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5:50 PM ET, May 2, 2014

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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.
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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” …
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 …
Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
Seizing Control: A Better Way to Cover the White House  —  Five ways to shift leverage from the government to the press and public  —  The typical White House reporter considers President Obama's team the most secretive in memory, stingier with information than the tight-lipped Bush White House and …
Politico:
GOP escalates Benghazi probe
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Benghazi Lies  —  In response to a Freedom of Information Act …
Discussion: Mediaite and American Power
Washington Free Beacon:
NSC Spokesman: Dude, Benghazi Was Like Two Years Ago
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 …
Politico:
Jobs report beats expectations
Discussion: CNN
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Report Shows Resurgence of Hiring but Has Downbeat Notes
Discussion: Washington Post and News Desk
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 …
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
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Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Obama calls for review of death penalty after botched killing
Discussion: Politico and Hot Air
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.
David Freedlander / The Daily Beast:
Wisconsin's GOP Secession Panic  —  Wisconsin Republicans are set to vote on a measure this weekend that would affirm the state's right to secede from the union.  Goodbye, U.S. of A., Hello U.S. of Cheese.  —  Fear not, America.  There will be no import taxes on Leinenkugel.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Yahoo! News
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Maria Tsvetkova / Reuters:
Dozens die in Odessa blaze, rebels down Ukraine helicopters  —  (Reuters) - Dozens of people were killed in a fire and others were shot dead when fighting between pro- and anti-Russian groups broke out on the streets of Odessa on Ukraine's Black Sea coast on Friday.
NationalJournal.com:
The GOP Has Finally Found a Way to Defeat the Tea Party  —  PINEHURST, N.C.—On a rainy afternoon a month before North Carolina's May 6 Republican primary, state House Speaker and Senate hopeful Thom Tillis was at the Pinehurst Resort and golf course, where the U.S. Open will be held later this year.
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 …
Jonathan Smith / VICE:
HERE'S THE FIRST LOOK AT THE NEW SATANIC MONUMENT BEING BUILT FOR OKLAHOMA'S STATEHOUSE  —  In January the Satanic Temple announced plans to erect a monument glorifying the Dark Lord on the front lawn of the Oklahoma Statehouse.  An Indiegogo campaign was launched with what seemed …
FiveThirtyEight:
Are White Republicans More Racist Than White Democrats?  —  The comments made by Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling this month demonstrate that the U.S. is far from a colorblind society.  And the reaction to their comments has drawn further attention to the fraught relationship between racism and partisan politics.
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Balloon Juice and The Dish
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Tea Party Challenge to McConnell Hits a Skid  —  LEXINGTON, Ky. — For Matt Bevin, the main challenger in the Republican primary to topple Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the campaign could be boiled down to this, his one chance to try to confront his opponent in person, in the crowded ballroom of a Marriott hotel.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
 
 
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