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2:55 PM ET, May 7, 2014


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Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Gowdy: Benghazi probe could run into '16  —  Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said the special committee he'll lead on Benghazi could continue into the 2016 campaign, when Hillary Clinton might be running for the White House.  —  Asked about that posibility Wednesday on MSNBC's “Morning Joe,” …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Trey Gowdy Says People Shouldn't Fundraise Off Benghazi, NRCC Apparently Disagrees  —  WASHINGTON — Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) on Wednesday morning urged his fellow lawmakers not to use the investigation he is leading into the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, to raise money, calling it a subject that “transcends politics.”
Jake Sherman / Politico:
NRCC fundraising off of Benghazi
Discussion: Mediaite
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Burning the Beret  —  WASHINGTON — Monica Lewinsky says she would meet me for a drink.  —  I'm game.  —  In her new meditation in Vanity Fair, Monica mashes Hawthorne and Coleridge, proclaiming that she's ready to rip off her “scarlet-A albatross,” “reimagine” her identity and reclaim her narrative.
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Lynne Cheney Suggests Hillary Approved Monica Piece to ‘Get It Out of the Way’  —  With Hillary Clinton almost assuredly running for president in 2016, Monica Lewinsky's Vanity Fair piece today set off a lot of people's conspiratorial alarm bells, with some suspicion anti-Clinton forces might have been behind it.
Clay Aiken has slim edge in North Carolina primary  —  (CNN) - Clay Aiken, the American-Idol star-turned congressional hopeful, holds a razor-thin margin over opponent Keith Crisco in North Carolina's Democratic primary for a U.S. House seat, but CNN and other news organizations have not yet projected a winner.
Shushannah Walshe / ABC News:
Clay Aiken's Race in North Carolina Too Close to Call
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
Putin Announces Pullback from Ukraine Border  —  MOSCOW — In an apparent attempt to halt the spiraling violence in southeastern Ukraine, President Vladimir V. Putin said on Wednesday that Russia was pulling troops back from the border, and he urged Ukrainian separatists to call off a referendum …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Go Big, Get Crazy
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Ray Sanchez / CNN:
Nearly 80% of Americans think no one survived Flight 370, CNN poll finds  —  The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370  —  (CNN) — Most Americans believe the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 should continue, but roughly half the country thinks the arduous search …
Discussion: BuzzFeed and FishbowlDC
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
CNN Follows-Up Ridiculous Flight 370 Coverage With Ridiculous Flight 370 Poll  —  After two months of breathless speculation on the whereabouts of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, CNN offered some polling data that might show just how much its hyped coverage resonated with the public.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Gov. Scott Walker / JSOnline:
Federal judge halts John Doe probe into Walker recall  —  By Daniel Bice and Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel  —  A federal judge ordered a halt Tuesdayto the John Doe investigation into campaign spending and fundraising by Gov. Scott Walker's campaign and conservative groups …
Paige Lavender / The Huffington Post:
Charlie Crist: ‘Intolerable’ Racism Is A ‘Big Reason’ Why I Left The GOP
Discussion: Hot Air
Martin Longman / Washington Monthly:
Why Resentment is Key to Conservative Politics  —  Jay Nordlinger raised an issue yesterday that The Corner that is really a fundamental part of American politics that people should make sure to understand: … Obviously, this came up during the 2012 presidential campaign.
Discussion: National Review
Exclusive: Sarah Palin's Views on Hillary Clinton, Donald Sterling and More!  —  “Extra's” Mario Lopez was invited to go behind the scenes of the Sportsman Channel show “Amazing America with Sarah Palin,” and sat down with Palin at her home in Wasilla, Alaska as she took on some recent headlines.
Build KXL Now:
Keystone Pipeline Poll: Further Delays Hurt Senate Democrats  —  Polling conducted for Consumer Energy Alliance examines the role the Keystone XL Pipeline and energy issues could play in four key Senate races.  —  Voters in Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire and Montana feel the Obama administration …
Jeff Spross / ThinkProgress:
Stanford University Will Purge Coal Investments From Its $18.7 Billion Endowment  —  Stanford University announced Tuesday it would divest from the coal industry, making it the first major university to do so.  —  The university's internal guidelines allow the Board of Trustees to consider whether the …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Insurance Companies Testify: Obamacare Website Still Not Fixed  —  Six health insurance executives testified on Capitol Hill today.  And all six, each representing a different company, unanimously agreed: The Obamacare website is still not entirely fixed.  —  The witnesses included Frank Coyne …
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Free Beacon
Eric Kelsey / Reuters:
A Minute With: Megyn Kelly on Fox News and foe Jon Stewart  —  (Reuters) - A decade ago Megyn Kelly was practicing law and moonlighting as a local TV reporter before Fox News Channel came calling, starting a relationship that would take her career from newbie legal correspondent to the host of her own prime-time gig.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
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Brandi Grissom / The Texas Tribune:
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Discussion: Yahoo! News
Jon M. Huntsman Jr / New York Times:
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Susan Page / USA Today:
Lynne Cheney: On the most underrated president
Discussion: Daily Kos
Dina Cappiello / Associated Press: