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3:20 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
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
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.
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  —  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be too costly for Republicans to reinstate some of the more popular provisions of Obamacare if and when the law is repealed …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Daily Kos
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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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: GovBeat and Business Insider
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 …
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
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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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.
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James Taranto / Washington Post:
Justice Breyer turns the First Amendment on its head.
Discussion: RedState
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
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 …
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
Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
$1.5M Hotel Bill for President Obama's One-Day Visit to Brussels  —  In late March, President Obama took a week-long trip through Europe which included a stop of less than 24 hours in Brussels, Belgium for meetings with the European Union and NATO.  The president stayed at The Hotel …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Washington Post: No Correction, But You Can Have a Reprint of the Article!  —  After I demolished a Washington Post article that tried to link Koch Industries to the Keystone Pipeline, the Post promised Koch a correction.  That correction has yet to appear, but in the meantime, the Post's …
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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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
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
McKeon: No immigration in NDAA
Discussion: CNN and National Review
USA Today:
Millions by millions, CEO pay goes up
Discussion: ThinkProgress and NewsBusters
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
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Koch Email Urges Employees To Share Boss' WSJ Op-ed
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
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