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5:45 PM ET, April 7, 2014

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Politico:
Report: Pol, staffer caught kissing  —  Freshman GOP Rep. Vance McAllister (La.) - who ran as conservative Christian - has been caught on video in a romantic encounter with a woman believed to be on his congressional staff just before Christmas.  —  The Ouachita Citizen, a newspaper based in West Monroe …
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Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Married GOP congressman admits to kissing female staffer  —  Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.) asked for forgiveness Monday afternoon after a video purporting to show the congressman kissing a female staffer in his congressional office in Louisiana surfaced.  —  McAllister, who was just elected …
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Jenna Levy / Gallup:
In U.S., Uninsured Rate Lowest Since 2008  —  Uninsured rate declines most among blacks and lower-income Americans  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the U.S., the uninsured rate dipped to 15.6% in the first quarter of 2014, a 1.5-percentage-point decline from the fourth quarter of 2013.
David Corn / Mother Jones:
WATCH: Rand Paul Says Dick Cheney Pushed for the Iraq War so Halliburton Would Profit  —  As the ex-veep blasts Paul for being an isolationist, old video shows the Kentucky senator charging that Cheney used 9/11 as an excuse to invade Iraq and benefit his former company.  —  Gage Skidmore/Flickr
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Vox:
Welcome to Vox: a work in progress  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW VOX!  —  Welcome to Vox.com!  Again!  —  On March 9, we launched Vox.com, which included our first videos, and we started talking to readers on our Facebook page and on our Twitter feed.
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Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
Vox Takes Melding of Journalism and Technology to a New Level  —  WASHINGTON — Ask Ezra Klein what prompted him to leave a high-profile position at The Washington Post to start a new website, and the answer is a little wonkish, even for the founder of the newspaper's Wonkblog, a mix of politics …
Wbastone / The Smoking Gun:
Al Sharpton's Secret Work As FBI Informant  —  Untold story of how activist once aided probes of NYC wiseguys  —  When friends and family members gathered recently at the White House for a private celebration of Michelle Obama's 50th birthday, one of the invited partygoers was a former paid FBI Mafia informant.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Color of His Presidency  —  Optimists hoped Obama would usher in a new age of racial harmony.  Pessimists feared a surge in racial strife.  Neither was right.  But what happened instead has been even more invidious.  —  A few weeks ago, the liberal comedian Bill Maher and conservative strategist …
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Joan Walsh / Salon:
Jonathan Chait's epic race fail: How a story about racism and Obama goes horribly wrong
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
CROSSING CHRISTIE … - ARCHIVE - PHOTO BOOTH - DAILY SHOUTS - DAILY COMMENT - CURRENCY - AMY DAVIDSON - JOHN CASSIDY - ANDY BOROWITZ - SHOP
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Ashley Killough / CNN:
Biden on sleeping with a college professor  —  (CNN) - There he goes again.  —  Vice President Joe Biden delivered another whimsical moment Monday-the kind that borders a fine line between cheeky yet charming.  —  Follow @politicalticker Follow @KilloughCNN
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Oligarchs and Money  —  Econonerds eagerly await each new edition of the International Monetary Fund's World Economic Outlook.  Never mind the forecasts, what we're waiting for are the analytical chapters, which are always interesting and even provocative.  This latest report is no exception.
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Joshua Tucker / The Monkey Cage:
The less Americans know about Ukraine's location, the more they want U.S. to intervene  —  Where's Ukraine?  Each dot depicts the location where a U.S. survey respondent situated Ukraine; the dots are colored based on how far removed they are from the actual country, with the most accurate responses …
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Democrats blast Breitbart Nancy Pelosi posters  —  Democrats are slamming an ad campaign from Breitbart to promote its new California coverage that features a graphic illustration of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's face on a scantily clad woman's body in a suggestive position.
Ezra Klein / Vox:
How politics makes us stupid  —  There's a simple theory underlying much of American politics.  It sits hopefully at the base of almost every speech, every op-ed, every article, and every panel discussion.  It courses through the Constitution and is a constant in President Obama's most stirring addresses.
KFOR-TV:
‘Leaving in a hurry,’ hundreds of residents chase Westboro protesters out of Oklahoma town  —  MOORE, Okla. - Hundreds of Moore residents lined Broadway across from Central Junior High Sunday afternoon.  —  They were ready and waiting for members of the notorious Westboro Baptist Church.
Peter Cooney / Reuters:
Jeb Bush says illegal immigration often ‘an act of love’  —  (Reuters) - Jeb Bush, a potential Republican presidential candidate in 2016, said on Sunday that illegal immigrants who come to the United States to provide for their families are not committing a felony but an “act of love.”
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Allison Nielsen / Sunshine State News:
Rick Scott Pulls Ahead as Charlie Crist Continues to Fall  —  The tide continues to turn in the Florida governor's race, as a new poll confirms former Gov. Charlie Crist is losing favor with Florida voters.  —  Gov. Rick Scott has now surpassed Crist, as the former governor continues his downward slide …
ucsusa.org:
Science or Spin?:  Assessing the Accuracy of Cable News Coverage of Climate Science  —  Accuracy varies significantly across major cable news outlets.  All of them can take steps to improve their coverage of climate science.  —  CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC are the most widely watched cable news networks …
Patrick Howley / The Daily Caller:
IRS agents testified before Congress that the agency's political targeting did not apply to progressive groups as Democrats and the media have claimed, according to a bombshell new staff report prepared by the House Oversight Committee chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa.
Emily Swanson / The Huffington Post:
Gingrich: Remove All Donation Limits To ‘Equalize The Middle Class And The Rich’  —  Newt Gingrich Mccutcheon v Fec Newt Gingrich Donation Limits Rich Newt Gingrich Newt Gingrich Mccutcheon Newt Gingrich Donation Limits Newt Gingrich Donation Limits Middle Class Politics News
Discussion: New York Times
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
NYC's tanning salons inspected more regularly than abortion clinics  —  The state Health Department is failing to inspect many of New York's abortion clinics — with some facilities escaping scrutiny for more than a decade, bombshell documents obtained by The Post reveal.
 
 
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David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court won't hear appeal of New Mexico gay-bias case
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
The Roberts Court Just Endorsed Many Of Nixon's Most Corrupt Campaign Finance Schemes
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Anti-vaccine movement is giving diseases a 2nd life
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Unofficial Enforcer of Ruling on Race in College Admissions
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ACA data leave GOP exposed
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