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4:20 PM ET, May 10, 2014


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Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Why Lois Lerner Should Be Granted Immunity  —  In this week's episode of the Capitol Hill soap opera, Lois Lerner, the apparatchik at the center of the IRS jihad against conservative groups, was at long, long last held in contempt of Congress.  Amid the farce, the House's IRS probe is floundering.
Discussion: Power Line
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
GOP will start Benghazi probe without Dems after Nancy Pelosi rejects committee rules  —  CONGRESS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DEMOCRATIC PARTY JOHN BOEHNER NATIONAL SECURITY NANCY PELOSI BENGHAZI PENNAVE TERRORISM LIBYA  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has rejected the terms …
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
One year later, Republicans put IRS probe on the backburner  —  A year after it began, the IRS targeting controversy has been overtaken by the Benghazi attacks on the oversight agenda of House Republicans.  —  While Republicans are convinced that the Obama administration is stonewalling …
Discussion: Politico, Hot Air and Mediaite
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Ted Cruz, the reckless accuser  —  Sen. Ted Cruz, in a speech to fellow conservatives at the Federalist Society this week, provided detailed evidence of what the right calls the “lawlessness” of the Obama administration.  —  The Texas Republican, in his latest McCar­thyesque flourish …
Discussion: Althouse
Ellen Weinstein / Wall Street Journal:
How to Trick the Guilty and Gullible into Revealing Themselves  —  It starts with a basic understanding of game theory and incentives  —  King Solomon built the First Temple in Jerusalem and was known throughout the land for his wisdom.  —  David Lee Roth fronted the rock band Van Halen …
Discussion: Althouse and Marginal REVOLUTION
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Republicans Tighten Grip on Debates in 2016 Race  —  MEMPHIS — The Republican National Committee moved Friday to seize control of the presidential primary debates in 2016, another step in a coordinated effort by the party establishment to reshape the nominating process.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
James Hohmann / Politico:
GOP leaders reconsider Rand Paul  —  MEMPHIS, Tennessee — Not that long ago, most Republican leaders saw Rand Paul as the head of an important faction who, like his father, ultimately had no shot at becoming the party's presidential nominee.  —  Now the question is no longer whether Paul …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Saturday's Illegal Cliven Bundy-Endorsed ATV Rally Runs Through Sacred American Indian Sites  —  Matt Lee-Ashley is a Senior Fellow with the Public Lands Project at the Center for American Progress.  —  This Aug. 11, 2009 photo shows a restored cliff dwelling south of Blanding, Utah.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Biden delivers ‘Elizabeth Warren-type speech’ at fundraiser  —  Washington (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden appeared at a closed-door fundraiser in South Carolina Friday and delivered what one attendee called “an Elizabeth Warren-type speech” about the struggles of America's middle class …
Discussion: Mediaite and America Rising
Bill Carter / New York Times:
A Successor to ‘Colbert’ Is Named  —  What comes after “The Colbert Report”?  —  On Comedy Central it will be “The Minority Report” and the host will be the “senior black correspondent” from “The Daily Show” — otherwise known as Larry Wilmore.  —  Comedy Central has concluded a deal …
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
U.S. Officers Kill Armed Civilians in Yemen Capital  —  WASHINGTON — A United States Special Operations commando and a Central Intelligence Agency officer in Yemen shot and killed two armed Yemeni civilians who tried to kidnap them while the Americans were in a barber shop in the country's capital …
Discussion: emptywheel and NPR
Doug Stanglin / USA Today:
Man on TV dating show reveals killing first wife, lover  —  A 62-year-old man looking for a wife on a TV dating show stunned the host and studio audience by revealing that he had murdered his first wife and later killed a lover with an ax during an argument.
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.
Andrew Demillo / Associated Press:   Arkansas Judge Strikes Down Gay Marriage Ban
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Tina Brown / The Daily Beast:
How Monica Lewinsky Changed the Media
Discussion: Instapundit and Althouse
Brendan Nyhan / New York Times:
Forget Benghazi. Clinton's Real Problem Is Obama Fatigue.
Discussion: The Dish
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Real Africa  —  In 2005, Binyavanga Wainaina published …
Randy Holmes / Toronto Star:
Rob Ford: One wild night in March
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
 Earlier Items: 
Greg Bluestein / Political Insider blog:
AJC Poll: Carter in tight race with Deal, Nunn leading GOP Senate contenders
Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal:
FAA: U.S. Airliner Nearly Collided With Drone in March
Alexander C. Kaufman / The Huffington Post:
Robert Reich Trashes White House ‘Numbskull’ For Walmart Event