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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.
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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
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
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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: The Agonist
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Obama, Biden to Announce $600M for Job Grants
Discussion: CNN and Politico
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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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
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.
Discussion: The Week and PoliticusUSA
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Hunter Walker / Business Insider:
Donald Rumsfeld Says He Has ‘Absolutely No Idea’ If He Paid His Taxes Properly  —  Donald Rumsfeld served as secretary of defense under both President Gerald Ford and President George W. Bush, but he can't master the tax code.  —  Every year on Tax Day, Rumsfeld sends a letter to the IRS explaining …
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Rumsfeld Has ‘Absolutely No Idea’ If He Filed His Taxes Correctly
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
ESPN:
NCAA Council Approves Unlimited Meals  —  EDITIONS:  —  CITIES:  —  ESPN College Sports  —  SHOP  —  Council approves unlimited meals  —  INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA's legislative council approved a proposal Tuesday to expand the meal allowance for all athletes.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Week
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
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) …
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 …
Discussion: ABC News and Washington Post
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 …
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 …
Rand Paul / Washington Post:
Foreign policy is no place for ‘red lines’  —  Rand Paul is a Republican senator from Kentucky.  —  I am not for containment in Iran.  Let me repeat that, since no one seems to be listening closely: I am unequivocally not for containing Iran.  —  I am also not for announcing that the United States should never contain Iran.
Discussion: Politico, Marist Poll and The Dish
Eduardo Porter / New York Times:
Tech Leaps, Job Losses and Rising Inequality  —  It's hard to overstate the excitement of tech people about what is on the verge of happening to the practice of medicine.  —  Eric Horvitz, co-director of Microsoft Research's main lab in Redmond, Wash., told me about a system that could predict …
Joshua Lott / Reuters:
Michigan, White House discuss federal money for bankrupt Detroit: report  —  (Reuters) - Michigan officials and President Barack Obama's Administration are discussing a plan to free up $100 million in federal money to aid Detroit's retired city workers, the Detroit Free Press reported on Tuesday.
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
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
Pat Smith / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Louisiana House votes 27-66 to keep unconstitutional anti-sodomy law on the books  —  Rep. Pat Smith, D-Baton Rouge, unsuccessfully pushed legislation to repeal an unconstitutional law that makes sodomy a criminal act.  (File photo)  —  The Louisiana House of Representatives rejected legislation …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Coming this fall in the Senate races: Big fights over Personhood  —  The issue isn't being discussed at all by Washington prognosticators these days.  But you can bet that some of the most hard fought Senate races this fall will feature big fights over “Personhood” measures …
 
 
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Brian Fung / Washington Post:
This reader mocked Heartbleed, posted his passwords online. Guess what happened next.
Discussion: Telegraph and Poynter
Maddie Hanna / Philly.com:
Christie advocates end to limits on campaign donations
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung and Carriers Back Anti-Theft Measures for Smartphones
Discussion: Engadget, The Week and The Verge
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
Discussion: Washington Post
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
Discussion: RT and Yahoo! News
Orin Kerr / Washington Post:
Chemerinsky and Menkel-Meadow on curricular reform
Sarah Desprat / Twitchy:
‘Damned lunatic’: Brainless Joe Biden tells survivors that Boston bombing ‘was worth it’ [video]
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New York Drops Unit That Spied on Muslims
 

 
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