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12:15 PM ET, April 13, 2014


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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Standoff at Bundy Ranch Ends, With Photo of the Year So Far  —  Before I had quite figured out what to make of the Bundy Ranch standoff, it appears to have been resolved.  The Bureau of Land Management has announced that in view of the risk of violence, it is withdrawing its forces, which include snipers, from the area.
Liz Fields / ABC News:
Nevada Cattle Rancher Wins ‘Range War’ With Feds … A Nevada cattle rancher appears to have won his week-long battle with the federal government over a controversial cattle roundup that had led to the arrest of several protesters.  —  Cliven Bundy went head to head with the Bureau …
Fox News:
Federal agency pulls back in Nevada ranch standoff, but legal fight remains
Benjy Sarlin /
Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee face off at New Hampshire Freedom Summit  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. - The Republican presidential primary is up and running in New Hampshire, where conservative prospects lined up in Manchester Saturday for the first cattle call of the 2016 cycle.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
New Hampshire Republicans Get a Preview of 2016  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — Here in a state where presidential politics are never far from anyone's mind, three Republicans who are considering a run for the White House — Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Mike Huckabee …
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Huckabee: Beginning To Think There Is More Freedom In North Korea Than U.S.  —  Not content to make just one questionable quote in the last 24 hours, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee decided Saturday to suggest that North Koreans living under an oppressive regime might have more freedom at times than Americans.
Discussion: Mediaite
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Diversity and Dishonesty  —  EARLIER this year, a column by a Harvard undergraduate named Sandra Y. L. Korn briefly achieved escape velocity from the Ivy League bubble, thanks to its daring view of how universities should approach academic freedom.  —  Korn proposed that such freedom was dated …
New York Post:
For Attorney General Eric Holder, Justice is for Democrats only  —  A veteran Justice Department lawyer says that Attorney General Eric Holder has politicized the department in a way he hadn't seen before.  In short, “Holder is the worst person to hold the position of attorney general since the disgraced John Mitchell.”
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Sebelius: Pressure after rollout was ‘awful’  —  Outgoing Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said she was “flat-out wrong” to believe that was ready to go on Oct. 1, 2013.  —  Sebelius made the comment to NBC's Andrea Mitchell on “Meet the Press” in her first post-resignation interview.
Discussion: Liberaland
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:   President Obama and Kathleen Sebelius hug it out. Sort of.
Will Englund / Washington Post:
Pro-Russian gunmen take over eastern Ukrainian city's police headquarters  —  MOSCOW — Violence flared in eastern Ukraine on Saturday as pro-Russian gunmen occupied a police headquarters in a small city and attacked government buildings in several towns nearby.
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Podesta seeks points for Obama's scoreboard before it's too late  —  White House senior adviser John Podesta is running against the clock.  —  Time is winding on Podesta's objective, which is to make sure President Obama put points on the board in the final three years of his second term through either legislation or executive action.
Discussion: The Reaction
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:   Obama, Republicans Compete for Support Among Women
Daily Mail:
Investigators reveal MH370 co-pilot tried to make a call from his mobile phone after the aircraft ‘vanished’ but ‘was abruptly cut off’ as U.S. deny reports the plane landed at their remote military base  —  The co-pilot of missing flight MH370 made a call from his mobile phone …
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Bush draws boos from conservatives  —  A mention of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), a potential 2016 presidential contender, brought boos from a conservative crowd in New Hampshire on Saturday.  —  Speaking at the New Hampshire Freedom Summit, a gathering of conservative activists …
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Valerie Miller / NY Daily News:
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Alan Schwarz / New York Times:
Idea of New Attention Disorder Spurs Research, and Debate
Discussion: The Verge and Althouse
Christopher Cousins / Bangor Daily News:
LePage vetoes solar energy bill, two others
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Raw Story
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Mike Huckabee Says Obama May Be Lying About His Support For Gay Marriage
Discussion: Liberaland
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Eric T. Fair / Washington Post:
The U.S. must open the book on the use of torture to move forward
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Sen. Orrin Hatch / The Hill:
Protect the Senate's important ‘advice and consent’ role
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Michael Kazin / The New Republic:
Stop the Revisionism: LBJ Was No Liberal Hero