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1:55 PM ET, May 9, 2014

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New York Times:
Center Ring at the Republican Circus  —  The hottest competition in Washington this week is among House Republicans vying for a seat on the Benghazi kangaroo court, also known as the Select House Committee to Inflate a Tragedy Into a Scandal.  Half the House has asked to “serve” on the committee …
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Faces Big Dilemma As Its Obamacare War Fizzles: What Next?  —  The tables have turned in the GOP war on Obamacare and now the party finds itself with no good fallback position.  —  For five years they profited politically from waging an all-out assault on Democrats' push to cover the uninsured.
Discussion: US News, New York Times and Daily Kos
Politico:
Boehner, Pelosi discuss Benghazi  —  Speaker John Boehner appointed seven Republicans on Friday to the new House committee charged with probing the Benghazi terrorist attacks.  —  GOP Reps. Susan Brooks of Indiana, Jim Jordan of Ohio, Mike Pompeo of Kansas, Martha Roby of Alabama …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Rich Lowry / Politico:
The Benghazi deniers
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
James Oliphant / NationalJournal.com:
Progressive Bloggers Are Doing the White House's Job  —  This administration enjoys an advantage afforded no other: a partisan media that has its back, minute-by-minute.  —  Off the record: The Obama administration has a complicated relationship with traditional media.  (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hot Air
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Charles Krauthammer / National Review:
Republicans Move on Benghazi
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Rahm Emanuel to help ‘Ready for Hillary’
Discussion: ABC News and CNN
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Mitt Romney: Raise the minimum wage  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on Thursday morning said he supports an increase in the minimum wage, breaking with many Republicans who have stood against it.  —  “I, for instance, as you know, part company with many of the conservatives in my party on the issue of the minimum wage.
Discussion: CNN, ThinkProgress and RedState
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Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Koch brothers' Americans for Prosperity plans $125 million spending spree  —  The Koch brothers' main political arm intends to spend more than $125 million this year on an aggressive ground, air and data operation benefiting conservatives, according to a memo distributed to major donors and sources familiar with the group.
George Knapp / 8 News NOW:
FBI investigating Bundy supporters in BLM dispute  —  LAS VEGAS — A dramatic development in the saga surrounding rancher Cliven Bundy, the FBI has entered the case.  —  The 8 News NOW I-Team has learned that FBI agents have started an investigation into the events surrounding a potentially deadly showdown one month ago.
Discussion: The Raw Story and Fox News
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:   Report: FBI Questioning Local Law Enforcement About Bundy Militia
David Pitt / Associated Press:
Report on Iowa voter fraud investigation released  —  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A two-year investigation of voter fraud in Iowa turned up 117 cases of illegal voting but only 27 people have been charged so far, Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz said Thursday when releasing a final report of the probe.
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ThinkProgress:
Iowa's Republican Secretary of State Just Proved That Voter ID Laws Are Unnecessary
Yahoo! News:
So George W. Bush isn't a monster, after all  —  If you've just crash-landed from the planet known as Kepler-186f and have no experience with the human life form or its recent history, let me just clarify something for you: George W. Bush was a divisive and unsuccessful president.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Four Pinocchios for Obama's claim that Republicans have ‘filibustered about 500 pieces of legislation’  —  “Here's what's more disconcerting.  Their [Republicans] willingness to say no to everything — the fact that since 2007, they have filibustered about 500 pieces of legislation that would help …
Discussion: Power Line, Roll Call and Hot Air
Ayaan Hirsi Ali / Wall Street Journal:
Boko Haram and the Kidnapped Schoolgirls  —  The Nigerian terror group reflects the general Islamist hatred of women's rights.  When will the West wake up?  —  Since the kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls in Nigeria last month, the meaning of Boko Haram—the name used by the terrorist group …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Betsy's Page
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Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Obamacare Myth-Making  —  Five phony success stories.  —  With enrollment in the Obamacare exchanges now closed, Democrats and their friends in the media are ebullient.  Obamacare is an enormous success, they say, and conservatives have been humiliated.  On closer inspection, however …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Now That's Rich  —  Institutional Investor's latest “rich list” in its Alpha magazine, its survey of the 25 highest-paid hedge fund managers, is out — and it turns out that these guys make a lot of money.  Surprise!  —  Yet before we dismiss the report as nothing new …
Lee Smith / Weekly Standard:
But Is It Good for the Druze?  —  George Clooney and his future in-laws.  —  George Clooney's reps have yet to make the official announcement, but all the tabloids and gossip sheets are reporting that the Hollywood heartthrob recently popped the question to his girlfriend of less than a year, Amal Alamuddin.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Rep. Waves Joint At Hearing, Says Staff Rolled It (VIDEO)  —  Rep. John Mica (R-FL) brought a “faux” joint to a congressional hearing Friday about the Obama administration's marijuana policy.  —  Mica — the chairman of the House Oversight Subcommittee on Government Operations …
Discussion: Mediaite
Lisa Respers France / CNN:
Benham brothers lose HGTV show after ‘anti-gay’ remarks  —  Tune in to “New Day” during the 6 a.m. hour to hear from David and Jason Benham.  —  (CNN) — Twin brothers David and Jason Benham have lost their opportunity to host their own HGTV show.  —  The brothers ran afoul of the network …
Erika Johnsen / Hot Air:
The total number of federal jobs lost to sequestration?  That would be... one.  —  After Congress approved and President Obama subsequently signed into law the Budget Control Act of 2011 — complete with the provision that automatic spending cuts that came to be known as sequestration …
Discussion: Washington Times
The New Republic:
It May Already Be Too Late to Confirm a Replacement for Ruth Bader Ginsburg  —  With the Supreme Court's term speeding toward an end, court-watchers are deep into the annual spring rite of offering unsolicited retirement advice to aging justices.  Constitutional scholar Erwin Chemerinsky spoke …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Althouse
 
 
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CNN:
Obama to announce new slate of climate actions
Discussion: Politico and Right Wing News
James Kirchick / The Daily Beast:
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Ex-NSA chief Keith Alexander seeks post-Snowden second act
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