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3:50 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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Washington Post
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Views of the Affordable Care Act and Its Future
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Allows Prayers at Town Meetings  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that a town in upstate New York may begin its public meetings with a prayer from a “chaplain of the month.”  —  Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, writing for the majority in the 5-to-4 decision …
Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Supreme Court upholds prayer at government meetings
Joe Hagan / New York Magazine:
Benghazi and the Bombshell  —  Is Lara Logan too toxic to return to 60 Minutes?  —  Eleven years ago, the 60 Minutes correspondent Lara Logan was sitting in the InterContinental hotel in Amman, Jordan, watching her career flash before her eyes.  —  She was 31 years old, a rookie at CBS News …
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
CBS News Asked Nexis To Delete Transcript Of Discredited Benghazi Report  —  Lexis Nexis deleted the transcript from a 60 Minutes piece on the terror attack in Benghazi, Libya at the request of CBS News.  —  On October 27, 2013, CBS News correspondent Lara Logan ran a story …
Trey Gowdy picked to lead Benghazi panel  —  Speaker John Boehner is tapping South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy to chair a House select committee which will investigate the attack in Benghazi.  —  Gowdy, a second-term Republican, is a former federal prosecutor and has been a key figure …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Boehner Taps Trey Gowdy To Lead Special Benghazi Committee
Fox News:
Rep. Gowdy named to lead Benghazi select committee
‘I will sell them,’ Boko Haram leader says of kidnapped Nigerian girls  —  (CNN) — Fears for the fate of more than 200 Nigerian girls turned even more nightmarish Monday when the leader of the Islamist militant group that kidnapped them announced plans to sell them.  —  “I abducted your girls.
Discussion: NPR and National Review
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
Darrell Issa / Salon:
GOP's demented “Benghazi!” disease: Why conservatives so desperately need a scandal  —  Has anyone ever seen a full-blown marketing campaign replete with full-color graphics used to announce a House committee investigation?  You have now: … I'm going to guess that was in development for a while.
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 …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Tennessee State Senator Compares Obamacare To The Holocaust  —  On Monday, a Tennessee state senator apparently likened Obamacare's individual mandate to Nazi Germany's slaughter of Jews.  —  A brief post published at the blog of state Sen. Stacey Campfield (R) read: “Democrats bragging …
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
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) …
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters:
What If Fox News Instead of MSNBC Had Pulled This Cinco de Mayo Stunt?
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
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Nick Gillespie / The Daily Beast:
It's Not Racist to Hate Government
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Hit & Run
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Rubio endorses Joni Ernst in Iowa
Discussion: CNN and National Review
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
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Gay marriage ads hitting the air in Oklahoma
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This Man Is the Future of Super PACs
Discussion: ABC News
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Democratic, Republican voters worlds apart in divided Wisconsin
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Standing to Sue Obama
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E.J. Dionne Jr.: The Hillary difference
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Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Plays to Liberal Base, Not Independents
Discussion: Washington Monthly