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11:20 AM ET, May 8, 2014

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Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Hillary's State Department Refused to Brand Boko Haram as Terrorists  —  Under Hillary Clinton, the State Department repeatedly declined to fully go after the terror group responsible for kidnapping hundreds of girls.  —  The State Department under Hillary Clinton fought hard against placing …
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CNN:
310 people killed in latest Boko Haram attack; hundreds of girls remain missing  —  CNN anchor Isha Sesay will be live from Abuja on CNN International on Thursday at 5, 7, 8.30 and 9 p.m. CET.  —  Abuja, Nigeria (CNN) — Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, whose country's effort …
Discussion: National Review and The Week
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
Islamist Militants Kill Hundreds of Civilians in Northeastern Nigeria
Wall Street Journal:
Political Speech Wins in Wisconsin  —  A federal judge rebukes prosecutors trying to silence conservatives.  —  The four-year effort by Democratic prosecutors to criminalize political speech in Wisconsin has hit the wall of the U.S. Constitution.  In a ruling that could have consequences nationwide …
Discussion: Althouse
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Monica Davey / New York Times:   Conflicting Rulings Cloud Wisconsin Campaign Finance Inquiry
USA Today:
Put Benghazi attack in perspective: Our view  —  Let's hope new committee can turn attention to more important issues than prior hearings.  —  Welcome to the Benghazi investigation, version 2.0.  —  After 19 months of House hearings that regularly strike up a frenzy in the conservative echo chamber …
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Trey Gowdy / Associated Press:
Rep. Trey Gowdy: Benghazi needs deeper scrutiny
Discussion: Speaker.gov
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Elijah Cummings: Stop Benghazi cash grab
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Clinton can win 45 states  —  The GOP's Benghazi disease has metastasized into yet another committee in the Republican House of Inquisitions, seeking to waste taxpayer money in yet another failed effort to exploit the death of Americans and prosecute yet another witch hunt against Hillary Clinton.
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Robert Pear / New York Times:
Called by Republicans, Health Insurers Deliver Unexpected Testimony  —  WASHINGTON — House Republicans summoned a half-dozen health insurance executives to a hearing Wednesday envisioned as another forum for criticism of the Affordable Care Act.  But insurers refused to go along with the plan …
Discussion: Daily Kos and ThinkProgress
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Joshua Green / Businessweek:
The Tea Party Gets Into the News Biz  —  Last year the conservative Heritage Foundation had more influence on the direction of the Republican Party than just about anyone else—and not necessarily for the better.  Over the summer, the conservative think tank's president …
Nancy Cook / The Atlantic Online:
Why Are Americans So Bad With Money?  —  The financial know-how of most Americans stinks, roughly five years after the global financial recession officially ended.  —  The majority of people still can't correctly answer five basic questions about interest rates, mortgages, bonds, inflation, and risk-taking.
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
House votes to hold Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress  —  The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to hold a former Internal Revenue Service official in contempt of Congress for refusing to cooperate with an ongoing investigation into the agency's special targeting of groups with …
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
House Vote on Former I.R.S. Official Signals Element of G.O.P. Election Strategy
Fox News:   House votes to hold Lerner in contempt of Congress
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Four Years in, GOP Support for Tea Party Down to 41%  —  Support for the movement nationwide drops to 22%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — About four in 10 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents classify themselves as supporters of the Tea Party, while 11% are opponents and 48% are neither.
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
It's given him reason to feel disappointed.  —  David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, has a message for the world, noted by Daniel Halper of The Weekly Standard: … Remnick asked: “Do I think that at the end of eight years this will go down as a terrible presidency?”  He answered: “I don't.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Derek Willis / New York Times:
Campaign Finance: The Most Republican Company?  The Makers of Wonder Bread  —  The Most Republican Company?  The Makers of Wonder Bread  —  Flowers Foods takes the cake as the most lopsided corporate political donor — 99 percent to Republicans.  —  URBAN PLANNING |  MAY 7, 12:28 PM
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Prairie Weather
CNN:
House panel to subpoena Shinseki in dying veterans probe  —  (CNN) — The House Veterans Affairs Committee voted Thursday to subpoena Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki in the wake of his department being accused of deadly delays in health care at some of its hospitals.
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
President Obama: Republicans blocked 500 bills  —  President Barack Obama is railing against congressional Republicans, telling a Hollywood crowd that the midterm elections are crucial because the GOP is willing “to say no to everything.”  —  The president, speaking at a Democratic Congressional …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
‘Inequality’ Booms on MSNBC And Fox News (CNN's Looking For Flight 370)  —  In 2008, the year Barack Obama was elected the first African-American president and the global economy teetered near collapse, the word “inequality” was used just 14 times on the liberal-leaning cable network MSNBC.
 
 
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Ben Terris / Washington Post:
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Young Voters in 2014 May Be Less Democratic-Leaning Than in 2010 And 2012
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