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9:30 AM ET, May 8, 2014


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Wall Street Journal:
Political Speech Wins in Wisconsin  —  A federal judge rebukes prosecutors trying to silence conservatives.  —  The four-year effort by Democratic prosecutors to criminalize political speech in Wisconsin has hit the wall of the U.S. Constitution.  In a ruling that could have consequences nationwide …
Discussion: Althouse
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
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 …
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.
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
Islamist Militants Kill Hundreds of Civilians in Northeastern Nigeria
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.
ABC News:
Hillary Clinton Weighs in on Benghazi Investigation
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Why Republicans should just leave the Monica Lewinsky story alone
Discussion: Slate, The Week and BuzzFeed
Liz Kreutz / ABC News:
Hillary Clinton Calls Nigeria Kidnappings ‘An Act Of Terrorism’
Discussion: ABC News and Mediaite
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Elijah Cummings: Stop Benghazi cash grab  —  Rep. Elijah Cummings on Thursday spoke out against Republican fundraising efforts tied to the Benghazi terrorist attack, calling on House Speaker John Boehner to immediately shut down the effort.  —  Appearing on “Morning Joe,” …
Discussion: CNN and Washington Free Beacon
USA Today:
Put Benghazi attack in perspective: Our view  —  Let's hope new committee can turn attention to more important issues than prior hearings.  —  Welcome to the Benghazi investigation, version 2.0.  —  After 19 months of House hearings that regularly strike up a frenzy in the conservative echo chamber …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Alex Rogers / TIME:
New Benghazi Committee Chairman Wants Hillary to Speak
Discussion: Washington Post and Althouse
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 …
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
Fox News:   House votes to hold Lerner in contempt of Congress
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 …
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Four Years in, GOP Support for Tea Party Down to 41%  —  Support for the movement nationwide drops to 22%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — About four in 10 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents classify themselves as supporters of the Tea Party, while 11% are opponents and 48% are neither.
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
President Obama: Republicans blocked 500 bills  —  President Barack Obama is railing against congressional Republicans, telling a Hollywood crowd that the midterm elections are crucial because the GOP is willing “to say no to everything.”  —  The president, speaking at a Democratic Congressional …
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
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
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, Mashable, Business Insider and Guardian
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
Putin Announces Pullback From Ukraine Border
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Patrick Howley / The Daily Caller:
Ted Cruz Releases Definitive List of 76 ‘Lawless’ Obama Actions
Discussion: Hot Air
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
The undercover senator: Tim Scott goes anecdote shopping in South Carolina
Discussion: NewsBusters and CNN
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
‘Inequality’ Booms on MSNBC And Fox News (CNN's Looking For Flight 370)
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
GOP Wants More Control Over Picking 2016 Nominee
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Elderly Woman Shot & Killed By Hearne Police Officer
Discussion: KTLA 5, CNN and The Raw Story
Fox News:
EPA accused of tolerating rampant employee misconduct, obstructing probes
 Earlier Items: 
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 …