Afternoon Lede Check, 5.1.14

Obama is down, but is he out?; Democrats gear up to take advantage of Senate Republicans’ blocking minimum wage legislation; and flooding in Laurel, MD is being brought under control as an evacuation order is lifted.


From WaPo to WJLA, here are the stories that are leading your homepages today, after the jump…

The Washington PostFor more states, execution means improvisation

USA TodayFields named new Ford CEO, replacing Mulally

POLITICOWhat is Hillary Clinton afraid of?

The HillCan Obama get his groove back?

Roll CallMinimum Wage Vote Loss Gives Democrats Their Wedge Issue

Daily Caller: MSNBC Is Now Admitting There MAY Be Something To This Whole Benghazi Thing

The Washington TimesEXCLUSIVE: Memos show EPA officials tried to kill mine project before scientific review

National JournalWill There Be a Civil War in Clinton Land?

Washington ExaminerVeterans Affairs officials purged 1.5 million unfinished medical orders


WTOP: Live blog: High water causes problems

ABC 7: Maryland rescuers make multiple rescues as roads flood

NBC 4: Evacuation Lifted inLaurel After Dam Gates Opened

CBS 9: A Few Showers Will Pop for the PM

Fox 5: Evacuation order lifted after Laurel flooding

(Photo credits from left to right: Getty, Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call, Fox 5)