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7:35 AM ET, May 5, 2014


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Ilya Somin / Washington Post:
Gary Becker, RIP  —  Nobel Prize winner Gary Becker, one of the greatest economists of the last century, passed away on Saturday.  Gary Becker did pathbreaking work on numerous issues, including the economics of discrimination, criminal behavior, the family, and the dynamics of political interest groups.
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.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Washington Monthly
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
It's Not Just About Obama
Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Perry: No pause in executions in Texas  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Sunday blamed the state of Oklahoma for a “botched” execution of a death row inmate last week, but said his state will proceed with the death penalty without pause.  —  “In Texas, our citizens have decided if you kill our children …
Discussion: WJLA-TV
Greg Clary / CNN:
Gov. Perry talks botched Oklahoma execution; potential 2016 run
Discussion: Politico
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 and Willamette Week
Manu Raju / Politico:
May primaries to test GOP establishment clout  —  The month of May will go a long way toward answering one of the overriding questions of Election 2014: Can the Republican establishment finally quell the tea party and retake the Senate?  —  A month-long series of primaries …
Discussion: The Hill and Prairie Weather
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
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, Mediaite, Guardian, NPR and Yahoo! News
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
In California Race, a Latina Democrat Carries Hopes of Her Party and People  —  SANGER, Calif. — “Ya es tiempo — you have a voice,” Amanda Renteria, a Democratic candidate for Congress, declared one recent Saturday morning at a park in this little city southeast of Fresno.  There was no need to translate the Spanish.
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 …
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: Politico and Washington Post
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.
‘Human chandelier’ falls: 9 performers hurt in Rhode Island circus accident  —  Tune in to “New Day” during the 8 a.m. hour to hear from Stephen Payne, spokesman for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.  —  (CNN) — The curtain drops to reveal women hanging by their hair.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
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Charles Murray / Wall Street Journal:
Book Review: ‘A Troublesome Inheritance’ by Nicholas Wade
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Carl Zimmer / New York Times:
Young Blood May Hold Key to Reversing Aging
Discussion: The Week
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Bloomberg snags Halperin and Heilemann
Associated Press:
SC Sen. Graham avoids big re-election challenge
Discussion: Hot Air and Outside the Beltway
 Earlier Items: 
Caitlin Emma / Politico:
Abdul-Jabbar talks racism
Discussion: Mediaite
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
Outside Cash Floods North Carolina Judicial Race
Discussion: Yahoo! News
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Obamacare's doom  —  If the president wants to witness …