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12:00 PM ET, May 3, 2014

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Nina Teicholz / Wall Street Journal:
Are butter, cheese and steak really bad for you?  The dubious science behind the anti-fat crusade  —  “Saturated fat does not cause heart disease”—or so concluded a big study published in March in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.  How could this be?
Discussion: Power Line
Laura Barron-Lopez / The Hill:
Heritage urges ‘no’ vote on energy efficiency bill  —  The conservative group Heritage Action is urging lawmakers to vote “no” on the energy efficiency bill set to hit the Senate floor next week.  —  Heritage charges that the bill, which promotes energy saving in industrial and commercial buildings …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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.
Discussion: Hot Air, Politico, Roll Call 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 …
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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: his vorpal sword and Daily Kos
Lauren Effron / ABC News:
V. Stiviano: Donald Sterling Is Not a Racist, Should Apologize for Remarks … Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's confidante V. Stiviano today told ABC's Barbara Walters that she thinks the embattled NBA basketball owner should apologize for his racist remarks.  —  “Yes.
Nicole Flatow / ThinkProgress:
Man Who Set A Trap To Kill 17-Year-Old Intruder Invokes Stand Your Ground-Like Defense  —  Seventeen-year-old Diren Dede lost his life Sunday, while in Missoula, Montana on a high school exchange program from Germany.  He was shot dead at the home of Markus Kaarma, after Kaarma set a trap …
Discussion: The Mahablog, Missoulian and Hullabaloo
Frances Robles / New York Times:
Democratic Group to Return Donations  —  MIAMI — The Democratic National Committee, faced with the possibility that it had accepted illegal campaign contributions from straw donors, decided Thursday to return sizable donations made last fall in the names of the children of a Florida cardiologist …
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Inequality Has Been Going On Forever . . . But That Doesn't Mean It's Inevitable  —  We have been living with rising income inequality for so long — in good times and bad, under Republican presidents and Democratic ones — that it has come to seem inevitable.
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 …
DP Show / Dan Patrick Show:
John McCain visits ManCave to share stories, talk sports  —  Sen. John McCain visited the ManCave to discuss a wide range of topics, including sports and politics.  McCain shared incredible stories about being a prisoner of war and how sports played a role in his communications with fellow prisoners.
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
A journalist writes an advice column for Mrs. Clinton.  —  Tina Brown doesn't think Hillary Clinton should run for president.  In a column for the Daily Beast, the website's founder and former editor lays out her rationale.  —  Does Brown disagree with Mrs. Clinton on matters of policy or doubt she would be a good president?
 
 
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Thomas Lifson / American Thinker:
The appalling Obama foreign policy team: The case of Tommy Vietor
New York Times:
Ukrainians Strike Rebel-Held City as Fighting Spreads
Discussion: NPR and Mashable
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Damn Right I Taped Kerry's ‘Apartheid’ Talk
Discussion: Althouse, Politico and Bloomberg View
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
McAuliffe explores whether he can expand Medicaid coverage without legislature's okay
Discussion: MLive.com, Daily Kos, RedState and Hot Air
Ari Rabin-Havt / American Prospect:
Time for Democrats to Stop Celebrating Andrew Jackson
Discussion: indems.org
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Comfy Old Sweater
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Newt Gingrich Calls For Public Ownership Of Professional Sports Teams
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Jennifer Emily / Dallas Morning News:
Judge says sexually assaulted 14-year-old 'wasn't the victim she claimed to be'
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Tea Party Candidate in Kentucky Hits Snags
Zbigniew Brzezinski / Politico:
What Obama Should Tell Americans About Ukraine
Discussion: CANNONFIRE