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10:30 AM ET, March 28, 2014

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detroitnews.com:
U.S. Rep. Rogers will not seek re-election, heading to radio  —  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers (Jacquelyn Martin / AP)  —  U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, the 50-year-old chairman of the House Intelligence Committee who has represented Michigan in Congress since 2001 …
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Associated Press:
Rep. Mike Rogers not running for re-election  —  Rogers plans to start a national radio program  —  DETROIT -  —  U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers of Michigan, who has taken on an increasingly sharp profile in Washington as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee in a time of widening global security crises …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Rogers to join Cumulus after leaving office  —  Rep. Mike Rogers, who announced Friday that he would not seek re-election, will join Cumulus Media as a radio host after the conclusion of his seventh term, he said in an interview with Grand Rapids station WJR.
David Runk / Associated Press:
US Rep. Rogers of Michigan Won't Seek Re-Election
Discussion: Liberaland
Amanda Cochran / CBS News:
President Obama reflects on his first meeting with Pope Francis  —  Shares -  —  President Obama, in an interview in Rome with “CBS Evening News” anchor and managing editor Scott Pelley, said Russia must take steps now to reduce tensions over Ukraine.  —  “It's well known and well acknowledged …
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Evangelical leader shows how GOP can finesse gay marriage  —  GAY MARRIAGE REPUBLICAN PARTY RELIGION  —  In 2008, both Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain supported defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.  In 2012, only Republican Mitt Romney supported traditional marriage …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Cassidy clarifies comments that uninsured are ‘less educated’  —  Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), the GOP front-runner to take on Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) this cycle, sought to clarify comments he made characterizing the uninsured as “relatively less sophisticated, less comfortable with forms, less educated.”
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Vulnerable Dems push ObamaCare changes
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Associated Press:
POLL: OBAMA HEALTH LAW FAILS TO GAIN SUPPORT  —  You are here  —  Home » AP Party » Poll: Obama health law fails to gain support  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Public support for President Barack Obama's health care law is languishing at its lowest level since passage …
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Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Obama's Anemic Speech in Europe  —  LONDON — Having pivoted to Asia and done the de rigueur minimum over several years to keep the trans-Atlantic alliance off life-support, Barack Obama awakened with a jolt to Europe this week and, on his first visit to Brussels as president, spoke of …
Discussion: Mediaite
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Ian Bremmer / New York Times:
A Tortured Policy Toward Russia
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Post
New York Times:
A Whitewash for Gov. Christie  —  Lawyers hired by Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey at public expense issued their findings Thursday on the traffic jams at the George Washington Bridge in September, apparently engineered as a bizarre form of political revenge.
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Abby D. Phillip / ABC News:
Chris Christie Says Aides in Bridge Scandal ‘Inexplicably Stupid’
Brett Taylor / Twitchy:
Racist ‘joke’ has people calling for Comedy Central to #CancelColbert; Update: Tweet deleted … Is this supposed to be a joke?  Stephen Colbert thought so.  He was attempting to satirize Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder and his launch of the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation, but his joke didn't quite fly.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
GOP gripes about ‘bull—  ’ vote  —  Angry House conservatives denounced the Republican leadership for abruptly ramming through a fix to Medicare doctor payments on Thursday without a full roll call vote.  —  “Outrageous,” Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) told The Hill after complaining about the maneuver to a colleague.
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
House Abruptly Passes Medicare Pay Fix By Voice Vote
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jim Romenesko:
Mississippi news anchor urges the LGBT community to ‘go on a gaycation’  —  WLOX-TV (Biloxi, Mississippi) news anchor Dave Elliott, who advises the LGBT community to take a “gaycation,” is “on the air seven days a week,” according to his bio.  Maybe he's the one who should be taking the break.
Will Weissert / Associated Press:
US appeals court upholds new Texas abortion rules … AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld Texas' tough abortion restrictions that have forced the closure of nearly 20 clinics around the state, saying the new rules don't jeopardize women's health.
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi: Immigration reform more important than winning House  —  Passing comprehensive immigration reform is more important than Democrats' success at the polls in November, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday.  —  A number of Republicans and other conservative voices …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Eli Clifton / Salon:
Hobby Lobby's secret agenda: How it's quietly funding a vast right-wing movement  —  Exclusive: How entities related to the company are quietly pumping tens of millions into a mélange of fringe causes  —  Hobby Lobby says it's just trying to protect its religious freedom.
Discussion: susiemadrak.com and Forbes
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
America's Taxation Tradition  —  As inequality has become an increasingly prominent issue in American discourse, there has been furious pushback from the right.  Some conservatives argue that focusing on inequality is unwise, that taxing high incomes will cripple economic growth.
ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Obamacare Enrollment Tops 6 Million  —  On Thursday, President Obama announced on a call with volunteers that the number of Americans who have enrolled in health insurance plans under Obamacare has hit six million.  —  With several days left to go before open enrollment ends on March 31 …
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Megan McArdle / Bloomberg View:
Three Possible Reasons for Latest Obamacare Delay
 
 
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The Atlantic Online:
On Being an Abortion Doula  —  The range of emotions involved …
Discussion: LifeNews.com
Duane Lester / The Missouri Torch:
Sikeston Teacher Tearfully Describes Bullying and Intimidation She Suffered for Opposing Common Core (Video)
Discussion: BizPac Review and The PJ Tatler
cbpp.org:
Lessons for Other States from Kansas' Massive Tax Cuts
Discussion: Hullabaloo and GovBeat
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook:
In our effort to connect the whole world with Internet.org …
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Shiryn Ghermezian / Algemeiner.com:
Victim Breaks Down in Footage From Aftermath of Brutal Anti-Semitic Attack in France (PHOTOS/VIDEO)
Bill Schmalfeldt / Liberaland:
The Release Of Roger Shuler Is Good News, But The Fight Continues
Discussion: FOX News Radio and Legal Schnauzer