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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Sebelius Said to Weigh Run for Kansas Senate Seat  —  WASHINGTON — In her darkest hour last fall, Kathleen Sebelius suffered one of the deepest cuts from an old family friend who accused her of “gross incompetence” over the rollout of the Affordable Care Act and demanded that she resign as secretary of health and human services.
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Gabriel Debenedetti / Reuters:
Americans increasingly prefer Democrats on healthcare: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  (Reuters) - Americans increasingly think Democrats have a better plan for healthcare than Republicans, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted after the White House announced that more people than expected had signed up for the “Obamacare” health plan.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Bloomberg Plans a $50 Million Challenge to the N.R.A.  —  Michael R. Bloomberg, making his first major political investment since leaving office, plans to spend $50 million this year building a nationwide grass-roots network to motivate voters who feel strongly about curbing gun violence …
Jo Becker / New York Times:
How the President Got to ‘I Do’ on Same-Sex Marriage  —  Photo illustration by Daan Brand for The New York Times.  Obama: Mark Wilson/Getty Images.  —  By presidential fund-raising standards, the dinner at the St. Regis hotel in Washington in April 2011 was an intimate one.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and CBS DC
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Book: White House scrambled after Joe Biden's gay marriage comments  —  Vice President Joe Biden really did get ahead of President Barack Obama on accepting gay marriage in 2012 — and the White House really wasn't happy about it, despite their many attempts to claim otherwise.
Discussion: CBS DC, The Agonist and Booman Tribune
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Obama, Biden to Announce $600M for Job Grants
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Dan Witters / Gallup:
Uninsured Rate Drops More in States Embracing Health Law  —  Medicaid expansion, state exchanges linked to faster reduction in uninsured rate  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — The uninsured rate among adults aged 18 and older in the states that have chosen to expand Medicaid and set up their own exchanges …
Adam Sneed / Politico:
Cliven Bundy and BLM: 10 things to know  —  Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy has reignited the debate about federal power and states' rights: When the Bureau of Land Management seized nearly 400 cattle belonging to Bundy for grazing on federal land without a permit, protesters gathered in a remote part …
Discussion: Fox News, Liberaland and PoliticusUSA
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Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Feds play waiting game at Nevada ranch
Discussion: Daily Kos, The Raw Story and Politico
Andy Kroll / Mother Jones:
Is New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez the Next Sarah Palin?  —  Petty.  Vindictive.  Weak on policy.  And yet she's being hailed as the Republican Party's great new hope.  —  AS SHE LIKES TO TELL anybody who'll listen, Susana Martinez, the governor of New Mexico, didn't start out a Republican.
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Jeb Bush's wife, family issues key to 2016  —  If Jeb Bush decides to run for president, he'll have to defend his family's controversial political name.  —  But more immediate family concerns might keep him from running at all.  —  Republican donors and operatives are chattering …
Discussion: Liberaland
Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
BREAKING: New Emails Show Lois Lerner Contacted DOJ About Prosecuting Tax Exempt Groups  —  According to new IRS emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request from Judicial Watch, former head of tax exempt groups at the IRS Lois Lerner contacted the Department of Justice …
Walt Bogdanich / New York Times:
A Star Player Accused, and a Flawed Rape Investigation  —  Tallahassee, Fla. — Early on the morning of Dec. 7, 2012, a freshman at Florida State University reported that she had been raped by a stranger somewhere off campus after a night of drinking at a popular Tallahassee bar called Potbelly's.
Yahoo! News:
What I learned as a liberal talking head on Fox News  —  Christian Science Monitor - 16 hrs ago  —  In the fall of 2013, I gave a TED talk on what I learned as a progressive, on-air talking head at Fox News, where I worked for two years before leaving and joining my current home, CNN.
