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6:30 AM ET, May 7, 2014


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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Just 7 percent of journalists are Republicans.  That's far fewer than even a decade ago.  —  A majority of American journalists identify themselves as political independents although among those who choose a side Democrats outnumber Republicans four to one, according to a new study …
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Poll: Few journos identify with GOP  —  Image courtesy of “The American Journalist in the Digital Age”  —  The number of journalists identifying themselves as Republican has experienced a significant drop in the past eleven years, a new survey found.  —  The percentage of full …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Jim Romenesko:
Survey: Most say journalism is headed in the wrong direction
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Harry Reid: No Senate Benghazi panel  —  'There won't be one.  There's no conspiracy here, it was a tragedy,' Reid said.  Getty  —  Close  —  The Senate will not form a select committee to investigate the White House's handling of an attack on a Libyan consulate in 2012, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday.
Discussion: CNN
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
John Kerry: I'll comply with House GOP's Benghazi request  —  Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday indicated he would comply with a House GOP subpoena to testify about Benghazi and other questions from the new select committee appointed by House Speaker John Boehner.
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air and Mediaite
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
How the White House helped Republicans on Benghazi
Vanity Fair:
Exclusive: Monica Lewinsky Writes About Her Affair with President Clinton  —  Monica Lewinsky writes in Vanity Fair for the first time about her affair with President Clinton: “It's time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress.”  She also says: “I, myself, deeply regret what happened between me and President Clinton.
Elizabeth Harrington / Washington Free Beacon:
Parody Obama Movie Posters Arrive in L.A. for President's Visit  —  Movie posters for a spoof entitled “Saving Barack Obama” have hit Los Angeles ahead of the president's visit the city.  —  The posters, which feature President Obama walking into the horizon between a pair of his teleprompters …
Dina Cappiello / Associated Press:
GOP TO EXAMINE CLAIM THAT EPA BLOCKING PROBES … WASHINGTON (AP) — A yearslong turf battle between the Environmental Protection Agency's inspector general and an EPA unit run by President Barack Obama's political staff is getting an airing before Congress by a top investigator who accuses …
Discussion: Hot Air
Nigeria's government defends its actions as more girls are abducted  —  CNN anchor Isha Sesay will be live from Abuja on CNN International, Monday to Thursday at 5, 7, 8.30 and 9 p.m. CET.  —  Abuja, Nigeria (CNN) — Nigeria defended its response to the kidnapping of hundreds of schoolgirls …
David Patrikarakos / Politico:
Yuppie, Get Your Gun  —  Harking back to the partisans of World War II, young Ukrainians train for irregular combat against the Russians.  —  You have to drive about 30 miles outside Ukraine's capital city of Kyiv before the smooth, straight motorway dotted with billboards featuring Ralph Lauren and Versace finally comes to an end.
Kathryn A. Wolfe / Politico:
Rockefeller talks Obama and race  —  Sen. Jay Rockefeller unloaded on lawmakers Tuesday, accusing some of blocking efforts to solve urgent problems during Barack Obama's presidency “because he's the wrong color.”  —  Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), who will retire at the end of the year …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Jason Leopold / Al Jazeera America:
EXCLUSIVE: EMAILS REVEAL CLOSE GOOGLE RELATIONSHIP WITH NSA  —  National Security Agency head and Internet giant's executives have coordinated through high-level policy discussions  —  Email exchanges between National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith Alexander and Google executives Sergey Brin …
Laura Smith-Spark / CNN:
Swearing off bad language: Russia bans cussing in films, books, music  —  (CNN) — Thinking about making a film?  Better leave out the foul language if you want it to be seen in Russia.  The same goes for plays.  Even rock stars will need to leave their potty mouths at home.
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Anti-Anal Sex Lawmaker Steve Hickey Makes His Crudest Analogy Yet (VIDEO)  —  To say that Steve Hickey is repulsed by anal sex is to say that South Dakota winters are a bit cold.  —  But the Sioux Falls, S.D.-based pastor and member of the state's House of Representatives managed to outdo himself on Monday …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Mediaite and The Raw Story
Roque Planas / The Huffington Post:
MSNBC Celebrates Cinco De Mayo In Worst Possible Way  —  MSNBC tried its hand at cultural commentary on Monday with a Cinco de Mayo segment featuring a stereotypical portrayal of a stumbling Mexican by a reporter pretending to guzzle tequila straight from the bottle.
Adrian Carrasquillo / BuzzFeed:
Here's A Cringeworthy Video Of What MSNBC Thinks Cinco De Mayo Is About
Senate Candidate Belittles His Opponent As Just A Young Woman Who Has No Life Experience  —  Matt Bevin campaigning in Lexington.  —  CREDIT: Scott Keyes  —  MADISONVILLE, Kentucky — Senate candidate Matt Bevin doesn't think much of his potential Democratic opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes.
Erin Dooley / ABC News:
Suspicious Car Led to White House Lockdown  —  The White House went on lockdown this afternoon around 4:40 p.m. after a car somehow made it past the barricades on Pennsylvania Avenue, authorities said.  —  Security officials closed the gates, cleared the North Lawn, and asked occupants …
Jonathan Shorman / Springfield News-Leader:
Shouting protestors shut down Senate, some arrested  —  Protestors disrupt Senate News-Leader  —  JEFFERSON CITY - For about an hour this morning, Medicaid expansion demonstrators shut down the Senate, shouting and praying as police led them away.  —  Organizers said at least 15 people …
Mary Bruce / ABC News:
Obama Calls Kidnapping Of Nigerian Girls ‘Heartbreaking’ And ‘Outrageous’  —  ABC News' Ginger Zee and Mary Bruce report:  —  Speaking out for the first time on the horrific kidnapping, President Obama on Tuesday called the abduction of the Nigerian school girls “heartbreaking” and “outrageous.”
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New York Times:
3 Are Exonerated of Murder in Cases Tied to a Discredited Detective
Discussion: Runnin' Scared, Gothamist and ABC News
Koch Group Tries To Sink Ohio Zoo's Tax Proposal: 'There Is No Issue We Won't Get Involved In'
Discussion: WBNS-TV and Daily Kos
Whitney Friedlander / Variety:
Beverly Hills Hotel Loses Oscar Party, More Over Controversy
Discussion: Firedoglake and Guardian
David Remnick / News Desk:
Putin's Four Dirty Words
Discussion: Mashable and VodkaPundit
Aaron C. Davis / Washington Post:
D.C. Council to vote on broad new tax on insurance to cover city's health care exchange
Runner's World:
A Running Conversation with John Podesta
Edward Glaeser / The New Republic:
Gary Becker Helped Invent the Economics of Everything
Discussion: The Dish and News Desk
 Earlier Items: 
David Freedlander / The Daily Beast:
Happy Huckabee Gets Mad
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Andy McSmith / The Independent:
Collapse in pay lies behind Britain's return to work: Self-employed are hidden victims of recession, report warns
Discussion: Spectator
Paul Roderick Gregory / Forbes:
Putin's ‘Human Rights Council’ Accidentally Posts Real Crimean Election Results
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
So Many Jihadists Are Flocking to Libya, It's Becoming ‘Scumbag Woodstock’