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1:35 PM ET, May 7, 2014


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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.
Susan Page / USA Today:
Lynne Cheney: On the most underrated president
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.”
Discussion: Politico, Mediaite and Daily Kos
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
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
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
What to Do When Russia Invades Your Country
Discussion: Yahoo! News
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
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
Jay Nordlinger / National Review:   What It Takes  —  Many of us have asked a question for many years …
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 …
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.
The New / New York Times:
Animated Debate in New York State Capital?  It's About Yogurt  —  The New York State Senate sometimes considers weighty matters like taxes and budgets.  —  On Tuesday, it focused its attention on yogurt.  —  Specifically, it took up a proposal to designate yogurt as the official state snack.
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Gothamist and Fox News
NY Senate declares yogurt the official state snack
Discussion: The Week
Crist: Race Motivates GOP Opposition to Obama  —  Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (D) says that a “big reason” why he left the Republican Party was because many in the GOP treated President Obama poorly due to his race.
Julia Fisher / The New Republic:
Check Your Usage of “Check Your Privilege”  —  The phrase has become a weapon rather than a reminder  —  My freshman year in high school, the administration's diversity czars lined my whole class across the gym and read a series of statements, each accompanied by a command to step forward or backward.
Lanre Ola / Reuters:
Gunmen abduct eight more girls in northeast Nigeria: police  —  (Reuters) - Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped eight girls from a village near one of the Islamists' strongholds in northeastern Nigeria overnight, police and residents said on Tuesday.  —  The abduction of the girls …
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