Discussion: NewsBusters, CNN and Balloon Juice
The Daily Beast:
Here's What the CIA Director Was Really Doing in Kiev  —  The head of the CIA just made a secretive journey to Ukraine—to do what, he won't say.  But the answer could change the power equation in the hottest of geopolitical hotspots.  —  The Obama administration is now considering …
Deanreddington / CBS Boston:
Source: Bag Detonated In Boston Contained Rice Cooker, Confetti  —  BOSTON (CBS) - On the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, Boylston Street was evacuated and two bags were detonated by the Bomb Squad near the finish line.  —  UPDATE: Wakefield Man Charged
Elisabeth Witchel / Committee to Protect Journalists:
Getting Away With Murder  —  CPJ's 2014 Global Impunity Index spotlights countries where journalists are slain and the killers go free  —  Syria has joined the list of countries where journalists' murders are most likely to go unpunished, while Iraq, Somalia, and the Philippines once again …
Russell Berman / The Hill:
GOP right: Where's O-Care bill?  —  Top House conservatives are pressuring Republican leaders to bring an ObamaCare replacement bill to a vote by the August recess.  —  Conservatives cheered when Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) pledged a vote during the House GOP's annual retreat in January …
Scott Kaufman / The Raw Story:
Oklahoma school district OKs ‘Bible curriculum’ created by Hobby Lobby president  —  According to the Religious News Service, the “Museum of the Bible Curriculum” created by Hobby Lobby's President Steve Green (pictured above) will be beta-tested in Oklahoma's Mustang Public School district beginning in the Fall of 2014.
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Can Facebook Innovate?  A Conversation With Mark Zuckerberg  —  For my column this week about Facebook's new approach to creating social apps, I spent some time talking to Mark E. Zuckerberg, the company's co-founder and chief executive.  We met in a conference room at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park …
Discussion: Gigaom, The Verge and Mashable
Micah Mertes / Omaha World-Herald:
Missing 3-year-old boy found in claw machine at Lincoln bowling alley  —  A missing three-year-old Lincoln boy was discovered in a claw machine at a bowling alley Monday night.  —  Lincoln Police Department got a call Monday about a missing boy.  His mother told police he'd slipped …
Discussion: The Raw Story
Alec Luhn / Guardian:
Pro-Russian separatists seize Ukrainian armoured vehicles  —  About 100 armed men ride on top of seized vehicles in two eastern towns as Ukrainian military helicopters hover above  —  Luke Harding and Alec Luhn in Slavyansk  —  Pro-Russian separatists seized six armoured personnel carriers …
Discussion: kyivpost.com and Infowars
Wall Street Journal:
Coalition of the Disappointed  —  Obama fires up racial and gender resentments to get out the vote.  —  You can tell it's an election year because so many noncrises are suddenly urgent priorities.  Real median household income is still lower than it was in 2007, the smallest share of Americans …
Discussion: Instapundit
Tom Goldstein / SCOTUSblog:
An update on our press pass  —  Last week, the Senate Press Gallery denied SCOTUSblog's application for a press pass, and advised us that it would refuse to renew the credential it had previously granted Lyle when it expires next month.  We were disappointed in that decision …
Ron Arnold / Washington Examiner:
Fight federal abuse of property rights by making the government obey its own rules  —  Cliven Bundy marched into my life one Friday morning in January 1992 in a protest bound for a federal courthouse in Las Vegas.  He held up one side of a street-width banner that asked, “Has the West been won or has the fight just begun?”
Discussion: protein wisdom
Tamar Lewin / New York Times:
Revised SAT Won't Include Obscure Vocabulary Words  —  The College Board on Wednesday will release many details of its revised SAT, including sample questions and explanations of the research, goals and specifications behind them.  —  “We are committed to a clear and open SAT …
Discussion: Althouse and The Week
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
The Rule of the Lawless  —  Deserts always feel like my natural habitat, and I am very fond of them.  That being said, I have, for my sins, spent a fair amount of time in Clark County, Nev., and it is not the loveliest stretch of desert in these United States, or even in the top twelve.
Jeffrey Gentry / delawareonline:
VP Joe Biden's former Cadillac can be yours  —  Have you ever wanted to own something once owned by Joe Biden?  —  Now's your chance.  —  Turn that tax refund into a piece of Biden's past by using it to help buy a 2005 Cadillac STS Biden leased from 2005-2008.
Discussion: The Week and Business Insider
http://amandacoyne.com:
On night of lunar eclipse, House majority release calls breast feeding ‘Smart and Sexy’  —  The House majority press office is really busy this time of year.  The media is particularly pesky.  Bills and resolutions are getting passed, and with each one that does so, a press release goes out.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Louisiana GOP: Mary Landrieu ad fakery sign of deeper problem with campaign  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL 2014 ELECTIONS MARY LANDRIEU BILL CASSIDY  —  Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., in a neck-and-neck race for re-election, is taking a lot of criticism over a new ad — her first this season …
 
 
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