Morning Must Reads: May 2

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

In the news: Ukraine's first major assault; Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams arrested; new jobs report; Keystone XL bill introduced; the 2016 election

  • The Ukrainian army launched its first major assault on a rebel stronghold in the east of the country on Friday, provoking the heaviest fighting since a pro-Russian uprising began a month ago…” [WashPost]
    • “The Kremlin said Friday that ‘all hope’ for an internationally negotiated settlement in Ukraine had been destroyed…” [NYT]
    • “Angela Merkel is carrying a clear message from Germany’s business lobby to the White House: No more sanctions.” [WSJ]
  • “Police in Northern Ireland arrested Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams Wednesday in connection with an infamous 42-year-old slaying, based on allegations contained in taped interviews recorded for a Boston College history project on the conflict in Northern Ireland.” [Boston Globe]
  • U.S. hiring likely increased at its quickest pace in five months in April…” [Reuters]
  • “General Motors is bringing its fight against owners of recalled cars to its former turf: the Manhattan bankruptcy court where the U.S. government financed the automaker’s turnaround five years ago. GM is facing 59 lawsuits by car owners demanding as much $10 billion in damages for recalled vehicles with faulty ignition switches…” [Bloomberg]
  • Keystone XL supporters on Thursday introduced legislation they said was backed by 56 senators that would immediately greenlight the controversial oil pipeline.” [Hill]
  • Speaker John Boehner called on Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday to testify before Congress about a series of previously undisclosed emails that shed further light on the White House’s response to the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack.” [Politico]
  • Don’t Run for President, Hillary. [Tina Brown/Daily Beast]
  • Donors Weigh Jilting Christie for Jeb Bush [NYT]
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