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2:30 PM ET, May 2, 2014

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Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Boehner to Form Select Committee on Benghazi  —  UPDATE: Other news organizations confirm the report below that House speaker John Boehner will announce the formation of a select committee on Benghazi, led by Rep. Trey Gowdy.  —  House Speaker John Boehner is “seriously considering” …
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Speaker.gov:
Boehner to Establish Select Committee on Benghazi … WASHINGTON, DC - House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is announcing today that he intends for the House to vote to create a new select committee to investigate the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans.
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 …
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Benghazi Lies  —  In response to a Freedom of Information Act …
Discussion: American Power and Mediaite
Fox News:
Boehner announces special committee on Benghazi, Kerry subpoenaed
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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.
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Neil Irwin / New York Times:
Employment Picture: The Jobs Report Isn't as Good as It Looks  —  The Jobs Report Isn't as Good as It Looks  —  Rarely does a monthly report on the United States job market look so terrific on the surface while being so disappointing underneath.  —  At first glance, the new reading …
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 …
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Report Shows Resurgence of Hiring but Has Downbeat Notes
Discussion: News Desk
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Midterm Calculus: Bursting the Democrats' Midterm-Turnout Bubble
Politico:
Jobs report beats expectations
Discussion: CNN
Lucia Mutikani / Reuters:
U.S. payrolls surge in April, jobless rate hits 5-1/2 year low
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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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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 …
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 …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Obama's foreign policy of denial  —  Barack Obama's 949-word response Monday to a question about foreign policy weakness showed the president at his worst: defensive, irritable, contradictory and at times detached from reality.  It began with a complaint about negative coverage on Fox News …
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Anna Nemtsova / Washington Post:
Ukraine army launches assault on rebel stronghold
Discussion: Business Insider and VodkaPundit
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 …
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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Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
The GOP Base Isn't Pining For Jeb
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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
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.
Hendrik Hertzberg / News Desk:
A Bad Death in Oklahoma  —  The most telling moment in Oklahoma's botched execution of Clayton Lockett came six minutes after the purportedly lethal drugs had begun to enter the condemned man's body through an intravenous tube.  It was a moment that pointed up the contradictions, incoherence …
Discussion: The Daily Banter
Zbigniew Brzezinski / Politico:
What Obama Should Tell Americans About Ukraine  —  The crisis is getting worse.  It's time for the president to rally the nation.  —  President Obama needs to articulate clearly to the American people, and very soon, that the Ukraine crisis is the most important challenge to the international system since the end of the Cold War.
 
 
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Discussion: MiamiHerald.com
Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
Kerry Announces Enormous Pay Raises for Foreign National Embassy Staff
CNN:
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Porky's II: The Earmarkers Strike Back
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Weekly Standard:
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