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9:00 AM ET, May 5, 2014

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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 …
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Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Midterm Election Indicators Daunting for Democrats  —  No Improvement in Perceptions of Job Market  —  With the midterm elections six months away, Democrats are burdened by an uneven economic recovery and a stubbornly unpopular health care law.  Perhaps equally important …
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.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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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.
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.
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Robert D. Hershey Jr / New York Times:   Gary S. Becker, 83, Nobel Winner Who Applied Economics to Everyday Life, Dies
Jenna Levy / Gallup:
U.S. Uninsured Rate Drops to 13.4%  —  Uninsured rate down nearly four percentage points since late 2013  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — The uninsured rate for U.S. adults in April was 13.4%, down from 15.0% in March.  This is the lowest monthly uninsured rate recorded since Gallup and Healthways began tracking it in January 2008.
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
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.
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
Washington Post:
E.J. Dionne Jr.: The Hillary difference  —  There are two majorities in the country right now.  One disapproves of President Obama.  The other is still inclined to vote Democratic.  The key question for the 2014 elections is whether voting this fall — and Obama's approval ratings …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
At Derby Day With Murdoch, Rand Paul Goes Through His Paces  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — On the afternoon of the Kentucky Derby, Rand Paul, the state's junior Republican senator and likely presidential candidate, spilled out of an elevator in the exclusive Jockey Club Suites of Churchill Downs …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week
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.
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
It's Not Just About Obama
 
 
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