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7:40 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 …
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: Washington Post and Instapundit
Paul Lewis / Guardian:
Ukraine on the brink as troops take on rebels  —  Vladimir Putin denounces Kiev for mobilising forces against pro-Russian gunmen in east of country  —  Alec Luhn in Kramatorsk, Paul Lewis in Washington and Julian Borger  —  Ukrainian government forces launched their first significant military action …
Discussion: Liberaland, Infowars and kyivpost.com
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Fox News:
Moscow officials blast UN report claiming ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine falsely claimed assault
Discussion: Infowars
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
Discussion: Liberaland and The Raw Story
Phyllis Schlafly / Christian News, The Christian Post:
Facts and Fallacies About Paycheck Fairness
Barbara Starr / CNN:
Video shows large al Qaeda meeting in Yemen  —  Washington (CNN) — A new video shows what looks like the largest and most dangerous gathering of al Qaeda in years.  And the CIA and the Pentagon either didn't know about it or couldn't get a drone there in time to strike.
Discussion: Politico
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CNN:
U.S. right wing extremists more deadly than jihadists  —  Deadly shootings in Kansas City suburb … (CNN) — On Sunday, a man shot and killed a 14-year-old boy and his grandfather at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and then drove to a nearby Jewish retirement community where he shot and killed a third person.
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.
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama chops 3 1/2 years off pot sentence
Discussion: CNN
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Matt Taibbi: ‘Hands Down’ Bush Was Tougher On Corporate America Than Obama (VIDEO)  —  Muckraking polemicist Matt Taibbi said that when it comes to the last two presidents, there's no question who did a better job of holding America's tycoons accountable.  —  The former Rolling Stone writer …
Discussion: The Daily Banter
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Democracy Now:
Who Goes to Jail? Matt Taibbi on American Injustice Gap from Wall Street to Main Street
Discussion: The Week
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Rumsfeld Has ‘Absolutely No Idea’ If He Filed His Taxes Correctly  —  Donald Rumsfeld got his taxes filed in time.  Just don't ask him if they were done correctly.  —  In a letter sent Tuesday to the Internal Revenue Service, Rumsfeld said he has “absolutely no idea” whether his family's tax returns …
UO Matters:
UO law school prof angry about plan to use his raise for student fellowships  —  4/14/2014: Several members of the law school email lists (which included staff, secretaries etc.) have forwarded these two emails from professor Rob Illig (Law) about a plan apparently floated by Law Dean Michael Moffitt …
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 …
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Mississippi GOP Senate Candidate Wrote Race-Baiting Blog Posts  —  Mississippi Republican state senator Chris McDaniel is challenging incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran in GOP primary.  —  Jonathan Bachman / Reuters  —  A leading Republican candidate for Senate in Mississippi wrote blog posts …
New York Times:
Police Unit That Spied on Muslims Is Disbanded  —  The New York Police Department has abandoned a secretive program that dispatched plainclothes detectives into Muslim neighborhoods to eavesdrop on conversations and built detailed files on where people ate, prayed and shopped, the department said.
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Hillary Clinton, Youth Candidate  —  Our old colleague Patrick Caldwell has an interesting article up at Mother Jones about the way the Hillary Clinton campaign—or whatever we can call it at this point, since it isn't actually a campaign but it isn't exactly just a bunch of independent people doing …
Discussion: Mother Jones
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.
Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
RNC Sues IRS Over Information Stonewalling on Targeting Scandal  —  The Republican National Committee has submitted a lawsuit against the IRS for failing to comply with Freedom Information Requests related to the targeting of conservative groups.  The original FOIA request was made on May 21 …
Discussion: protein wisdom
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Ashton Davis / GOP.com:
RNC Sues IRS for Illegal Stonewalling
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Liberaland
Paul Campos / Lawyers, Guns & Money:
They wouldn't print it if it wasn't true  —  Erwin Chemerinsky and Carrie Menkel-Meadow in the NYT on the “supposed” “crisis” “in” “legal” “education:” … As my second all-time favorite tennis player would put it: You cannot be serious.  —  I don't know what's more egregious here, the laziness or the intellectual dishonesty.
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Politico
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.
 
 
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Caroline Davies / Guardian:
North Koreans complain to London hairdresser about Kim Jong-un poster
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Kate Kaye / AdAge:
Why Obama's Data Could Be Too Much for Many Dem Candidates
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RT:
Oligarchy, not democracy: Americans have ‘near-zero’ input on policy - report
Discussion: protein wisdom
David Greenberg / The New Republic:
I'm OK With Calling LBJ a “Liberal Hero” (and No, I'm Not Ignoring Vietnam)
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Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
Hawaii governor apologizes for questioning Inouye death-bed drama
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Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Looking at Some Corporate Tax Loopholes Ordinary Citizens May Envy
Discussion: Daily Kos and Liberaland
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Sebelius steps down, and ObamaCare supporters pretend to rejoice.
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