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Ron Christie / The Daily Beast:
Why Democrats Are So Scared of Benghazi  —  They insist we don't need another committee to investigate the attack—but they're really afraid of the incompetence the truth will reveal.  —  I read with interest my Daily Beast colleague Michael Tomasky's column Wednesday …
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Rich Lowry / Politico:
The Benghazi Deniers  —  At last we have a Benghazi scandal that Democrats are willing to acknowledge — House Speaker John Boehner's decision to form a select committee to investigate the administration's handling of the 2012 terror attack in Libya.  —  This has been the occasion for outrage …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Meet the chief prosecutor in the GOP's Benghazi show trial
Kate Nocera / BuzzFeed:
Rank-And-File Democrats Nervous About Boycotting Benghazi Select Committee
Discussion: Washington Post
USA Today:
Put Benghazi attack in perspective: Our view
Discussion: Associated Press and Speaker.gov
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
What Timothy Geithner Really Thinks  —  “This is kind of like a hearing,” Timothy Geithner said, swaying uncomfortably, face scrunched and hair perfectly tousled.  “Do you guys always do it this way?”  —  The former Treasury secretary was looking up from behind a long desk at his audience …
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Clinton: Even Killing Goldman Sachs CEO Wouldn't Satisfy ‘Blood Lust’
Discussion: Balloon Juice and New York Times
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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Rebecca Traister / The New Republic:
Monica Lewinsky Is the Perfect Person to Kick Off the Conversation About Hillary Clinton's Presidency  —  My hope was sparked this week that we just might have a more nuanced conversation about gender and the presidency than we did last time Hillary Clinton ran.
Discussion: Slate and Washington Monthly
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Awr Hawkins / BREITBART.COM:
CNN WORRIES HILLARY CLINTON MAY HAVE JEOPARDIZED RUN WITH GUN CONTROL STATEMENTS
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Clinton can win 45 states
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, ABC News and Politico
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Krauthammer: Climate Change Is ‘Superstition’ Like ‘The Rain Dance Of Native Americans’  —  Charles Krauthammer believes climate change is a mere superstition, just like the “rain dance of Native Americans.”  —  Appearing Tuesday on Fox News' “Special Report,” the conservative pundit rejected …
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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.
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Report: Journalists Are Miserable, Liberal, Over-Educated, Under-Paid, Middle-Aged Men  —  Today, the term ink-stained wretches is exactly one-third accurate.  —  Journalists aren't quite so blotched from pens and printers, now that the newspaper die-out has wiped out 50 years of advertising gains in a decade.
RADAR:
Defiant Donald Sterling Unapologetic In First Public Comment Since Scandal, Insists 'I'm NOT A Racist' & WON'T Sell The Clippers — 'You Can't Force People To Sell Property In America!'  —  Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has gone into lockdown mode since tapes of his racist rant went public earlier this month.
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Unleashes the Left  —  How the government created a federal hunting license for the far left.  —  In the U.S., the politics of the left versus the right rolls on with the predictability of traffic jams at the George Washington Bridge.  It's a lot of honking.  Until now.
Adweek:
Germans Fight Neo-Nazis by Liking Their Facebook Page and Flooding It With Love This didn't go over very well By Gabriel Beltrone  —  Sadly, there's still a Nazi presence in Germany.  Recently, an organization named Laut Gegen Nazis, or Loud Against Nazis, decided to combat the hate with lots of love—or rather, lots of likes.
Jamie Dupree / Fox News:
How Much Porn Does It Take to Get Fired at EPA?  —  As a U.S. House committee looked at allegations that a special homeland security unit within the Environmental Protection Agency was blocking investigations by the EPA's Inspector General, lawmakers also veered into other internal probes at that agency …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
ThinkProgress:
CEO Of Biggest Fast Food Chain Comes Out In Favor Of A Minimum Wage Increase  —  The founder and CEO of Subway says a minimum wage increase wouldn't be such a bad thing for his stores and workers and believes it should be changed so that wages rise automatically with inflation.
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 …
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 …
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Vulnerable Democrat Gives Stunningly Strong Defense Of Obamacare At Hearing  —  In a flipping of the proverbial script, a Senate Democrat facing a tough re-election race used a confirmation hearing of Sylvia Mathews Burwell, nominated to head the Department of Health and Human Services, to advocate forcefully in favor of Obamacare.
Olga Khazan / The Atlantic Online:
Bill Clinton Was Racialized, Too  —  My colleague Peter Beinart rebukes Congressman Bennie Thompson's claim that Clarence Thomas is an “Uncle Tom.”  He then goes on to challenge the explanatory power of racism in understanding some of President Obama's more unhinged foes:
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Harry Reid's claim that the Koch brothers are ‘one of the main causes’ of climate change  —  “While the Koch brothers admit to not being experts on the matter, these billionaire oil tycoons are certainly experts at contributing to climate change.  That's what they do very well.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Harry Reid: Media covering for Republicans  —  The media are covering for Republicans in their political coverage, according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.  —  Asked by MSNBC's Chuck Todd in an interview aired Thursday why he won't allow Republican amendments to an energy bill …
Discussion: The Hill, ThinkProgress and Mediaite
ThinkProgress:
MSNBC Host Grills Ohio Secretary Of State For Cutting Early Voting  —  MSNBC host Chuck Todd grilled Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted (R) on Thursday over the state's recent decision to reduce the amount of time available to voters in the state to cast their votes.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Molly Redden / Mother Jones:
Meet the Sex Hypnotherapist Helping the GOP Retake the Senate  —  Loren Parks and other megadonors are trying to make the Oregon Senate race competitive.  —  Loren Parks in one of his many hypnotherapy videos Loren Parks/YouTube  —  As Democrats and Republicans jostle for control of the Senate in 2014 …
Discussion: The Week, Oregonian and The Raw Story
Matea Gold / Washington Post:
Federal Election Commission approves bitcoin donations to political committees  —  The Federal Election Commission on Thursday gave a green light to donating bitcoins to political committees, one of the first rulings by a government agency on how to treat the virtual currency.
 
 
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Politico:
Establishment takes on die-hard tea partier
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Report finds one federal layoff from sequester
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Washington Post:
GOP woos Mike Pence for 2016, and Indiana governor says he's ‘listening’
Peter Weber / The Week:
Jon Stewart mocks the Clintons, the Bushes, Rick Perry, and the 2016-obsessed media
Ynetnews:
Ex-atomic agency chief: Netanyahu using scare tactics on Iran nuclear program
Discussion: The Dish and ThinkProgress
Jack Healy / New York Times:
In Youth's Death, Some See a Montana Law Gone Wrong
Jamie Weinstein / The Daily Caller:
Larry King on Piers Morgan: ‘He Made Himself Too Much Part Of The Show’
Noemie Emery / Washington Examiner:
Cliven Bundy, Donald Sterling and the Left's archaic discourse on racial discrimination
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Dana Davidsen / CNN:
Alligator-wrestling Louisiana Senate candidate gets Palin backing
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Erin Alberty / Salt Lake Tribune:
BLM workers on alert after wrangler threatened with gun on I-15
Nicki DeMarco / Washington Post:
Video: Pundits on Jordanian TV fight over Syria, wreck set
Derek Willis / New York Times:
Campaign Finance: The Most Republican Company? The Makers of Wonder Bread
Nancy Cook / The Atlantic Online:
Why Are Americans So Bad With Money?
Wall Street Journal:
Political Speech Wins in Wisconsin
Discussion: Instapundit and Althouse
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
It's given him reason to feel disappointed.
Discussion: JustOneMinute