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9:55 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 …
The / Los Angeles Times:
Time to expose the CIA's ‘dark side’  —  The partial declassification of a report critical of interrogation and detention policies used by the CIA after 9/11 is a crucial part of confronting the abuses of our past.  —  Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) speaks to the media after a closed meeting …
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Chuck Schumer: No end to attacks on Kochs
Discussion: CNN, Power Line and Weasel Zippers
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
How The White House Just Undercut One Of The GOP's Top 2014 Attacks  —  In a move with big election-year implications, the Obama administration announced Monday that it would reverse a proposed cut to private Medicare Advantage plans.  The decision undercuts one of the GOP's favorite lines …
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Bill Clark / Roll Call:
Senate Passes Unemployment Benefits Extension
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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Erin Durkin / NY Daily News:
Rev. Al Sharpton worked as FBI informant, taping conversations with mob pals to help bring down Genovese crime family: report  —  Sharpton became an informant after he was caught on tape with a drug kingpin discussing cocaine deals, and the feds threatened him with charges unless he flipped …
Discussion: Main Justice and CANNONFIRE
Salon:
Tea Party's great dunce-off: How Ted Cruz is quietly kicking Rand Paul's butt  —  A little-noticed speech tells all you need to know about the right fringe — and why Cruz gets it more than Paul  —  There's been a lot of chatter recently about certain GOP presidential hopefuls' religious pilgrimage …
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
WH says its gender pay gap ‘better than the national average’  —  The White House on Monday looked to deflect criticism over its own pay policies ahead of an event Tuesday on lessening wage discrimination.  —  White House press secretary Jay Carney was peppered by questions from reporters …
Discussion: Hot Air
Hannah Levintova / Mother Jones:
OkCupid's CEO Donated to an Anti-Gay Campaign Once, Too  —  OkCupid co-founder Sam Yagan Anthony Behar/Sipa USA/AP Images  —  Last week, the online dating site OkCupid switched up its homepage for Mozilla Firefox users.  Upon opening the site, a message appeared encouraging members to curb …
Wall Street Journal:
The ‘77 Cents on the Dollar’ Myth About Women's Pay  —  Once education, marital status and occupations are considered, the ‘gender wage gap’ all but disappears.  —  April 8 is “Equal Pay Day,” an annual event to raise awareness regarding the so-called gender wage gap.
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Cafe Hayek
New York Times:
A Familiar Script in Ukraine  —  The events taking place in Donetsk and elsewhere in eastern Ukraine are very similar to those that led up to the Russian annexation of Crimea.  In fact, the pro-Russian secessionists who seized the local administration building in Donetsk …
Matt Herrick / USAID Impact:
Eight Facts About ZunZuneo  —  On Thursday, April 3, the Associated Press published an article on a social media program in Cuba funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.  The article contained significant inaccuracies and false conclusions about ZunZuneo …
Elianayjohnson / National Review:
House Turns Up the Heat on Lerner, Pursues Criminal Charges  —  The House Ways and Means Committee, led by outgoing chairman Dave Camp, will vote this week to ask the Department of Justice to pursue criminal charges against former Internal Revenue Service employee Lois Lerner.
San Francisco Examiner, The San Francisco Examiner:
California Senate erases websites of 3 lawmakers, including Leland Yee  —  by The Associated Press The California Senate has erased the names and online archives of three suspended lawmakers entangled in criminal cases.  —  The Senate removed pictures, video clips and legislative archives …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The illiberal left lacks confidence in its ideas.  —  “The debate over repealing this law is over,” President Obama declared last Tuesday in reference to ObamaCare.  April Fool!  By the end of the week some of Obama's most loyal media supporters were proving him wrong—by repeating his arguments.
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Silicon Valley scares Americans: Column  —  After the NSA spying scandal, many don't trust the techies of Google and Facebook.  —  Silicon Valley has a trust problem, and it's growing.  Some of this is the result of National Security Agency spying — and the tech community's cooperation with same …
Discussion: Popular Mechanics
Benny Johnson / BuzzFeed:
Bush Aides Push Jeb To Run For President  —  “We have a responsibility to make sure Jeb runs.”  The future at the celebration of the past.  —  AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee  —  COLLEGE STATION, Texas — More than a hundred Republican Party elders gathered this weekend in Texas to celebrate George H.W. Bush's legacy.
Discussion: Fox News and Hot Air
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Katie Glueck / Politico:
Foster Friess's Obamacare-Hitler parody  —  Republican mega-donor Foster Friess is offering a parody video targeting Obamacare...starring Adolf Hitler.  —  The nearly-four minute segment, posted at FosterFriess.com and, as first reported by the Daily Beast, blasted out to his email list …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Liberaland
Washington Post:
Maryland Gov. O'Malley will sign marijuana decriminalization bill, he says  —  Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) said Monday that he will sign a bill decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana.  —  On a 34-to-8 vote, the Senate gave final approval to the legislation Monday afternoon.
Discussion: Liberaland
 
 
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The Economic Times:
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The congressional outcry over allowing a former hostage-taker involved …
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