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8:50 AM ET, April 15, 2014

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Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Bundy Ranch ‘Militia’ Considered Using Women As Human Shield  —  It appears that the anti-government activists protesting the Bureau of Land Management's actions against a Nevada cattle rancher were considering using women as a human shield if a gun battle had erupted during the standoff.
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Sen. Reid on Cattle Battle: “It's not over”  —  RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid hasn't been very vocal about the cattle battle showdown in recent days, but says “it's not over.”  —  Reid tells News4's Samantha Boatman his take on the so-called cattle battle in southern Las Vegas.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Why You Should Be Sympathetic Toward Cliven Bundy  —  On Saturday, I wrote about the standoff at Bundy Ranch.  That post drew a remarkable amount of traffic, even though, as I wrote then, I had not quite decided what to make of the story.  Since then, I have continued to study the facts and have drawn some conclusions.
Discussion: MichelleMalkin.com
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
‘Shoe Truthers’ Wonder If Hillary Staged Shoe Throwing Incident  —  Call them the shoe truthers.  —  Some conservative media figures are openly wondering if Hillary Clinton staged an incident during a speech in Las Vegas on Thursday in which a woman in the audience threw a shoe at her.
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Feds Charge Woman in Hillary Clinton Shoe-Throw  —  Authorities have filed federal charges against a Phoenix woman accused of throwing a shoe on stage while Hillary Rodham Clinton gave a convention speech.  —  The trespassing and violence charges lodged Sunday against Alison Michelle Ernst …
Discussion: The Hill, Rush Limbaugh and CNN
Arthur Louis / BernardGoldberg.com:
Hillary and That Shoe: The Real Story  —  A couple of nights ago, as Hillary Clinton started to address a gathering of recycling experts in Las Vegas, a woman came striding down the aisle toward the stage and threw a shoe at her.  Hillary, claiming to be unsure what was thrown, called out “Was that a bat?”
Andrew Dugan / Gallup:
As Taxes Rise, Half in U.S. Say Middle-Income Pay Too Much  —  A near-record high of 23% say lower-income Americans pay too little  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nearly half of Americans, 49%, believe middle-income people — a group many Americans consider themselves part of — pay too much in taxes …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Read My Lips: More New Taxes!  —  A bigger April 15 bill would mean a better society  —  Happy Tax Day.  Yes, I say that every year.  Yes, I still mean it.  Yes, I know that not many people feel the same way.  —  Nobody likes writing checks to the government.  At best, it's something people tolerate.
Rebecca Riffkin / Gallup:
More Than Half of Americans Say Federal Taxes Too High
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Sebelius steps down, and ObamaCare supporters pretend to rejoice.  —  Six months ago, in the midst of what the New York Times then termed ObamaCare's “troubled rollout,” Kathleen Sebelius defied calls for her to resign as secretary of health and human services.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Betsy McCaughey / New York Post:
The next ObamaCare disasters
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Let HHS nominee Sylvia Burwell explain Obamacare lie
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Snowden reporters win Pulitzer  —  The Pulitzer Prize for public service was awarded Monday to The Washington Post and The Guardian, which broke the story of National Security Agency surveillance programs leaked by Edward Snowden.  —  In giving U.S. journalism's top prize to the Guardian and the Post …
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Washington Post wins Pulitzer Prize for public service, shared with Guardian
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Food Stamp Recipients Outnumber Women Who Work Full-Time  —  (CNSNews.com) - People participating in the food stamp program outnumbered the women who worked full-time, year-round in the United States in 2012, according to data from the Department of Agriculture and the Census Bureau.
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Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Obama's war on White House women: Column  —  We'd be closer to pay equity if Democrats would stop cheating their own female staffers.  —  The “War On Women” theme was a key component of Barack Obama's 2012 campaign.  And since politicians tend to repeat what works, the Democrats are pushing …
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Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
Rand Paul for President  —  Because what the GOP needs is a humbling landslide defeat.  —  Republicans, let's get it over with.  Fast forward to the finish line.  Avoid the long and winding primary road.  It can only weaken the nominee.  And we know who he—yes, he—has to be.
Discussion: Washington Post
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Budget Office Lowers Estimate for the Cost of Expanding Health Coverage  —  WASHINGTON — The insurance expansion under the Affordable Care Act will cost $1.383 trillion over the next decade, more than $100 billion less than previous forecasts, the Congressional Budget Office said Monday.
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Interest Rates and the Budget Outlook  —  The CBO has issued its latest budget update, and as always it's a very careful piece of work.  But there is one thing really worth drawing attention to — not that the CBO is necessarily wrong, but it might be, and at any rate people should be aware of what's driving the conclusions.
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Updated Budget Projections: 2014 to 2024
Danielle Sacks / Fast Company:
CHELSEA CLINTON MAKES HER MOVE  —  CHELSEA CLINTON IS THE PRODUCT OF TWO OF THE MOST POWERFUL BRANDS IN THE WORLD.  NOW SHE'S FINALLY CARVING OUT HER OWN IDENTITY—BY JOINING THE FAMILY BUSINESS.  —  Once upon a time, Chelsea Clinton was a little girl from Arkansas.  —  And deep down, she still is.
Discussion: Washington Post and OnPolitics
Gordon G. Chang / Forbes:
China Property Collapse Has Begun  —  Nothing is going right for Hangzhou at this moment.  Walmart will be closing its Zhaohui store in that city on April 23 as a part of its overall plan to dump marginal locations—about 9% of the total—in China.  —  Thanks to the world's largest retailer …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Tony Plohetski / KVUE-TV:
Perry hires lawyer for inquiry into veto threat  —  AUSTIN — Texas Gov. Rick Perry has hired a high-profile Austin defense lawyer to represent him in an investigation into whether he illegally withheld money from the Travis County District Attorney's office.
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Doug Glanville / Reuters:
I Was Racially Profiled in My Own Driveway
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Susan Page / USA Today:
IRS chief: New rule on the way for tax-exempt groups
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Kathleen Sebelius / Reason:
Remy: Happy (Tax Day Edition)
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New York Post:
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Obamacare, The Unknown Ideal, Continued
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Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
Court rules against Ohio ban on same-sex marriage recognition
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Top Democrat: Yes, “Elements” of the GOP Base are “Animated by Racism”
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