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2:00 PM ET, May 5, 2014


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Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Midterm Election Indicators Daunting for Democrats  —  No Improvement in Perceptions of Job Market  —  With the midterm elections six months away, Democrats are burdened by an uneven economic recovery and a stubbornly unpopular health care law.  Perhaps equally important …
USA Today:
Poll: For the midterms, a tilt to the GOP … LEANING REPUBLICAN OBAMA'S IMPACT  —  IMPORTANT ISSUES  —  VIEWPOINTS  —  Source: USA TODAY/Pew Research Center poll taken April 23-27 of 1,501 adults.  Margin of error: +/-3 percentage points.  —  WASHINGTON — Democrats hoping improvements …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Inventing a Failure  —  Last week, House Republicans released a deliberately misleading report on the status of health reform, crudely rigging the numbers to sustain the illusion of failure in the face of unexpected success.  Are you shocked?  —  You aren't, but you should be.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Washington Post
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
In Justices' Votes, Free Speech Often Means ‘Speech I Agree With’  —  WASHINGTON — Justice Antonin Scalia is known as a consistent and principled defender of free speech rights.  —  It pained him, he has said, when he voted to strike down a law making flag burning a crime.
Discussion: The Week and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Justices allow public prayers at New York town's council meetings
Jenna Levy / Gallup:
U.S. Uninsured Rate Drops to 13.4%  —  Uninsured rate down nearly four percentage points since late 2013  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — The uninsured rate for U.S. adults in April was 13.4%, down from 15.0% in March.  This is the lowest monthly uninsured rate recorded since Gallup and Healthways began tracking it in January 2008.
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Gallup: Number of Uninsured Lowest We've Ever Recorded
Discussion: The Week and Talking Points Memo
Pete Thamel / Sports Illustrated:
Source: Coach Craig Robinson fired by Oregon State  —  Craig Rohinson's teams failed to reach the NCAA tournament during his six seasons at Oregon State.  —  Oregon State fired head coach Craig Robinson on Sunday night, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Tillis at 40%, but momentum with Brannon  —  PPP's final poll of the North Carolina Republican Senate primary finds that Greg Brannon and Mark Harris are finally picking up some steam, but that it may be too little too late.  Thom Tillis leads right at the 40% mark needed to avoid a runoff …
Peter Hamby / CNN:
GOP establishment looks nervously at North Carolina Senate primary
Manu Raju / Politico:
May primaries to test GOP establishment clout
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Hill
Las Vegas Police Host ‘Choose Purity’ Event Claiming Premarital Sex Turns Girls Into Prostitutes  —  If he doesn't put a ring on it, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police warns that she could become a prostitute.  —  CREDIT: Shutterstock  —  Girls who are not sexually abstinent …
Discussion: The Raw Story
Bethany Barnes / Las Vegas Sun News:
Metro Police message to young girls: Have premarital sex, risk death
Discussion: Hit & Run
Stephen Guillermo / San Francisco Chronicle:
Man shot to death after he gets out on the wrong floor  —  A 26-year-old San Francisco man was shot to death early Saturday when he went to a unit on the wrong floor of his apartment building after returning home from a night out.  —  Stephen Guillermo had been out drinking with friends …
Michael Hirsh / Politico:
The Benghazi-Industrial Complex  —  Will the pseudo-scandal be enough to stop Hillary from running?  —  Perhaps if the Republicans can't beat Hillary Clinton fairly in 2016, they can make her so disgusted by the prospect of running that she'll stay out of the race.  —  That's where the Benghazi-Industrial Complex comes in.
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
At Derby Day With Murdoch, Rand Paul Goes Through His Paces  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — On the afternoon of the Kentucky Derby, Rand Paul, the state's junior Republican senator and likely presidential candidate, spilled out of an elevator in the exclusive Jockey Club Suites of Churchill Downs …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Reject Case on the Right to Be Armed in Public  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday turned away a case about whether the Second Amendment guarantees a right to carry guns in public for self-defense.  As is their custom, the justices gave no reasons.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Dan Barry / New York Times:
Libertarians Trail Meter Readers, Telling Town: Live Free or Else  —  KEENE, N.H. — In most places, the parking enforcement officer reflects the municipal compact.  Armed only with a gadget that can spit out a ticket at the forgotten drop of a dime, the officer quietly serves civic and commercial life by ensuring that meters are fed.
Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Plays to Liberal Base, Not Independents  —  At a low point in President Barack Obama's first term, a White House official conceded the president had lost a disturbing amount of ground with independent voters.  —  We have to get them back, the official said in an interview.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Wall Street Journal:
Standing to Sue Obama  —  Congress should challenge his refusal to enforce the law.  —  The legal left and media are always last to know, but there are the makings of a correction in how the courts police conflicts between the political branches.  President Obama's serial executive power abuses …
Discussion: Instapundit
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Rubio endorses Joni Ernst in Iowa  —  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is endorsing Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst (R), giving her race a boost in the first-in-the-nation caucus state.  —  The endorsement is the first time Rubio has stepped into a competitive GOP primary, and it could have repercussions …
Discussion: CNN and National Review
UC Davis Students Dressed As Border Agents To Promote Cinco De Mayo Event  —  Students at the University of California at Davis stage a sit-in against a “Cinco De Drinko” event held on campus.  —  CREDIT: AggieTV  —  About 100 protesters at the University of California at Davis (UC Davis) …
Shane Goldmacher /
This Man Is the Future of Super PACs  —  Multimillionaire John Jordan is one of a growing number of donors taking matters into their own hands.  —  Lights, camera, super PAC action: Jordan(Courtesy of Jordan Winery)  —  HEALDSBURG, Calif.—It's a Monday afternoon in mid-March …
Discussion: ABC News
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Frank Bruni / New York Times:
America the Shrunken  —  NOT long ago I asked a good friend of mine …
Discussion: Hot Air
Caleb S. Rossiter / Wall Street Journal:
Sacrificing Africa for Climate Change
Discussion: National Review
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Paul starts new drone war
Discussion: Power Line
Regula Stämpfli / WORLDMEETS.US:
Barack Macbeth's ‘Murder’ of Net Neutrality (News, Switzerland)
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Gay marriage ads hitting the air in Oklahoma
Craig Gilbert / JSOnline:
Democratic, Republican voters worlds apart in divided Wisconsin
Discussion: Bloomberg View
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
Answers sought following Benghazi revelations; ObamaCare's impact on job creation
Discussion: Althouse and Washington Post
 Earlier Items: 
Matea Gold / Washington Post:
Liberal donors eye new long-term investments in states and new voters to boost Democrats
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Katie Couric in talks to co-host ‘Today’
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Daily Mail
William Harms / UChicago News:
Gary S. Becker, Nobel-winning scholar of economics and sociology, 1930-2014
Discussion: New York Times
Washington Post:
E.J. Dionne Jr.: The Hillary difference
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Prairie Weather
Associated Press:
Joe Manchin ponders gubernatorial run
Discussion: Politico and Outside the Beltway
Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Perry: No pause in executions in Texas
Discussion: WJLA-TV, Politico and CNN
Carl Zimmer / New York Times:
Young Blood May Hold Key to Reversing Aging
Discussion: The Week and Marginal REVOLUTION
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
In California Race, a Latina Democrat Carries Hopes of Her Party and People