Morning Must Reads: May 2

In the news: unruly Republican state legislatures, Syria, 2014, Obama, Mark Sanford, Penny Pritzker, ESPN

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The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

  • Republican lawmakers in several states are blunting plans by GOP governors to reduce or eliminate income taxes.
  • Andrew Ferguson: the morality behind economists’ work.
  • Karl Rove on 2014
  • George Will: Obama is right on Syria
  • Prettier in Print:
    • This week’s cover, written by Massimo Calabresi and Michael Crowley, is “Homeland Insecurity: After Boston, The Struggle Between Liberty and Security”
    • Joe Klein: Obama needs to get angry
    • Richard Haas: We have been overreaching abroad and underachieving at home.
    • Fareed Zakaria: If some kind of political pact can be reached, there’s hope for Syria. If it cannot, U.S. assistance to the rebels or even direct military intervention won’t change much.
    • Joel Klein: “The Fall and Rise of Mark Sanford”
  • Rep. Paul Ryan supports “concept” of internet sales tax.
  • Four things to know about the next commerce Secretary, billionaire Penny Pritzker
  • Surprise! ESPN is doing well.