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8:00 AM ET, May 5, 2014

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Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Plays to Liberal Base, Not Independents  —  At a low point in President Barack Obama's first term, a White House official conceded the president had lost a disturbing amount of ground with independent voters.  —  We have to get them back, the official said in an interview.
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Fox News:
GOP Rep. King blasts Dem rep's ‘arrogant’ call to boycott Benghazi probe  —  A top Republican on the House intelligence committee slammed his Democratic colleague Sunday for suggesting fellow Democrats boycott the newly announced committee tasked with probing the Benghazi attacks.
Ilya Somin / Washington Post:
Gary Becker, RIP  —  Nobel Prize winner Gary Becker, one of the greatest economists of the last century, passed away on Saturday.  Gary Becker did pathbreaking work on numerous issues, including the economics of discrimination, criminal behavior, the family, and the dynamics of political interest groups.
Michael Hirsh / Politico:
The Benghazi-Industrial Complex  —  Will the pseudo-scandal be enough to stop Hillary from running?  —  Perhaps if the Republicans can't beat Hillary Clinton fairly in 2016, they can make her so disgusted by the prospect of running that she'll stay out of the race.  —  That's where the Benghazi-Industrial Complex comes in.
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
42 and 45 Overpower 44  —  WASHINGTON — THE First Family …
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
USA Today:
Poll: For the midterms, a tilt to the GOP … LEANING REPUBLICAN OBAMA'S IMPACT  —  IMPORTANT ISSUES  —  VIEWPOINTS  —  Source: USA TODAY/Pew Research Center poll taken April 23-27 of 1,501 adults.  Margin of error: +/-3 percentage points.  —  WASHINGTON — Democrats hoping improvements …
Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Perry: No pause in executions in Texas  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Sunday blamed the state of Oklahoma for a “botched” execution of a death row inmate last week, but said his state will proceed with the death penalty without pause.  —  “In Texas, our citizens have decided if you kill our children …
Discussion: WJLA-TV
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Greg Clary / CNN:
Gov. Perry talks botched Oklahoma execution; potential 2016 run
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
President Obama and the World  —  Two years after winning an election in which foreign policy was barely mentioned, President Obama is being pummeled at home and abroad for his international leadership.  The world sometimes seems as if it is flying apart, with Mr. Obama unable to fix it.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Washington Monthly
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
It's Not Just About Obama
Fox News:
GOP candidate booted from editorial meeting after calling out ‘blah blah’ dis  —  A Republican Senate candidate was kicked out of a local Oregon newspaper's editorial board meeting after daring to challenge a reporter who dissed a fellow candidate by writing “blah blah blah” in his notes instead of her actual quotes.
Discussion: Hot Air and Willamette Week
Manu Raju / Politico:
May primaries to test GOP establishment clout  —  The month of May will go a long way toward answering one of the overriding questions of Election 2014: Can the Republican establishment finally quell the tea party and retake the Senate?  —  A month-long series of primaries …
Discussion: The Hill and Prairie Weather
Ian Lovett / New York Times:
When Hitting ‘Find My iPhone’ Takes You to a Thief's Doorstep  —  WEST COVINA, Calif. — After a boozy Saturday night, Sarah Maguire awoke the next morning to find that her iPhone was gone.  Her roommate's phone was gone, too.  Were they at the bar, she wondered, or in the cab?
Discussion: The Verge
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Inventing a Failure  —  Last week, House Republicans released a deliberately misleading report on the status of health reform, crudely rigging the numbers to sustain the illusion of failure in the face of unexpected success.  Are you shocked?  —  You aren't, but you should be.
Associated Press:
Joe Manchin ponders gubernatorial run  —  WASHINGTON — West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin said Sunday he's keeping “all options open” on whether to seek the governor's office in 2016 or remain in the Senate, where he has expressed frustration with partisanship and gridlock.
Wall Street Journal:
White House Correspondents Dinner: Transcript of Obama's Remarks  —  Here is the transcript of President Barack Obama's remarks at the White House Correspondents Dinner, Saturday, May 3, as released by the White House.  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much, everybody.  Have a seat, have a seat.
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Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
At Derby Day With Murdoch, Rand Paul Goes Through His Paces
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CNN:
‘Human chandelier’ falls: 9 performers hurt in Rhode Island circus accident
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Charles Murray / Wall Street Journal:
Book Review: ‘A Troublesome Inheritance’ by Nicholas Wade
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Carl Zimmer / New York Times:
Young Blood May Hold Key to Reversing Aging
Discussion: The Week
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
In California Race, a Latina Democrat Carries Hopes of Her Party and People
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Gene Robinson / The Daily Beast:
A Bishop's Decision to Divorce
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Bloomberg snags Halperin and Heilemann
Associated Press:
SC Sen. Graham avoids big re-election challenge
Discussion: Hot Air and Outside the Beltway
Caitlin Emma / Politico:
Abdul-Jabbar talks racism
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Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
Outside Cash Floods North Carolina Judicial Race
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