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11:45 AM ET, May 7, 2014

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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Burning the Beret  —  WASHINGTON — Monica Lewinsky says she would meet me for a drink.  —  I'm game.  —  In her new meditation in Vanity Fair, Monica mashes Hawthorne and Coleridge, proclaiming that she's ready to rip off her “scarlet-A albatross,” “reimagine” her identity and reclaim her narrative.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and ABC News
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Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Lynne Cheney Suggests Hillary Approved Monica Piece to ‘Get It Out of the Way’  —  With Hillary Clinton almost assuredly running for president in 2016, Monica Lewinsky's Vanity Fair piece today set off a lot of people's conspiratorial alarm bells, with some suspicion anti-Clinton forces might have been behind it.
Susan Page / USA Today:
Lynne Cheney: On the most underrated president
Discussion: Daily Kos
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Gowdy: Benghazi probe could run into '16  —  Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said the special committee he'll lead on Benghazi could continue into the 2016 campaign, when Hillary Clinton might be running for the White House.  —  Asked about that posibility Wednesday on MSNBC's “Morning Joe,” …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Politico
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Benghazi Select Committee Will Have 7 Republicans, 5 Democrats  —  The soon-to-be-formed select committee to investigate the Benghazi attacks will have 7 Republican members and 5 Democratic members, a senior GOP leadership aide confirmed to TPM on Tuesday afternoon.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Harry Reid: No Senate Benghazi panel
Discussion: CNN
CNN:
Clay Aiken has slim edge in North Carolina primary  —  (CNN) - Clay Aiken, the American-Idol star-turned congressional hopeful, holds a razor-thin margin over opponent Keith Crisco in North Carolina's Democratic primary for a U.S. House seat, but CNN and other news organizations have not yet projected a winner.
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
47 percenter-ism is back!  —  Control of the Senate, the prognosticators tell us, could come down to North Carolina.  If GOP establishment favorite Thom Tillis clears 40 percent today and avoids a runoff - as seems likely — we'll be hearing a great deal about how Republicans vanquished …
Gov. Scott Walker / JSOnline:
Federal judge halts John Doe probe into Walker recall  —  By Daniel Bice and Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel  —  A federal judge ordered a halt Tuesdayto the John Doe investigation into campaign spending and fundraising by Gov. Scott Walker's campaign and conservative groups …
Toronto Sun:
NEWS TORONTO & GTA  —  TORONTO -  —  Mayor Rob Ford says his supporters need not worry because he'll be back in time for the election — and in fighting shape, too.  —  “Of course, I am coming back and I am going to kick butt,” he said.  —  While in self-imposed temporary exile, the mayor admitted he's in kind of a working rehab.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Go Big, Get Crazy  —  Up to now, Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, has been playing a weak hand in Ukraine very well.  I mean, how strong are you when your allies insist on wearing masks?  But Putin thinks he knows his adversaries better than they know themselves.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
ExtraTV.com:
Exclusive: Sarah Palin's Views on Hillary Clinton, Donald Sterling and More!  —  “Extra's” Mario Lopez was invited to go behind the scenes of the Sportsman Channel show “Amazing America with Sarah Palin,” and sat down with Palin at her home in Wasilla, Alaska as she took on some recent headlines.
Julia Fisher / The New Republic:
Check Your Usage of “Check Your Privilege”  —  The phrase has become a weapon rather than a reminder  —  My freshman year in high school, the administration's diversity czars lined my whole class across the gym and read a series of statements, each accompanied by a command to step forward or backward.
CNN:
Nigeria's government defends its actions as more girls are abducted  —  CNN anchor Isha Sesay will be live from Abuja on CNN International, Monday to Thursday at 5, 7, 8.30 and 9 p.m. CET.  —  Abuja, Nigeria (CNN) — Nigeria defended its response to the kidnapping of hundreds of schoolgirls …
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Fusion:
Crist: Race Motivates GOP Opposition to Obama  —  Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (D) says that a “big reason” why he left the Republican Party was because many in the GOP treated President Obama poorly due to his race.
Thomas Fuller / New York Times:
Court Orders Thai Leader Removed From Office  —  BANGKOK — A Thai court on Wednesday ordered Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra removed from office, a highly divisive move and a victory for a powerful opposition movement that has sought to overthrow the government for six months.
Discussion: The Week
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
Russia Quietly Tightens Reins on Web With ‘Bloggers Law’  —  MOSCOW — Russia has taken another major step toward restricting its once freewheeling Internet, as President Vladimir V. Putin quietly signed a new law requiring popular online voices to register with the government, a measure that lawyers …
Dina Cappiello / Associated Press:
GOP TO EXAMINE CLAIM THAT EPA BLOCKING PROBES … WASHINGTON (AP) — A yearslong turf battle between the Environmental Protection Agency's inspector general and an EPA unit run by President Barack Obama's political staff is getting an airing before Congress by a top investigator who accuses …
Discussion: Hot Air
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Poll: Few journos identify with GOP  —  Image courtesy of “The American Journalist in the Digital Age”  —  The number of journalists identifying themselves as Republican has experienced a significant drop in the past eleven years, a new survey found.  —  The percentage of full …
Discussion: Power Line and PJ Media
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Jay Nordlinger / National Review:
What It Takes  —  Many of us have asked a question for many years …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Charles Hurt / Washington Times:
Butt out of Nebraska GOP primary contest, Mitch
Jon M. Huntsman Jr / New York Times:
The G.O.P. Can't Ignore Climate Change
WWMT-TV:
SWAT raid in Kalamazoo turns up empty-handed, frightens family
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Raw Story
David Patrikarakos / Politico:
Yuppie, Get Your Gun
Kathryn A. Wolfe / Politico:
Rockefeller talks Obama and race
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Erin Dooley / ABC News:
Suspicious Car Led to White House Lockdown
Laura Smith-Spark / CNN:
Swearing off bad language: Russia bans cussing in films, books, music
ThinkProgress:
Koch Group Tries To Sink Ohio Zoo's Tax Proposal: 'There Is No Issue We Won't Get Involved In'
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Whitney Friedlander / Variety:
Beverly Hills Hotel Loses Oscar Party, More Over Controversy
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