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12:30 PM 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
James Oliphant /
Progressive Bloggers Are Doing the White House's Job  —  This administration enjoys an advantage afforded no other: a partisan media that has its back, minute-by-minute.  —  Off the record: The Obama administration has a complicated relationship with traditional media.  (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hot Air
Charles Krauthammer / National Review:
Republicans Move on Benghazi  —  If the committee produces new, important evidence, it will be impossible to ignore.  —  The Democrats are portraying the not-yet-even-constituted House Select Committee on Benghazi as nothing but a partisan exercise.  They are even considering boycotting the hearings to delegitimize them.
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Rahm Emanuel to help ‘Ready for Hillary’
Discussion: CNN and ABC News
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Mitt Romney: Raise the minimum wage  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on Thursday morning said he supports an increase in the minimum wage, breaking with many Republicans who have stood against it.  —  “I, for instance, as you know, part company with many of the conservatives in my party on the issue of the minimum wage.
Discussion: CNN, ThinkProgress and RedState
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Koch brothers' Americans for Prosperity plans $125 million spending spree  —  The Koch brothers' main political arm intends to spend more than $125 million this year on an aggressive ground, air and data operation benefiting conservatives, according to a memo distributed to major donors and sources familiar with the group.
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: The Raw Story and Fox News
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:   Report: FBI Questioning Local Law Enforcement About Bundy Militia
Ayaan Hirsi Ali / Wall Street Journal:
Boko Haram and the Kidnapped Schoolgirls
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Betsy's Page
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.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Four Pinocchios for Obama's claim that Republicans have ‘filibustered about 500 pieces of legislation’  —  “Here's what's more disconcerting.  Their [Republicans] willingness to say no to everything — the fact that since 2007, they have filibustered about 500 pieces of legislation that would help …
Discussion: Power Line, Roll Call and Hot Air
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 …
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 …
Kamal Labwani / The Daily Beast:
Syrian Rebel Wants a New Ally: Israel  —  To protect the innocent and to defeat the Assad dictatorship, Syrians should work with Israel to create a safe haven.  —  I spent more than a decade in Syrian prisons and therefore know what kind of regime this is.  It is one which believes that torture is a form of dialogue.
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: Washington Monthly and Althouse
Who snatched elderly woman?  —  (CNN) — Who killed and decapitated an 88-year-old Georgia man, and where is his 87-year-old wife?  —  Russell Dermond's death and Shirley Dermond's disappearance are mysteries detectives are trying to unravel — and fast.  —  “We need to assume …
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
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
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David Pitt / Associated Press:
Report on Iowa voter fraud investigation released
Discussion: ThinkProgress
James Kirchick / The Daily Beast:
Is Rand Paul a Secret Hawk? Or Maybe Not a Total Dove?
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Stephen Sabludowsky /
Breaking SMOR Poll: Landrieu Hits New Low, 39%
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Democrats Fundraise Off Book Advocating Impeachment of Obama
George F. Will / Greensburg Tribune-Review:
Thin skins & prayer
Jordanian TV guests destroy studio in on-air brawl
Discussion: The Raw Story, Mediaite and The Week
Ex-NSA chief Keith Alexander seeks post-Snowden second act
Discussion: emptywheel
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Rothschild / The Progressive:
Obama Threatens Pulitzer Prize-Winner
Discussion: Firedoglake
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg View:
‘Check Your Privilege’ Means ‘Shut Your Mouth’
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
The Harry S. Truman Union Station? Senators want to rename D.C.'s train hub.
Discussion: Bloomberg View
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
Warren Buffett, Joe Nocera and 'Fessing Up to Readers
Suzanne Goldenberg / Guardian:
Why are so many white men trying to save the planet without the rest of us?
Discussion: Hot Air and The Dish
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
What Timothy Geithner Really Thinks