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Mitch McConnell’s Guide to Crushing the Tea Party—THE EDGE


By Jack Fitzpatrick (@jackfitzdc)



TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: The U.S. added 288,000 jobs in April, which lowered the unemployment rate to 6.3 percent, although that's largely because of a sharp drop in workforce participation. Unemployment among African-Americans is better but still bad. Ukraine took control of several checkpoints on roads around Slovyansk in a major military offensive. House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa subpoenaed Secretary of State John Kerry over the recently released email that appears to include discussions of Benghazi talking points. President Obama said the U.S. has not agreed not to spy on any countries, including allies like Germany. And Tuesday's Republican primary election for a North Carolina Senate seat will be an indicator of how well establishment Republicans are fending off tea-party opponents.


288,000 JOBS ADDED IN APRIL: Which is far better than expected. More importantly, the February, March, and April average is 238,000 added, which is strong. But it is tempered by more than 800,000 people leaving the workforce. (Nelson D. Schwartz, NYT)

UKRAINE LAUNCHES OFFENSIVE IN SLOVYANSK: The Ukrainian government took back control of checkpoints in the pro-Russian stronghold, but the center of the city was still held by separatists when fighting subsided. At least seven people were killed, and two military helicopters were shot down. (WaPo)

ISSA SUBPOENAS KERRY ON BENGHAZI: Issa wrote in a letter to Kerry that the State Department "has shown a disturbing disregard for the department's legal obligations to Congress." The subpoena follows the release of an email that seems to detail talking points relating to the attack in Benghazi, although the email was not given to Congress under a previous subpoena. The email was "the straw that broke the camel's back," leading House Speaker John Boehner to appoint a select committee on the Benghazi attack. (Erik Wasson, The Hill)

OBAMA: WE DON'T HAVE A 'NO-SPY AGREEMENT' WITH ANYONE: In a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Obama said the U.S. has not agreed with any country, including Germany, not to spy at all. Merkel said in response that the U.S. and Germany "have a few difficulties yet to overcome." (Dustin Volz, NJ)

THE WEEKEND IN ONE PARAGRAPH: On NBC's Meet the Press, Texas Gov. Rick Perry will talk about his political future and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson will talk about Donald Sterling and the future of the Los Angeles Clippers. On CBS's Face the Nation, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates, and others will also talk about the Clippers. On Fox News Sunday, Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Rep. Adam Schiff will talk about the latest email on the Benghazi attack.


AFRICAN-AMERICAN UNEMPLOYMENT IS DROPPING: It's down to its lowest level since November 2008. Now for the bad news: 11.6 percent unemployment is still pretty terrible. (Matt Vasilogambros, NJ)

CALIFORNIA IS GOING TO HAVE A COSTLY WILDFIRE SEASON: Dead leaves are the perfect fuel for wildfires, and California has a lot of them after its historic drought. (Walsh/Pickert, Time)

THE 'BLAME BUSH' ERA IS ENDING: Nearly as many people think the current economy is Obama's doing. Less than half think he inherited our problems from Bush. (Harry Enten, FiveThirtyEight)

SENATE SAYS GOODBYE TO RUSSELL SUBWAY CONDUCTOR: Russell train conductor Daryl Chappelle has a "legendary smile," says Sen. Dick Durbin. (Hannah Hess, Roll Call)


THE KEY TO BEATING THE TEA PARTY: Mitch McConnell said in March that he would "crush" outside groups that tried to take on Republican incumbents in primary elections. Listen for crushing sounds coming from North Carolina's Senate Republican primary on Tuesday. (Kraushaar/Oliphant, NJ)


THE JOBS REPORT IN GRAPHS: Eight graphs tell you everything you need to know from today's jobs report. Pay attention to the change in the labor force. (Matt Phillips, Quartz)

11 NEW PORTRAITS OF ELLIS ISLAND IMMIGRANTS: Newly released photos from the American Museum of Natural History, taken in the early 1900s, are a sign of America's diversity. (Emma Roller, NJ)

LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES IN UNDER 2 MINUTES: Stephen Colbert joins CNN in continuing to cover the missing MH370 flight. (Reena Flores, NJ)

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