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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honorary degree for Islam critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali  —  Brandeis University in Massachusetts announced Tuesday that it had withdrawn the planned awarding of an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a staunch critic of Islam and its treatment of women, after protests from students and faculty.
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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
A Note to Supporters of Brandeis  —  As Lori Lowenthal Marcus notes, Brandeis University has in recent years bestowed an honorary degree on Tony Kushner, who called the creation of Israel as a Jewish state “a mistake” and who attacked Israel for ethnic cleansing and for causing “terrible peril in the world.”
New York Times:
Brandeis Cancels Plan to Give Honorary Degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Critic of Islam
Rachael Bade / Politico:
IRS's Lerner sought to deny Crossroads tax status, emails show  —  A House committee on Wednesday accused former IRS official Lois Lerner of breaking agency rules by aggressively urging the agency to deny tax-exempt status to Crossroads GPS, the giant political nonprofit founded by Karl Rove …
Discussion: Main Justice
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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: Hot Air, Wonkblog, Hit & Run 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:
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.”
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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Rolling Stone:
Julia Louis-Dreyfus Is Naked on the New Cover of Rolling Stone  —  RS follows the First Lady of Comedy's journey from ‘Seinfeld’ to ‘Veep’ in our new issue  —  Julia Louis-Dreyfus is wearing absolutely nothing but the immortal words of America's founding fathers on the cover of the next issue …
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Franklin Regional Senior High School has an enrollment of 1,222.
Discussion: Yahoo! News and National Review
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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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.
Suffolk University:
Iowa Poll Shows Hillary Clinton Strong and GOP Field Scattered in Advance of Caucuses  —  With the January 2016 Iowa presidential caucuses on the horizon, Hillary Clinton is the far-and-away favorite among self-described Democratic caucus-goers, according to a Suffolk University statewide Iowa poll.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, CNN and Politico
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 …
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
What That RNC Aide's Equal Pay Blunder on MSNBC Says About Her Party  —  It's not Kirsten Kukowski's fault she only had gibberish to spout about workplace gender fairness.  It's the fault of her party and its culture—and the GOP will pay for it with women.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: alicublog and RedState
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 …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
CNN: ‘Crossfire’ back on air soon  —  CNN's “Crossfire,” which has been off the air for one month as of today, will be “back on the air soon,” the network's top spokesperson said Wednesday.  —  That assurance, from Communications SVP Allison Gollust, may bring an end to uncertainty among CNN staffers as to when the show would return.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
Avik Roy / Forbes:
RAND Comes Clean: Obamacare's Exchanges Enrolled Only 1.4 Million Previously Uninsured Individuals  —  Last week, I wrote about an article in the Los Angeles Times, on a then-as-yet unpublished report from the RAND Corporation, indicating that only one-third of Obamacare's purported 7.1 million …
Jason Leopold / Al Jazeera America:
REVEALED: SENATE REPORT CONTAINS NEW DETAILS ON CIA BLACK SITES  —  Sources tell Al Jazeera the Intelligence Committee report accuses spy agency of lying about detention and interrogation  —  A Senate Intelligence Committee report provides the first official confirmation that the CIA secretly operated …
Discussion: Firedoglake
 
 
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McAllister: 'Duck Dynasty's' Willie Robertson says work things out privately
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ThinkProgress:
Senator Threatens To Block Nominee For Top Climate Post Because She Accepts Climate Science
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Red State Boycotts Mozilla Over Firing Of Ex-CEO Brendan Eich
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Mediaite
Leigh Ann Caldwell / CNN:
Bill Clinton on Snowden: An ‘imperfect messenger’
Russell Berman / The Hill:
GOP lawmakers don't love Jeb's comments
Discussion: Liberaland
Michael Zuckerman / The Atlantic Online:
The Polarized Partisan Geography of Inequality
Discussion: Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Pro-Business or Pro-Market  —  For years, Republicans benefited from economic growth.
Washington Post:
The depth of the problem  —  Both the Australian and Chinese navies …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Matt Grossmann / Washington Post:
U.S. policy has gone liberals' way for 70 years
Marc Bousquet / Chronicle of Higher Education:
The Moral Panic in Literary Studies
Peter Baker / New York Times:
For Obama Presidency, Lyndon Johnson Looms Large
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Defectors likely to make margin on Ryan budget vote razor thin
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