘Seriously Considering’ Select Committee on Benghazi  —  House Speaker John Boehner is “seriously considering” appointing a select committee to investigate the attacks on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, according to a senior GOP leadership aide.
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Boehner calls on Kerry to testify about email in Benghazi subpoena
Discussion: Doug Ross
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Lindsey Graham: White House Officials Are ‘Scumbags’ for Lying About Benghazi
New York Post:
Disgraced Clippers owner Donald Sterling is battling cancer  —  This could wind up being a pretty short ban.  —  Disgraced racist Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is battling cancer — surprising those around him by beating the final buzzer for as long as he has, sources told The Post on Thursday.
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Why Economics Failed  —  On Wednesday, I wrapped up the class I've been teaching all semester: “The Great Recession: Causes and Consequences.”  (Slides for the lectures are available via my blog.)  And while teaching the course was fun, I found myself turning at the end to an agonizing question …
New York Times:
Donors Weigh Jilting Christie for Jeb Bush  —  Jeb Bush's increasingly serious and public examination of a run for president is roiling the ranks of establishment Republican donors and fund-raisers who had planned to back Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey in 2016, forcing many of them to rethink …
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The Lead with Jake Tapper:
Biking with Bush: Former president opens up about veterans, Jeb 2016
Shadee Ashtari / The Huffington Post:
Janice Hahn Walks Out Of Event After James Dobson Calls Obama The ‘Abortion President’  —  Janice Hahn James Dobson Janice Hahn Video Robert Aderholt Prayer and Meditation Robert Aderholt National Day of Prayer Janice Hahn National Day of Prayer Obama Abortion Abortion James Dobson
Discussion: Roll Call and The Raw Story
Tina Brown / The Daily Beast:
Don't Run for President, Hillary.  Become a ‘Post-President’ Instead  —  The political world and her most fervent fans may be exercised about a presidential bid.  But she should forget it.  If she wins, it's too much stress for too little return.  —  I know as much as anyone …
Discussion: Politico
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Rick Scott would sign bill in favor of medical marijuana  —  (CNN) - Republican Gov. Rick Scott of Florida said he would sign a bill that legalizes a limited strain of medical marijuana.  —  The state House passed the measure on Thursday, and the state Senate is expected to pass it on Friday, the last day of the legislative session.
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
Apple, Facebook, others defy authorities, notify users of secret data demands  —  Major U.S. technology companies have largely ended the practice of quietly complying with investigators' demands for e-mail records and other online data, saying that users have a right to know in advance …
Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
Kerry Announces Enormous Pay Raises for Foreign National Embassy Staff  —  Secretary of State John Kerry addressed the staff of the U.S. embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Thursday as part of a seven-day trip through Africa.  During his remarks, Kerry recognized the work of the foreign nationals employed …
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Apathy in the Executive  —  John Paul II and Obama: a study in leadership contrasts.  —  Rome  —  Friends and I kept seeing groups of Poles who'd taken planes or 20-hour bus rides to be here for the canonization of John Paul II.  They did not look wealthy.
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Obamacare Truthers Get Caught in a Lie on Delinquency Rate  —  One way to make Obamacare look bad: Count as unpaid the new enrollees whose premiums aren't even due yet!  —  First, the Obamacare Truthers—the Republicans and conservatives who insist that every piece of remotely positive news …
 
 
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