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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 …
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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 …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Faces Big Dilemma As Its Obamacare War Fizzles: What Next?
Discussion: US News and New York Times
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 …
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Donald Sterling Says He Made Racist Comments To Get Stiviano In Bed
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh and RADAR
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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Alexander C. Kaufman / The Huffington Post:
Robert Reich Trashes White House ‘Numbskull’ For Walmart Event
Discussion: Power Line and Mediaite
Charles Krauthammer / National Review:
Republicans Move on Benghazi
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.
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
¿Quién es el mentiroso más grande?
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Max Brantley / Arkansas Blog, Arkansas Times:
Judge Chris Piazza invalidates Arkansas's same-sex marriage ban  —  Circuit Judge Chris Piazza today invalidated the Arkansas ban on same-sex marriage and recognition of marriages legally entered by same-sex couples in other states.  —  An appeal is expected.
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Arkansas Judge Strikes Down State Ban On Same-Sex Marriage  —  “THIS COURT HEREBY FINDS the Arkansas constitutional and legislative ban on same-sex marriage through Act 144 of 1997 and Amendment 83 is unconstitutional.”  —  McDaniel  —  arkansasag.gov  —  Piazza  —  ark.org
Discussion: GLAAD
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Paul Says G.O.P. Push on Voting Laws Is Alienating Blacks  —  MEMPHIS — Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky on Friday broke with fellow Republicans who have pushed for stricter voting laws as a way to crack down on fraud, saying the party was alienating and insulting African-Americans.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Rand Paul quotes Captain Kirk: GOP to ‘boldly go’
Michael Sneed / Chicago Sun Times:
There are rumblings Bill Clinton may apologize to wife, Lewinsky  —  The Lewinsky affair . . .  Is Bubba about to blubber?  —  Sneed hears rumbles former President Bill Clinton, who lied about his affair with White House intern Monica “That Woman” Lewinsky, may opt to publicly apologize …
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.
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.
CNN:
U.S. officials ‘hitting the ground’ in Nigeria  —  Abuja, Nigeria (CNN) — Nigerian military commanders knew that Boko Haram militants were on their way to raid a boarding school at least four hours before 276 girls were abducted last month, human rights group Amnesty International reported Friday.
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Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal:
FAA: U.S. Airliner Nearly Collided With Drone in March  —  Incident Appears to be First Case of a Big U.S. Airliner Nearly Colliding With an Airborne Drone  —  A U.S. airliner nearly collided with a drone over Florida earlier this year, a federal official said, a near miss that highlights risks posed …
Greg Bluestein / Political Insider blog:
AJC Poll: Carter in tight race with Deal, Nunn leading GOP Senate contenders  —  An Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll that rolls out Saturday finds Democrats in an especially close race for the state's top offices in November.  —  The poll has Gov. Nathan Deal three percentage points ahead …
Nicole Winfield / Associated Press:
POPE URGES ‘LEGITIMATE REDISTRIBUTION’ OF WEALTH  —  VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis called Friday for governments to redistribute wealth and benefits to the poor in a new spirit of generosity to help curb the “economy of exclusion” that is taking hold today.
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 …
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Meet Trey Gowdy, GOP Benghazi Attack Dog  —  Since House Speaker John Boehner announced the creation of a select committee to investigate the Benghazi affair, Republicans have been saying it will be a serious investigation, while Democrats have been saying it will be a partisan circus.
 
 
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Net neutrality pressure mounts inside, outside FCC
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