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12:45 PM ET, April 10, 2014

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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
King may switch sides and join the Republicans after midterms  —  Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), who caucuses with the Democrats, will decide after the midterm elections whether to switch sides and join the Republicans.  —  He is leaving open the possibility of aligning himself with the GOP if control of the upper chamber changes hands.
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Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Democrats' revolting equal-pay demagoguery  —  Here's a radical notion: It is simultaneously possible to believe that women are entitled to equal pay and to not support the Paycheck Fairness Act.  —  Not thatx you'd know it from the rhetoric President Obama and fellow Democrat are happily flinging …
New York Times:
The Truth About the Pay Gap  —  Women are the primary or co-breadwinner in 6 out of 10 American families.  That makes the economic imperative of addressing the wage gap between women and men important, as is every step President Obama can take in that direction.
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
More Republicans See Health Care Stance as ‘Very Important’ to Midterm Vote  —  Views of ACA Little Changed Following Enrollment Surge  —  In looking ahead to this fall's elections, Republicans are more likely than Democrats to view a candidate's position on the Affordable Care Act as very important to their vote.
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Amy Harder / Wall Street Journal:
Eleven Democrats Push Obama to Approve Keystone  —  Nearly a dozen Senate Democrats, including five up for re-election this year, are pressing President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, and they say they want a decision by the end of next month.
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Health law's campaign clout bad news for Democrats
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Can Clever Campaigns Save the Democrats in 2014?
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Eric Holder strays from planned remarks  —  Attorney General Eric Holder strayed from prepared remarks to slam the way he was “treated” by a House committee the day before, calling it evidence of “ugly and divisive” civil rights challenges facing him and President Barack Obama
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Tim Alberta / NationalJournal.com:
House Conservatives Plot to Oust Boehner, Put Scare Into Cantor  —  One plan: Force the speaker to step aside before the new year.  —  Several dozen frustrated House conservatives are scheming to infiltrate the GOP leadership next year—possibly by forcing Speaker John Boehner …
CBS Press Express:
CBS ANNOUNCES STEPHEN COLBERT AS THE NEXT HOST OF “THE LATE SHOW”  —  The CBS Television Network today announced that Stephen Colbert, the host, writer and executive producer of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “The Colbert Report,” will succeed David Letterman as the host of THE LATE SHOW …
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Stephen Colbert Will Replace David Letterman On ‘Late Show’  —  CBS announced Thursday that Comedy Central comedian Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman as the host of “Late Show.”  —  “Simply being a guest on David Letterman's show has been a highlight of my career,” Colbert said in a press release.
Discussion: Mashable
Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
Ryan Budget Attempts to Bridge GOP Divide  —  House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) carries enormous clout within his party, and he's going to need it.  —  A number of rank-and-file House Republicans, steaming mad at GOP leaders because of a recent Medicare vote …
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The Hill:   Budget vote goes down to the wire
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:   House Set for Vote on Ryan Budget With Big Cuts
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
Could America Become Mississippi?  —  The country's demographic trends could lead to racially polarized electorates akin to the Deep South.  —  Does a dramatic change in your social environment make you more conservative, and if so, what kind of change would it take?  —  JAMELLE BOUIE
New York Times:
Russia Didn't Share All Details on Boston Bombing Suspect, Report Says  —  WASHINGTON — The Russian government declined to provide the F.B.I. with information about one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects that would most likely have led to more extensive scrutiny of him at least two years …
Interview by Patricia Sellers / Fortune:
The Fortune interview: Rupert Murdoch  —  Defending a newspaper empire amid scandal, splitting a global media conglomerate into two public companies, enduring a high-profile divorce, and struggling to repair frayed relationships with grown children — it's been a trying few years for Rupert Murdoch.
The News Star:
Former Rep. Alexander may seek old job back  —  Former 5th District U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Ruston, who resigned abruptly last summer to take a job in Gov. Bobby Jindal's cabinet, said he won't rule out a run for his old job next fall.  —  Alexander, who won six terms in the U.S. House beginning …
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
DNC blames MSNBC for ‘double standard’ over Scarborough keynote  —  The Democratic National Committee's top spokesperson has sent a letter to MSNBC President Phil Griffin accusing the network of a “double standard” after its decision to allow host Joe Scarborough, a Republican …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare's Missing 3.2 Million  —  A mixed verdict from the Rand Corp.  —  The Rand Corp. is out with a new study titled “Changes in Health Insurance Enrollment Since 2013,” and ObamaCare cheerleaders like Michael Hiltzik of the Los Angeles Times are dancing for joy.
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Glenn Greenwald Is Coming To America  —  For the first time since his reporting on the National Security Agency's global surveillance programs made Edward Snowden a household name, Glenn Greenwald plans to return to the United States.  —  Greenwald, who lives in Rio de Janeiro …
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Dem senator defends the Koch brothers  —  Sen. Joe Manchin on Thursday strongly defended the Koch brothers from attacks by fellow Democrats, saying the wealthy and politically active businessmen are taxpaying Americans who are creating jobs.  —  “People want jobs.  You don't beat up people.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Hot Air
Clare Sestanovich / The Atlantic Online:
Black Culture and Progressivism  —  What started as a discussion of Paul Ryan's comments by has turned into a revealing debate on the nature of liberal politics in the United States.  —  Some pieces of news precipitate a kind of journalistic pile-on.  This can be unfortunate …
Discussion: The Other McCain and Althouse
RealClearDefense:
Retiring the A-10 Early Puts Troops' Lives at Risk  —  When we send our troops into harm's way, we have a solemn obligation to ensure they have the very best support possible so they can accomplish their missions and return home safely.  —  This is certainly true when it comes to close air support …
Michael Van Sickler / MiamiHerald.com:
Florida House bill would allow carrying guns without a permit during riots, natural disasters  —  TALLAHASSEE — Under a bill backed by the National Rifle Association and other gun groups, riots could be the newest safe haven for those carrying firearms without a permit.
 
 
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Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Health Goal Met, White House Reviews Missteps
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Samtata / PIX 11:
Assistant principal, students hailed as heroes in Pennsylvania school stabbing
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Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Illinois Democrat reveals ethics review
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Why GOP Wins In 2014 Could Mean A Democratic President In 2016
ThinkProgress:
Carbon Dioxide Levels Just Hit Their Highest Point In 800,000 Years
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Watchdog finds IRS employees promoted Obama in 2012
Wall Street Journal:
IRS at the Crossroads  —  New evidence that Lois Lerner targeted conservative groups.
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Andrew Johnson / National Review:
Fournier: ‘Shame on Media’ if We Let Harry Reid Get Away With Koch Crusade
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New York Times:
$772 Million Penalty for Bank of America Credit Card Practices
Discussion: The Week
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BREAKING: Emails Show Lois Lerner Fed True the Vote Tax Information to Democrat Elijah Cummings
 

 
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