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12:05 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: Washington Post
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.
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.
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.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
GOP establishment looks nervously at North Carolina Senate primary  —  Raleigh, North Carolina (CNN) — For a Republican establishment still spooked by the ghosts of Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock — grassroots-backed conservatives who threw away winnable Senate races in recent elections …
Manu Raju / Politico:
May primaries to test GOP establishment clout
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
William Harms / UChicago News:
Gary S. Becker, Nobel-winning scholar of economics and sociology, 1930-2014  —  Nobel Laureate Gary S. Becker, AM'53, PhD'55, made historic changes to the study of economics and the social sciences, combining disciplines to understand decisions in everyday life, while spawning rich new questions for scholars in diverse fields to pursue.
Ilya Somin / Washington Post:
Gary Becker, RIP
Robert D. Hershey Jr / New York Times:   Gary S. Becker, 83, Nobel Winner Who Applied Economics to Everyday Life, Dies
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.
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
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
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Paul starts new drone war  —  Rand Paul has warned Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) that he will place a hold on one of President Obama's appellate court nominees because of his role in crafting the legal basis for Obama's drone policy.  —  Paul, the junior Republican senator from Kentucky …
Discussion: Power Line
Washington Post:
E.J. Dionne Jr.: The Hillary difference  —  There are two majorities in the country right now.  One disapproves of President Obama.  The other is still inclined to vote Democratic.  The key question for the 2014 elections is whether voting this fall — and Obama's approval ratings …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Prairie Weather
Regula Stämpfli / WORLDMEETS.US:
Barack Macbeth's ‘Murder’ of Net Neutrality (News, Switzerland)  —  “Pictures are louder than promises.  They are also, unlike words, more easily turned into gold.  For instance, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, a decades-long lobbyist for mobile networks and cable operators (that says it all about Barack Macbeth …
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
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.
Caleb S. Rossiter / Wall Street Journal:
Sacrificing Africa for Climate Change  —  Western policies seem more interested in carbon-dioxide levels than in life expectancy.  —  Every year environmental groups celebrate a night when institutions in developed countries (including my own university) turn off their lights as a protest against fossil fuels.
Discussion: National Review
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Frank Bruni / New York Times:
America the Shrunken  —  NOT long ago I asked a good friend of mine …
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Donald Sterling will fight to keep Clippers, Garcetti predicts
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Gay marriage ads hitting the air in Oklahoma
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
The decline of deterrence  —  America is no longer as alarming …
Discussion: Hot Air
Craig Gilbert / JSOnline:
Democratic, Republican voters worlds apart in divided Wisconsin
Discussion: Bloomberg View
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
The courts will not save us
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
Answers sought following Benghazi revelations; ObamaCare's impact on job creation
Discussion: Althouse and Washington Post
Matea Gold / Washington Post:
Liberal donors eye new long-term investments in states and new voters to boost Democrats
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Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
‘Bring Back Our Girls’  —  DOZENS of heavily armed terrorists rolled …
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Katie Couric in talks to co-host ‘Today’
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Daily Mail
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
‘Human chandelier’ falls: 9 performers hurt in Rhode Island circus accident
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Carl Zimmer / New York Times:
Young Blood May Hold Key to Reversing Aging
Discussion: The Week
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
In California Race, a Latina Democrat Carries Hopes of Her Party and People
Fox News:
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Discussion: Hot Air and The Jawa Report