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7:45 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 …
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Lindsey Graham: White House Officials Are ‘Scumbags’ for Lying About Benghazi
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The worst excuse ever: The Rhodes memo debacle
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Obama's ‘Blame the Video’ Fraud Started in Cairo, Not Benghazi
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Deadspin
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, The Week 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 …
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
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
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.
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
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.
Janet Vertesi / TIME:
My Experiment Opting Out of Big Data Made Me Look Like a Criminal  —  Here's what happened when I tried to hide my pregnancy from the Internet and marketing companies.  —  This week, the President is expected to release a report on big data, the result of a 90-day study that brought together experts …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Crooked Timber
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
New York Times:
Teacher Accord Gives City a Map for Other Deals  —  Mayor Bill de Blasio, confronting the unsettled labor agreements that have loomed over his first months in office, announced a deal on Thursday with New York City's largest teachers' union that would raise wages by 18 percent over nine years …
Discussion: Gothamist and NPR
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 …
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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
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’
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Gerry Adams Questioned Over Murder From 1972
Discussion: Associated Press
Seattle Announces $15 Minimum Wage, Highest In The U.S.
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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
Discussion: Betsy's Page and VodkaPundit
Alan I. Abramowitz / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Minimal Class Divide in American Politics