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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
People Want ‘The Colbert Report’ Canceled Over Asian Joke  —  Twitter users aimed to get the hashtag #CancelColbert trending on Thursday night after the official Twitter account for “The Colbert Report” posted a joke about Asian stereotypes out of context.  —  The now-deleted tweet read …
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Trey Barrineau / USA Today:
‘Colbert Report’ tweet stirs up anger  —  A satirical tweet aimed at Asians, now deleted, leaves many people angered and confused.  —  UPDATE: On Twitter early Friday, Stephen Colbert writes that the offending tweet sent from his Comedy Central show's verified Twitter account was not written by him.
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Port Authority Chairman Resigns In Response To Christie Scandal Report  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Friday announced the resignation of Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Chairman David Samson.  —  Samson, the governor's appointee, tendered his resignation on Friday …
Discussion: Liberaland
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Chris Christie / CNN:
Chris Christie news conference: Port Authority chairman resigning
Discussion: ABC News
Alec Macgillis / The New Republic:
Five Takeaways From Christie's Self-Exoneration Report
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 …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Capitol Report
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Madeleine Stix / CNN:
Teen to government: Change your typeface, save millions  —  (CNN) — An e.  You can write it with one fluid swoop of a pen or one tap of the keyboard.  The most commonly used letter in the English dictionary.  Simple, right?  —  Now imagine it printed out millions of times on thousands of forms and documents.
EBONY.com:
Diversity of Thought  —  EBONY.COM RESPONDS TO PERSONAL TWEETS SENT BY SENIOR EDITOR JAMILAH LEMIEUX  —  EBONY founder John H. Johnson once said that he created EBONY magazine with the intention to affirm a certain sense of “somebodiness” for African Americans.
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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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Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
Russian Buildup Stokes Worries
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Anthony Weiner / Business Insider:
Here's What Tesla And The Other Silicon Valley ‘Disruptors’ Don't Get About Politics  —  You might be surprised to see me launch this column by defending a conservative like Gov. Chris Christie, but when it comes to his administration's beef with Tesla Motors, I think he might be getting a bad rap.
Irin Carmon / msnbc.com:
Appeals court upholds law that closed Texas abortion clinics  —  The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that two provisions of a Texas abortion law are constitutional, including one that has closed a third of the state's clinics.  The unanimous panel, made up of three women appointed …
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Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
Obama administration to recognize same-sex marriages in Michigan
Discussion: Advocate and The Daily Caller
Greg Botelho / CNN:
Appeals court upholds challenged parts of Texas abortion law
Dan Steinberg / DC Sports Bog:
Harry Reid: Bryce Harper isn't overrated  —  When I asked Sen. Harry Reid this week how he became so passionate a fan of the Washington Nationals, the first thing he said was “Bryce Harper.”  —  Indeed, the Senate majority leader has used Harper's signature line when speaking with the press.
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 …
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Washington Post:
How to deal with Russia without reigniting a full-fledged Cold War psychology
Simbi Ntahobari / theeagleonline.com:
Dick Cheney denies war criminal allegations at KPU event  —  By Ana Santos  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney refuted accusations that he is a war criminal during his speech to students and members of the AU community in Bender Arena on March 28.  The Kennedy Political Union hosted Cheney …
Timothy B. Wheeler / Baltimore Sun:
Maryland House zings ‘House of Cards’ over tax break threat  —  State ordered to seize TV series' property if it ceases filming  —  Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright in season 2 of Netflix's “House of Cards.”  (Nathaniel E. Bell / September 6, 2013)  —  Responding to a threat that the …
Jeremy Wagstaff / Reuters:
Journalists, media under attack from hackers: Google researchers  —  (Reuters) - Twenty-one of the world's top-25 news organizations have been the target of likely state-sponsored hacking attacks, according to research by two Google security engineers.  —  While many internet users face …
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
New York Times:
Deadline Near, Health Signups Show Disparity  —  WASHINGTON — The online insurance marketplace in Oregon is such a technological mess that residents have been signing up for health coverage by hand.  In Texas, political opposition to President Obama's health law is so strong that some residents believe …
Eugene Volokh / Washington Post:
Prof. Michael McConnell (Stanford) on the Hobby Lobby arguments  —  I'm delighted to pass along this item from Prof. Michael McConnell at Stanford.  In my view, Michael is probably tied for most influential and respected Religion Clauses scholar in the nation today, both on the Free Exercise Clause side …
Numbers / Pew Research Center's Religion …:
Shrinking Majority of Americans Support Death Penalty  —  According to a 2013 Pew Research Center survey, 55% of U.S. adults say they favor the death penalty for persons convicted of murder.  A significant minority (37%) oppose the practice.  —  While a majority of U.S. adults still support …
Discussion: ThinkProgress, GovBeat and Boing Boing
Yahoo! News:
Jeremiah Denton, Vietnam War POW and U.S. senator, dies  —  By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Jeremiah Denton, a former U.S. senator who was held as a prisoner of war by North Vietnam for seven years and revealed his treatment by blinking the word “torture” in Morse code in a TV interview …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
 
 
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Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
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Carol Pogash / New York Times:
Suicides Mounting, Golden Gate Looks to Add a Safety Net
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Democrats seize on equal pay as a midterm issue
Jonathan H. Adler / Washington Post:
Should The Post run a correction to the Koch oil sands story?
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Mary Burke Says She Can't Self-Fund Campaign
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Climate Forecast: Muting the Alarm
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Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
Alabamans Struggle Most to Afford Healthcare and Medicine
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Study: $10B in O-Care subsidies so far
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
America's Taxation Tradition
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi: Immigration reform more important than winning House
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cbpp.org:
Lessons for Other States from Kansas' Massive Tax Cuts
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