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9:45 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,” …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Why Republicans should just leave the Monica Lewinsky story alone  —  Monica Lewinsky is back!  —  The one-time paramour of the sitting President of the United States is featured in Vanity Fair breaking her silence and telling her side of the story.  Even though that story isn't out yet …
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Althouse and The Week
Dan Merica / CNN:
Hillary Clinton: No reason for new Benghazi committee, but GOP ‘calls the shots’ in the House  —  New York (CNN) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday that she is “absolutely” satisfied with what she knows about the Benghazi terror attack, and cast doubt on the intentions …
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
House Vote on Former I.R.S. Official Signals Element of G.O.P. Election Strategy  —  WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to hold Lois Lerner, a former Internal Revenue Service official accused by Republicans of abusing power, in contempt, laying bare the bitter divide …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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.”
ABC News:
Hillary Clinton Weighs in on Benghazi Investigation
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Alex Rogers / TIME:
New Benghazi Committee Chairman Wants Hillary to Speak
Discussion: Washington Post, Althouse, Politico and CNN
Liz Kreutz / ABC News:
Hillary Clinton Calls Nigeria Kidnappings ‘An Act Of Terrorism’
Discussion: ABC News
Lisa Desjardins / CNN:
Women building: GOP-led House to vote on women's museum
Discussion: Mediaite and The Raw Story
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
DCCC chair Steve Israel: Boycott the GOP's Benghazi probe, Dems
Jake Sherman / Politico:
NRCC fundraising off of Benghazi
Discussion: Mediaite and The Huffington Post
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
GOP struggles to land punches at ObamaCare insurance hearing  —  Republicans struggled to land punches against ObamaCare in a hearing Wednesday as responses from insurance companies deflated several lines of questioning.  —  Democratic lawmakers were emboldened to defend the Affordable Care Act …
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
FEC chair warns that conservative media like Drudge Report and Sean Hannity face regulation —  like PACs  —  WASHINGTON SECRETS SUPREME COURT FEC MEDIA CONSERVATISM ELECTIONS CITIZENS UNITED ENDORSEMENTS DRUDGE REPORT JOHN PAUL STEVENS  —  Government officials, reacting to the growing voice …
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
Putin Announces Pullback From Ukraine Border  —  MOSCOW — In an apparent attempt to halt the escalating 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 …
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
What to Do When Russia Invades Your Country
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Go Big, Get Crazy
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Jason Stein / JSOnline:
Federal appeals court stays ruling halting Doe probe into Walker recall  —  By Jason Stein, Patrick Marley and Daniel Bice of the Journal Sentinel  —  Less than 24 hours after a federal judge halted a probe into conservative groups and the campaign of Gov. Scott Walker …
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.
David Weigel / Slate:
What's This “Silence” That Monica Lewinsky Is Breaking?
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.
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Tillis Wins, Boosts GOP's 2014 Hopes
Discussion: The Political Insider and Fox News
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 …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
CNN Follows-Up Ridiculous Flight 370 Coverage With Ridiculous Flight 370 Poll
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Chris Joseph / The Daily Pulp:
Charlie Crist Says Race Was Big Reason He Left GOP  —  Echoing sentiments he made a couple of months ago, Florida gubernatorial hopeful Charlie Crist says race was a big reason he chose to bolt the Republican Party.  —  Crist sat down with Fusion TV on Tuesday and said the GOP's hostile treatment …
Crist: Race Motivates GOP Opposition to Obama
Brad Plumer / Vox:
Nine maps that show how climate change is already affecting the US  —  Climate change isn't just a problem for future generations — it's already affecting broad swaths of the United States.  —  That's the upshot of the National Climate Assessment, a massive new US government report detailing …
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 …
Death, Sex & Money:
This Senator Saved My Love Life  —  You have to give it to some elected representatives — they really will respond to the letters you send.  Or at least, Alan Simpson did when my boyfriend Arthur sent a plea for help.  We were in love, but I was a reporter in New York and he studied wildlife in Wyoming.
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Russian Diplomat's Sexist Attack On Pussy Riot  —  Emails obtained by BuzzFeed show a Russian diplomat disparaging Russian dissidents, praising Stalin, and talking about America's “homosexual authoritarianism.”  —  Nadya Tolokonnikova (center) and Maria Alyokhina (center left) of Pussy Riot.
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Holocaust School Assignment Sheet Included Text Lifted From Holocaust Denial Website  —  A disputed essay assignment that asked students in a California school district to argue “whether or not you believe the Holocaust was an actual event in history” incorporated a source that dismissed gassings …
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EPA accused of tolerating rampant employee misconduct, obstructing probes
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House votes to hold Lerner in contempt of Congress
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Marco Rubio won't back GOP's David Rivera, for now
Discussion: Naked Politics
A New Hope?  —  The Short Version: I would like short-term …
Brandi Grissom / The Texas Tribune:
Judge Agrees to Release Murderer “Bernie” Backed by Austin Filmmaker
Discussion: Mediaite, Unfair Park and Guardian
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Reid: Kochs cause climate change
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Martin Longman / Washington Monthly:
Why Resentment is Key to Conservative Politics
Discussion: National Review