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Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
House GOP Leader Yanks Column From ‘Inappropriate’ Breitbart Site  —  House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) sided on Monday with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) over Breitbart News, requesting that his column be pulled from the news outlet's new California website.
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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Liz Cheney Hits Back At Pelosi: 'Her Spine Doesn't Seem To Reach Her Brain' (VIDEO)
The / Los Angeles Times:
Time to expose the CIA's ‘dark side’
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
CNN:
First on CNN: Husband on kissing congressman: ‘He has wrecked my life’  —  (CNN) -The husband of the woman caught making out with Rep. Vance McAllister said the Louisiana Republican destroyed his life and marriage.  —  “I'm just freaking devastated by the whole deal, man.  I loved my wife so much.
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The News Star:
News-Star exclusive: McAllister says he's ‘ashamed,’ asking for forgiveness  —  Video shows representative kissing woman who isn't his wife  —  'I promise to do everything I can to earn back the trust of everyone I've disappointed,' U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister said Monday after a video showing …
Adam Weinstein / Gawker:
Kissy Congressman Confesses to Texting Stranger: “I Messed Up”
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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Paige Winfield Cunningham / Politico:
Obama administration backs off MA cuts — Election year: Obamacare versus GOP Congress — McAuliffe signs mental health bill  —  With help from Jennifer Haberkorn, Susan Levine and Puja Murgai  —  ADMINISTRATION BACKS OFF MA CUTS — Amid heavy pressure from insurers, lawmaker and advocates …
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
How much does Obamacare actually cost?
Discussion: Hot Air and Bloomberg View
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.
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ThinkProgress:
Here's Why We Know The Gender Wage Gap Really Does Exist
Discussion: The New Republic and MarketWatch
New York Times:
As Obama Spotlights Gender Gap in Wages, His Own Payroll Draws Scrutiny  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama on Tuesday will call attention to what he has said is an “embarrassment” in America: the fact that women make, on average, only 77 cents for every dollar that a man earns.
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Jason Stein / JSOnline:
Gov. Scott Walker wants to finish college degree  —  By Jason Stein of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison — More than two decades after leaving Marquette University without finishing up his degree, Gov. Scott Walker wants to earn his diploma.  —  A spokeswoman said the governor wants …
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 …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Fox News Host Calls UConn Basketball Team ‘NAACP National Champs’ (VIDEO)  —  A Fox News host accidentally referred to the UConn Huskies as “NAACP national champs” after the school clinched the 2014 NCAA men's basketball title.  —  “Fox & Friends First” host Heather Childers …
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David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Freudian slip? Fox host calls UConn basketball team ‘NAACP champs’ instead of ‘NCAA’
Discussion: Mediaite and Gawker
Mark Ward / BBC:
Windows XP users face end to Microsoft support  —  As the hours tick away Microsoft has been encouraging people to ditch Windows XP  —  Support for the venerable Windows XP operating system ends this Tuesday.  —  It means that there will be no more official security updates and bug fixes for the operating system from Microsoft.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Oana Maria / Load the Game:   Support for Windows XP ends today
Jon Lovett / The Atlantic Online:
The Culture of Shut Up  —  There once was a remote village deep in the rainforest that had no contact with the outside world.  And in this small village there were only three village elders who had the ability to speak.  So they were in charge.  And they'd have arguments.
Discussion: The Dish and Hot Air
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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CNN:
Russia warns of civil war if Ukraine uses force to quell eastern revolts  —  Kiev (CNN) — (CNN) — Russia warned Tuesday that any use of force in Ukraine's eastern region could lead to civil war, as Kiev seeks to regain control after pro-Moscow uprisings in three cities.
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New York Times:   A Familiar Script in Ukraine
Jill Colvin / The New York Observer:
Al Sharpton: 'I Was Not and Am Not a Rat, Because I Wasn't With the Rats.  I'm a Cat'  —  A defiant Rev. Al Sharpton today responded to media reports that he served as an FBI informant against mob bosses in the 1980s, confirming that he recorded conversations, but insisting the reports missed the mark.
Scott Gottlieb / Forbes:
Health Plan Premiums Are Skyrocketing According To New Survey Of 148 Insurance Brokers, With Delaware Up 100%, California 53%, Florida 37%, Pennsylvania 28%  —  Health insurance premiums are showing the sharpest increases perhaps ever according to a survey of brokers who sell coverage in the individual and small group market.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Republicans Warn Of New Obamacare Reality: No Repeal Without Alternative  —  For all the challenges still facing Obamacare and its supporters, conservative health wonks are increasingly cautioning Republicans that the politics of the issue have changed in the wake of the 7 million initial sign-ups.
 
 
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Reihan Salam / Slate:
Why I Am Still a Neocon
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Bill O'Reilly Warns That The Hippies Are Coming For Rich White Guys (VIDEO)
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Democrats seek Obama administration's help with agency decisions to boost reelection bids
Discussion: Hot Air and ThinkProgress
Simon Lazarus / The New Republic:
Hannitys on the Bench  —  Right-wing judges are recycling sound bites …
Discussion: ACS Blog
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
How Not to Seem Rich While Running for Office
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Obamacare and GOP House collide
 Earlier Items: 
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Silicon Valley scares Americans: Column
Discussion: Popular Mechanics
Elianayjohnson / National Review:
House Turns Up the Heat on Lerner, Pursues Criminal Charges
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Foster Friess's Obamacare-Hitler parody