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2:30 PM ET, May 2, 2013


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Michael F. Cannon / Cato Institute:
Oregon Study Throws a Stop Sign in Front of ObamaCare's Medicaid Expansion  —  Today, the nation's top health economists released a study that throws a huge “STOP” sign in front of ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion.  —  The Oregon Health Insurance Experiment, or OHIE, may be the most important study ever conducted on health insurance.
Jonathan Cohn / New Republic:
The New Study that Republicans Who Reject Medicaid Must Read  —  A major new study on Medicaid just became public.  I know—nothing excites readers more than the phrase “major new study on Medicaid.”  Bear with me.  This study is already getting a lot of attention: Conservatives and libertarians …
Multiple Authors / The Incidental Economist:
Oregon and Medicaid and Evidence and CHILL, PEOPLE!  —  This is a joint post by Aaron Carroll and Austin Frakt.  Relevant to this post, recently we have published three papers arguing for expansion of Medicaid, not relative to all possible other reforms, but relative to the status quo.
Dr. Boyce Watkins / Your Black World:
Mountain Dew Releases Arguably the Most Racist Commercial in History Tweet  —  If you've never heard of Felicia the Goat, you'll know about her soon.  Felicia the Goat is the main character in a recent Mountain Dew commercial, created in part by Tyler the Creator.
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
Obama administration plans to appeal Plan B ruling  —  The Justice Department filed notice late Wednesday that it will challenge a federal court decision requiring the government to make emergency contraceptives available over the counter to women of all ages.
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Kissinger jokes about Hillary Clinton 2016 run  —  Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger on Wednesday offered joking encouragement to Hillary Clinton's possible 2016 run, noting that the nation's top diplomats have a good record of winning presidential bids.
Discussion: CNN
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
2016 Poll: If Clinton doesn't run, then who?
Discussion: Politico
Chicago Tribune:
Penny Pritzker to be nominated for Commerce secretary … Making official what many Democrats have expected for weeks, President Obama plans to nominate Chicago business executive Penny Pritzker, a longtime political supporter and heavyweight fundraiser, as his new Commerce secretary this morning.
David Jackson / USA Today:
Obama selects Pritzker for Commerce secretary
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Michelle Malkin and Reuters
Joshua Roberts / Laramie Boomerang:
UW Police: Facebook post was a hoax — UPDATED  —  Citation: UW woman ‘admitted’ making controversial statement  —  The University of Wyoming Police Department issued a citation Monday afternoon in Albany County Circuit Court for Meg Lanker-Simons, a woman allegedly threatened last week …
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
DEAR WORKERS OF THE WORLD: These Three Charts Show How You're Getting Totally Shafted  —  It's May Day.  —  In America, to the extent anyone notices May Day, they notice the sunshine and spring weather.  —  Elsewhere in the world, however, May Day is all about celebrating the cause (and grievances) of the world's employees.
Discussion: Forbes, and Slate
Adam Housley / Fox News:
Special ops called for military backup during Libya attack, sources say  —  On the night of the Benghazi terror attack, special operations put out multiple calls for all available military and other assets to be moved into position to help — but the State Department and White House never gave …
Alexander Burns / Politico:
What Ted Cruz knows  —  Ted Cruz for president?  —  What you just heard was the sound of a thousand eyeballs rolling in Washington and Austin, where the freshman senator's transparent ambition and self-regard have earned him more than a few detractors during his first few months in office.
Laura Ly / CNN:
Woman missing 11 years turns up alive  —  (CNN) — A Pennsylvania woman who mysteriously disappeared 11 years ago has resurfaced in Florida, saying that she just walked out on her family, her life and her problems.  —  Brenda Heist, 54, turned herself into authorities in Key Largo …
Discussion: The Raw Story
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Obama prods liberals to give-and-take on Senate immigration bill  —  President Obama is warning liberal supporters that their push to make changes in a comprehensive immigration bill could jeopardize the strategy of Senate leaders, who are aiming to win up to 70 votes for the measure.
Tim Elfrink / Riptide 2.0:
Florida School Responds to Criticism for Expelling Student Over Science Project: “There Are Consequences to Actions”  —  By all accounts, Kiera Wilmot's science experiment gone wrong triggered just a tiny pop and a small amount of smoke at Bartow High School last week — but her tale is certifiably blowing up the Internet today.
