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9:35 AM ET, May 9, 2014


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New York Times:
Center Ring at the Republican Circus  —  The hottest competition in Washington this week is among House Republicans vying for a seat on the Benghazi kangaroo court, also known as the Select House Committee to Inflate a Tragedy Into a Scandal.  Half the House has asked to “serve” on the committee …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Faces Big Dilemma As Its Obamacare War Fizzles: What Next?  —  The tables have turned in the GOP war on Obamacare and now the party finds itself with no good fallback position.  —  For five years they profited politically from waging an all-out assault on Democrats' push to cover the uninsured.
Discussion: US News, New York Times and Daily Kos
Rich Lowry / Politico:
The Benghazi Deniers
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Kate Nocera / BuzzFeed:
Rank-And-File Democrats Nervous About Boycotting Benghazi Select Committee
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Washington Post
Yahoo! News:
So George W. Bush isn't a monster, after all  —  If you've just crash-landed from the planet known as Kepler-186f and have no experience with the human life form or its recent history, let me just clarify something for you: George W. Bush was a divisive and unsuccessful president.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
George Knapp / 8 News NOW:
FBI investigating Bundy supporters in BLM dispute  —  LAS VEGAS — A dramatic development in the saga surrounding rancher Cliven Bundy, the FBI has entered the case.  —  The 8 News NOW I-Team has learned that FBI agents have started an investigation into the events surrounding a potentially deadly showdown one month ago.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Fox News
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
What Timothy Geithner Really Thinks  —  “This is kind of like a hearing,” Timothy Geithner said, swaying uncomfortably, face scrunched and hair perfectly tousled.  “Do you guys always do it this way?”  —  The former Treasury secretary was looking up from behind a long desk at his audience …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Clinton: Even Killing Goldman Sachs CEO Wouldn't Satisfy ‘Blood Lust’
Discussion: New York Times and Balloon Juice
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Obamacare Myth-Making  —  Five phony success stories.  —  With enrollment in the Obamacare exchanges now closed, Democrats and their friends in the media are ebullient.  Obamacare is an enormous success, they say, and conservatives have been humiliated.  On closer inspection, however …
Obama to announce new slate of climate actions  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, California (CNN) - During a visit to a Wal-Mart store just a few miles from Stanford University on Friday, President Obama will announce a new series of executive actions meant to bolster green-job creation and combat carbon pollution.
Discussion: Politico and Right Wing News
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg View:
‘Check Your Privilege’ Means ‘Shut Your Mouth’  —  We've all known forever that Princeton University is a place of many privileges.  It has recently gotten a new one: Starting an argument from there, filled with conservative sentiments and anecdotes, is now a surefire way to command the attention of the Internet.
Discussion: National Review
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Now That's Rich  —  Institutional Investor's latest “rich list” in its Alpha magazine, its survey of the 25 highest-paid hedge fund managers, is out — and it turns out that these guys make a lot of money.  Surprise!  —  Yet before we dismiss the report as nothing new …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Democrats Fundraise Off Book Advocating Impeachment of Obama  —  Next month former prosecutor Andrew McCarthy will publish his book Faithless Execution: Building the Political Case for Obama's Impeachment.  And already the Democratic party is trying to raise money off the title.
Matthew Rothschild / The Progressive:
Obama Threatens Pulitzer Prize-Winner  —  James Risen, a Pulitzer Prize-winner at the New York Times, may face jail time on a federal contempt of court charge if he doesn't release the identity of one of his confidential sources.  —  The Bush Administration's Justice Department tried to pry …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Washington Post:
U.S. criticizes racist North Korean screed against Obama  —  The White House on Thursday sharply condemned a lengthy and racist North Korean screed against President Obama, calling the rhetoric from Pyongyang “particularly ugly and disrespectful.”  —  The rebuke came in response …
The New Republic:
It May Already Be Too Late to Confirm a Replacement for Ruth Bader Ginsburg  —  With the Supreme Court's term speeding toward an end, court-watchers are deep into the annual spring rite of offering unsolicited retirement advice to aging justices.  Constitutional scholar Erwin Chemerinsky spoke …
Discussion: Althouse
Jon Swaine / Guardian:
Cecily McMillan jurors tell judge Occupy activist should not go to jail  —  A majority of the jurors who this week convicted an Occupy Wall Street activist of assaulting a New York police officer have asked the judge in her case to not send her to prison.  —  Cecily McMillan was on Monday found guilty …
Murray Weiss / New York:
FBI Bars Congressman Michael Grimm From its Offices  —  STATEN ISLAND — Rep. Michael Grimm, who quit as an FBI agent eight years ago, was barred from returning to its New York field offices — even after he was elected to Congress, DNAinfo New York has learned.
