By Jack Fitzpatrick (@jackfitzdc)
TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Senate Democrats' minimum-wage bill failed to overcome a Republican filibuster. New data show that the U.S. economy barely grew during the first quarter of the year, but economists say it's because of the weather. Ukraine's government is continuing to lose control of its eastern region. The White House weighed in on Oklahoma's poorly performed execution of a convicted murderer, saying it was not carried out humanely. Illinoisans don't like living in Illinois (and apparently some of them think they live in the South), and the Los Angeles Clippers could soon belong to Oprah.
MINIMUM-WAGE BILL FAILS TO ADVANCE, WON'T GO AWAY: The bill only got 54 of the 60 necessary votes, but Democrats won't just give up. A $10.10 minimum wage is a talking point for the midterm elections, and Sens. Harry Reid and Tom Harkin have vowed to bring the bill back up without changing that number. (Elahe Izadi, NJ)
THE ECONOMY'S FIRST QUARTER WAS … SNOWY: The U.S. gross domestic product grew by just 0.1 percent, but economists say the weather is to blame. "This is not a weak economy," said one economist. "This is an economy that had two bad months because of the weather and got back to normal in March." (Ylan Q. Mui, WaPo)
EASTERN UKRAINE IS SLIPPING AWAY: Heavily armed separatists took control of more government buildings. Despite a recent surge in Ukraine's efforts to crack down on protesters, its police are outnumbered. (Marko Djurica, Reuters)
WHITE HOUSE: BOTCHED OKLAHOMA EXECUTION DIDN'T MEET STANDARDS: White House press secretary Jay Carney said that in every death-penalty case, "even when the death penalty is justified, it must be carried out humanely." That was not the case last night, Carney said, when Clayton Lockett died of a heart attack 43 minutes after being given an untested drug combination that was a "recipe for failure." (Dustin Volz, NJ)
TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: At 2 p.m., President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Jill Biden, and Education Secretary Arne Duncan will honor the 2014 National Teacher of the Year. Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen will speak at 8:30 a.m. at the Independent Community Bankers of America Washington Policy Summit. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman will testify at 2 p.m. at a Senate Finance Committee hearing on the president's trade policy agenda. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew will speak at 8 a.m., and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker will speak at 11 a.m., at the Global Women in Finance Symposium.
THE PROBLEMS WITH NATE SILVER'S SENATE PREDICTIONS: Making predictions about Senate races based on a handful of early polls is a dangerous proposition. (Josh Kraushaar, NJ)
REMEMBER PRESIDENT GIULIANI? No? Exactly. Giuliani is one of many candidates who was his party's front-runner two and a half years ahead of the election and went on to lose. So despite Hillary Clinton's big lead in polls, we really don't know what will happen in 2016. (Allison Kopicki, NYT)
DON'T DISMISS RAND PAUL'S FOREIGN POLICY: It might make him seem like a long shot, but public opinion polls show that the Kentucky senator's isolationist views are becoming more popular. (Chris Cillizza, WaPo)
ILLINOISANS DON'T LIKE ILLINOIS: Half of Illinois's residents want to leave the state, according to a new poll. And people who live in Connecticut are in the same boat. (Niraj Chokshi, WaPo)
ALL THE RICH PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BUY THE CLIPPERS: Now that Donald Sterling is suspended for life and might lose the team, Oprah, Magic Johnson, Frankie Muniz, and Matt Damon have been mentioned as potential owners. (Connor Simpson, The Wire)
A EULOGY FOR TWITTER: Twitter users are less active than they used to be. Even Ezra Klein seems to have given up on it. (LaFrance/Meyer, The Atlantic)
WHICH STATES ARE IN THE SOUTH? It's a harder question than you might think. There are some pretty southern people in southern Ohio. What about Oklahoma? And what is Florida, anyway? (Walt Hickey, FiveThirtyEight)
LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES IN UNDER 3 MINUTES: Jimmy Fallon reports that some sponsors are sticking by Clippers owner Donald Sterling, including Really White Castle, Crest Whites Only Strips, and KKK Mart. (Mauro Whiteman, NJ)