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8:20 AM ET, April 16, 2014

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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 …
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Liberals in rose-colored glasses consider ObamaCare a ‘victory’  —  Ever since ObamaCare supposedly hit the arbitrary target of 7 million sign-ups by March 31, its supporters have been taking the most premature victory lap since conservative proponents of the Iraq War (like me) …
Discussion: Liberal Values
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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 …
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: Infowars, kyivpost.com and Liberaland
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Orin Kerr / Washington Post:
Chemerinsky and Menkel-Meadow on curricular reform  —  In the New York Times, Erwin Chemerinsky and Carrie Menkel-Meadow offer a very sunny perspective on the current state of legal education.  At the end, they argue that what law schools really need these days is curricular innovation:
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New York Times:
Don't Skimp on Legal Training
Paul Campos / Lawyers, Guns & Money:
They wouldn't print it if it wasn't true
Discussion: Eschaton
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 and Ed Driscoll
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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.
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
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama chops 3 1/2 years off pot sentence
Discussion: CNN
New York Times:
New York Drops Unit That Spied on Muslims  —  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.
Philip Elliott / MiamiHerald.com:
House Democrats' committee sitting on $40M fund  —  WASHINGTON — Donors gave more than $10 million in March to the committee tasked with electing House Democrats and helped it amass a $40 million fund to fight skepticism that Republicans can be ousted from their majority in November.
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Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
Democrats Have Outside Money Advantage - for Now
Discussion: Power Line and Politico
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 …
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Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
Oregon Law Prof Objects to Shifting Funds for Faculty Raises to Public Interest Jobs for Students
Discussion: Instapundit
Bailey Elise McBride / Associated Press:
Fallin signs minimum wage hike ban in Oklahoma  —  OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Cities across Oklahoma are now prohibited from establishing mandatory minimum wage or vacation and sick-day requirements under a bill signed into law Monday by Gov. Mary Fallin.  —  Supporters say the measure would prevent …
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.  —  One of the bags was being carried by a barefoot man …
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: Infowars and 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 …
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 …
Bruce Smith / Associated Press:
Sen. Ted Cruz: Too Early to Worry About 2016  —  Republican Sen. Ted Cruz says it's too early to be thinking about 2016 and that he's working right now to make sure his party regains control of the Senate this year.  —  Cruz is visiting South Carolina, which hosts the first GOP presidential primary in the South.
Discussion: Politico
 
 
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Sarah Kliff / Vox:
The $2.8 trillion question: Are health costs growing fast again?
Erika L Sánchez / Guardian:
The secret anti-abortion law that's sweeping America
Discussion: Liberaland
Liam Neeson / New York Times:
Carriages Belong in Central Park
Discussion: Yahoo! News, Gothamist and Althouse
Michael Daly / The Daily Beast:
The Killer Klansman's Missing Years as a Federal Informant
Discussion: RT and Yahoo! News
Sarah Desprat / Twitchy:
‘Damned lunatic’: Brainless Joe Biden tells survivors that Boston bombing ‘was worth it’ [video]
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Margaret Carlson / Bloomberg View:
Hallelujah! It's Tax Day.
Discussion: National Review
 Earlier Items: 
CNN:
Major Dem group spending to help candidates in midterms
Discussion: Politico
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Hillary Clinton, Youth Candidate
Discussion: Mother Jones
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Mississippi GOP Senate Candidate Wrote Race-Baiting Blog Posts
Caroline Davies / Guardian:
North Koreans complain to London hairdresser about Kim Jong-un poster
Discussion: Mediaite and The Week
Kate Kaye / AdAge:
Why Obama's Data Could Be Too Much for Many Dem Candidates
Discussion: The Reaction