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7:10 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 …
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 …
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
James Oliphant /
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)
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
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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
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
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 …
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.
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:   Report: FBI Questioning Local Law Enforcement About Bundy Militia
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
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Rep. Waves Joint At Hearing, Says Staff Rolled It (VIDEO)
Discussion: Firedoglake 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.
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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Tony Romm / Politico:
Net neutrality pressure mounts inside, outside FCC
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Meet Trey Gowdy, GOP Benghazi Attack Dog
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Al Franken Is Super Serious
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Hachette Says Amazon Is Delaying Delivery of Some Books
Lee Smith / Weekly Standard:
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Murray Weiss / New York:
FBI Bars Congressman Michael Grimm From its Offices
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Gawker and Daily Kos
Yahoo! News:
So George W. Bush isn't a monster, after all
The New Republic:
It May Already Be Too Late to Confirm a Replacement for Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Althouse

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