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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”  —  Last night, after Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.) publicly apologized for snogging, on surveillance video, in his congressional office, a staffer who was not his wife, he received a text from a stranger: “Hey bro.  How's your day goin.”
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  —  Tuesday is Equal Pay Day, the symbolic day by which women supposedly have put in enough extra work to catch up to what men will make in a year.  That's because even when they work full-time, year-round, they still make 77 percent, on average, of what similar men make.
Discussion: The New Republic and MarketWatch
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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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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Justin Sink / The Hill:
WH says its gender pay gap ‘better than the national average’
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 …
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 …
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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)
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
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 …
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 and Post Politics
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Henry Hanks / CNN:
Farewell, Archie: Beloved comic book character to die  —  14 comics that caused controversy  —  (CNN) — Since 1941, comic book fans have followed the exploits of teenaged Archie Andrews and his friends.  This July, they'll find out how he dies.  —  “Life With Archie” #36 hits stores on July 16 …
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.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
McConnell Sounds Off On 'The Left's Latest Bizarre Obsession'  —  On Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) dismissed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) ongoing war against the Koch brothers as a “bizarre obsession” among Democrats designed to blow “kisses to their powerful pals on the left.”
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.
David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
How Vox Makes Us Stupid  —  The hoi polloi can relax.  Vox has kicked off the era of explanatory journalism.  There are flashcards for your convenience.  —  To help you better understand why Vox is needed, Ezra Klein has written a lengthy piece, a mission statement of sorts, entitled …
Paul H. Tice / Wall Street Journal:
How Climate Change Conquered the American Campus  —  The top-paying job for grads last year: petroleum engineer, at $97,000.  Yet most colleges seem oddly uninterested.  —  Here is a college quiz.  While many parts of the U.S. economy struggle to recover from the Great Recession of 2008-09 …
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.
The News Star:
Pastor says McAllister staffer leaked video  —  A West Monroe minister says U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister's Monroe District Office manager leaked the video of the congressman's tryst with a former staff member who isn't the congressman's wife.  —  Danny Chance, pastor of Christian Life Church …
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
How Not to Seem Rich While Running for Office  —  Like many seekers of higher office, Ann Callis doesn't know financial hardship.  But that's O.K. Her elders did.  —  When Callis started running for a House seat from Illinois, she was happy to recite the story of her father, Lance.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Wall Street Journal:
Off the ObamaCare Deep End  —  The worse-the-better caucus is hurting the GOP case for reform.
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 …
Frank Rich / New York Magazine:
Scandal Loves a Clinton  —  Again?  But the harder their enemies hit, the stronger the couple becomes.  —  About the only political conviction uniting Americans in Election Year 2014 is that Election Year 2016 will be about Hillary Clinton.  The likelihood of her unannounced candidacy …
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
This Baby Has Whooping Cough, And Her Mother Wants More People To Get Their Vaccines  —  5-week-old Brielle has contracted whooping cough  —  CREDIT: Facebook/Meghan Mcnutt-Anderson  —  One Toronto-area mother has taken to Facebook to warn people about the dangerous consequences of skipping out on their recommended vaccines.
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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