Six Ways to Separate Lies From Statistics  —  The discovery of a spreadsheet error in an influential study by Harvard University economists Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff inevitably raises a troubling question: To what extent can we trust what any researcher claims to be true?
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Where Are Syria's Chemical Weapons?  —  Multiple U.S. officials tell Eli Lake the scary truth: in many cases, we simply don't know.  Plus: irregular militias loyal to Assad have reportedly been training in how to use them.  —  As the White House mulls whether Syria has crossed President Obama's red line …
Discussion: Wired, Reuters, Hot Air and The Dish
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Conservative groups: Balanced budget plan is price for debt hike  —  Conservative groups are vowing to force lawmakers to adopt a balanced budget plan before passing any increase in the nation's debt ceiling.  —  The Club for Growth and Heritage Action said that establishing a path …
Discussion: AEIdeas
Investor's Business Daily:
Just How Ignorant Is Obama About ObamaCare?  —  Health Care: At his press conference this week, President Obama tried to reassure Americans about ObamaCare.  Instead, he displayed either an incredible lack of understanding about his own law, or something far worse.
Discussion: The Hill and Hot Air
Ebindelglass / CBS New York:
FBI Adds Cop Killer Joanne Chesimard To Most Wanted Terrorist List  —  NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) - The decades-old international case of a convicted cop killer is getting new attention in New Jersey.  —  It was 40 years ago today that New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster was shot …
Discussion: She The People and The PJ Tatler
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Obama group misleadingly cites a vote on a climate change bill  —  “Number of House members who voted in 2011 that climate change was a ‘hoax’: 240”  —  President Obama's new political group, Organizing for Action, last week released a new video that mocks Republican lawmakers for appearing …
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Free Beacon
Rolling Stone:
Too-Big-to-Fail Takes Another Body Blow  —  Minds are changing on Too Big to Fail.  A month ago, it was just something in the air.  Now, it looks like we're headed for a real legislative confrontation.  And man, is the finance sector freaking.  —  Last week, on April 24th …
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
The Time Terry McAuliffe Left The Delivery Room For A Washington Post Party  —  Another time: “We got to the dinner and by then Dorothy was in tears, and I left her with Justin and went inside.”  But he raised a million bucks.  —  Source:  —  Former Democratic National Committee …
Wall Street Journal:
Governors, GOP Allies Clash Over Tax Cuts  —  Republican lawmakers in several states are blunting plans by GOP governors to reduce or eliminate income taxes, putting the legislators at odds with figures many in the party see as leading voices on reshaping government.
Greg Bluestein / The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Kingston's in the Senate race, and he won't be outflanked  —  News from Georgia and the region  — Immigration Debate Gives Life to Annual Rallies  —  U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston has a message for his conservative challengers for an open Senate seat: He won't be outflanked on the right.
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Meat Processing Plant Ordered To Pay Mentally Disabled Workers $240 Million For Decades Of Abuse  —  A badly stained mattress at the Henry's Turkey Services bunkhouse (Credit: Justin Hayworth/The Des Moines Register)  —  A federal jury ruled Wednesday afternoon that Henry's Turkey Service of Goldwaithe …
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National Review:
Occupy Wall Street: 2013 Edition
Michael B. Mukasey / Wall Street Journal:
Defining ‘Rights’ in a Terror Case
Discussion: Right Turn, Betsy's Page and
Louise Radnofsky / Washington Wire:
Obamacare Gets New Court Challenge
Discussion: “The Lid”
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“Fix the Debt” CEOs Enjoy Taxpayer-Subsidized Pay
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Daily Kos
Joan McCarter / Daily Kos:
Marriage equality polling well in Oregon, 18 months out
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Toddstarnes / Fox News:
Eagle Scout Facing Expulsion over Gun Charge
Discussion: BizPac Review and Hit & Run
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Hagan, Landrieu gun votes could help in 2014
Discussion: Mediaite, Daily Kos and Ballot Box
Washington Post:
SEC subpoenas firm, individuals in a case of leaked information
Discussion: The Hill
Anna Palmer / Politico:
Winning over Obama with ESPN
Discussion: TVNewser and
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Next Time, the NRA Will Lose
Stuart Rothenberg / Rothenblog:
Don't Write Off Massachusetts Senate Race Just Yet
Discussion: First Read and Roll Call
17 arrested as Seattle May Day protests turn violent
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Gawker