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Morning Must Reads: May 7

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

In the News: TIME correspondent recalls clash with separatists in Ukraine; GOP establishment candidate wins in North Carolina; U.S. sending team to Nigeria; Keystone pipeline deal looking more unlikely; Monica Lewinsky breaks her silence

  • Obama’s shades of gray: His critics call him weak and whiny. But he’s doing what most President’s do: muddling through [TIME]
  • Ukraine’s battleground blurs the lines between civilian and fighter [TIME]
  • Senate Republicans vented their frustration over the deteriorating situation in Ukraine on Tuesday, as a panel of Obama Administration witnesses struggled to lay out how the U.S. could block Russian President Vladimir Putin from enforcing his will in the embattled country.” [TIME]
  • Establishment candidate wins North Carolina GOP primary [USA Today]
  • North Carolina was the opening battleground in the fight between the Republican Party’s two main factions, and it’s a sign the establishment’s no-holds-barred strategy is paying off. American Crossroads spent $1.6 million on behalf of Tillis, significantly more than the resources of Republican challengers Greg Brannon and Mark Harris. They aired three ads, which each touted Tillis’s conservative record and rebutted Democratic attacks against him.” [National Journal]
  • Behind the Benghazi select committee [Politico]
  • Ronald Reagan’s Benghazi [The New Yorker]
  • Monica Lewinsky: “I, myself, deeply regret what happened between me and President Clinton. Let me say it again: I. Myself. Deeply. Regret. What. Happened.” [Vanity Fair]
  • If and when a Clinton presidential announcement comes, Lewinsky will be old news. “It’s time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress,” Lewinsky writes. That would be good news for both women.” [Washington Post]
  • Pipeline deal on the verge of collapsing [The Hill]
  • Syrian rebels started withdrawing from the heart of Homs city on Wednesday, leaving an early centre of the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad and handing him a symbolic victory less than a month before his likely re-election.” [Reuters]
  • The unlikely ascent of Alibaba’s Jack Ma [NYT]
  • Thai court ousts Prime Minister Yingluck Sinawatra [BBC]
  • The Buffett Rule won’t pay the tab for the liberal agenda [Vox]
  • U.S. to send team to Nigeria to find kidnapped girls [TIME]
  • Nigerian schoolgirl: Boko Haram militants said ‘nothing is going to happen to you’ [TIME]

 

 

 

 

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