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7:25 AM ET, April 5, 2014

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ABC News:
ABC News Exclusive: Grand Jury Convened in Christie Bridge Scandal Probe … The U.S. Attorney in New Jersey has convened a grand jury to investigate the involvement of Governor Chris Christie's office in the George Washington Bridge scandal, ABC News has learned.
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Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Spokesman Bails On Christie To Become Scott Brown's Campaign Manager
Discussion: Washington Monthly
James Pindell / WMUR:
Former aide to serve as Scott Brown campaign manager
Discussion: ABC News
Josh Dickey / Mashable:
Stephen Colbert Is CBS' Top Choice to Succeed Letterman, and He's Into It  —  Stephen Colbert is CBS' top choice to replace the retiring David Letterman, and has indicated that he's willing to take over the Late Show when the time comes, people familiar with both sides of the discussions tell Mashable.
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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Scott Whitlock / NewsBusters:
ABC Uses Footage of Hateful Westboro Baptist to Slime CEO Who Opposed Gay Marriage
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Paul Ryan Accidentally Reveals The Truth About The GOP's Obamacare Replacement  —  House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) admitted on Friday that Republicans would not be able to preserve the most popular elements of Obamacare if they repeal the law as a whole.
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Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
Paul Ryan: Popular parts of Obamacare too costly to keep, alternatives needed
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Daily Kos
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Show Low Levels of Concern on Global Warming  —  Worry about other environmental problems increasing … PRINCETON, NJ — The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a new report this week warning of the existing and potentially severe adverse future impact …
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Marc Morano / Climate Depot:
Shock peer-reviewed paper provides ‘rationale’ for ‘information manipulation’ & ‘exaggeration’ in global warming debate to ‘enhance global welfare’  —  New Paper: It's OK to lie about climate?!  - Published in American Journal of Agricultural Economics  —  A new peer-reviewed paper published …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Illinois Residents Least Trusting of Their State Government  —  North Dakota, Wyoming, and Utah rank at the top  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Illinois residents trust their state government to handle their state's problems far less than residents in any other state.
Discussion: Business Insider and GovBeat
David Freedlander / The Daily Beast:
Pro-Pot, Pro-Gay, Anti-NSA... and Running for Senate  —  Meet Shenna Bellows, Maine's former ACLU chief who's looking to unseat Susan Collins with a mix of left and right issues that might appeal to millennials.  —  The baby boomers had John F. Kennedy—young, charismatic, and TV ready.
Discussion: Hit & Run
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 …
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
‘Be Quiet!’  Medal Of Honor Vet Shuts Down Advocate For More Guns On Military Bases (VIDEO)  —  An MSNBC military analyst repeatedly told an advocate for arming military personnel on bases to be quiet at the end of an on-air debate Friday.  —  Retired Col. Jack Jacobs, a Medal of Honor recipient …
Detroit Free Press:
Muslim parent upset over school flyer promoting church's Easter egg hunt  —  Some Muslim parents are concerned about public schools in Dearborn handing out flyers to all students advertising an Easter egg hunt, saying it violates the principle of church and state separation.
Discussion: Fox News and The Gateway Pundit
Michael Crowley / TIME:
Mike Rogers Says Obama Has Gone ‘Kinder, Gentler’ Against al-Qaeda  —  The retiring House Intelligence Committee chief tells TIME that Obama is leaving terrorists “on the battlefield,” and explains his charge that Edward Snowden is “under the influence” of Russia's security service
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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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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: Mediaite and Power Line
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Hillary Clinton: Media ‘double standard’ on women
Discussion: CNN and The Huffington Post
 
 
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Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
$1.5M Hotel Bill for President Obama's One-Day Visit to Brussels
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
McConnell Challenger Bevin: The Founding Fathers Were ‘Very Involved’ In Cockfighting
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Wall Street Journal:
Mark Cuban and Thomas Melsheimer: How the Feds Rig Their Prosecutions
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Ruling Spurs Rush for Cash in Both Parties
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Washington Post: No Correction, But You Can Have a Reprint of the Article!
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
McKeon: No immigration in NDAA
Discussion: National Review and CNN
USA Today:
Millions by millions, CEO pay goes up
Discussion: ThinkProgress and NewsBusters
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Ronan Farrow Demonstrates That MSNBC Can't Stop Talking About The Koch Bros (VIDEO)
Discussion: Mediaite
David Brooks / New York Times:
Party All the Time  —  Over the last several decades …
Discussion: Right Turn
Ben Goad / The Hill:
Is it Clarence Thomas's court?
Charles Gaba / ACASignups.net:
California: Up to 500,000 more Exchange QHPs by 4/15! (UPDATED x2)
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
 

 
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Andrew Khouri / Los Angeles Times:
Layoffs hit Freedom Communications as it ceases publication of L.A. Register

Michael Muskal / Los Angeles Times:
Coalition files lawsuit challenging Arizona's ‘nude photo law’

Agence France-Presse:
Somali pirates release German-American journalist and writer Michael Scott Moore after more than two years

 
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