Morning Must Reads: May 1

Mark Wilson—Getty Images The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

In the news: IMF approves $17 billion loan to Ukraine; AT&T considers merger with DirecTV; Toronto Mayor Rob Ford takes a break; Benghazi outrage continues

  • Pro-Russian Separatists in Eastern Ukraine Seek Legitimacy Through Referendum [WSJ]
    • “The International Monetary Fund approved a $17-billion loan to Ukraine with an immediate disbursement of $3.2 billion to help the country pay its debts as separatist unrest threatens to split the nation’s east.” [Bloomberg]
    • “Russia’s economy is already in recession and is expected to lose at least $100 billion in investment this year, largely due to the “geopolitical uncertainties” created by its conflict with Ukraine…” [L.A. Times]
  • Changed Life of the Poor: Better Off, But Far Behind [NYT]
  • AT&T Mulls $40 Billion Merger with DirecTV [TIME]
  • Reports of sexual assaults by members of the military rose 50 percent after the Pentagon began a vigorous campaign to get more victims to come forward, prompting defense officials to order a greater focus on prevention programs, including plans to review alcohol sales and policies.” [AP]
  • The Huge Obama Transportation Bill You Heard Nothing About [TIME]
  • With the first year of open enrollment finished, the next big question about the Affordable Care Act is how it will look entering Year Two. Specifically, what will happen to the premiums people pay for health plans they bought through the law’s insurance exchanges?” [National Journal]
  • What is Hillary Clinton Afraid Of? [Politico]
  • Meet Mary Burke, the Woman Who Could Beat Scott Walker [Daily Beast]
  • The Umpteenth Guide to the Impenetrable Benghazi Outrage [Slate]
  • When English Proficiency Isn’t Enough [Atlantic]
  • A Frank Conversation with the Former Editors of the Post and the Times [Politico]
  • Notorious crack-smoking Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is taking a break from the campaign trail to address issues pertaining to substance abuse…” [TIME]
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