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10:45 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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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
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.
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Charles Krauthammer hits Jeb Bush comments  —  Conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer says comments from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush about immigration being an act of love were “bizarre,” predicting that when the Republican enters the presidential race, those words will come back to haunt him.
Discussion: The Week
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Benny Johnson / BuzzFeed:
Bush Aides Push Jeb To Run For President
Discussion: Fox News and Hot Air
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 …
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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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 …
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
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.
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 …
nbcbayarea.com:
Vandals Flip Over Smart Cars in San Francisco  —  Someone's been vandalizing compact Smart cars in San Francisco, flipping the tiny vehicles on their front and rear ends in the city's streets.  —  NBC Bay Area found four of the targeted Smart cars between Sunday night and Monday morning.
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
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.
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 …
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
 
 
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Joshua Miller / The Boston Globe:
N.H. bid coincides with retirement from Guard career
San Francisco Examiner, The San Francisco Examiner:
California Senate erases websites of 3 lawmakers, including Leland Yee
Washington Post:
Maryland Gov. O'Malley will sign marijuana decriminalization bill, he says
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Liberaland
Katie Glueck / Politico:
GOP's Alan Simpson backs gay marriage in ad
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
The Economic Times:
India losing 70 per cent voice and call centre business to Philippines, Eastern Europe: Survey
 Earlier Items: 
Donna Cassata / Associated Press:
The congressional outcry over allowing a former hostage-taker involved …
Discussion: Hot Air
Michael S. Rosenwald / Washington Post:
Serious reading takes a hit from online scanning and skimming, researchers say
Joan Walsh / Salon:
Jonathan Chait's epic race fail: How a story about racism and Obama goes horribly wrong
David Corn / Mother Jones:
WATCH: Rand Paul Says Dick Cheney Pushed for the Iraq War so Halliburton Would Profit
 

 
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