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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 …
Kate Nocera / BuzzFeed:
Rank-And-File Democrats Nervous About Boycotting Benghazi Select Committee
Discussion: Washington Post
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Meet the chief prosecutor in the GOP's Benghazi show trial
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
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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Suzanne Goldenberg / Guardian:
Why are so many white men trying to save the planet without the rest of us?
Discussion: The Dish
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
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.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Salon
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Katie Little / CNBC:
Subway CEO: How I'd solve the minimum wage debate  —  In the nearly four decades since co-founding Subway, CEO Fred DeLuca's seen a seismic shift in the restaurant industry as consumers gravitate toward fast-casual restaurants and shift toward healthier eating.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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 …
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Erin Alberty / Salt Lake Tribune:
BLM workers on alert after wrangler threatened with gun on I-15  —  Terror ploy?  » Assailants hide behind hoods, mask license plate while making death threat.  —  | The Salt Lake Tribune  —  With anti-government sentiments roiling in the aftermath of Cliven Bundy's Nevada standoff …
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 Raw Story, The Week and Oregonian
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 …
Washington Post:
U.S. criticizes racist North Korean screed against Obama  —  The White House on Thursday sharply condemned a lengthy and racist North Korean screed against President Obama, calling the rhetoric from Pyongyang “particularly ugly and disrespectful.”  —  The rebuke came in response …
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Report finds one federal layoff from sequester  —  A new government report has found that last year's sequester led to only one federal layoff, a conclusion that Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said Wednesday was an outrage.  —  Coburn said the finding from the Government Accountability Office …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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.
 
 
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Big brand shops and restaurants face being forced to label halal food as row grows over ritually …
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Miami Finds Itself Ankle-Deep in Climate Change Debate
Discussion: Gawker
Matea Gold / Washington Post:
Federal Election Commission approves bitcoin donations to political committees
Politico:
Establishment takes on die-hard tea partier
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
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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
ThinkProgress:
MSNBC Host Grills Ohio Secretary Of State For Cutting Early Voting
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Harry Reid: Media covering for Republicans
Discussion: The Hill, ThinkProgress and Mediaite
Derek Willis / New York Times:
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Political Speech Wins in Wisconsin
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