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1:50 PM ET, April 11, 2014

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Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Health Secretary Resigns After Woes of HealthCare.gov  —  WASHINGTON — Kathleen Sebelius, the health and human services secretary, is resigning, ending a stormy five-year tenure marred by the disastrous rollout of President Obama's signature legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act.
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Ezra Klein / Vox:
Kathleen Sebelius is resigning because Obamacare has won  —  Obamacare has won.  And that's why Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius can resign.  —  Calls for Sebelius's resignation were almost constant after Obamacare's catastrophic launch.
Ben Domenech / The Federalist:
Kathleen Sebelius's Resignation Hands Republicans A Golden Opportunity  —  Kathleen Sebelius is resigning, and Rachel Maddow is right to not be happy about it, not one little bit.  For once, I completely agree with Maddow's analysis.  This surprise resignation presents Republicans …
Halimah Abdullah / CNN:
Sebelius steps down  —  Washington (CNN) — President Barack Obama announced Friday that he will nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who currently directs the White House budget office, to be the next health secretary, the Cabinet official who's ultimately responsible for overseeing Obamacare.
Discussion: New York Times and The Week
Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
WH RT: ‘Kathleen Sebelius Is Resigning Because Obamacare Has Won’  —  The first official word from the Obama administration on Kathleen Sebelius's resignation as secretary of health and human services is a retweet by the official White House Twitter account of a tweet by Vox.com's Ezra Klein:
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Will Kathleen Sebelius Win in the End? Legacy Tied to Obamacare's Outcome
Discussion: Daily Kos
Bloomberg:
Sebelius to Resign as Chief of Obama's Health Programs
Joanne Kenen / Politico:
Kathleen Sebelius resigns as HHS secretary
Discussion: CNN and naked capitalism
Marc Fisher / Washington Post:
Social Security, Treasury target taxpayers for their parents' decades-old debts  —  A few weeks ago, with no notice, the U.S. government intercepted Mary Grice's tax refunds from both the IRS and the state of Maryland.  Grice had no idea that Uncle Sam had seized her money until some days later …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Short on accomplishments, Hillary leans on Bill and Barack to sell candidacy  —  BARACK OBAMA HILLARY CLINTON BILL CLINTON 2016 ELECTIONS  —  Last week Hillary Clinton gave what appeared at first to be a rambling and unfocused answer when asked to name the proudest achievement of her four years as Secretary of State.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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Houston Chronicle:
Equal education a civil right, Bush tells LBJ summit … AUSTIN - Former President George W. Bush, citing equal education as central to civil rights, said Thursday poor and minority children are the ones who suffer when accountability is weakened.  —  “I fear that the soft bigotry …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Here's George W. Bush Telling A Very Dirty Joke At A Civil Rights Summit (VIDEO)
Discussion: Mediaite
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Why Gay-Marriage Opponents Should Not Be Treated Like Racists  —  Liberals generally think of themselves as proponents of tolerance, pluralism, and diversity.  Some liberals are also eager to stigmatize and punish opponents of gay marriage.  Is that a betrayal of their values?
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Health Care Nightmares  —  When it comes to health reform, Republicans suffer from delusions of disaster.  They know, just know, that the Affordable Care Act is doomed to utter failure, so failure is what they see, never mind the facts on the ground.  —  Thus, on Tuesday, Mitch McConnell …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Hullabaloo and ThinkProgress
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
CIA's use of harsh interrogation went beyond legal authority, Senate report says  —  WASHINGTON — A still-secret Senate Intelligence Committee report calls into question the legal foundation of the CIA's use of waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques on suspected terrorists …
Discussion: Hit & Run, The Verge and rubber hose
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Washington Post:
Why the Senate report on the CIA's interrogation program should be made public
Discussion: Guardian and Firedoglake
Julie Ray / Gallup:
Global Image of U.S. Leadership Rebounds  —  Median approval rating of 45% in Asia is highest on record  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — After hitting a low point at the end of President Barack Obama's first term, U.S. leadership ratings worldwide rallied in 2013 as he began his second.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Samantha Power / US Department of State:
Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at a General Assembly Session on Improving Global Road Safety  —  U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations  —  Mr. President, colleagues, the United States is pleased to cosponsor and urge …
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Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
U.S. Cosponsors U.N. Resolution to Fight Texting and Driving
Discussion: United Nations and The Week
Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Marsha Blackburn to “Test the Waters” for 2016 Bid  —  PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Tennessee Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn will consider running for president in 2016 — if she sees an opportunity to do so, an aide to the 7th District Republican told RealClearPolitics.
David Sherfinski / Washington Times:
Virginia Republican Bob Marshall stands by remarks that raise eyebrows  —  Democrats see an easy victory  —  Delegate Robert G. Marshall has said that disabled children can be God's vengeance against women who have had abortions.  He has described incest as sometimes voluntary …
Discussion: Liberaland and Right Wing Watch
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Conservative Firepower Has Senate Democrats Playing Defense  —  Democrats in races that will help determine control of the Senate are rapidly burning through their campaign cash and seeing their advantage over Republican opponents whittled away as they fend off attacks from conservative groups …
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Ted Barrett / CNN:
Anger over last year's filibuster fight rekindles on Senate floor
Discussion: ACS Blog and Politico
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
The IRS Scandal Comes Into Focus  —  House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp lays out damning evidence of Lois Lerner's targeting of conservative groups.  —  Nearly a year into the IRS scandal, we still don't know exactly what happened—though we are finally getting an inkling.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Tony Romm / Politico:
Al Franken attacks Comcast merger  —  It's Comcast vs. Sen. Al Franken — Round Two.  —  The Minnesota Democrat, who pilloried the telecom giant and its plans to purchase Time Warner Cable at a congressional hearing Wednesday, continued his attack a day later — stressing in an interview …
 
 
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Todd J. Gillman / Dallas Morning News:
Religious conservatives warn GOP against holding convention in Vegas
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Byron Tau / Politico:
GOP creates new fundraising group after McCutcheon ruling
John Blake / CNN:
Has the Roberts court placed landmark 1964 civil rights law on a hit list?
Washington Post:
Democrats embrace adding photos to Social Security cards
Aaron David Miller / CNN:
Carter's wrong to blame Obama, Clinton
Discussion: Mediaite and Politico
Mike Levine / ABC News:
Fed-Up Eric Holder Rips Congress: ‘Unprecedented, Unwarranted, Ugly and Divisive’
Ed Rogers / Washington Post:
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