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7:45 AM ET, May 8, 2014


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Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Clinton can win 45 states  —  The GOP's Benghazi disease has metastasized into yet another committee in the Republican House of Inquisitions, seeking to waste taxpayer money in yet another failed effort to exploit the death of Americans and prosecute yet another witch hunt against Hillary Clinton.
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 …
ABC News:
Hillary Clinton Weighs in on Benghazi Investigation
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Why Republicans should just leave the Monica Lewinsky story alone
Discussion: Slate, The Week and BuzzFeed
Alex Rogers / TIME:
New Benghazi Committee Chairman Wants Hillary to Speak
Discussion: Washington Post and Althouse
Liz Kreutz / ABC News:
Hillary Clinton Calls Nigeria Kidnappings ‘An Act Of Terrorism’
Discussion: ABC News, Mediaite and Taylor Marsh
Lisa Desjardins / CNN:
Women building: GOP-led House to vote on women's museum
Discussion: Mediaite and The Raw Story
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Honoring the Missing Schoolgirls  —  When Boko Haram fanatics attacked a girls' boarding school in northeastern Nigeria, kidnapping several hundred girls whose only offense was to dream of becoming doctors, teachers or lawyers, the Nigerian authorities' initial response was to lie.
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Hillary's State Department Refused to Brand Boko Haram as Terrorists  —  Under Hillary Clinton, the State Department repeatedly declined to fully go after the terror group responsible for kidnapping hundreds of girls.  —  The State Department under Hillary Clinton fought hard against placing …
Discussion: ABC News, Yahoo! News, Guardian and NBC News
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
Islamist Militants Kill Hundreds of Civilians in Northeastern Nigeria  —  ABUJA, Nigeria — Islamist insurgents have killed hundreds in a town in Nigeria's northeast this week, the area's senator, a resident and the Nigerian news media reported on Wednesday, as more than 200 schoolgirls abducted …
Discussion: Instapundit
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
Fox News:   House votes to hold Lerner in contempt of Congress
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
House Vote on Former I.R.S. Official Signals Element of G.O.P. Election Strategy
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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 …
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 …
Harry Enten / FiveThirtyEight:
Young Voters in 2014 May Be Less Democratic-Leaning Than in 2010 And 2012  —  Republicans have had a problem with young voters over the past few elections.  Mitt Romney lost 18- to 29-year-olds by 26 percentage points in 2012 (after adjusting the exit polls to match the actual result).
Discussion: Hot Air
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
Press statements and replies to journalists' questions  —  PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA VLADIMIR PUTIN: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen.  —  I want to start by welcoming once more our guest, the President of Switzerland and current head of the OSCE, and I want to thank him for the attention …
Discussion: RT and Guardian
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
Putin Announces Pullback From Ukraine Border
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
It's given him reason to feel disappointed.  —  David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, has a message for the world, noted by Daniel Halper of The Weekly Standard: … Remnick asked: “Do I think that at the end of eight years this will go down as a terrible presidency?”  He answered: “I don't.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
GOP Wants More Control Over Picking 2016 Nominee
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Kirsten Powers / Associated Press:
Diverting Benghazi probe
Fox News:
Mexican Cartel Allegedly Hired MS-13 To Carry Out Torture Operation In Minnesota
Chris Joseph / The Daily Pulp:
Charlie Crist Says Race Was Big Reason He Left GOP
Fox News:
EPA accused of tolerating rampant employee misconduct, obstructing probes
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Marco Rubio won't back GOP's David Rivera, for now
Discussion: Naked Politics
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Russian Diplomat's Sexist Attack On Pussy Riot
A New Hope?  —  The Short Version: I would like short-term …
 Earlier Items: 
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Tillis Wins, Boosts GOP's 2014 Hopes
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