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4:30 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.
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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:
Michelangelo Signorile / The Huffington Post:
Dear Andrew Sullivan, ‘Left-Liberal Intolerance’ Did Not Bring Down Mozilla's CEO  —  Andrew Sullivan has come to the defense of the Mozilla CEO, Brendan Eich, writing that Eich is being treated as a “heretic,” a victim of “left-liberal intolerance” and the “ugly intolerance of parts of the gay movement …
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
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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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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: Hit & Run, 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 …
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 …
Discussion: RedState
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Ben Goad / The Hill:
Is it Clarence Thomas's court?  —  Justice Clarence Thomas's influence was on full display in the Supreme Court's landmark decision to strike down a crucial campaign finance restriction.  —  And it's just one in a string of cases in which Thomas could be dragging the court toward his way of thinking.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Joe Schoffstall / Capitol City Project:
Hillary struggles to list accomplishments during tenure as Secretary of State  —  On April 3, 2014, Hillary Clinton spoke at the Women of the World Summit in New York City and was asked what she was most proud of during her tenure as Secretary of State.  Clinton could not provide …
Discussion: Power Line and Mediaite
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Maeve Reston / Los Angeles Times:
Hillary Clinton: For women, ‘Double standard is alive and well’
Discussion: ABC News, OnPolitics and Althouse
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Hillary Clinton: Media ‘double standard’ on women
Discussion: The Huffington Post and CNN
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
Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
Paul Ryan: Popular parts of Obamacare too costly to reinstate after repeal  —  House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) says in a new interview that it would be too costly for Republicans to reinstate some of the more popular provisions of Obamacare if and when the law is repealed …
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 …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Ronan Farrow Demonstrates That MSNBC Can't Stop Talking About The Koch Bros (VIDEO)  —  Viewers of MSNBC's Ronan Farrow have spoken, and they want more Koch.  —  Farrow asked his audience to choose the most underreported story of the week and the results will probably vindicate Democrats …
Discussion: Mediaite
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
Javier Manjarres / The Shark Tank:
HHS “Started” Individual Obamacare Applications Prior To Deadline,Obtained Personal Info From States  —  In the closing days of the open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) , the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was mailing out letters notifying certain Americans …
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
James Pindell / WMUR:
Former aide to serve as Scott Brown campaign manager  —  A former aide and long time friend of former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown has left his role inside New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's office to serve as Brown's campaign manager for his Senate race in New Hampshire, WMUR Political Scoop has learned.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and ABC News
USA Today:
Millions by millions, CEO pay goes up  —  When it comes to executive pay, 2013 could be one for the record books, with 15 CEOs and other key members of publicly held companies gaining membership into the $100 million-plus compensation club, likely the most since before the 2008 financial crisis.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and NewsBusters
David Brooks / New York Times:
Party All the Time  —  Over the last several decades, the United States has adopted a series of campaign finance reform laws.  If these laws were designed to reduce the power of money in politics, they have failed.  Spending on political campaigns has exploded.  Washington booms with masses of lobbyists and consultants.
Discussion: Right Turn and The Fix
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.
 
 
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Koch Email Urges Employees To Share Boss' WSJ Op-ed
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Raw Story
Alex Williams / New York Times:
Normcore: Fashion Movement or Massive In-Joke?
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
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Pro-Gun Okla. Lawmaker Takes Blame For Accidentally Shooting Fellow Hunter
Pat Buchanan / Townhall.com:
Whose Side Is God on Now?
Savannah Morning News:
Uncle Bubba's, co-owned by Paula Deen and her brother, closes after 10 years
Discussion: Shakesville and Guardian
 Earlier Items: 
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Kerry's folly, Chapter 3
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Centrist Republicans cool to minimum wage hike compromise
Discussion: Daily Kos and Politico
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner says there's ‘no question’ mentally ill shouldn't have guns
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Ben White / Politico:
Democrats pray for economic spring
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: Mashable, The Week, The Verge and Althouse
Kyle Whitmire / al.com:
Alabama House resolution calls for US Constitution same-sex marriage ban, but did anyone read it?
Discussion: The Reaction
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Democrats squawk as cracks form in immigration coalition
 

 
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