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8:35 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 …
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 …
Discussion: Main Justice
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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John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Report on IRS: Only Tea Party Groups Received ‘Systematic Scrutiny’
Patrick Howley / The Daily Caller:
IRS agents testified before Congress that the agency's political …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Michael Hayden under fire for Dianne Feinstein comment  —  Senate Democrats ripped former CIA Director Michael Hayden on Monday for describing Sen. Dianne Feinstein as “emotional,” calling Hayden's remarks both a “baseless smear” and condescending.  —  Hayden on Sunday said that the Senate …
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Chuck Schumer: No end to attacks on Kochs
Discussion: Power Line and Weasel Zippers
Bradley Klapper / Associated Press:
Dems Slam CIA Ex-Boss Over Feinstein Criticism
Discussion: CNN
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
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: Hot Air
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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.
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
Joan Walsh / Salon:
Jonathan Chait's epic race fail: How a story about racism and Obama goes horribly wrong  —  New York magazine's cover story suggests liberals are paranoid, MSNBC is like stop-and-frisk — and other oddities  —  I'm glad Jonathan Chait told us that his poorly argued, slightly paranoid …
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 …
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
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.
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
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 …
Bill Clark / Roll Call:
Senate Passes Unemployment Benefits Extension  —  The Senate approved a bipartisan unemployment benefits extension Monday, with six Republicans joining Senate Democrats to clear the measure.  —  The measure passed 59 to 38 with all Democrats in attendance voting for the bill.
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
 
 
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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
Donna Cassata / Associated Press:
The congressional outcry over allowing a former hostage-taker involved …
Discussion: CNN
Michael S. Rosenwald / Washington Post:
Serious reading takes a hit from online scanning and skimming, researchers say
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Democrats blast Breitbart Nancy Pelosi posters
Allison Nielsen / Sunshine State News:
Rick Scott Pulls Ahead as Charlie Crist Continues to Fall
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Gingrich: Remove All Donation Limits To ‘Equalize The Middle Class And The Rich’
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