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5:05 PM ET, May 9, 2013


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Rich Lowry / Politico:
The Benghazi patsy  —  Nakoula Basseley Nakoula deserves a place in American history.  He is the first person in this country jailed for violating Islamic anti-blasphemy laws.  —  You won't find that anywhere in the charges against him, of course.  As a practical matter, though …
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Darrell Issa Acknowledges He Learned Nothing New From His Benghazi Hearing  —  House Oversight Committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) tacitly admitted on Wednesday that his hearing on the Benghazi terror attacks the same day didn't turn up any new information.  —  “I'm curious, did you learn anything new today?”
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
The Benghazi hearings: what's new and what's not  —  “I was stunned.  My jaw dropped.  And I was embarrassed”  — Gregory Hicks, former U.S. deputy chief of mission to Libya, testifying on his reaction to U.N. Ambassador Susan E. Rice's remarks on the terror attack in Benghazi, May 8, 2013
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Sen. Coburn: ‘Glaring omission’ in Benghazi information from State Dept.  —  Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) on Thursday warned that congressional hearings into Benghazi could create “real trouble” for the State Department and said there was a “glaring omission” in the information provided to lawmakers …
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Failings of Bam & Hill laid bare
Discussion: PJ Media
New York Times:
Official Offers Account From Libya of Benghazi Attack
Tom Bevan / Real Clear Politics:
A Coverup Laid Bare
McCarthy's nomination in doubt, angering Democrats  —  President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency is in jeopardy after Republicans formed a united front Thursday to deny her a vote in committee.  —  Democrats erupted in frustration at the GOP “obstructionism” …
U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works:
EPW Republicans Not To Attend Gina McCarthy Nomination Vote
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Are Republicans really gunning for another debt-limit showdown?
Ryan Koronowski / ThinkProgress:
Republican Senators Boycott Vote On Gina McCarthy's Nomination To Head EPA
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Meet Democrats' Newest Republican Crush: Ted Cruz?!?!  —  Starting around the time he launched a bogus attack on then-Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel, Democrats have loved to hate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).  —  They made sure as many as people as possible saw him condescend to Sen. Dianne Feinstein …
Felix Salmon:
The tragedy of US higher education  —  The tragedy of Cooper Union is endemic to most American higher education, outside a few community colleges; Cooper is just the special case where the blind rush to some kind of global greatness directly and explicitly violates the institution's founding mission.
Discussion: Wonkblog and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
McCain working on bill to allow for ‘a la carte’ cable TV packages  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is working on legislation that would pressure cable and satellite providers to allow their customers to pick and choose the channels they pay for, his office confirmed on Wednesday.
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
John McCain Wants To Blow Up The Cable Industry As We Currently Know It
Wesley Lowery / Boston Globe:
Body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev is buried outside Massachusetts, official says  —  WORCESTER - The body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev has been buried somewhere outside of Massachusetts, according to a funeral home official briefed on the situation.  —  The official said that the remains …
Fox News:
Boston police chief says feds never shared warnings about marathon bomber
Frank Phillips / The Boston Globe:
Gomez took $281,500 home tax deduction  —  Republican US Senate nominee Gabriel E. Gomez claimed a $281,500 income tax deduction in 2005 for pledging not to make any visible changes to the facade of his 112-year-old Cohasset home, a concession so valuable that it is classified …
Discussion: TBogg
Oleg Atbashian / American Thinker:
Ariel Castro, Cleveland Kidnapper, Is a Registered Democrat  —  According to voter registration records, Ariel Castro, the Cleveland kidnapper, is a registered Democrat.  He was also the alleged leader among the three Castro brothers, who were arrested this week, and the owner of the house …
Top White House Aide Has A Secret Beer With Rep. Paul Ryan  —  On April 10, the day President Obama released his 2014 budget, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough held a secret meeting with House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan at a K Street restaurant, Brasserie Beck, to talk …
New York Times:
Emphasis on Deficit Reduction Is Seen by Economists as Impeding Recovery  —  WASHINGTON — The nation's unemployment rate would probably be nearly a point lower, roughly 6.5 percent, and economic growth almost two points higher this year if Washington had not cut spending and raised taxes …
Jake Sherman / Politico:
House GOP sees few options on debt
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate panel vote signals GOP support for immigration reform  —  The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday adopted a substitute amendment to immigration reform legislation with a strong bipartisan margin, signaling which Republicans are most likely to support the bill.
Discussion: Politico and The Plum Line
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
NYC Considering Allowing Non-Citizens To Vote  —  New York City could soon become the first major city in the country to give non-citizens the right to vote.  The proposal, which would allow certain non-citizens to vote in local elections, appears to have a veto-proof majority in the New York City Council …
Charlie Spiering / Washington Examiner:
Nancy Pelosi: Kermit Gosnell case ‘really disgusting’ … During her press conference Thursday afternoon, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was asked if she was aware of the Kermit Gosnell case and whether Congress should hold hearings to make sure similar atrocities are not occurring in other abortion clinics.
Norm Ornstein /
The Myth of Presidential Leadership  —  Many Washington pundits are critical of the president's ability to wrangle concessions out of Congress, but they forget that his power has limits.  —  The theme of presidential leadership is a venerated one in America, the subject of many biographies …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Dish
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Lindsey Graham faces down primary challenge  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. — If any Senate Republican up for re-election next year would seem ripe for a primary defeat it's Lindsey Graham.  —  Running in a conservative, Southern state that has proven friendly to insurgents in recent years …
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Senate fails to approve resolution condemning illegal medical practices  —  Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) tried to pass a Senate resolution that would have condemned illegal abortion practices.  —  Lee asked unanimous consent to pass his resolution on Wednesday in reaction to the case of Kermit Gosnell …
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Seth J. Frantzman / Jerusalem Post:
Anti-Jewish text will shame the Church of Scotland
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
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POLITICO to test metered paywall
Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
Charlie Crist: I support gay marriage
Pew Research Center:
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Republican leader rips the media for ‘shoving us in the corner’
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Shakesville