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1:10 AM ET, May 3, 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.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner to appoint select committee on Benghazi attack  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Friday he would appoint a select House committee to expand the Republican investigation into the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012.  —  Boehner had resisted a push …
Discussion: Politico
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Benghazi Lies  —  In response to a Freedom of Information Act …
Discussion: Mediaite and American Power
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.
Matthew DeFour /
On Politics: Brett Hulsey plans to hand out KKK hoods at Republican convention  —  Rep. Brett Hulsey, D-Madison, said Thursday he plans to hand out Ku Klux Klan hoods at the state Republican convention this weekend.  —  Hulsey, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate whose bizarre antics …
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.
Detroit Free Press:
Clerk: Conyers ‘would not have enough signatures’ to qualify for August ballot  —  Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett now says she does not believe U.S. Rep. John Conyers has enough valid signatures to qualify for the Aug. 5 primary ballot.  —  She confirmed this afternoon that she received …
Discussion: OnPolitics
Conyers' petition circulators did not register to vote, or did it late
Discussion: Washington Post
Lauren Effron / ABC News:
V. Stiviano: Donald Sterling Should Apologize for Racist Remarks … Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's confidante V. Stiviano today told ABC's Barbara Walters that she thinks the embattled NBA basketball owner should apologize for his racist remarks.  —  “Yes.
Discussion: USA Today and Los Angeles Times
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Newt Gingrich Calls For Public Ownership Of Professional Sports Teams
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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.
New York Times:
Ukrainians Strike Rebel-Held City as Fighting Spreads
Discussion: NPR, Mashable and Blazing Cat Fur
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.
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.
Nicole Flatow / ThinkProgress:
Man Who Set A Trap To Kill 17-Year-Old Intruder Invokes Stand Your Ground-Like Defense  —  Seventeen-year-old Diren Dede lost his life Sunday, while in Missoula, Montana on a high school exchange program from Germany.  He was shot dead at the home of Markus Kaarma, after Kaarma set a trap …
Discussion: Missoulian and Hullabaloo
Frances Robles / New York Times:
Democratic Group to Return Donations  —  MIAMI — The Democratic National Committee, faced with the possibility that it had accepted illegal campaign contributions from straw donors, decided Thursday to return sizable donations made last fall in the names of the children of a Florida cardiologist …
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Damn Right I Taped Kerry's ‘Apartheid’ Talk  —  And if I had to do it all over again, I'd do it in the exact same way.  —  Ten years ago, when I was a rookie reporter for the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun, I looked up to Joseph Nye as a sacred figure, the preeminent American expert on Japan.
Discussion: Politico and Bloomberg View
Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
Kerry Announces Enormous Pay Raises for Foreign National Embassy Staff
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) …
Ari Rabin-Havt / American Prospect:
Time for Democrats to Stop Celebrating Andrew Jackson  —  In February, Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), then the chairwoman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, wrote an impassioned letter to National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell expressing her disappointment with the league's stance …
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: Liberaland and The Daily Banter
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Obama calls for review of death penalty after botched killing
Discussion: Hot Air and Politico
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Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
McAuliffe explores whether he can expand Medicaid coverage without legislature's okay
Discussion:, Daily Kos, Hot Air and RedState
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
Are White Republicans More Racist Than White Democrats?
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Balloon Juice and The Dish
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Tea Party Candidate in Kentucky Hits Snags
 Earlier Items: 
Zbigniew Brzezinski / Politico:
What Obama Should Tell Americans About Ukraine
First on CNN: Democrats eye February for 2016 kick-off
Discussion: Politico and Washington Monthly