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3:25 PM ET, April 15, 2014

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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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Sarah Kliff / Vox:
Don't freak out about the changes to the Census yet  —  The Census is overhauling the way it measures who has health insurance coverage.  The new measures show more people with coverage than the old measures.  The move, reported Tuesday by the New York Times, led to quick outcry …
NationalJournal.com:
What Obamacare Means for Your Taxes
Discussion: Hit & Run, Fox News and Mediaite
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?
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.
Kyiv Post:
Ukrainian troops in control of Donetsk Oblast's Kramatorsk airfield, surround Sloviansk; Ukrainian deputy prime minister says several hundred Russian troops in Ukraine (LIVE UPDATES)  —  Editor's Note: Ukraine's interim President Oleksandr Turchynov said he has today launched an anti-terrorist operation …
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Fox News:
Moscow officials blast UN report claiming ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine falsely claimed assault
Discussion: Infowars and The Gateway Pundit
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Ukraine Military Clashes With Pro-Russia Militants in East
Discussion: Gawker, Washington Post and The Week
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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ThinkProgress:
Prominent Republican: Women Need To Be Paid Less So They Can Find Husbands  —  On Sunday, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) sought to advance the GOP's rebranding effort among female voters by suggesting that Republicans have long “led the fight for women's equality.”
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Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Schlafly: Increase The Pay Gap So Women Will Have Better Opportunities To Find A Husband
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
David Greenberg / The New Republic:
I'm OK With Calling LBJ a “Liberal Hero” (and No, I'm Not Ignoring Vietnam)  —  When I wrote my mixed assessment of “All the Way,” the engaging but often-cartoonish Broadway play about Lyndon Johnson, I criticized “Baby Boomers who insisted that the blunders of Vietnam should negate the triumphs of the Great Society.”
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and The Dish
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
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 …
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.
Beth Reinhard / Wall Street Journal:
Mitt Romney Stars in Ad in Heated Idaho Primary  —  Mitt Romney is making his first foray into the 2014 campaign airwaves, appearing in a new U.S. Chamber of Commerce television spot touting Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson in an increasingly heated Republican primary.
 
 
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Oligarchy, not democracy: Americans have ‘near-zero’ input on policy - report
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Republicans lead in Texas
Michael McDonald / Bloomberg:
Small U.S. Colleges Battle Death Spiral as Enrollment Drops
Discussion: Hit & Run, Gawker and ParaPundit
Geoffrey R. Stone / The Daily Beast:
Democracy Demands a Journalist-Source Shield Law
David Hawkings / Roll Call:
Can You Lie in Politics? Supreme Court Will Decide
Wbastone / The Smoking Gun:
Texan, 23, Headed To State Prison For Urinating On The Alamo
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Curtis Krueger / Tampa Bay Times:
Alex Sink will not challenge David Jolly for congressional seat in November
Ashton Davis / GOP.com:
RNC Sues IRS for Illegal Stonewalling
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Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Looking at Some Corporate Tax Loopholes Ordinary Citizens May Envy
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The Atlantic Online:
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Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Boehner challenger pitches solution to ‘electile dysfunction’
Doug Glanville / Reuters:
I Was Racially Profiled in My Own Driveway
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China Property Collapse Has Begun
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