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12:40 PM ET, April 4, 2014

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Andrew Sullivan / The Dish:
The Hounding Of A Heretic … The guy who had the gall to express his First Amendment rights and favor Prop 8 in California by donating $1,000 has just been scalped by some gay activists.  After an OKCupid decision to boycott Mozilla, the recently appointed Brendan Eich just resigned under pressure:
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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!
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Joe Klein / TIME:
Obamacare: Mend it, Don't End it
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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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Peter Baker / New York Times:
George Bush's Portrait Exhibition Opens in Dallas  —  A dour Vladimir Putin glares ever so frostily, full of menace, free of mirth, ready to annex any passer-by unwise enough to get too close.  —  Tony Blair stares ahead, sober and resolute.  Hamid Karzai, in traditional green cap and cape …
Discussion: Hot Air and Gawker
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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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Maeve Reston / Los Angeles Times:
Hillary Clinton: For women, ‘Double standard is alive and well’  —  “Too many young women are harder on themselves than circumstances warrant,” said former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday night.  (Andrew Burton / Getty Images / April 3, 2014)
Discussion: OnPolitics, Althouse and ABC News
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Kerry's folly, Chapter 3  —  When has a secretary of state been involved in so many disastrous, self-initiated negotiations?  First, John Kerry convenes — against all advice and holding no cards — Geneva negotiations to resolve the Syria conflict and supposedly remove Bashar al-Assad from power.
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Washington Post:
With Israeli-Palestinian peace talks faltering, Kerry must decide how to proceed
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner says there's ‘no question’ mentally ill shouldn't have guns  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday said there's “no question” that mentally ill people should be prevented from buying guns, a day after a soldier with a history of mental illness killed three people at Fort Hood in Texas.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Politico
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Democrats squawk as cracks form in immigration coalition  —  IMMIGRATION GOOGLE FACEBOOK JOHN BOEHNER DICK DURBIN  —  Immigration reform advocates are fond of citing broad support for their cause.  But in fact the coalition behind the Senate Gang of Eight comprehensive reform bill is fragile and loosely cobbled together.
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
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Wall Street's Subsidy Safety Net  —  Financial reformers in both parties have insisted for years that the largest banks remain too big to fail, and that Dodd-Frank did not cleanse the system of this reality.  You can mark down this week as the moment that this morphed into conventional wisdom.
Discussion: susiemadrak.com and New York Times
hrms.urban.org:
QuickTake: Number of Uninsured Adults Falls by 5.4 Million since 2013  —  Sharon K. Long, Genevieve M. Kenney, Stephen Zuckerman, Douglas Wissoker, Dana Goin, Michael Karpman, and Nathaniel Anderson  —  The Urban Institute's Health Reform Monitoring Survey (HRMS) has been tracking insurance coverage since the first quarter of 2013.
Hannah Hess / Hill Blotter:
Moran: Members Can't Afford to Live Decently in D.C. (Audio)  —  Despite what constituents outside of Washington might think, members of Congress are underpaid, a House Legislative Branch appropriator suggested Thursday.  —  Virginia Democrat James P. Moran said he plans to highlight …
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Want to cut the rich's influence?  Take away their money!  —  To really bypass the Supreme Court and fix campaign finance forever, it's time to get creative  —  Chief Justice John Roberts this week continued his gradual judicial elimination of America's campaign finance laws …
 
 
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Associated Press:
Mississippi governor Phil Bryant signs anti-gay bill
Discussion: Daily Kos
Pat Buchanan / Townhall.com:
Whose Side Is God on Now?
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Centrist Republicans cool to minimum wage hike compromise
Discussion: Daily Kos and Politico
Ben White / Politico:
Democrats pray for economic spring
Lisa Aliferis / capsules.kaiserhealthnews.org:
Why Some Don't Pay Their Obamacare Premium: It's Not What You Think
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, Althouse and The Week
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Bush 41 Reunion Looks to Burnish His Legacy
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Melissa Anders / MLive.com:
Poll: Snyder leads Schauer in Michigan governor's race; Land, Peters in tight race for U.S. Senate
Discussion: Right Turn and RNC Research
Bill Carter / New York Times:
3 Decades In, Letterman Says He Will Sign Off
Isaac Brekken / The Nation:
Yes, let's erase stigma. But feminists, please: let's not forget to talk about male privilege.
 

 
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