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12:05 AM ET, April 8, 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 …
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.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Michael Hayden under fire for Dianne Feinstein comment  —  Senate Democrats ripped former CIA Director Michael Hayden on Monday for describing Sen. Dianne Feinstein as “emotional,” calling Hayden's remarks both a “baseless smear” and condescending.  —  Hayden on Sunday said that the Senate …
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Chuck Schumer: No end to attacks on Kochs
Discussion: Power Line and Weasel Zippers
Bradley Klapper / Associated Press:
Dems Slam CIA Ex-Boss Over Feinstein Criticism
Discussion: CNN
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Marc Thiessen: Brennan must defend CIA's terrorist interrogation program
Discussion: emptywheel, NewsBusters and News Desk
Joan Walsh / Salon:
Jonathan Chait's epic race fail: How a story about racism and Obama goes horribly wrong  —  New York magazine's cover story suggests liberals are paranoid, MSNBC is like stop-and-frisk — and other oddities  —  I'm glad Jonathan Chait told us that his poorly argued, slightly paranoid …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Guardian and Daily Kos
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Color of His Presidency  —  Optimists hoped Obama would usher …
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 …
John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Report on IRS: Only Tea Party Groups Received ‘Systematic Scrutiny’  —  A new report from House Republicans sheds more light on the early stages of tea-party targeting by the Internal Revenue Service, identifying the first three cases sent to Washington for special review in 2010.
Discussion: RedState, NewsBusters and The PJ Tatler
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Patrick Howley / The Daily Caller:
IRS agents testified before Congress that the agency's political …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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
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.
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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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.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Healthcare cuts canceled after Dem complaints  —  The Obama administration announced Monday that planned cuts to Medicare Advantage would not go through as anticipated amid election-year opposition from congressional Democrats.  —  The cuts would have reduced benefits that seniors receive …
Scott Raab / Esquire:
EXCLUSIVE: CHRISTIE PROSECUTOR GETS ITS STAR WITNESS TO START TALKING  —  David Wildstein, the NJ governor's man inside the Port Authority, replied to the infamous e-mail on “traffic problems in Fort Lee.” … Photo Illustration by DonkeyHotey via Flickr/Special to The Politics Blog
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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.
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
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
That Principled Conservative Embrace of Anti-Gay Businesses Somehow Doesn't Extend to Anti-Anti-Gay Businesses  —  The conservative logic on the Mozilla firing  —  It's been less than two months since the country concluded a big public debate over the rights of employers vis a vis their employees …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
GOP's Alan Simpson backs gay marriage in ad  —  Former Sen. Alan Simpson, a Republican, is making the case for a “live and let live” approach to same-sex marriage in a new television ad buy targeting Western states, just as a federal appeals court in Denver prepares to take up the issue later this week.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
The Economic Times:
India losing 70 per cent voice and call centre business to Philippines, Eastern Europe: Survey  — Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)|  - incremental voice and call centre business| … “);document.close();})();' frameborder="0" scrolling="no" width="640" height="160">
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 …
 
 
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Donna Cassata / Associated Press:
The congressional outcry over allowing a former hostage-taker involved …
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Emily Swanson / The Huffington Post:
Gingrich: Remove All Donation Limits To ‘Equalize The Middle Class And The Rich’
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