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1:50 PM ET, May 9, 2015


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Jeff Greenfield / The Daily Beast:
Why Character Attacks on Hillary Won't Work  —  Why the former first couple has always survived attacks on their character, and probably always will.  —  If you're Martin O'Malley, or one of the other potential Democrats pondering a race against Hillary Clinton, you've been presented …
Discussion: New York Times
The Hill:
GOP slow-plays Benghazi investigation  —  Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has agreed to testify before the Benghazi committee this month but don't expect Republicans to be satisfied with her appearance.  —  House Republicans have now spent a full year investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks …
Discussion: Political Wire
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
'We're Being Set Up': Glenn Beck Warns His Audience To Prepare For The Time When He Is Murdered In The Night  —  Glenn Beck closed out his radio program yesterday with a 10-minute monologue warning his audience that everything that is happening in Baltimore and Ferguson and elsewhere is all a giant set-up …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Triumph of the Unthinking  —  “Words,” wrote John Maynard Keynes, “ought to be a little wild, for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking.”  I've always loved that quote, and have tried to apply it to my own writing.  But I have to admit that in the long slump that followed …
Discussion: Frankly Curious
Maxim Lott / Fox News:
Boston University prof flunks ‘white masculinity’ in controversial tweets  —  Boston University Professor Saida Grundy's tweets deriding white men are her business, according to the school.  (Boston University)  —  Critics say a newly-hired Boston University professor has crossed the line …
Natalie Portman To Play Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg In ‘On The Basis Of Sex’  —  EXCLUSIVE: Natalie Portman is set to play Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in On The Basis Of Sex, with Marielle Heller (The Diary Of A Teenage Girl) in negotiations to direct.
Burlington Free Press:
Records outline sex assault case against senator  —  ST. ALBANS - A Vermont state senator has pleaded not guilty to six felony charges of sexual assault and prohibited acts that arose from what police describe as a sex-for-rent scheme involving several unwilling tenants.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
San Jose police arrest suspect accused of attacking girl  —  Police are searching for a man who's accused of following a 13-year-old girl home and forcing his way inside on May 2, 2015 in San Jose, Calif. (KGO-TV)  —  San Jose police have arrested a man today accused of forcing himself …
Discussion: ABC News and Raw Story
Will C. Holden / FOX31 Denver:
FBI agent shot; suspect dead at Essex House Motel near downtown Littleton … LITTLETON, Colo. — An FBI agent was shot in the leg Friday afternoon while trying to apprehend the bank robbery suspect known as the Longhorn bandit.  The agent was in stable condition at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood Friday night.
Discussion: KTLA and
Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Map: 11 Angles on the Electoral College  —  Earlier this week, we debuted our initial Crystal Ball Electoral College ratings in Politico Magazine.  We've reprinted that column below for those who did not see it.  As promised, we have elaborated on the map and our reasoning for the initial judgments.
Discussion: New York Times and Fox News
Chicago Tribune:
Illinois Supreme Court rules landmark pension law unconstitutional  —  The Illinois Supreme Court on Friday unanimously ruled unconstitutional a landmark state pension law that aimed to scale back government worker benefits to erase a massive $105 billion retirement system debt …
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Attorney: Spy chief had ‘forgotten’ about NSA program when he misled Congress  —  Director of National Intelligence Jim Clapper wasn't lying when he wrongly told Congress in 2013 that the government does not “wittingly” collect information about millions of Americans, according to his top lawyer.
Discussion: Hit & Run, Hot Air and Fox News
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Ron Fournier / National Journal:
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Rick Jervis / USA Today:
Conspiracy theories flourish over military exercise in Texas
Valerie Rowell / The Augusta Chronicle:
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Americans Favor Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert Over Conservatives For Punditry
Discussion: The Week and The Huffington Post
Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig / The New Republic:
Welfare Is the Best Weapon Against Nepotism
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Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge:
Americans Not In The Labor Force Rise To Record 93,194,000
Discussion: FOX News Radio and The Week