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2:00 PM 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honorary degree for Islam critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali  —  Brandeis University in Massachusetts announced Tuesday that it had withdrawn the planned awarding of an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a staunch critic of Islam and its treatment of women, after protests from students and faculty.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 Hirsi Ali's name has been withdrawn as an honorary degree recipient at this year's commencement.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 …
New York Times:
Brandeis Cancels Plan to Give Honorary Degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Critic of Islam
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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Burgess Everett / Politico:
GOP not fazed by paycheck vote  —  Republicans working to improve their image among women aren't worried about suffering a political backlash if they follow through with plans to block the Paycheck Fairness Act.  —  Most Senate Republicans are expected to unite on Wednesday to block the legislation …
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Michael Zuckerman / The Atlantic Online:   The Polarized Partisan Geography of Inequality
Burgess Everett / Politico:   Dems seize on income inequality for 2014
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
Kate Fagan / ESPN:
UMass' Derrick Gordon says he's gay  —  Derrick Gordon, a sophomore starter for the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team, stepped forward Wednesday as the first openly gay player in Division I men's college basketball, sharing his story with ESPN and Outsports.
CNN:
20 injured in Pittsburgh-area high school stabbings, authorities say  —  (CNN) — At least 20 students were injured Wednesday morning in a stabbing incident at Franklin Regional Senior High School in the Pittsburgh area, said Dan Stevens, an emergency management agency spokesman.
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ABC News:
At Least 20 Injured After Stabbings at Pa. High School
Discussion: Liberaland and The Gateway Pundit
Isabel Kershner / New York Times:
Israel Says It Is ‘Deeply Disappointed’ by Kerry's Remarks on Peace Talks  —  JERUSALEM — In an unusually pointed rebuke of an ally, the United States, Israel said on Wednesday that it was “deeply disappointed” by Secretary of State John Kerry's remarks a day earlier that appeared …
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Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
McCain blasts Kerry's ‘trifecta’ of disasters
Discussion: Hot Air, Instapundit and VodkaPundit
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Jim DeMint Asserts The Federal Government Played No Role In Freeing The Slaves  —  Heritage Foundation head Jim DeMint appeared on Vocal Point with Jerry Newcombe of Truth In Action Ministries last week, where he insisted that “no liberal is going to win a debate that big government freed the slaves.”
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 …
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.
Nikki Schwab / U.S. News:
John Boehner Cries at Taco Bell Event  —  On Capitol Hill, Boehner's tears, Kelly Rowland and thousands of tacos.  —  House Speaker John Boehner, seen here in 2010, choked back tears while praising the Boys & Girls Clubs of America at a Taco Bell-related event Tuesday on Capitol Hill.
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
Glenn Kessler / The Fact Checker:
President Obama's persistent ‘77-cent’ claim on the wage gap gets a new Pinocchio rating  —  “Today, the average full-time working woman earns just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns...in 2014, that's an embarrassment.  It is wrong.”  —  In 2012, during another election season …
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.
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 …
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 …
Joel Rubin / Los Angeles Times:
LAPD officers tampered with in-car recording equipment, records show  —  An inspection by LAPD investigators found about half of the estimated 80 cars in one South L.A. patrol division were missing antennas.  —  LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and other top officials learned about officers tampering …
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
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.
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.
Discussion: RedState
 
 
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
GOP lawmakers don't love Jeb's comments
Discussion: Liberaland
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
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Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
McAllister might seek probe of kissing video
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House Republicans to Delay Obamacare Replacement Rollout
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