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2:50 AM ET, May 8, 2014


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Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
House votes to hold Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress  —  The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to hold a former Internal Revenue Service official in contempt of Congress for refusing to cooperate with an ongoing investigation into the agency's special targeting of groups with …
Discussion: The Week and ThinkProgress
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: Taylor Marsh, Politico and ABC News
ABC News:
Hillary Clinton Weighs in on Benghazi Investigation  —  Former secretary of state shares her thoughts on the 2012 terrorist attack on the American Consulate. … Now on ABC News is always on.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Why Republicans should just leave the Monica Lewinsky story alone
Discussion: Slate, BuzzFeed, Althouse and The Week
Liz Kreutz / ABC News:
Hillary Clinton Calls Nigeria Kidnappings ‘An Act Of Terrorism’
Discussion: Mediaite and ABC News
Lisa Desjardins / CNN:
Women building: GOP-led House to vote on women's museum
Discussion: Mediaite and The Raw Story
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 …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Insurance Companies Testify: Obamacare Website Still Not Fixed
Alex Rogers / TIME:
New Benghazi Committee Chairman Wants Hillary to Speak  —  Rep. Trey Gowdy is drawing up a list of witnesses for the newly formed Republican congressional committee investigating the consulate attack in Libya on Sept. 11, 2012, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is likely to be on it
Discussion: Washington Post, Althouse and Politico
Jake Sherman / Politico:
NRCC fundraising off of Benghazi
Discussion: Mediaite and The Huffington Post
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 …
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Conflicting Rulings Cloud Wisconsin Campaign Finance Inquiry  —  An investigation into possible campaign finance violations involving conservative groups in Wisconsin and Gov. Scott Walker's campaign committee has become entangled in back-to-back federal court rulings on whether it should continue.
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
Fox News:
House votes to hold Lerner in contempt of Congress  —  May 22, 2013: Director of Exempt Organizations for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Lois Lerner prepares to deliver an opening statement to a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on alleged targeting …
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
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.
Elderly Woman Shot & Killed By Hearne Police Officer … HEARNE -  —  Hearne Police say the 93-year-old woman who was shot and killed by one of their officers was armed with a gun.  —  According to the Robertson County District Attorney's Office, police responded to a 911 call …
Discussion: KTLA 5, CNN and The Raw Story
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:   Tillis Wins, Boosts GOP's 2014 Hopes
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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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 …
Eliza Newlin Carney / Beltway Insiders:
Did Soft Money Ban Kill Political Parties? | Rules of the Game
Discussion: Bloomberg View
Matt Ferner / The Huffington Post:
End The War On Drugs, Say Nobel Prize-Winning Economists
Discussion: The Verge
 Earlier Items: 
Brandi Grissom / The Texas Tribune:
Judge Agrees to Release Murderer “Bernie” Backed by Austin Filmmaker
Discussion: Mediaite and Guardian
Martin Longman / Washington Monthly:
Why Resentment is Key to Conservative Politics
Discussion: National Review