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6:20 PM ET, May 2, 2014


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Boehner to Establish Select Committee on Benghazi … WASHINGTON, DC - House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is announcing today that he intends for the House to vote to create a new select committee to investigate the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans.
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Boehner to Form Select Committee on Benghazi  —  UPDATE: Other news organizations confirm the report below that House speaker John Boehner will announce the formation of a select committee on Benghazi, led by Rep. Trey Gowdy.  —  House Speaker John Boehner is “seriously considering” …
GOP escalates Benghazi probe  —  House Republicans will convene a select committee to investigate the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attacks — a dramatic move that is sure to rev up the GOP base ahead of the midterm elections.  —  The creation of the panel, which Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) …
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Benghazi Lies  —  In response to a Freedom of Information Act …
Discussion: Mediaite and American Power
The GOP Has Finally Found a Way to Defeat the Tea Party  —  PINEHURST, N.C.—On a rainy afternoon a month before North Carolina's May 6 Republican primary, state House Speaker and Senate hopeful Thom Tillis was at the Pinehurst Resort and golf course, where the U.S. Open will be held later this year.
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.
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Newt Gingrich Calls For Public Ownership Of Professional Sports Teams
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Dave Bartkowiak Jr. / WDIV-TV:
Wayne County Clerk: John Conyers not qualified for Aug. 5 ballot  —  Congressman may have filed insufficient number of valid signatures to qualify for ballot … DETROIT -  —  Veteran U.S. Congressman John Conyers does not have enough signatures to get on the Aug. 5 primary ballot, according to Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett.
Discussion: Yahoo! News, Politico and Roll Call
Conyers' petition circulators did not register to vote, or did it late
Discussion: Washington Post
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Comfy Old Sweater  —  In a nice contrast to the New York Times piece about Republican donors wanting to get the band back together for Jeb Bush, the Cook Political Report's Amy Walter (speaking of “getting the band back together,” I didn't realize she had returned to the Cook shop) …
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
The GOP Base Isn't Pining For Jeb
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 …
David Freedlander / The Daily Beast:
Wisconsin's GOP Secession Panic  —  Wisconsin Republicans are set to vote on a measure this weekend that would affirm the state's right to secede from the union.  Goodbye, U.S. of A., Hello U.S. of Cheese.  —  Fear not, America.  There will be no import taxes on Leinenkugel.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Yahoo! News
Jennifer Emily / Dallas Morning News:
Judge says sexually assaulted 14-year-old 'wasn't the victim she claimed to be'  —  A man sentenced to five years probation by a Dallas County judge after admitting he raped a 14-year-old girl won't have to follow many of the restrictions typically given to sex offenders.
Michelle Jamrisko / Bloomberg:
Hiring in U.S. Kicks Into Higher Gear as Unemployment Plunges  —  The job-creation engine kicked into higher gear as U.S. employers boosted payrolls in April by the most in two years and the jobless rate plunged to the lowest since the collapse of Lehman Brothers.
Hendrik Hertzberg / News Desk:
A Bad Death in Oklahoma  —  The most telling moment in Oklahoma's botched execution of Clayton Lockett came six minutes after the purportedly lethal drugs had begun to enter the condemned man's body through an intravenous tube.  It was a moment that pointed up the contradictions, incoherence …
Discussion: The Daily Banter
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Obama calls for review of death penalty after botched killing
Discussion: Politico and Hot Air
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Midterm Calculus: Bursting the Democrats' Midterm-Turnout Bubble  —  Bursting the Democrats' Midterm-Turnout Bubble  —  Getting voters to the polls is harder than some flashy political-science experiments suggest.  —  STATISTICAL NOISE |  MAY 1, 6:48 AM  —  How Not to Be Misled by the Jobs Report
Jobs report beats expectations
Discussion: CNN
Maria Tsvetkova / Reuters:
Dozens die in Odessa blaze, rebels down Ukraine helicopters  —  (Reuters) - Dozens of people were killed in a fire and others were shot dead when fighting between pro- and anti-Russian groups broke out on the streets of Odessa on Ukraine's Black Sea coast on Friday.
Jonathan Smith / VICE:
HERE'S THE FIRST LOOK AT THE NEW SATANIC MONUMENT BEING BUILT FOR OKLAHOMA'S STATEHOUSE  —  In January the Satanic Temple announced plans to erect a monument glorifying the Dark Lord on the front lawn of the Oklahoma Statehouse.  An Indiegogo campaign was launched with what seemed …
Are White Republicans More Racist Than White Democrats?  —  The comments made by Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling this month demonstrate that the U.S. is far from a colorblind society.  And the reaction to their comments has drawn further attention to the fraught relationship between racism and partisan politics.
Discussion: Balloon Juice, Hullabaloo and The Dish
Neil Irwin / New York Times:
Employment Picture: The Jobs Report Isn't as Good as It Looks  —  The Jobs Report Isn't as Good as It Looks  —  Rarely does a monthly report on the United States job market look so terrific on the surface while being so disappointing underneath.  —  At first glance, the new reading …
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David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Mark Pryor's challenge: Will Arkansas keep a Democratic senator with no big crusades?
Discussion: NewsBusters and Power Line
Pat Pheifer / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Waseca teen accused in school shooting plot had been planning for months
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Tea Party Challenge to McConnell Hits a Skid
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Zbigniew Brzezinski / Politico:
What Obama Should Tell Americans About Ukraine
First on CNN: Democrats eye February for 2016 kick-off
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Scott W. Atlas / Wall Street Journal:
The Coming Two-Tier Health System
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
Kerry Announces Enormous Pay Raises for Foreign National Embassy Staff
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Obama's foreign policy of denial
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Apathy in the Executive  —  John Paul II and Obama: a study in leadership contrasts.