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5:40 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 …
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
Ron Fournier / National Journal:
Huckabee's Hucksterism vs Clintons' Cash
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
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 …
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 …
Media centre  —  The Ebola outbreak in Liberia is over
Discussion: NBC News, Common Dreams and Mediaite
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
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 …
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
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 …
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
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.
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Discussion: New York Times
Will C. Holden / FOX31 Denver:
FBI agent shot; suspect dead at Essex House Motel near downtown Littleton
Discussion: KTLA and
 Earlier Items: 
Rick Jervis / USA Today:
Conspiracy theories flourish over military exercise in Texas
Valerie Rowell / The Augusta Chronicle:
Former state legislator Joey Brush dies in motorcycle wreck
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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