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9:25 PM ET, May 4, 2014


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New York Times:
President Obama and the World  —  Two years after winning an election in which foreign policy was barely mentioned, President Obama is being pummeled at home and abroad for his international leadership.  The world sometimes seems as if it is flying apart, with Mr. Obama unable to fix it.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
It's Not Just About Obama  —  THERE has been a festival of commentary of late bemoaning the pusillanimous foreign policy of President Obama.  If only we had a president who rode horses shirtless, wrestled a tiger or took a bite out of a neighboring country, we'd all feel much safer.
Ian Lovett / New York Times:
When Hitting ‘Find My iPhone’ Takes You to a Thief's Doorstep  —  WEST COVINA, Calif. — After a boozy Saturday night, Sarah Maguire awoke the next morning to find that her iPhone was gone.  Her roommate's phone was gone, too.  Were they at the bar, she wondered, or in the cab?
Discussion: The Verge
Fox News:
GOP candidate booted from editorial meeting after calling out ‘blah blah’ dis  —  A Republican Senate candidate was kicked out of a local Oregon newspaper's editorial board meeting after daring to challenge a reporter who dissed a fellow candidate by writing “blah blah blah” in his notes instead of her actual quotes.
Discussion: Hot Air
Wall Street Journal:
White House Correspondents Dinner: Transcript of Obama's Remarks  —  Here is the transcript of President Barack Obama's remarks at the White House Correspondents Dinner, Saturday, May 3, as released by the White House.  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much, everybody.  Have a seat, have a seat.
Fox News:
GOP Rep. King blasts Dem rep's ‘arrogant’ call to boycott Benghazi probe  —  A top Republican on the House intelligence committee slammed his Democratic colleague Sunday for suggesting fellow Democrats boycott the newly announced committee tasked with probing the Benghazi attacks.
Ilya Somin / Washington Post:
Gary Becker, RIP  —  Nobel Prize winner Gary Becker, one of the greatest economists of the last century, passed away today.  Gary Becker did pathbreaking work on numerous issues, including the economics of discrimination, criminal behavior, the family, and the dynamics of political interest groups.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
42 and 45 Overpower 44  —  WASHINGTON — THE First Family is all over the news, discussing the management of the economy, income inequality, raising the minimum wage, the vicissitudes of press coverage and the benefits of healthy eating.  —  Everywhere you look, the Clintons rule.
Discussion: Gretawire and Washington Post
Gene Robinson / The Daily Beast:
A Bishop's Decision to Divorce  —  All of us sincerely intend, when we take our wedding vows, to live up to the ideal of ‘til death do us part.’ But not all of us are able to see it through.  —  Life is hard.  And it just keeps on coming, ready or not.  Somewhere inside me …
Discussion: The Week, Guardian, Mediaite, NPR and Yahoo! News
Caitlin Emma / Politico:
Abdul-Jabbar talks racism  —  Former NBA superstar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said Sunday “more whites believe in ghosts than they do in racism.”  —  Racism is a systemic problem, he said on ABC's “This Week.”  Abdul-Jabbar penned an op-ed last week for Time Magazine discussing race and the racist history …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Raw Story
Times of India:
READ MORE US Consulate|  Terror Attack|  Israel Consulate|  ISI|  Commission Of Pakistan In Sri Lanka  —  NEW DELHI: Central security agencies have claimed that Pakistan's ISI had plans to carry out terror attacks on two foreign consulates in India with evidence for this reportedly given …
Associated Press:
SC Sen. Graham avoids big re-election challenge  —  Rep. Mick Mulvaney was thought to be a credible challenger in the June 10 primary, until Graham inspired House leaders to give Mulvaney a seat on the House Financial Services Committee.  Mulvaney opted against challenging the two-term senator.
Discussion: Hot Air and Outside the Beltway
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Obamacare's doom  —  If the president wants to witness a refutation of his assertion that the survival of the Affordable Care Act is assured, come Thursday he should stroll the 13 blocks from his office to the nation's second-most important court, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Discussion: Power Line
Scott Greer / The Daily Caller:
Awful School Is Awfully Intolerant: Condi Rice Backs Out Of Rutgers Speech Amid Protests  —  Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice abruptly withdrew Saturday from speaking at Rutgers University's commencement address amid protests at her selection from faculty and students and denouncements of her as a “war criminal.”
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Greg Clary / CNN:
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Discussion: Politico
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