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9:10 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 …
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: Outside the Beltway
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Gabriel Debenedetti / Reuters:
Americans increasingly prefer Democrats on healthcare: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Discussion: The Week and PoliticusUSA
Tom Williams / Roll Call:   Immigration Overhaul: Democrats Look to Flip 30 House Republicans
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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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 …
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
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.
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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.
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 …
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
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 …
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
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.
Las Vegas Review-Journal:
RNC to make convention site visit to Las Vegas on Thursday  —  Conventioneers in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center during CES on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014.  The Republican National Committee will be in Las Vegas on Thursday as part of the evaluation process as they decide among …
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.
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Obama, Biden to Announce $600M for Job Grants  —  Striving to show action on jobs, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are hitting the road to trumpet $600 million in new competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs that could help people land well-paying jobs.
Discussion: Politico
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
The $2.8 trillion question: Are health costs growing fast again?  —  A four-year slowdown in health spending growth could be coming to an end.  —  Americans used more medical care in 2013 as the economy recovered, new reports show.  Federal data suggests that health care spending is now growing …
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 …
 
 
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Ina Fried / Re/code:
Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung and Carriers Back Anti-Theft Measures for Smartphones
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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
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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.
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CNN:
Major Dem group spending to help candidates in midterms
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Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Hillary Clinton, Youth Candidate
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