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8:45 PM ET, May 2, 2014

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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” …
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner to appoint select committee on Benghazi attack  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Friday he would appoint a select House committee to expand the Republican investigation into the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012.  —  Boehner had resisted a push …
Politico:
GOP escalates Benghazi probe  —  House Republicans will convene a select committee to investigate the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attacks — a dramatic move that is sure to rev up the GOP base ahead of the midterm elections.  —  The creation of the panel, which Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) …
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Benghazi Lies  —  In response to a Freedom of Information Act …
Discussion: Mediaite and American Power
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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Matthew DeFour / host.madison.com:
On Politics: Brett Hulsey plans to hand out KKK hoods at Republican convention  —  Rep. Brett Hulsey, D-Madison, said Thursday he plans to hand out Ku Klux Klan hoods at the state Republican convention this weekend.  —  Hulsey, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate whose bizarre antics …
Dave Bartkowiak Jr. / WDIV-TV:
Wayne County Clerk: John Conyers not qualified for Aug. 5 ballot  —  Congressman may have filed insufficient number of valid signatures to qualify for ballot … DETROIT -  —  Veteran U.S. Congressman John Conyers does not have enough signatures to get on the Aug. 5 primary ballot, according to Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett.
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Detroit Free Press:
Clerk: Conyers ‘would not have enough signatures’ to qualify for August ballot  —  Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett now says she does not believe U.S. Rep. John Conyers has enough valid signatures to qualify for the Aug. 5 primary ballot.  —  She confirmed this afternoon that she received …
Discussion: OnPolitics
detroitnews.com:
Conyers' petition circulators did not register to vote, or did it late
Discussion: Washington Post
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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Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Newt Gingrich Calls For Public Ownership Of Professional Sports Teams
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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.
Jennifer Emily / Dallas Morning News:
Judge says sexually assaulted 14-year-old 'wasn't the victim she claimed to be'  —  A man sentenced to five years probation by a Dallas County judge after admitting he raped a 14-year-old girl won't have to follow many of the restrictions typically given to sex offenders.
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Comfy Old Sweater  —  In a nice contrast to the New York Times piece about Republican donors wanting to get the band back together for Jeb Bush, the Cook Political Report's Amy Walter (speaking of “getting the band back together,” I didn't realize she had returned to the Cook shop) …
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Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
The GOP Base Isn't Pining For Jeb
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: Hot Air and Politico
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 …
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.
Ari Rabin-Havt / American Prospect:
Time for Democrats to Stop Celebrating Andrew Jackson  —  In February, Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), then the chairwoman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, wrote an impassioned letter to National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell expressing her disappointment with the league's stance …
Discussion: indems.org
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Midterm Calculus: Bursting the Democrats' Midterm-Turnout Bubble  —  Bursting the Democrats' Midterm-Turnout Bubble  —  Getting voters to the polls is harder than some flashy political-science experiments suggest.  —  STATISTICAL NOISE |  MAY 1, 6:48 AM  —  How Not to Be Misled by the Jobs Report
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Politico:
Jobs report beats expectations
Discussion: CNN
 
 
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