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8:45 PM ET, May 1, 2014


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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The worst excuse ever: The Rhodes memo debacle  —  The White House damage control on the latest batch of Benghazi emails is not going well.  The White House's belated release of the documents at the very least show it has been actively evading legitimate congressional requests for relevant information.
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Lindsey Graham: White House Officials Are ‘Scumbags’ for Lying About Benghazi  —  Appearing on Mike Gallagher's radio show Thursday morning, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) went after the “scumbags” in the White House who he believes “lied” in the aftermath of the 2012 attacks on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Discussion: Politico and The Huffington Post
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Can Obama get his groove back?  —  It's been more than a year since President Obama saw his approval rating hit 50 percent, and his still-souring numbers have Democrats fretting about his toxic effect in November.  —  Party strategists say the solution is for the White House to shake …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
CBS Says Network President Didn't Influence Coverage Of Brother's Benghazi Email  —  NEW YORK — CBS News President David Rhodes was not involved in editorial discussions on Wednesday about whether “CBS Evening News” should cover a newly released email written by his brother Ben Rhodes …
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Obama's ‘Blame the Video’ Fraud Started in Cairo, Not Benghazi
Larry O'Connor / Washington Free Beacon:
Brother of CBS News President at Center of Latest Benghazi Bombshell
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.
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Commentary: From the bench to the podium  —  Commentary  —  In ways large and small, the idealized expectation that the Supreme Court will stay outside the political arena continues to diminish in a country with polarized partisanship and fragmented cultural values.
U.S. Department of Education Releases List of Higher Education Institutions with Open Title IX Sexual Violence Investigations  —  Contact: Press Office, (202) 401-1576,  —  The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released today a list …
The Lead with Jake Tapper:
Biking with Bush: Former president opens up about veterans, Jeb 2016  —  Crawford, Texas (CNN) - It is not an easy ride.  —  The rugged 100-kilometer mountain bike ride cuts through the Texas hill country and was designed to keep a fitness freak on his toes.
Discussion: New York Times, OnPolitics, CNN and The Week
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Bush: Jeb would be ‘great president ’
Discussion: Trail Blazers Blog
Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast:
John Oliver on ‘Last Week Tonight,’ Turning Down CBS, and ‘Nauseating’ American Politics  —  The newly minted host of HBO's ‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’ sat down to discuss his new gig, the strange state of U.S. politics, and more over coffee.  —  “I'm still getting used to this whole interview thing,” says John Oliver.
Discussion: Mediaite, Althouse and Yahoo! News
Olga Khazan / The Atlantic Online:
This Town Needs a Better Class of Racist  —  The question Cliven Bundy put to his audience last week—Was the black family better off as property?—is as immoral as it unoriginal.  As both Adam Serwer and Jamelle Bouie point out, the roster of conservative theorists who imply that black people …
Frank Gunn / Toronto Star:
Rob Ford did cocaine on wild night, witnesses say  —  Mayor Rob Ford's latest spiral into substance abuse began just over a month ago at a party in an exclusive Exhibition Place club.  —  Toronto Mayor Rob Ford leave his home early on May 1, 2014.  —  Photos View photos  — zoom
Royson James Toronto / Toronto Star:
Rob Ford is out of time and must resign: James
Discussion: VodkaPundit and The Daily Caller
Putting the Chat into Snapchat  —  Building Snapchat has taught us a lot about what makes conversation special.  When we first started working on an application for sharing disappearing pictures, we had no idea how much we would learn.  Our classmates were quick to point out that you could always take a screenshot.
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
GOP State Lawmaker Writes Letter To Editor About Dangers Of Anal Sex  —  Black GOPer: Bundy Just Telling The Truth  —  Mitch Boxes In Tea Party Rival With Joint Pledge To Back GOP Nominee  —  Bundy Supporter: Harry Reid May Get His ‘Balls Ripped Off’  —  ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws Tested In Recent Killings
Discussion: Holy Bullies … and The Raw Story
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Limbaugh To CBS Chief Over Colbert: I'm The ‘Mayor of Realville’  —  Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Thursday responded to CBS chief executive's comment that Stephen Colbert is not too liberal to host the “Late Show.”  —  When CBS first announced that the Comedy Central host …
Seattle Announces $15 Minimum Wage, Highest In The U.S.  —  Seattle will raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour over the coming years under a deal brokered by Mayor Ed Murray and blessed by labor and business groups alike, city leaders announced Thursday afternoon.
Henry Chu / Los Angeles Times:
Vatican to debate teachings on divorce, birth control, gay unions  —  Pope Francis meets with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, left, at the Vatican.  On the pontiff's orders, the Vatican will convene a meeting of senior clerics this fall to reexamine church teachings that touch the most intimate aspects of people's lives.
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Fox News Brands Scientific American Editor A ‘Coward’ (VIDEO)  —  A Scientific American editor must have struck a nerve over at Fox News this week when he tweeted about having a “Fox & Friends” producer shoot down his idea to talk about the impacts of climate change on the show.
New York Times:
De Blasio Announces Contract Deal With Teachers' Union  —  Mayor Bill de Blasio, confronting a key challenge of his first year in office, announced what he called a “landmark” labor deal on Thursday with New York City's largest teachers' union that officials said would provide a framework …
Discussion: Gothamist and NPR
Oren Dorell / Associated Press:
General: Military should've tried to rescue Benghazi Americans  —  WASHINGTON — U.S. military personnel knew early on that the Benghazi attack was a “hostile action” and not a protest gone awry, according to a retired general who served at U.S. Africa Command's headquarters in Germany during the attack.
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 …
John Podesta / White Blog:
Findings of the Big Data and Privacy Working Group Review  —  Over the past several days, severe storms have battered Arkansas, Oklahoma, Mississippi and other states.  Dozens of people have been killed and entire neighborhoods turned to rubble and debris as tornadoes have touched down across the region.
Philip Oltermann / Guardian:
Germany blocks Edward Snowden from testifying in person in NSA inquiry  —  Officials say a personal invitation for US whistleblower to attend hearing would put ‘grave strain’ on US-German relations  —  The German government has blocked Edward Snowden from giving personal evidence in front …
Ilya Somin / Washington Post:
Victims of Communism Day  —  Today is May Day.  Since 2007, I have advocated using this date as an international Victims of Communism Day.  I outlined the rationale for this idea (which I did not originate) in my very first post on the subject: … Our relative neglect of communist crimes carries a real cost.
Discussion: Hit & Run
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Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Changed Life of the Poor: Better Off, but Far Behind
Theresa Vargas / Washington Post:
In Bucks County, Pa., school board overrides student newspaper's ban on use of ‘Redskins’
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Gerry Adams Questioned Over Murder From 1972
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Administration Details Late Surge in Health Enrollments
House passes funding for expanded sexual harassment training
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
George F. Will / Washington Post:
The heavy hand of the IRS seizes innocent Americans' assets
Discussion: VodkaPundit
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Flatten / Washington Examiner:
Veterans Affairs officials purged 1.5 million unfinished medical orders
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Obamacare Is Getting the Benghazi Treatment, Courtesy of House Republicans
Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
Florida Set to Offer In-State Tuition to Children Brought to U.S. Illegally
Alan I. Abramowitz / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Minimal Class Divide in American Politics
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Benjamin Netanyahu Has Had Enough Of Your Selfies
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
If Data Were a Journalist  —  He'd work for Ezra Klein.
Discussion: BuzzFeed, The Dish and Althouse