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8:55 AM ET, May 2, 2014


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John Dickerson / Slate:
Why the new Benghazi emails aren't a “smoking gun.”  —  Has the Benghazi “smoking gun” been found?  Some White House critics believe that new documents wrestled from the White House by Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, prove that the Obama administration concocted a cover-up …
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Boehner calls on Kerry to testify about email in Benghazi subpoena
Discussion: Doug Ross and The Daily Caller
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Lindsey Graham: White House Officials Are ‘Scumbags’ for Lying About Benghazi
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Obama's ‘Blame the Video’ Fraud Started in Cairo, Not Benghazi
New York Post:
Disgraced Clippers owner Donald Sterling is battling cancer  —  This could wind up being a pretty short ban.  —  Disgraced racist Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is battling cancer — surprising those around him by beating the final buzzer for as long as he has, sources told The Post on Thursday.
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 …
Angel Jennings / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. head of NAACP resigns in wake of Sterling scandal  —  Leon Jenkins resigned Thursday as president of the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP in the wake of the Donald Sterling scandal.  (Nick Ut / AP)  —  Los Angeles NAACP President Leon Jenkins has resigned amid scrutiny surrounding …
Lucia Mutikani / Reuters:
U.S. payrolls surge in April, jobless rate hits 5-1/2 year low  —  (Reuters) - U.S. job growth increased at its fastest pace in more than two years in April and the unemployment rate dived to a 5-1/2 year low of 6.3 percent, suggesting a sharp rebound in economic activity early in the second quarter.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Midterm Calculus: Bursting the Democrats' Midterm-Turnout Bubble
Discussion: National Review
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, The Week, OnPolitics and CNN
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Bush: Jeb would be ‘great president ’
Tom Coburn / Wall Street Journal:
Porky's II: The Earmarkers Strike Back  —  Restoring earmarks in today's Congress would be like opening a bar tab for a bunch of recovering alcoholics.  —  Remember the $223 million in federal funds earmarked in 2005 for the “bridge to nowhere” in Alaska?  The project stalled but the public outrage …
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 …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Why Economics Failed  —  On Wednesday, I wrapped up the class I've been teaching all semester: “The Great Recession: Causes and Consequences.”  (Slides for the lectures are available via my blog.)  And while teaching the course was fun, I found myself turning at the end to an agonizing question …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Tina Brown / The Daily Beast:
Don't Run for President, Hillary.  Become a ‘Post-President’ Instead  —  The political world and her most fervent fans may be exercised about a presidential bid.  But she should forget it.  If she wins, it's too much stress for too little return.  —  I know as much as anyone …
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
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 …
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Apathy in the Executive  —  John Paul II and Obama: a study in leadership contrasts.  —  Rome  —  Friends and I kept seeing groups of Poles who'd taken planes or 20-hour bus rides to be here for the canonization of John Paul II.  They did not look wealthy.
Weekly Standard:
The Slush Fund  —  How Obamacare pays off insurers.  —  Widget tooltip  —  When the government provides medical care, it normally delegates the task.  Under Medicare, Washington doesn't employ doctors, nurses, and hospitals to treat the elderly.  It has to coax them to participate.
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.
Shadee Ashtari / The Huffington Post:
Janice Hahn Walks Out Of Event After James Dobson Calls Obama The ‘Abortion President’  —  Janice Hahn James Dobson Janice Hahn Video Robert Aderholt Prayer and Meditation Robert Aderholt National Day of Prayer Janice Hahn National Day of Prayer Obama Abortion Abortion James Dobson
Discussion: Roll Call and The Raw Story
Peggy Fikac /
Davis spokesman resigns from campaign  —  Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott are seeking to replace Gov. Rick Perry in the Nov. 4, 2014 election.  The new governor takes office Jan. 20, 2015.  —  AUSTIN — Bo Delp, spokesman and former communications director for Sen. Wendy Davis' campaign for governor, has resigned.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Fox News
Minding the Campus / Originals:
How Colleges Waste Your Health Fees  —  By Jenna Ashley Robinson  —  Across the country, student health centers are showing signs of financial bloat and costly mission creep.  Funded by both hefty campus health fees and payments from students' insurers, university health centers spend …
Discussion: National Review
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Ssumner / TheMoneyIllusion:
You can't please anybody  —  If you advocate the complete abolition …
Discussion: EconLog and Marginal REVOLUTION
Kathy Kiely / Sunlight Foundation Blog:
How TV stations are letting political advertisers play hide and seek
Janet Vertesi / TIME:
My Experiment Opting Out of Big Data Made Me Look Like a Criminal
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Crooked Timber
Henry Chu / Los Angeles Times:
Vatican to debate teachings on divorce, birth control, gay unions
New York Times:
Teacher Accord Gives City a Map for Other Deals
Discussion: Gothamist and NPR
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Changed Life of the Poor: Better Off, but Far Behind
Discussion: PolicyShop
Theresa Vargas / Washington Post:
In Bucks County, Pa., school board overrides student newspaper's ban on use of ‘Redskins’
 Earlier Items: 
Seattle Announces $15 Minimum Wage, Highest In The U.S.
Ilya Somin / Washington Post:
Victims of Communism Day
Discussion: Hit & Run
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Commentary: From the bench to the podium
Frank Gunn / Toronto Star:
Rob Ford did cocaine on wild night, witnesses say
George F. Will / Washington Post:
The heavy hand of the IRS seizes innocent Americans' assets
Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast:
John Oliver on ‘Last Week Tonight,’ Turning Down CBS, and ‘Nauseating’ American Politics
Discussion: Mediaite, Althouse and Yahoo! News