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4:20 PM ET, April 7, 2014

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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.
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.
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Juan Williams / The Hill:
ACA data leave GOP exposed  —  “What a difference a day makes — 24 little hours.”  Those lyrics about romance and spring flowers also fit the bill last week for congressional politics and the 2014 midterm elections.  —  Last Tuesday, the White House hit the 7 million-plus mark …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Politico:
GOP confident about Paul Ryan's budget
Discussion: PBS, Daily Kos and New York Times
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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Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
Rand Paul in '09: Cheney pushed Iraq war to benefit Halliburton
Discussion: Liberaland, Hot Air and Mediaite
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 …
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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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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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Oligarchy and Monetary Policy
Brad DeLong / Washington Center for Equitable Growth:
Oligarchy and Monetary Policy: I Confess That I Do Not Understand: Monday Focus: April 7, 2014
Discussion: EconLog
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Outside the Beltway
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.
Adam Edelman / NY Daily News:
White House considering ban on selfies with the President  —  A senior White House adviser said the selfie Red Sox slugger David Ortiz took last week with Obama — later revealed to be a marketing stunt by Samsung — might be the last ever presidential selfie.
Discussion: USA Today, Gawker and The Week
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Benjamin Goad / The Hill:
Obama moving again on equal pay
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.
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
Charles Moore / Telegraph:
The game is up for climate change believers  —  Charles Moore reviews The Age of Global Warming by Rupert Darwall (Quartet)  —  Most of us pay some attention to the weather forecast.  If it says it will rain in your area tomorrow, it probably will.  But if it says the same for a month …
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 …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
The Roberts Court Just Endorsed Many Of Nixon's Most Corrupt Campaign Finance Schemes  —  Mention the word “Nixonian,” and many people's mind immediately go to Watergate, the break-in scandal and subsequent cover-up that eventually forced President Richard Nixon to resign.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
 
 
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Rob Lowe on the Problems With Being Pretty
Chris Hastings / Daily Mail:
My ‘sensual’ nights with women, by Debbie Harry: Blondie star reveals she is bisexual despite relationship with bandmate
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Marc Thiessen: Brennan must defend CIA's terrorist interrogation program
Discussion: News Desk and emptywheel
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Scott Brown, pick a party
Discussion: WMUR and Talking Points Memo
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court won't hear appeal of New Mexico gay-bias case
Discussion: SCOTUSblog and Althouse
Francoise Mouly / Culture Desk:
Cover Story: Barry Blitt's “The Best Medicine”
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Fix
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USA Today:
Anti-vaccine movement is giving diseases a 2nd life
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Week
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Unofficial Enforcer of Ruling on Race in College Admissions
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
Obama Goes Back To School
Michael B. Mukasey / Wall Street Journal:
More Obfuscation on Benghazi  —  Testimony by the former acting head …
Steven M. Mazzacane / BranfordSeven.com:
Source: Kennedy Jr. To Run for State Senate, Announce Tuesday
Discussion: The Fix, Politico and Post Politics
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