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politics lead

May 2nd, 2014
05:24 PM ET

Author: White House Correspondents' Dinner sends 'troubling message'

(CNN) – The annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner is this Saturday, an annual event – affectionately referred to as "nerd prom" – that combines politicians, reporters, and Hollywood stars.

One of the weirdest things about the event, is "the fact that it continues to exist," says New York Times journalist Mark Leibovich, author of "This Town."

With parties before and after the dinner, the event now stretches over several days.

"There's not a lot to celebrate, I mean the rest of the country does not look with great esteem upon our city, and yet over a five-day ... $50 million or so are spent like on entertainment, transportation, hospitality, media," says Leibovich.

It sends "a troubling message," he says.

For more of our interview with author Mark Leibovich, check out the video above.

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politics lead

May 2nd, 2014
05:07 PM ET

Analysis: GOP donors flocking to Jeb?

(CNN) – The New York Times headline reads "Donors Weigh Jilting Christie for Jeb Bush."

Jilted almost makes it sound like the latest move by Taylor Swift, but this is high stakes presidential politics not a breakup ballad.

Jeb Bush is potentially getting serious about a presidential bid, and for some donors, a Jeb run combined with run by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie would give Republicans an unenviable choice between two high-powered party leaders.

"It would be awkward. It would be very awkward," Former governor and EPA head Christine Todd Whitman, who had ties to both camps, told The New York Times.

CNN's Peter Hamby, and The Atlantic's Molly Ball discuss.

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money lead

May 2nd, 2014
04:54 PM ET

April jobs report: Unemployment rate falls, but for the wrong reasons

New York (CNNMoney) – The jobs recovery is chugging along, but the labor market remains far from fully healed from the crisis.

The U.S. economy added 288,000 jobs in April, the strongest month for job growth in two years, the Department of Labor said Friday. That number blew away economists' forecasts, and stocks rose following the news, although they have since fallen back.

The oft-quoted unemployment rate fell to 6.3%, down from 6.7% in March.

The severe winter had been holding back many economic statistics, as snowstorms slowed the housing market, retail sales and manufacturing. On Friday, the jobs numbers were revised higher for both February and March, showing the economy is over that winter lull.

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world lead

May 2nd, 2014
04:19 PM ET

Violence exploding in Ukraine

(CNN) – Every day, Ukraine looks more and more like a country at war. Meanwhile, the country's crucial national elections are approaching, and the outlook does not look good.

CNN's Jim Sciutto reports.

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pop lead

May 2nd, 2014
01:33 PM ET

Web extra: Comedian Joel McHale on 'stimulating' fish

For more of our interview with Joel McHale, watch "The Lead with Jake Tapper" on CNN at 4 p.m. ET

(CNN) – Comedian Joel McHale is hosting the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner Saturday, known as one of the toughest gigs in D.C.

But where does he come from? In this web extra, McHale jokes about the "stimulating" work his grandfather did after World War II.

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