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9:40 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 …
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: The Agonist
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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.
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Obama, Biden to Announce $600M for Job Grants
Discussion: CNN and Politico
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.
Discussion: Mediaite and Outside the Beltway
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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.
Discussion: The Week and PoliticusUSA
Tom Williams / Roll Call:   Immigration Overhaul: Democrats Look to Flip 30 House Republicans
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 …
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Paul Lewis / Guardian:
Ukraine on the brink as troops take on rebels
Discussion: Infowars, kyivpost.com and Liberaland
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 …
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Sarah Kliff / Vox:
Don't freak out about the changes to the Census yet
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 …
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) …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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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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Paul Campos / Lawyers, Guns & Money:
They wouldn't print it if it wasn't true
Discussion: Above the Law and Eschaton
Maddie Hanna / Philly.com:
Christie advocates end to limits on campaign donations  —  FRANKLIN, N.J. Gov. Christie voiced support Tuesday for an end to campaign-finance limits, which he said have led to a system that has obscured the sources - but not stemmed the rise - of money in politics.
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
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Alaska GOP Legislator Apologizes For Calling Breastfeeding ‘Smart And Sexy’  —  WASHINGTON — A Republican legislator in the Alaska state House apologized Tuesday for touting the benefits of breastfeeding by calling it “smart and sexy.”  —  On Monday evening, a press release went …
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.
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
 
 
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Ina Fried / Re/code:
Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung and Carriers Back Anti-Theft Measures for Smartphones
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Las Vegas Review-Journal:
RNC to make convention site visit to Las Vegas on Thursday
Philip Elliott / MiamiHerald.com:
House Democrats' committee sitting on $40M fund
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
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Liam Neeson / New York Times:
Carriages Belong in Central Park
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Michael Daly / The Daily Beast:
The Killer Klansman's Missing Years as a Federal Informant
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Bruce Smith / Associated Press:
Sen. Ted Cruz: Too Early to Worry About 2016
Sarah Desprat / Twitchy:
‘Damned lunatic’: Brainless Joe Biden tells survivors that Boston bombing ‘was worth it’ [video]
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Margaret Carlson / Bloomberg View:
Hallelujah! It's Tax Day.
Discussion: National Review
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
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