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2:30 PM ET, May 8, 2013


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Dylan Byers / Politico:
The Post's Sharyl Attkisson piece  —  The Washington Post's Paul Farhi has written a glowing profile of Sharyl Attkisson, the Emmy award-winning CBS correspondent who has been the mainstream media's most persistent investigator of the events surrounding last year's attack in Benghazi, Libya.
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
New Benghazi probe evidence puts spotlight back on Clinton  —  New revelations about the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, are pulling Hillary Clinton back into a political firestorm that the presumptive 2016 candidate had so far managed to escape unscathed.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News, a persistent voice of media skepticism on Benghazi  —  From the start, the Obama administration's account of what happened in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11 last year didn't quite square for Sharyl Attkisson.  —  So the veteran CBS News reporter dug in, and kept digging.
Discussion: Althouse and The Hugh Hewitt Show
Washington Post:   Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News, a persistent voice of media skepticism on Benghazi
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Graham: Benghazi shows ‘light footprint’ approach isn't working
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
State Dept. Official to Testify on Benghazi Attacks
Michelle Malkin /
Operation Smear Benghazi Whistleblowers
Discussion: National Review
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Sanford victory could spell trouble for House GOP leadership  —  Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) is heading back to Congress — and that may not be good news for House GOP leadership.  —  Sanford owes party leaders nothing, as they refused to spend money on his campaign …
Gina Smith / The State:
Mark Sanford: The new comeback kid
The Commentator:
Prof. Hawking trip NOT cancelled due to Israel boycott  —  Professor Hawking's spokesperson has confirmed that he will not miss the conference in Israel due to a boycott, but rather because of health reasons  —  New details about the cancellation of Professor Stephen Hawking's trip to Israel …
Harriet Sherwood / Guardian:
Stephen Hawking joins academic boycott of Israel  —  Physicist pulls out of conference hosted by president Shimon Peres in protest at treatment of Palestinians  —  Professor Stephen Hawking is backing the academic boycott of Israel by pulling out of a conference hosted by Israeli president Shimon Peres …
The Commentator:
An Open Letter to Stephen Hawking  —  Prof. Hawking's boycott of Israel proves that even the world's greatest minds can be inherently flawed  —  Prof. Hawking cancelled a trip to Israel  —  I am writing to you today to express the deepest dismay that struck me when moments ago …
Medicare Provider Charge Data  —  As part of the Obama administration's work to make our health care system more affordable and accountable, data are being released that show significant variation across the country and within communities in what hospitals charge for common inpatient services.
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
One hospital charges $8,000 — another, $38,000  —  Consumers on Wednesday will finally get some answers about one of modern life's most persistent mysteries: how much medical care actually costs.  —  For the first time, the federal government will release the prices that hospitals charge for the 100 most common inpatient procedures.
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Obama Maintains Approval Advantage, but GOP Runs Even on Key Issues  —  Two-Thirds Say Obama ‘Fights Hard’ for His Policies  —  OVERVIEW  —  President Obama continues to hold a substantial advantage over congressional Republicans in public regard.  Obama's job approval is back in positive territory …
USA Today:
Reports of sex abuse, beatings inside Cleveland house  —  THREE MISSING CLEVELAND WOMEN FREED  —  Three women who had been held captive for 10 years were found Monday in a Cleveland neighborhood, barely a mile from where they had been abducted.  Amanda Berry was able to escape and alert authorities …
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Give Guns, Immigration Reform Low Priority  —  Creating jobs and growing the economy get highest priority  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans put reforming immigration and reducing gun violence — the focus of much of the attention on Capitol Hill in recent weeks …
Daily Mail:
Dick Cheney slams Obama administration's Benghazi performance as 'a failure of leadership ... I cannot understand why they weren't ready'  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney criticized the Obama administration on Tuesday for its handling of the September 11, 2012 terror attack on the U.S. Consulate …
Dylan Matthews / Wonkblog:
Heritage study co-author opposed letting in immigrants with low IQs  —  Robert Rector (center), one of the study's co-authors.  (Heritage)  —  The Heritage Foundation made something of a splash with its study suggesting that immigration reform will cost the public trillions.
