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2:25 PM ET, April 4, 2014

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Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Mozilla's Gay-Marriage Litmus Test Violates Liberal Values  —  A half-dozen years ago, Brendan Eich donated $1,000 to the campaign for Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative that set out to ban same-sex marriage.  It passed with 52 percent of the vote, but was later overturned by the courts.
Discussion: The Dish, ABC News and LGBTQ Nation
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National Review:
Corrosive Conformity  —  In 2008, Barack Obama and Brendan Eich both were against gay marriage.  Senator Obama averred his support for the one-man/one-woman view of marriage, while Mr. Eich, a cofounder of the Mozilla web-browser company, donated $1,000 to support Proposition 8 …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Scott Whitlock / NewsBusters:
ABC Uses Footage of Hateful Westboro Baptist to Slime CEO Who Opposed Gay Marriage  —  According to Good Morning America's Linzie Janis, a CEO who made a donation in opposition to gay marriage is the same as the hateful members of Westboro Baptist.  On Friday, Janis reported on Brendan Eich, the former head of the tech company Mozilla.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Andrew Sullivan / The Dish:
The Hounding Of A Heretic … The guy who had the gall to express …
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Federal Judge Plans To Strike Down Ohio Marriage Recognition Ban  —  A prior decision by the judge was limited to recognizing same-sex couples' marriages on death certificates.  —  WASHINGTON — Following a hearing Friday, a federal judge in Ohio announced he plans to rule that Ohio …
Discussion: The Week and Joe. My. God.
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Ann Thompson / WVXU:
Federal Judge says he will declare Ohio's gay marriage ban unconstitutional  —  Update: Federal Judge Timothy Black says he will issue a ruling April 14 striking down Ohio's gay marriage ban passed by voters in 2004.  Attorney Al Gerhardstein, representing plaintiffs in a lawsuit about birth certificates …
Scott Stump / Today:
Bush: Putin ‘dissed’ our pet, said his dog was ‘bigger, stronger, faster’  —  When former president George W. Bush unveiled his paintings of world leaders during an interview with daughter Jenna Bush Hager on TODAY Friday, it brought back memories of an encounter with Vladimir Putin that revealed …
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
George Bush's Portrait Exhibition Opens in Dallas
Discussion: Hot Air and Gawker
Scott Stump / TODAY:
George W. Bush tells Jenna: I hope world leaders see ‘spirit’ of my portraits
Discussion: Gawker, The Fix and The Week
James Taranto / Washington Post:
Justice Breyer turns the First Amendment on its head.  —  In his plurality opinion in yesterday's free-speech case, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, Chief Justice John Roberts notes an anomaly in contemporary “liberal” First Amendment jurisprudence: “If the First Amendment protects flag burning …
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Ben Goad / The Hill:
Is it Clarence Thomas's court?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Want to cut the rich's influence? Take away their money!
George Bennett / Palm Beach Post:
Allen West's new book dotted with familiar, but fake, quotes from great Americans  —  Former Rep. Allen West outlines his political philosophy, warrior code and experiences as a black conservative in a new book that's peppered with quotations attributed to Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other famous figures.
Discussion: rubber hose and Althouse
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Tom Boggioni / The Raw Story:
Founding Father enthusiast Allen West's book filled with fake Founding Father quotes
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette and Liberaland
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Noonan: A Catastrophe Like No Other  —  The president tries to put a good face on ObamaCare.  —  Put aside the numbers for a moment, and the daily argument.  —  “Seven point one million people have signed up!”  —  “But six million people lost their coverage and were forced onto the exchanges!
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Post
Kim Gamel / Associated Press:
AP PHOTOGRAPHER KILLED, REPORTER WOUNDED  —  You are here  —  Home » Afghanistan » AP photographer killed, reporter wounded  —  KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A veteran Associated Press photographer was killed and an AP reporter was wounded on Friday when an Afghan policeman opened fire …
Dan Alexander / Forbes:
Super Donor Sheldon Adelson Made $2.1 Billion In 2 Days Since ‘Adelson Primary’  —  Republican presidential hopefuls may be worried about how many millions casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson will give to their 2016 campaigns, but the money means little to the GOP super donor.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Hullabaloo
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Jonathan Alter / News Desk:
McCutcheon Meets Adelson: What a Donor Wants
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Pro-Gun Okla. Lawmaker Takes Blame For Accidentally Shooting Fellow Hunter  —  An Oklahoma lawmaker who authored pro-gun legislation assumed responsibility for an accidental shooting that left a fellow hunter with a minor injury, The Oklahoman reported Thursday.
Savannah Morning News:
Uncle Bubba's, co-owned by Paula Deen and her brother, closes after 10 years  —  As long-time employees collected severance checks in the parking lot, Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House announced its closing Thursday morning on its website and Facebook page.
Discussion: Shakesville and Guardian
Pat Buchanan / Townhall.com:
Whose Side Is God on Now?  —  In his Kremlin defense of Russia's annexation of Crimea, Vladimir Putin, even before he began listing the battles where Russian blood had been shed on Crimean soil, spoke of an older deeper bond.  —  Crimea, said Putin, “is the location of ancient Khersones, where Prince Vladimir was baptized.
Kyle Whitmire / al.com:
Alabama House resolution calls for US Constitution same-sex marriage ban, but did anyone read it?  —  MONTGOMERY, Alabama — One Alabama lawmaker is crying foul after the Alabama House today approved a resolution calling for the United States Congress to convene an Article V constitutional convention to ban same-sex marriage.
Discussion: The Reaction
 
 
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Charles Gaba / ACASignups.net:
California: Up to 500,000 more Exchange QHPs by 4/15! (UPDATED x2)
Associated Press:
Mississippi governor Phil Bryant signs anti-gay bill
Discussion: Daily Kos
Maeve Reston / Los Angeles Times:
Hillary Clinton: For women, ‘Double standard is alive and well’
Discussion: ABC News, OnPolitics and Althouse
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Wall Street's Subsidy Safety Net
Discussion: susiemadrak.com and New York Times
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Kerry's folly, Chapter 3
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Centrist Republicans cool to minimum wage hike compromise
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner says there's ‘no question’ mentally ill shouldn't have guns
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Ben White / Politico:
Democrats pray for economic spring
Lisa Aliferis / capsules.kaiserhealthnews.org:
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Pyotr Vlasov / WorldMeets.US:
Russians Bid Farewell to the West (Gazeta, Russia)
Jacob Gershman / Wall Street Journal:
Google Is Having Trouble Trying to Trademark the Word ‘Glass’
Discussion: The Verge, The Week and Althouse
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Bush 41 Reunion Looks to Burnish His Legacy
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Democrats squawk as cracks form in immigration coalition
Bill Carter / New York Times:
3 Decades In, Letterman Says He Will Sign Off
Hannah Hess / Hill Blotter:
Moran: Members Can't Afford to Live Decently in D.C. (Audio)