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Gawker and Daily Kos
Ayaan Hirsi Ali / Wall Street Journal:
Boko Haram and the Kidnapped Schoolgirls  —  The Nigerian terror group reflects the general Islamist hatred of women's rights.  When will the West wake up?  —  Since the kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls in Nigeria last month, the meaning of Boko Haram—the name used by the terrorist group …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Ex-NSA chief Keith Alexander seeks post-Snowden second act  —  Former National Security Agency chief Gen. Keith Alexander is launching a consulting firm for financial institutions looking to address cybersecurity threats, POLITICO has learned.  —  Less than two months since his retirement …
Discussion: emptywheel
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Wide Majorities Losing Faith In John Roberts' Supreme Court, Want Term Limits  —  An overwhelming majority of voters would support sweeping reforms to the Supreme Court, as trust and confidence in the institution has eroded in recent years, according to a new survey by the Democratic-aligned firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner.
George F. Will / Greensburg Tribune-Review:
Thin skins & prayer  —  After the marshal on Monday spoke the traditional “God save the United States and this honorable court,” the Supreme Court ruled that the upstate New York town of Greece does not violate the First Amendment's prohibition of “establishment of religion” by opening its board of supervisors meetings with a prayer.
Georgia elderly man decapitated, wife missing; police seek clues  —  (CNN) — The Georgia couple is described as “sweet as can be,” and authorities are scrambling to unravel the mystery of how Russell Dermond, 88, was killed and then reportedly decapitated, and his 87-year-old wife disappeared.
Suzanne Goldenberg / Guardian:
Why are so many white men trying to save the planet without the rest of us?  —  Climate change affects minorities and women, the elderly and the poor.  But the leadership of the environmental movement is pale and male.  That doesn't look like progress  —  The future of the environmental movement isn't pale and male.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Dish
Stephen Sabludowsky /
Breaking SMOR Poll: Landrieu Hits New Low, 39%  —  Bernie Pinsonat and SMOR has just released its annual spring Louisiana Poll which focused upon the increasingly-important Louisiana US Senate race—the election in which incumbent Senator Mary L. Landrieu faces a number of republican candidates.
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Free Beacon
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James Kirchick / The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: Yahoo! News
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Discussion: The Raw Story, Mediaite and The Week
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Hillary and Jeb: ‘Game of Thrones’ or the Chicago Way?
Discussion: Hot Air
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Bloomberg View
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Report finds one federal layoff from sequester
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Washington Post:
GOP woos Mike Pence for 2016, and Indiana governor says he's ‘listening’
Discussion: Hot Air
Peter Weber / The Week:
Jon Stewart mocks the Clintons, the Bushes, Rick Perry, and the 2016-obsessed media
Discussion: Bloomberg View
Ex-atomic agency chief: Netanyahu using scare tactics on Iran nuclear program
Discussion: The Dish and ThinkProgress
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Report: Journalists Are Miserable, Liberal, Over-Educated, Under-Paid, Middle-Aged Men
Discussion: The Federalist
Molly Redden / Mother Jones:
Meet the Sex Hypnotherapist Helping the GOP Retake the Senate
Discussion: The Week and The Raw Story
Olga Khazan / The Atlantic Online:
Bill Clinton Was Racialized, Too