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4:50 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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Politico:
Benghazi panel already faces partisan tension  —  The House select committee investigating the deadly attacks in Benghazi will begin shortly and the only lingering question is whether Democrats will participate.  —  The lead up to the panel's work has already devolved into a back and forth …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dems reject GOP offer on Benghazi  —  House Democratic leaders on Friday rejected a Republican proposal designed to entice the minority party into participating in a special investigation of the deadly 2012 attack on U.S. diplomats in Benghazi, Libya.  —  Although the GOP bill creating …
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Meet Trey Gowdy, GOP Benghazi Attack Dog
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Faces Big Dilemma As Its Obamacare War Fizzles: What Next?
Discussion: US News, New York Times and Daily Kos
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 …
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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 …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
¿Quién es el mentiroso más grande?
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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)
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Charles Krauthammer / National Review:
Republicans Move on Benghazi
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Rahm Emanuel to help ‘Ready for Hillary’
Discussion: CNN and ABC News
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Louie Gohmert Compares Gay Rights Advocates To Nazis In House Floor Speech (VIDEO)  —  You know who else called people “haters”?  —  Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) does, so he took to the House floor on Friday afternoon to offer a Third Reich comparison that was bizarre even for Third Reich comparisons.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Mediaite
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.
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Romney: GOP should raise minimum wage
Discussion: Hot Air
ThinkProgress:
Iowa's Republican Secretary of State Just Proved That Voter ID Laws Are Unnecessary  —  Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz (R)  —  CREDIT: AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File  —  Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz (R), one of the nation's most enthusiastic voter suppressors …
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David Pitt / Associated Press:   Report on Iowa voter fraud investigation released
RADAR:
Donald Sterling's Pathetic Racism Excuse Revealed In Second Secret Recording: I Was Just ‘Jealous’ & ‘Trying To Have Sex With’ V. Stiviano!  LISTEN To His Crude Comments About His Penis Size  —  Yesterday, Donald Sterling's reaction to his racism scandal was heard for the first time …
Byron Tau / Politico:
John Mica, fake joint roll into pot hearing  —  Call it a joint committee hearing.  —  Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) brought a rolled marijuana cigarette to a House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee hearing Friday.  —  Mica was quick to add that it was not a real joint …
Discussion: Washington Post and Althouse
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Rep. Waves Joint At Hearing, Says Staff Rolled It (VIDEO)
Discussion: Firedoglake and Mediaite
Matt Purple / American Spectator:
Sequester Death Toll: One Job  —  At the core of the dysfunction in Washington is this dilemma: Government must approve spending cuts, yet government has no interest in approving spending cuts.  Federal employees are quite content with their lifestyles—46 percent more in retirement benefits …
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Erika Johnsen / Hot Air:
The total number of federal jobs lost to sequestration? That would be... one.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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Deadline.com:   Brothers Yanked By HGTV Respond: “If Our Faith Costs Us A TV Show Then So Be It”
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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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.
 
 
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Lee Smith / Weekly Standard:
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James Kirchick / The Daily Beast:
Is Rand Paul a Secret Hawk? Or Maybe Not a Total Dove?
Discussion: Yahoo! News
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It May Already Be Too Late to Confirm a Replacement for Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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