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Art Swift / Gallup:
Hillary Clinton Maintains Positive Image in U.S.  —  American public's opinion of Vice President Joe Biden is mixed  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — A clear majority of Americans, 59%, still view Hillary Clinton favorably a year after she left her post as secretary of state.
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WJHL-TV:
Bachmann has confidence tea party can best Clinton in 2016  —  With less than a year left in her fourth and final term in Congress, it's a little early for an exit interview, but not too early to get the views of Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., on issues dear to a “founding mother” …
Dana Davidsen / CNN:
McCain: If election were tomorrow, Clinton would be president
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
Natalie Villacorta / Politico:   Michele Bachmann: U.S. not ready for female president
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Has Anyone in America Actually Been Harmed by Obamacare?  —  I'm beginning to think there's not actually a single person in America who's been harmed by Obamacare.  I know that seems unlikely, but take a look at the latest AFP ad pounding Obamacare.  It features Julie Boonstra …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Liberaland
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Glenn Kessler / The Fact Checker:
A hard-hitting anti-Obamacare ad makes a claim that doesn't add up
Jon Terbush / The Week:
Obama is done even pretending to work with Republicans  —  If you can't beat 'em, ignore 'em  —  P  —  resident Obama is going solo.  —  Having seen his ambitious agenda run aground against Republican recalcitrance, Obama is pivoting to a more unilateral approach to achieve his goals.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Politico
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Brian Beutler / Salon:
GOP's Social Security disaster: Conservatives just lost their chance to cut benefits
Discussion: Eschaton
Washington Post:
Negotiators reach deal to end Ukraine crisis  —  The Post's Will Englund gives a first-person account of what it's like on the ground for protesters and citizens in Kiev.  (The Washington Post)  —  KIEV, Ukraine — A deal designed to end Ukraine's long-running crisis was reached Friday …
Discussion: Hot Air and RIA Novosti
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The myth of ‘settled science’  —  Irepeat: I'm not a global warming believer.  I'm not a global warming denier.  I've long believed that it cannot be good for humanity to be spewing tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.  I also believe that those scientists who pretend to know exactly …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
The First Lady Did A Sketch With Jimmy Fallon And Will Ferrell In Drag (VIDEO)  —  First Lady Michelle Obama appeared on “The Tonight Show” on Thursday with newly minted host Jimmy Fallon.  The two eventually discussed Obamacare and the first lady's “Let's Move” campaign …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Mediaite
Kolten Parker / MySanAntonio.com:
Ted Cruz-signed ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ goes for $1,000 in San Antonio  —  SAN ANTONIO — An 8-year-old San Antonio girl is the proud new owner of a $1,000 Ted Cruz-signed copy of “Green Eggs and Ham.”  —  The Bexar County Republican Party auctioned three copies of the Dr. Seuss classic signed …
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Democrats' Best Weapon for Midterms: Fear of a Red Senate  —  Control of the Senate depends on turnout in November.  Democrats need to tap what scares their base most: fear of an unrestrained GOP.  —  We've known for a long time now that the Democrats have a lot of Senate seats to defend …
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Fox News:
Why the FCC should keep its nose out of TV newsrooms  —  What on earth is the FCC thinking?  —  The last thing we need is the government mucking around with news content.  —  The title of this Big Brother-ish effort by the Federal Communications Commission sounds innocuous enough: “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs.”
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John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
Wheeler: FCC Won't Regulate Journalist's Speech
Discussion: Examiner, Right Wing Watch and Poynter
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
McCain: Obama the ‘most naive president’  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Thursday called President Obama “the most naïve president in history” because of his foreign policy tactics.  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin “played us so incredibly,” McCain said on a Phoenix radio station.
Discussion: Mediaite
Adam Harrington / CBS New York:
CBS 2 Exclusive: De Blasio's Caravan Caught Speeding, Violating Traffic Laws  —  NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Just days after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced an aggressive plan to prevent traffic deaths, CBS 2 cameras caught the driver of a car carrying the mayor violating a number of traffic laws.
Tova Dvorin / Arutz Sheva:
US Framework to Demand that PA Recognize Israel as Jewish State  —  US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro declared Friday that the Palestinian Authority (PA) will be obligated to recognize Israel as a Jewish state under the US framework agreement - despite the PA's ongoing defiance over the issue.
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Israpundit
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: “I thought the Affordable Care Act would save $2500 per family?”  —  “What happened?”  —  Senator Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Tim Walz came back to Mankato, MN yesterday to meet and greet constituents at South Central College, along with Rep. Collin Peterson.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Bombshell ‘American Idol’ Lawsuit Claims Sony Stiffs Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson (Exclusive)  —  The legal claims from the company behind the hit reality TV show, seeking at least $10 million in damages, could ignite new controversies over whether recording artists are getting a proper share of digital income.
Karen Gullo / Bloomberg:
Oregon Joins Five States in Refusing to Defend Gay-Marriage Ban  —  Oregon's attorney general said she won't defend her state's ban on same-sex marriage, joining other top law enforcement officials in refusing to fight challenges to similar prohibitions in five other states.
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
Strassel: Another Misguided Cruz Missile  —  Ted Cruz is aiming for Mitch McConnell, but he may blow up the GOP's chances for a Senate majority in November.  —  A rump band of Beltway conservatives has seen the enemy and it is not Harry Reid.  It is Mitch McConnell, whose scalp …
Dana Liebelson / Mother Jones:
Inside the Conservative Campaign to Launch “Jim Crow-Style” Bills Against Gay Americans  —  “In this new up-is-down world, anti-gay religious folks are ‘practicing their faith’ when they're baking cakes or renting out hotel rooms to travelers.”  —  Creatas/Thinkstock
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Bevin: Same-Sex Marriage Will Lead To Parent-Child Marriage  —  After a federal judge struck down part of Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriage, Sen. Mitch McConnell's Tea Party-aligned primary challenger Matt Bevin jumped on the ruling and criticized McConnell over his ties to the judge:
 
 
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
John Boehner just bought a condo in Florida. Hello, retirement?
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org and OnPolitics
Adam Bryant / New York Times:
Satya Nadella, Chief of Microsoft, on His New Role
Discussion: Digits and The Verge
Del Quentin Wilber / Bloomberg:
Record U.S. Gun Production as Obama ‘Demonized’ on Issue
J. Max Robins / Forbes:
Bill Maher: Still Politically Incorrect And Conservative About His Brand
Discussion: NewsBusters and Mediaite
Neil Steinberg / Esquire:
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