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8:05 AM ET, May 1, 2014


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Globe and Mail:
Rob Ford takes leave as recent drug video emerges  —  A second video of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking what has been described as crack cocaine by a self-professed drug dealer was secretly filmed in his sister's basement early Saturday morning.  —  The clip, which was viewed by two Globe and Mail reporters …
Toronto Sun:
Mayor Rob Ford ‘ready to take a break’  —  Toronto Mayor Rob Ford (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun)  —  TORONTO -  —  Mayor Rob Ford tells the Toronto Sun that he is “ready to take a break” from the mayoral election campaign to “go get help.”  —  The decision to immediately step away from the campaign …
Mayor Rob Ford / CBC News:
Rob Ford's statement on leave of absence
Jennifer Kabbany / The College Fix:
Meet the Poster Child for ‘White Privilege’ - Then Have Your Mind Blown  —  He's 20, he's white, and he's a freshman at Princeton University.  —  According to the ethnic and feminist studies college students and professors who frequently and vehemently complain that this country is steeped …
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Miranda Blue / Right Wing Watch:
Bundy Ranch Speaker Warns Of ‘Civil War On A Vast Scale,’ Promises Harry Reid Will Have His ‘Balls Ripped Off’  —  v=2uEXkmMealE  —  In a speech to the militia members still gathered at Cliven Bundy's ranch in Nevada last week, Mike Vanderboegh …
Sean Poulter / Daily Mail:
Subway removes ham and bacon from nearly 200 stores and offers halal meat only after ‘strong demand’ from Muslims  — Pork is forbidden and while other meat can be eaten, it must be sourced, slaughtered and processed according to strict rules  — Subway said all halal meat served …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Energy & Commerce Committee:
Committee Learns Who's Paid for Obamacare: As of April 15, Only 67 Percent of Enrollees in Federal Marketplace Had Paid First Month's Premium  —  Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee to Hold Hearing NEXT WEEK with Insurance Companies to Discuss Detailed Enrollment Data
The Hill:
Jobs: The best way to fight poverty  —  Much of Washington's ongoing economic policy debate focuses on reducing poverty, with many arguing to raise the minimum wage and expand government programs.  But this focus ignores two simple truths.  —  First, poverty arises from sagging employment …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Feelin' a Wave  —  As we have all observed, Nate Silver and other purveyors of “data journalism” have gotten a lot of flak early in this election cycle, some of it warranted, but much of it the kind of taunting schoolyard kingpins typically inflict on tyros they instinctively understand will be rich and powerful someday.
Josh Kraushaar /
Betting Against Nate Silver
Discussion: Daily Kos
Rep. Thompson doubles down on racial remarks in interview with CNN's Dana Bash  —  (CNN) - In an exclusive interview with CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash, Rep. Bennie Thompson doubled down on controversial remarks he made about race over the weekend.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Justice Scalia Makes Epic Blunder In Supreme Court Opinion  —  It's not often that a Supreme Court justice makes a factual blunder in a formal opinion.  —  Legal experts say Justice Antonin Scalia erred in his dissent in the 6-2 decision Tuesday to uphold the Environmental Protection Agency's authority …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Jay Carney Lies About the Benghazi Email  —  Yesterday I wrote about the most significant email that the Obama administration produced in response to a FOIA request by Judicial Watch.  It was sent by White House political operative Ben Rhodes to a variety of administration officials whose duties related to PR, not policy.
James Freeman / Wall Street Journal:
The ObamaCare 8%  —  The WSJ/NBC poll asks Americans if they think the health law is working.  —  A new survey from the Journal and NBC News shows that the President's signature health care law remains deeply unpopular.  —  Yesterday we noted the ABC/Washington Post poll showing Mr. Obama …
Tulsa World:
Eyewitness account: A minute-by-minute look at what happened during Clayton Lockett's execution … Well, it's a Lockett's execution didn't go well.  I lay the blame on the bleeding heart liberals who blocked Oklahoma's access to the execution drugs we've used in the past.
Dustin Volz /
The ‘Recipe for Failure’ That Led to Oklahoma's Botched Execution  —  Secret suppliers of drugs, changes in lethal-injection protocol, a cavalier attitude among Oklahoma officials, and a national death-penalty system in crisis preceded Tuesday's failed execution.
Helen Pow / Associated Press:
Killer dies of heart attack after FORTY MINUTES writhing in agony and sitting up to say …
Wall Street Journal:
AT&T Has Approached DirecTV About Possible Acquisition  —  AT&T has approached DirecTV about a possible acquisition of the satellite-TV firm, say people familiar with the situation, the latest sign of a possible shakeup in the television industry.
Lucia Mutikani / Reuters:
Obamacare Just Saved The U.S. Economy From Contraction  —  As the U.S. economy teetered on the brink of contraction in the first quarter, one thing stood out.  Healthcare spending increased at its fastest pace in more than three decades.  —  That surge is attributed to the implementation …
GOP's white Southern men problem: Why they can't hold Democrats down any longer  —  In a very famous (and possibly apocryphal) quote, Lyndon Johnson said upon signing the 1964 Civil Rights Act that the Democrats had lost the South for a generation.  And there's little doubt that the Republicans immediately saw a path to a new majority.
Discussion: Businessweek and Hullabaloo
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Senate Republicans Filibuster Minimum Wage Hike  —  As expected, Senate Republicans voted on Wednesday to block debate on legislation to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.  —  The procedural motion to begin debate received 54 votes for, and 42 against — short of the 60 needed to break a filibuster.
Discussion: Shakesville
Malia Mattoch / Reuters:
Hawaii lawmakers vote to increase hourly minimum wage to $10.10
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Release Detail  —  April 30, 2014 - Crist Has 15-Point Compassion Lead …
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
The Supreme Court tries to reconcile the Fourth Amendment with the realities of our tech age.
Lenny Bernstein / Washington Post:
Planet headed toward ‘post-antibiotic era’ when treatments don't work: WHO
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Washington Post:
Poll: GOP presidential race wide open; Hillary Clinton leads Jeb Bush in theoretical matchup
Manu Raju / Politico:
Rand Paul to plunge into North Carolina Senate race
 Earlier Items: 
Kelly Gray / WSET-TV:
BREAKING NEWS: Train Has Derailed in Lynchburg
Ashley Halsey III / Washington Post:
White House opens door to tolls on interstate highways, removing long-standing prohibition
Discussion: ThinkProgress and NPR
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Here's What Happens When the GOP Takes Over the Senate
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Dan Merica / CNN:
Bill Clinton plays professor, blasts media in Georgetown speech
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
Francesca Chambers / Daily Mail:
Rick Santorum tells GOP group he's ‘not sure’ if the party cares about poor people as much as Democrats do
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Big donor secrecy: 'Irony, but it's not hypocrisy'