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Friday's must-reads from Washington

By Jerry Zremski

My must-reads will be on hiatus next week, as I am celebrating the arrival of this weekend's White House Correspondents Dinner by fleeing for the mountains of Utah, but they will resume on May 6.

Meantime, today's top stories are a diverse lot.

First, The New York Times delves deep into the government's huge payouts to farmers who claim they are victims of lending bias -- and some who don't.

Over on Capitol Hill, The Hill takes a look at the troubles of the Republican House leadership.

And finally, two looks at the insider schmoozefest and celebrity-culture bacchanalia that is the White House Correspondents dinner. First, The Washington Post shows that some news organizations are spending upwards of $200,000 on parties tied to the event. And Politico notes that NBC's Tom Brokaw has witnessed the Kardashianization of the dinner and decided to stay away.

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