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6:30 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 …
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Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
National Media Reporter Admits ‘National Media Primed To Take Hillary Clinton Down’  —  Dylan Byers over at the Charlie Pierce-dubbed Tiger Beat on the Potomac (aka Politico) spent a nanosecond thinking about how “inevitable” Hillary Clinton is, and then a nanosecond more inventing a couple of possible roadblocks.
Discussion: Politico and Hullabaloo
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg Business:
King Blames Obama for Inciting Baltimore Riots  —  The Iowa firebrand takes his hot fire to South Carolina.  —  Representative Steve King was in his element at the South Carolina Freedom Summit on Saturday, saying after a speech to raucous conservatives that the fault for riots in Baltimore lies with President Barack Obama.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Associated Press:
In South Carolina, a Campaign Pitch for Every GOP Preference  —  Republicans making their pitch to be the party's 2016 presidential nominee aimed to out-do each other Saturday in arguing that President Barack Obama is a failed leader.  —  But hitting Obama with the usual critiques …
Discussion: Bloomberg Business and ABC News
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Top GOP Pollster Makes Really Weird Joke About Bruce Jenner At 2016 Event  —  A scene from Diane Sawyer's interview with Bruce Jenner.  —  CREDIT: YouTube/ABC News  —  GOP pollster Frank Luntz made an awkward joke about Bruce Jenner during a focus group at the South Carolina Freedom Summit on Saturday afternoon.
Discussion: Raw Story
Sheri Fink / New York Times:
Liberia Is Free of Ebola, World Health Organization Declares  —  The World Health Organization declared Liberia free of Ebola on Saturday, making it the first of the three hardest-hit West African countries to bring a formal end to the epidemic.  —  “The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Liberia is over …
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who.int:
Media centre  —  The Ebola outbreak in Liberia is over  —  WHO declares Liberia free of Ebola virus transmission.  Forty-two days have passed since the last laboratory-confirmed case was buried on 28 March 2015.  The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Liberia is over.
Discussion: NBC News, Common Dreams and Mediaite
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 …
Doug Stanglin / USA Today:
North Korea tests submarine ballistic missile  —  North Korea claims it launched a missile from a submarine.  If true, the launch violates U.N. sanctions and makes the country more of a threat.  Video provided by Newsy Newslook  —  Under the watchful eyes of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un …
Discussion: The Week and NPR
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 …
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: Mediaite and Talking Points Memo
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 …
 
 
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Reuters:
Americans Favor Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert Over Conservatives For Punditry
Discussion: The Week and The Huffington Post