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1:40 PM ET, May 8, 2014


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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 …
310 people killed in latest Boko Haram attack; hundreds of girls remain missing
Discussion: National Review and The Week
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
Islamist Militants Kill Hundreds of Civilians in Northeastern Nigeria
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Meet the chief prosecutor in the GOP's Benghazi show trial  —  Rep. Trey Gowdy, the tea party Republican tapped to lead the new committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks, made a telling slip Wednesday morning in describing his mission.  —  Asked by MSNBC's Joe Scarborough …
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.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, CNN and Politico
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 …
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Elijah Cummings: Stop Benghazi cash grab
Trey Gowdy / Associated Press:
Rep. Trey Gowdy: Benghazi needs deeper scrutiny
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.
Dave Levinthal / The Center for Public …:
GOP civil war rages in Senate primary battles
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
Monica Davey / New York Times:   Conflicting Rulings Cloud Wisconsin Campaign Finance Inquiry
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Called by Republicans, Health Insurers Deliver Unexpected Testimony  —  WASHINGTON — House Republicans summoned a half-dozen health insurance executives to a hearing Wednesday envisioned as another forum for criticism of the Affordable Care Act.  But insurers refused to go along with the plan …
Joshua Green / Businessweek:
The Tea Party Gets Into the News Biz  —  Last year the conservative Heritage Foundation had more influence on the direction of the Republican Party than just about anyone else—and not necessarily for the better.  Over the summer, the conservative think tank's president …
Matt Higgins / CBS DC:
US Attorney To Oversee Lerner Contempt Case Appointed By Obama  —  WASHINGTON — House Republicans voted Wednesday to hold a former Internal Revenue Service official in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify at a pair of committee hearings about her role in the agency's Tea Party controversy.
Discussion: Althouse
Germans Fight Neo-Nazis by Liking Their Facebook Page and Flooding It With Love This didn't go over very well By Gabriel Beltrone  —  Sadly, there's still a Nazi presence in Germany.  Recently, an organization named Laut Gegen Nazis, or Loud Against Nazis, decided to combat the hate with lots of love—or rather, lots of likes.
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: JustOneMinute
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Unleashes the Left  —  How the government created a federal hunting license for the far left.  —  In the U.S., the politics of the left versus the right rolls on with the predictability of traffic jams at the George Washington Bridge.  It's a lot of honking.  Until now.
Nancy Cook / The Atlantic Online:
Why Are Americans So Bad With Money?  —  The financial know-how of most Americans stinks, roughly five years after the global financial recession officially ended.  —  The majority of people still can't correctly answer five basic questions about interest rates, mortgages, bonds, inflation, and risk-taking.
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Krauthammer: Climate Change Is ‘Superstition’ Like ‘The Rain Dance Of Native Americans’  —  Charles Krauthammer believes climate change is a mere superstition, just like the “rain dance of Native Americans.”  —  Appearing Tuesday on Fox News' “Special Report,” the conservative pundit rejected …
Derek Willis / New York Times:
Campaign Finance: The Most Republican Company?  The Makers of Wonder Bread  —  The Most Republican Company?  The Makers of Wonder Bread  —  Flowers Foods takes the cake as the most lopsided corporate political donor — 99 percent to Republicans.  —  URBAN PLANNING |  MAY 7, 12:28 PM
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Harry Reid: Media covering for Republicans  —  The media are covering for Republicans in their political coverage, according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.  —  Asked by MSNBC's Chuck Todd in an interview aired Thursday why he won't allow Republican amendments to an energy bill …
Discussion: The Hill, ThinkProgress and Mediaite
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CEO Of Biggest Fast Food Chain Comes Out In Favor Of A Minimum Wage Increase
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Salon
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Tea party faces uphill climb in crowded Republican Senate primary in Georgia
MSNBC Host Grills Ohio Secretary Of State For Cutting Early Voting
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Nicki DeMarco / Washington Post:
Video: Pundits on Jordanian TV fight over Syria, wreck set
John Paczkowski / Re/code:
Code/red: Apple PR Impresario Katie Cotton to Retire
Discussion: Fortune and The Verge
 Earlier Items: 
Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
Lobby cash goes underground in PR boom
Patrick Howley / The Daily Caller:
Ted Cruz Releases Definitive List of 76 ‘Lawless’ Obama Actions
Discussion: National Review and Hot Air
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
The undercover senator: Tim Scott goes anecdote shopping in South Carolina
Discussion: CNN, The Daily Caller and NewsBusters
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
President Obama: Republicans blocked 500 bills
Discussion: CNN
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
‘Inequality’ Booms on MSNBC And Fox News (CNN's Looking For Flight 370)
Harry Enten / FiveThirtyEight:
Young Voters in 2014 May Be Less Democratic-Leaning Than in 2010 And 2012
Discussion: Hot Air
Elderly Woman Shot & Killed By Hearne Police Officer
Discussion: KTLA 5, CNN and The Raw Story