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2:25 PM ET, April 15, 2014

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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.
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Rich Lowry / National Review:
Rand Paul's Foreign Policy: For the Situation Room or the Dorm Room?  —  The oil-services company Halliburton is an old obsession of the anti-Bush Left, and evidently of Kentucky senator Rand Paul.  —  The libertarian standard-bearer and almost-certain Republican presidential candidate suggested …
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Is Paul Appealing-Or Appalling?
Discussion: Instapundit
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.
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My News 4:
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.
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Bundy Ranch ‘Militia’ Considered Using Women As Human Shield
Discussion: Liberaland
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Census Survey Revisions Mask Health Law Effects  —  WASHINGTON — The Census Bureau, the authoritative source of health insurance data for more than three decades, is changing its annual survey so thoroughly that it will be difficult to measure the effects of President Obama's health care law …
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NationalJournal.com:
What Obamacare Means for Your Taxes
Discussion: Hit & Run, Fox News and Mediaite
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: CNN, Washington Post and 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.
Ryan J. Reilly / The Huffington Post:
Eric Holder ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ About Marijuana Legalization In Washington And Colorado  —  CHARLESTON, S.C. — Attorney General Eric Holder is “cautiously optimistic” about how things are going in Washington state and Colorado following the legalization and state regulation of marijuana.
Derek Wallbank / Bloomberg:
U.S. Deficit Cut by Almost One-Third to $492 Billion: CBO  —  The U.S. government's deficit will fall to $492 billion this year, according to the Congressional Budget Office, a steeper drop than originally predicted from $680 billion in fiscal year 2013.  —  The 2014 deficit will be 2.8 percent …
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Interest Rates and the Budget Outlook
Discussion: CBO's Publications
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Landrieu Reenacts Committee Hearing for Campaign Ad  —  Democratic senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana is in a tough reelection battle because of her support for Obamacare.  So its not surprising her latest TV ad focuses on the one high-profile fight she's had with the Obama administration, over oil and gas exploration.
ThinkProgress:
Governor Bans Minimum Wage Increases And Paid Sick Leave Laws  —  At a time when many states and cities are working passing minimum wage increases, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) has gone in the opposite direction and signed a law banning cities from passing higher wages.
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Ben Carson: White House wanted apology for ‘offending’ Obama  —  Neurosurgeon Ben Carson says the White House wanted him to apologize for “offending” President Obama after he famously delivered a conservative message at the National Prayer Breakfast last year.
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.
Marc Fisher / Washington Post:
Social Security stops trying to collect on old debts by seizing tax refunds  —  The Social Security Administration announced Monday that it will immediately cease efforts to collect on taxpayers' debts to the government that are more than 10 years old.  —  The action comes after The Washington …
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
Hawaii governor apologizes for questioning Inouye death-bed drama  —  Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie apologized for questioning the drama surrounding a death-bed letter at the center of a heated U.S. Senate contest without backing off his assertion that the choice of a candidate was his alone to make.
Discussion: OnPolitics and Washington Post
Elianayjohnson / National Review:
Bolton PACs Raise Big Money  —  John Bolton's political-action committees are pulling in big bucks.  Together, the former United Nations ambassador's groups, a PAC and a super PAC that will back candidates who share Bolton's belief in a muscular foreign policy, raised nearly $2 million since their launch in November, sources say.
Doug Glanville / Reuters:
I Was Racially Profiled in My Own Driveway  —  A retired Major League Baseball player explains how he's trying to turn an upsetting encounter with the police into an opportunity for dialogue.  —  It was an otherwise ordinary snow day in Hartford, Connecticut, and I was laughing as I headed outside to shovel my driveway.
Discussion: Shakesville and Daily Kos
David Hawkings / Roll Call:
Can You Lie in Politics?  Supreme Court Will Decide  —  The Supreme Court has made pretty clear that putting your money where your mouth is deserves broad protection as a form of free political speech.  The justices are about to consider whether outright lying in a campaign deserves a similar First Amendment shield.
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Ukraine Military Clashes With Pro-Russia Militants in East  —  SLOVYANSK, Ukraine — The Ukrainian military stormed an airport 25 miles north of this city on Tuesday, beginning what the president called a military operation to confront pro-Russian militants in the eastern part of the country.
Discussion: Washington Post and The Week
Curtis Krueger / Tampa Bay Times:
Alex Sink will not challenge David Jolly for congressional seat in November  —  Democrat Alex Sink has decided not to run for Congress again this year, meaning there will not be a rematch of the nationally watched and extraordinarily costly campaign that Sink lost in Pinellas County a little …
Wbastone / The Smoking Gun:
Texan, 23, Headed To State Prison For Urinating On The Alamo  —  Buster  —  A Texas man was sentenced yesterday to 18 months in state prison for urinating on the Alamo.  —  Daniel Athens, a 23-year-old El Paso resident, pleaded guilty earlier this year to a criminal mischief charge …
Discussion: Liberaland and Gawker
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
As MLB honors Jackie Robinson, can it reverse a trend?  —  Just when we want to believe that times are changing, and prejudice is waning, along comes a ferocious reminder like a Manny Pacquiao punch to the jaw.  —  Sheer racism, exposed in vile letters directed to Hall of Fame great Hank Aaron …
 
 
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Michael McDonald / Bloomberg:
Small U.S. Colleges Battle Death Spiral as Enrollment Drops
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Geoffrey R. Stone / The Daily Beast:
Democracy Demands a Journalist-Source Shield Law
Ashton Davis / GOP.com:
RNC Sues IRS for Illegal Stonewalling
Discussion: Liberaland and The Gateway Pundit
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Looking at Some Corporate Tax Loopholes Ordinary Citizens May Envy
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Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
O'Malley on 2016: Democrats Could Use Real Contest
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Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Boehner challenger pitches solution to ‘electile dysfunction’
Staci Zaretsky / Above the Law:
Yet Another Law School Is Offering Buyouts To Its Tenured Professors
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Snowden reporters win Pulitzer
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Obama's war on White House women: Column
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Gordon G. Chang / Forbes:
China Property Collapse Has Begun
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