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1:45 PM ET, April 30, 2014


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Ben Crair / The New Republic:
How Oklahoma Botched an Execution  —  Clayton Lockett's lethal injection suffered a problem more fundamental than the drugs  —  On Tuesday night, after Oklahoma botched the lethal injection of Clayton Lockett, the director of the Department of Corrections said Lockett's vein had not only “blown,” but actually “exploded.”
Helen Pow / Associated Press:
Killer dies of heart attack after FORTY MINUTES writhing in agony and sitting up to say 'something's wrong' when experimental drug execution causes his veins to explode  —  A death row inmate spent forty minutes writhing in agony before dying of a heart attack following a new cocktail …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Mark Berman / Washington Post:
Inmate dies following botched Oklahoma execution, second execution delayed
Katie Fretland / Guardian:
Oklahoma execution: Clayton Lockett writhes on gurney in botched procedure
Discussion: Hot Air, Shakesville and Tulsa World
Marcus Thompson II:
Warriors Had the Blueprint For a Dramatic Boycott Ready to Go  —  The plan was set, the product of a 30-minute players meeting.  The Warriors were going to go through pre-game warm-ups and take part in the national anthem and starting line-up introductions.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Democrats plan vote to reverse Citizens United decision  —  Senate Democrats will schedule a vote this year on a constitutional amendment to reform campaign finance as they face tens of millions of dollars worth of attack ads from conservative groups.
Discussion: Liberaland and Hot Air
Benjamin Goad / The Hill:
John Paul Stevens: ‘Money is not speech’  —  Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens argued Wednesday that a constitutional amendment is needed to slow the flow of money into politics.  —  “While money is used to finance speech, money is not speech,” Stevens said in testimony before the Senate Rules Committee.
Discussion: National Review
Burgess Everett / Politico:   Senate to vote on campaign finance
Sharyl Attkisson / SharylAttkisson-Home:
White House Directed Incorrect Benghazi Narrative  —  Newly-released emails: “Video” to blame, “not a broader failure or policy.”  —  Newly-released documents reveal direct White House involvement in steering the public narrative about the September 11, 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Is Barry Whiffing?  —  WASHINGTON — Stop whining, Mr. President.  —  And stop whiffing.  —  Don't whinge off the record with columnists and definitely don't do it at a press conference with another world leader.  It is disorienting to everybody, here at home and around the world.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and The Daily Caller
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Tim Pawlenty: Republican Party must back wage hike  —  Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Wednesday that Republicans should support a “reasonable” increase in the minimum wage.  —  “If you're going to talk the talk about being for the middle class and the working person …
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Senate Ready To Sink Effort To Boost Minimum Wage
Anthony Man / Sun-Sentinel:
Looking for complaints, Rick Scott instead finds praise for Obamacare  —  Scott meet with seniors looking for Obamacare horror stories, but found little complaints.  —  Sun Sentinel  —  BOCA RATON— Gov. Rick Scott visited a senior center Tuesday to warn about cuts he said Obamacare …
Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
Americans in large numbers want the U.S. to reduce its role in world affairs, a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds  —  Americans in large numbers want the U.S. to reduce its role in world affairs even as a showdown with Russia over Ukraine preoccupies Washington, a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds.
Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Koch Brothers Still Unknown to Many Americans - WSJ/NBC Poll
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Scientific American Editor: Fox Told Me I Couldn't Talk About Climate Change  —  An editor with Scientific American magazine said Wednesday he was shot down by a Fox News producer when he said he wanted to talk about the impacts of climate change.  —  Michael Moyer appeared on “Fox & Friends” …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The “apartheid” slur has a long history.  —  “I will not allow my commitment to Israel to be questioned by anyone,” John Kerry pronounced in a press statement yesterday.  Far be it from us to defy an order from the secretary of state.  It is clear to us, however, that there is something to which Kerry's commitment is far deeper.
New York Times:
Two Giant Banks, Seen as Immune, Become Targets  —  Federal prosecutors are nearing criminal charges against some of the world's biggest banks, according to lawyers briefed on the matter, a development that could produce the first guilty plea from a major bank in more than two decades.
Cathleen Decker / Los Angeles Times:
Democratic governors group lacks faith in Wendy Davis campaign  —  Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis won't get help in her gubernatorial campaign from the Democratic Governors Assn. (LM Otero / Associated Press / March 4, 2014)  —  If Washington was reeling on Tuesday, the vertigo may have stemmed …
Tampa Bay Times:
Alan Grayson seeks annulment, saying his wife was wed to another man  —  Orlando Sentinel:  —  When U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson married his wife, she was already wed to another man, according to a new court filing by the congressman's lawyers, seeking an annulment on the basis of bigamy.
Jeff Weiner / Orlando Sentinel:
Alan Grayson asks for annulment, accuses wife of bigamy in new court documents
Chris Giles / Financial Times:
China poised to pass US as world's leading economic power this year  —  Central Shanghai: China is likely to be the world's richest country by next year  —  The US is on the brink of losing its status as the world's largest economy, and is likely to slip behind China this year …
Official FCC Blog:
Finding the Best Path Forward to Protect the Open Internet  —  I am a strong believer in the importance of an Open Internet.  As President Obama has explained, “Preserving an Open Internet is vital not just to the free flow of information, but also to promoting innovation and economic productivity.”
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Lisa Daftari / Fox News:
Al Qaeda-linked jihadists accused of hanging victims on crosses
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Yahoo! News
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
The Rise of the Drone Master: Pop Culture Recasts Obama
Discussion: Althouse
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
U.S. Economy Barely Grew in First Quarter
Cliff Schecter / The Daily Beast:
Preparing for War in Indianapolis: Inside the NRA Plot to Terrify America
Sharon Otterman / New York Times:
Developer Scales Back Plans for Muslim Center Near Ground Zero
Discussion: ABC News and American Power
 Earlier Items: 
Jason Zengerle / The New Republic:
How Barack Obama Sold Out The Kale Crowd
Richard N. Haass / Wall Street Journal:
A Foreign Policy Flirting With Chaos
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Juan Williams / Wall Street Journal:
Getting Past Name-Calling to Talk About Poverty
Jonathan Rauch / Washington Monthly:
It's All in the Implementation
Patrick Marley / JSOnline:
Federal judge strikes down Wisconsin's voter ID law