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11:45 AM ET, April 9, 2014

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Fox News:
Brandeis University withdraws planned honorary degree for Islam critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali  —  Brandeis University in Massachusetts announced Tuesday that it had withdrawn the planned awarding of an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a staunch critic of Islam and its treatment of women, after protests from students and faculty.
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Brandeis University News:
Following a discussion today between President Frederick Lawrence and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Ms. Hirsi Ali's name has been withdrawn as an honorary degree recipient at this year's commencement.  She is a compelling public figure and advocate for women's rights, and we respect and appreciate her work …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Dems seize on income inequality for 2014  —  Democrats aren't wasting any time tackling an issue they are convinced will help them this election year: income inequality.  —  One of the Senate's first votes upon returning to Washington from its holiday break Monday will be on a bill reviving …
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
GOP not fazed by paycheck vote
Discussion: Liberaland, Capitol Report and The Hill
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Democrats top GOP last month in Senate cash battle
Discussion: Politico
Michael Zuckerman / The Atlantic Online:   The Polarized Partisan Geography of Inequality
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / ZDNet:
Heartbleed security patches coming fast and furious  —  Summary: Fixes for the highly dangerous OpenSSL Heartbleed security hole are arriving now.  Update your servers ASAP.  —  Make no mistake about it.  The OpenSSL Heartbleed security hole is as serious for Internet security as a stage four cancer diagnosis would be for you.
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Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
Experts Find a Door Ajar in an Internet Security Method Thought Safe
Discussion: Tumblr Staff and JustOneMinute
New York Times:
Sliver of Medicare Doctors Get Big Share of Payouts  —  A tiny fraction of the 880,000 doctors and other health care providers who take Medicare accounted for nearly a quarter of the roughly $77 billion paid out to them under the federal program, receiving millions of dollars each in some cases …
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Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Data uncover nation's top Medicare billers
Discussion: Hit & Run, Wonkblog and The Verge
Associated Press:
Database: Some Docs Getting Millions From Medicare
Discussion: Politico
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Koch Brothers Received Millions In Obamacare Subsidies  —  Americans for Prosperity Foundation Chairman David Koch speaks in Orlando, Florida, in August, 2013.  —  CREDIT: AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack  —  Charles and David Koch may have spent millions of dollars opposing President Obama's …
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Charles Babington / Associated Press:   Many ‘Obamacare’ Critics Accepted Its Subsidies
CNN:
Mike Huckabee: Not ‘homophobic’ but on the ‘right side of the Bible’  —  (CNN) - Mike Huckabee told an Iowa crowd on Tuesday that he's “not homophobic,” but believing marriage should be between one man and one woman is being “on the right side of the Bible.”
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  April 9, 2014 - New Jersey Bridgegate Probes: Whitewash V. Witch Hunt, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Gov. Christie's Approval Is Down, Bully-Meter Is Up  —  Watch Video: Assistant Director Tim Malloy discusses poll results  —  The investigation clearing New Jersey …
Kirsten Powers / USA Today:
Liberals' mob rule  —  Kickstarter's attempt to censor film about convicted abortion doctor is another example.  —  Last week brought a chilling reminder of how mercilessly some liberals will work to silence and marginalize people who hold views with which they disagree.
New York Times:
Global Warming Scare Tactics  —  OAKLAND, Calif. — IF you were looking for ways to increase public skepticism about global warming, you could hardly do better than the forthcoming nine-part series on climate change and natural disasters, starting this Sunday on Showtime.
Discussion: Guardian and Vox Popoli
Marina Galperina / ANIMAL:
GEORGE W. BUSH SOURCED ALL HIS PAINTINGS FROM GOOGLE  —  George W. Bush's solo art show “The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy” has just opened at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, Texas.  Moving on from paintings of dogs and bath time …
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Obama's war on science and gullible women  —  This week President Obama took up theme that women are the victims of pay discrimination.  According to Obama, they are victims of discrimination because they earn 77 cents to every dollar that men earn.  Obama, of course, is the champion of these victims.
Marc Bousquet / Chronicle of Higher Education:
The Moral Panic in Literary Studies  —  Over the past two decades, most academic disciplines have maintained the numbers of their tenure-track faculty members or added minimally, while hiring a lot more non-tenure-track faculty members, causing the percentage of tenurable professors to fall.
Douglas Burns / carrollspaper.com:
Clovis: Obama's race shields him from impeachment  —  Hinton Republican, former radio host, says he can talk language of GOP base  —  Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sam Clovis, a firebrand northwest Iowa conservative, says he believes many congressional Republicans want to impeach President Obama.
Matt Grossmann / Washington Post:
U.S. policy has gone liberals' way for 70 years  —  Matt Grossmann is a political scientist at Michigan State University and author of “Artists of the Possible: Governing Networks and American Policy Change Since 1945.”  —  Conservatives in Congress are the prime suspects in Washington's dysfunction.
The Hill:
Defectors likely to make margin on Ryan budget vote razor thin  —  More than 10 Republicans are expected to reject Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) budget blueprint, and many others remain undecided.  —  House GOP leaders have expressed confidence they will pass the budget measure …
Discussion: The Plum Line
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: U.S. Won't Share Invasion Intel With Ukraine  —  American spies have spotted all the signs of an all-out Russian invasion of Ukraine.  Why won't they tell the Ukrainians about the forces on their border?  —  U.S. intelligence agencies now have detailed information that Russia …
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
McAllister might seek probe of kissing video  —  Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.) is considering sending a letter to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) requesting an FBI investigation into the release of a surveillance video that showed him kissing a former staff member, his office said.
Palmer Gibbs / Sunlight Foundation Blog:
Comcast and Time Warner Cable give big to some senators reviewing merger  —  Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., is a vocal critic of the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger.  Franken is on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which holds a hearing about the merger on Wednesday.
 
 
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Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Pro-Business or Pro-Market  —  For years, Republicans benefited from economic growth.
The Hugh Hewitt Show:
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus Reacts To The McCutcheon Decision
Washington Post:
The depth of the problem  —  Both the Australian and Chinese navies …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Vance McAllister / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Vance McAllister should resign, says state lawmaker
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Louie Gohmert: Eric Holder ‘persecutes’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
ABC News:
At Least 20 Injured After Stabbings at Pa. High School
Discussion: Liberaland and The Gateway Pundit
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Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
GEICOBAMACARE? The ACA Could Save You Money On Car Insurance
Discussion: RAND
Derek Wallbank / Bloomberg:
House Republicans to Delay Obamacare Replacement Rollout
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
McCain blasts Kerry's ‘trifecta’ of disasters
Peter Baker / New York Times:
For Obama Presidency, Lyndon Johnson Looms Large
Discussion: The Monkey Cage
Jon Boone / Guardian:
Pakistani baby charged with attempted murder goes into hiding
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Week
Joshua Holland / BillMoyers.com:
Obamacare Is Widening the Gap Between “Red” and “Blue” America
 

 
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