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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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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.
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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.
Michelle Kosinski / CNN:
U.S. supports Ukraine's military moves for now, urges caution
Discussion: Politico and Marist Poll
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Pulitzer Prize fight  —  ABC News has accused The Center for Public Integrity of downplaying the network's contributions to a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative report, setting off a bitter public dispute between two news organizations that once worked as partners.
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Johana Bhuiyan / Capital New York:
Chris Hamby joins Buzzfeed, Pulitzer in hand
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
Fox News:
Feds accused of leaving trail of wreckage after Nevada ranch standoff  —  The federal agency that backed down over the weekend in a tense standoff with a Nevada rancher is being accused of leaving a trail of wreckage behind.  —  Fox News toured the damage — allegedly caused by the Bureau …
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Adam Sneed / Politico:
Cliven Bundy and BLM: 10 things to know
Discussion: Fox News, Liberaland and PoliticusUSA
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Feds play waiting game at Nevada ranch
Discussion: Daily Kos, The Raw Story and Politico
James Kanter / New York Times:
Citing Russian Moves, NATO Plans New Deployments  —  BRUSSELS — The head of NATO pledged on Wednesday to immediately step up military patrols along its vast eastern border in response to mounting evidence of Russian interference in Ukraine.  —  The announcement by Anders Fogh Rasmussen …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Infowars
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Alec Luhn / Guardian:
Pro-Russian separatists seize Ukrainian armoured vehicles
Discussion: kyivpost.com and Infowars
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Income Inequality Institute Will Pay Paul Krugman $25,000 Per Month  —  In late February, the City University of New York announced that it had tapped Princeton economist and New York Times blogger Paul Krugman for a distinguished professorship at CUNY's Graduate Center and its Luxembourg Income Study Center …
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 …
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 …
Tom Levenson / The Atlantic Online:
John Roberts and the Color of Money  —  Applying the history of white supremacy in America to the Supreme Court's McCutcheon decision  —  There has been plenty of talk about the Ta-Nehisi Coates-Jonathan Chait argument over the term “black culture” in the context of the ills of poverty …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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.
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.
Washington Examiner:
13 tax deductions you never knew existed  —  It's tax day!  And if you waited until today to file, these weird deductions might be helpful.  Or you might not want to deal with them and just get your taxes done as fast as possible.  Whatever floats your boat.
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.
Matt Viser / The Boston Globe:
Warren memoir offers revealing inside tales  —  WASHINGTON - Summoned to the White House in September 2010, Elizabeth Warren met President Obama in the Oval Office and he escorted her outside to a garden patio.  Obama described it to Warren as a hidden retreat.
Discussion: Mediaite
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
86M Full-Time Private-Sector Workers Sustain 148M Benefit Takers  —  Buried deep on the website of the U.S. Census Bureau is a number every American citizen, and especially those entrusted with public office, should know.  It is 86,429,000.  —  That is the number of Americans who in 2012 got …
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh
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.
Mary Moloney / Local News/State News:
Marionville Mayor: I agree with Frazier Miller's beliefs, not behaviors  —  VIDEO: Marionville mayor on Frazier Glenn Cross: I agree with him  —  Kansas prosecutors filed state murder charges against the white supremacist accused in a shooting spree that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites over the weekend.
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.
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
ThinkProgress:
Congressman Tells Low-Income Worker: Higher Minimum Wage Is ‘Not Right’  —  Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL) addresses a town hall meeting in Tampa.  —  CREDIT: Scott Keyes  —  TAMPA, Florida — People like Shaneeka Rainer are often told that they shouldn't try to get the minimum wage increased …
Melissa Hayes / NorthJersey.com:
Law firm hired by Christie for internal probe donated $10K in 2014 to RGA  —  Nine days before a team of its top lawyers made public a report clearing Governor Christie in the George Washington Bridge scandal, the law firm donated $10,000 to the Republican Governors Association, a group he heads.
Discussion: ABC News, Daily Kos and Mediaite
 
 
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Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Glenn Beck Moves Into Movie Production (Exclusive)
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Fox News Launching New Noon Show Outnumbered
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Is there a high-minded justification for Dems' divisive rhetoric?
New York Times:
Unfinished Business Complicates Clinton's Diplomatic Legacy
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Abortion Endures as a Political Tripwire
Discussion: National Review
Elisabeth Witchel / Committee to Protect Journalists:
Getting Away With Murder
Fox News:
IRS considers taxing work perks like food, gym memberships
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Ron Arnold / Washington Examiner:
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Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Can Facebook Innovate? A Conversation With Mark Zuckerberg
Discussion: Mashable, The Verge and Gigaom
Tamar Lewin / New York Times:
Revised SAT Won't Include Obscure Vocabulary Words
Discussion: The Week and Althouse
Russell Berman / The Hill:
GOP right: Where's O-Care bill?
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Louisiana GOP: Mary Landrieu ad fakery sign of deeper problem with campaign
Discussion: CNN and Fox News
Micah Mertes / Omaha World-Herald:
Missing 3-year-old boy found in claw machine at Lincoln bowling alley
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