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11:05 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 …
Royson James Toronto / Toronto Star:
Rob Ford is out of time and must resign: James  —  Toronto mayor's descent so long and dark it may be too late for redemption  —  Jennifer Gordon, whose back is to the camera, and friends spotted Mayor Rob Ford “stumbling” down the street near the Esplanade on St. Patrick's Day 2012.
Discussion: VodkaPundit and Boing Boing
Mayor Rob Ford / CBC News:
Rob Ford's statement on leave of absence
A.B. Stoddard / The Hill:
Dems on thin ice for 2014  —  Amid a torrent of fresh and frightening polling, Democrats are clinging to some comforting silver linings: flush war chests, a few strong individual polls, a robust gender gap.  But it will be months before we know if they are kittens balancing on branches or cats with nine lives.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Antonin Scalia's Blunder Is Unprecedented, Legal Experts Say  —  Justice Antonin Scalia's factual error in a dissenting opinion Tuesday has become the talk of the legal community as experts puzzle over the extraordinary nature of the Reagan-appointed justice's blunder, which the Supreme Court quietly corrected as of Wednesday morning.
Discussion: The Mahablog and Legal Planet
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
If Data Were a Journalist  —  He'd work for Ezra Klein.  —  “ joins a crowded field of data-driven news sites,” USA Today reported earlier this month on Ezra Klein's new venture.  Maybe “Data” should have been capitalized.  —  A pair of articles the site published yesterday …
Discussion: The Dish
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Jay Carney Lies About the Benghazi Email
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Mediaite
What is Hillary Clinton afraid of?  —  Over the 25 years Hillary Clinton has spent in the national spotlight, she's been smeared and stereotyped, the subject of dozens of over-hyped or downright fictional stories and books alleging, among other things, that she is a lesbian …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Tom Coburn: I Don't Believe There Should Be A National Minimum Wage  —  Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) said Thursday that he doesn't believe there should be a national minimum wage.  —  Senate Republicans voted Wednesday to block debate on legislation to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10.
Discussion: Liberaland and Shakesville
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
Meet Mary Burke, the Woman Who Could Beat Scott Walker  —  She's a political novice—and that may be what it takes to knock off Wisconsin's governor, of whose jobs plan she says: 'I've seen eighth-graders' term papers that are more thoughtful.'  —  Republicans call her “Millionaire Mary,” …
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Bill Henck: Inside the IRS, part 2  —  William Henck has worked inside the IRS Office of the Chief Counsel as an attorney for over 26 years.  We posted his personal account, including his testimony to a retaliatory audit conducted by the IRS against himself, this past February in “Inside the IRS.”
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  May 1, 2014 - Jeb Bush Is Top Dog In Florida 2016 GOP Pack, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; But Clinton On Top, Despite Bad Obama Grades  —  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is way out in front over U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and other possible Republican candidates …
Discussion: The Week and Politico
Washington Post:
Poll: GOP presidential race wide open; Hillary Clinton leads Jeb Bush in theoretical matchup
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Benjamin Netanyahu Has Had Enough Of Your Selfies  —  “You are slaves.”  —  View Entire List ›
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
Oprah considering Clippers bid  —  Oprah Winfrey, David Geffen and Larry Ellison will join together in a bid to buy the Los Angeles Clippers if the NBA's board of governors votes to force Donald Sterling to sell the team, Geffen told ESPN's Jeremy Schaap on Wednesday.
Marisa Schultz /
Conyers' place on ballot may hinge on backdated registrations  —  Conyers (John T. Greilick / The Detroit News)  —  Washington — An attempt to get Democratic Detroit Congressman John Conyers kicked off the August ballot is focusing on whether backdated voter registrations …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Real Talk: the new Snapchat brilliantly mixes video and texting  —  More than just photos, Snapchat's new text and video chat feels immediate and intimate  —  By any measure, Snapchat has had a busy year.  —  23-year-old CEO Evan Spiegel reportedly rejected a $3 billion offer from Mark Zuckerberg …
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 …
Elias Alias / Oath Keepers:
Bundy Ranch Advisory for April 29 2014
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Why Only One Top Banker Went to Jail for the Financial Crisis
Cassie Walker Burke / Politico:
The White House beat, uncovered
Jeanna Smialek / Bloomberg:
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Ryan Gallagher / The Intercept:
British Spy Chiefs Secretly Begged to Play in NSA's Data Pools
New suit targets Ohio gay marriage ban
 Earlier Items: 
The Hill:
Jobs: The best way to fight poverty
Sean Poulter / Daily Mail:
Subway removes ham and bacon from nearly 200 stores and offers halal meat only after ‘strong demand’ from Muslims
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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