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6:40 PM ET, May 9, 2014

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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 …
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 …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Faces Big Dilemma As Its Obamacare War Fizzles: What Next?
Discussion: US News and New York Times
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
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  —  Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich trashed the White House on Thursday for using Walmart, an enemy of unions and fair-pay advocates, as a poster company for a new climate-change campaign.  —  Reich, who served under President …
Discussion: Power Line and Mediaite
Charles Krauthammer / National Review:
Republicans Move on Benghazi
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Rahm Emanuel to help ‘Ready for Hillary’
Discussion: CNN and ABC News
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 …
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’
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.
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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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 …
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 …
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
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.
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 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 …
 
 
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Tony Romm / Politico:
Net neutrality pressure mounts inside, outside FCC
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Greg Bluestein / Political Insider blog:
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Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Meet Trey Gowdy, GOP Benghazi Attack Dog
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
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Murray Weiss / DNAinfo.com New York:
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