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Michelle Obama: Chris Christie's ‘terrific’  —  First lady Michelle Obama didn't directly address New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's decision to have weight-loss surgery in an interview that aired Wednesday, but she said his struggle shows why her “Let's Move” exercise program is so important.
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / Forbes:
The Jobs Of The Future Don't Require A College Degree  —  We're all talking about the “jobs of the future” and “winning the future” and transitioning to a “knowledge economy.”  Since predictions are hard, especially about the future, it's a good idea to look at some data.
Discussion: Hit & Run
First Read:
First Thoughts: Neck and neck in Va.  —  NBC/Marist poll shows it's neck and neck in Virginia... McAuliffe 43%, Cuccinelli 41% among registered voters... Cuccinelli 45%, McAuliffe 42% among likely voters... Good news for McAuliffe: It's early, he has room to grow, and the GOP's fav/unfav …
Niall Ferguson / Harvard News:
An Open Letter to the Harvard Community  —  Last week I said something stupid about John Maynard Keynes.  Asked to comment on Keynes' famous observation “In the long run we are all dead,” I suggested that Keynes was perhaps indifferent to the long run because he had no children, and that he had no children because he was gay.
Carlo Muñoz / The Hill:
GOP chairman denied Benghazi files  —  Pentagon officials have denied a request from a House Republican chairman for access to documents on last year's terrorist attack in Benghazi.  —  “I am deeply disappointed in the Department's response and am committed to continuing …
Ed O'Keefe / Post Politics:
House to vote again on repealing ‘Obamacare’ next week  —  The House will vote again next week to repeal the 2010 health-care reform law, a decision by top Republican leaders designed in part to appease GOP freshmen lawmakers who have not had an opportunity to take a vote on the issue.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Obama May Back F.B.I. Plan to Wiretap Web Users  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, resolving years of internal debate, is on the verge of backing a Federal Bureau of Investigation plan for a sweeping overhaul of surveillance laws that would make it easier to wiretap people …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
The Medicare crystal ball  —  I have been searching high and low for this handy chart, which I couldn't for the life of me remeber where it came from, and voila, Mike the Mad Biologist sent it to me today:  —  Mike helped make it clearer for us:  —  And this, my friends …
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
On Day Stock Market Sets New Record, Conservative Group Floats Impeaching Obama For ‘Wrecking The Stock Market’  —  Today, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 15,056, an all-time record.  For one conservative group, this can only mean one thing: it's time to impeach President Obama.
The Boston Globe:
Ex-Romney aide details campaign ‘miscalculations’  —  WASHINGTON - One of Mitt Romney's former campaign aides is planning to ­release a new book next week that is being pitched as an insider's account that provides “an unblinking look at the tactical and strategic miscalculations” made by the former presidential candidate.
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Obama administration officials are finally letting the attorney for a Benghazi whistleblower get a security clearance — but the clearance is at such a low level that it will probably slow the congressional probe of how the administration handled last year's terrorist attack on the embassy in Benghazi, Libya.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Discussion: Washington Monthly
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John Boehner On Debt Ceiling: Let's Pay China First, Then U.S. Troops
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Marlin Stutzman / Washington Times:
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Discussion: ThinkProgress
Daily Mail:
Putin keeps John Kerry waiting for THREE HOURS during his visit to Russia for meetings over Syria …
Ivan Semeniuk / Globe and Mail:
‘No such thing as ethical oil,’ Al Gore tells Toronto audience
Discussion: E2-Wire and Washington Free Beacon
Kevin Diaz / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Michele Bachmann is in talks to settle Iowa lawsuit
Discussion: The Hill