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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
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Liberaland, Fox News and PoliticusUSA
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Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Feds play waiting game at Nevada ranch
Discussion: Daily Kos, The Raw Story and Politico
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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 …
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Fox News Launching New Noon Show Outnumbered  —  Fox News is debuting a new program this month titled Outnumbered, which will air weekdays at noon and will be hosted by four female panelists, as well as one rotating male panelist.  —  The show, similar to Fox's successful panel show The Five …
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.
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Glenn Beck Moves Into Movie Production (Exclusive)  —  The conservative radio host tells THR he is developing three original stories as theatrical films: one set in ancient history, one in modern history and a third he considers “faith-based.”  —  A version of this story first appeared …
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
New York Times:
Unfinished Business Complicates Clinton's Diplomatic Legacy  —  WASHINGTON — It was a simple question to someone accustomed to much tougher ones: What was her proudest achievement as secretary of state?  But for a moment, Hillary Rodham Clinton, appearing recently before a friendly audience …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
 
 
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Is there a high-minded justification for Dems' divisive rhetoric?
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
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Elisabeth Witchel / Committee to Protect Journalists:
Getting Away With Murder
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IRS considers taxing work perks like food, gym memberships
Guy Taylor / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Confidential U.S. assessments show Afghanistan not ready to govern on own
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Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
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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?
Micah Mertes / Omaha World-Herald:
Missing 3-year-old boy found in claw machine at Lincoln bowling alley
Discussion: The Raw Story
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Obama, Biden to Announce $600M for Job Grants
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Wall Street Journal:
Coalition of the Disappointed  —  Obama fires up racial …
Discussion: Instapundit
 

 
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