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David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Putin Asserts Right to Use Force in Eastern Ukraine  —  MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia emphasized on Thursday that the upper chamber of the Russian Parliament had authorized him to use military force if necessary in eastern Ukraine, and also stressed Russia's historical claim …
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
WATCH: Edward Snowden Asks Putin About Russia's Surveillance Tactics  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin held his annual televised call-in show on Thursday and was asked a question by one very special guest — Edward Snowden.  —  “I've seen little public discussion of Russia's own involvement …
Discussion: The Week
Charlie Spiering / BREITBART.COM:
SNOWDEN ASKS PUTIN QUESTION ON RUSSIAN SURVEILLANCE ON LIVE TV  —  Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden joined a public question-and-answer session with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow via video.  —  Snowden asked Putin if Russia had similar surveillance programs …
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:   Rand Paul's Putin problem
Kathy Lally / Washington Post:
Putin changes course, admits Russian troops were in Crimea before vote
The Daily Beast:
Is Putin's Next Move to Take Over Odessa?
Discussion: TheBlaze.com and Mashable
Kolten Parker / MySanAntonio.com:
Texas 'Boats ‘N Hoes PAC’ raising controversy  —  The PAC is registered with the Texas Ethics Commission  —  SAN ANTONIO — The name of a fundraising group made waves in the tug-of-war between Republicans and Democrats over women voters on Wednesday.  —  Political consulting firm employee …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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Aman Batheja / The Texas Tribune:
PAC to Shut Down After Name Draws Furor … A Texas political action committee called Boats 'N Hoes PAC will be just a memory by Thursday, according to the Republican political consultant who is the boss of the man who started it.  —  Houston consultant Allen Blakemore confirmed Wednesday evening …
Peter Roff / U.S. News:
The IRS Scandal's Smoking Gun?  —  A suspicious email could confirm Lois Lerner's culpability in recent IRS abuses.  —  In hot water  —  The so-called “smoking gun” proving the Internal Revenue Service played politics with conservative groups seeking official non-profit …
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Judicial Watch:
JW Obtains IRS Documents Showing Lerner in Contact With DOJ about Potential Prosecution of Tax-Exempt Groups  —  May 9, 2013, email reveals IRS plans to meet with Department of Justice over whether to prosecute groups that “lied” about plans for political activity
Harry Enten / FiveThirtyEight:
Early Senate Polls Have Plenty to Tell Us About November  —  Republican Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell is fighting for his political life — or is he?  The Senate minority leader is nearly tied in the polls with Democratic opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes.
KMOV-TV:
Parent says daughter warned by teacher for carrying Bible at local school  —  (KMOV.com) - The mother of a Potosi High School student said a teacher went too far when her daughter was reprimanded for carrying a Bible around school.  —  Angela English says her daughter, Kiela …
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
AFL-CIO chief calls Warren ‘prototype’ of good president  —  AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Tuesday that “it don't get no better” than Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) when it comes to possible holders of the Oval Office.  —  “In my opinion she is the prototype of a person …
Discussion: Althouse
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MJ Lee / Politico:
Elizabeth Warren: ‘I was hurt, and I was angry’
Sarah McLaughlin / FIRE:
Bergen Administrators Fear ‘Game of Thrones’ Quote, Censor Professor  —  Brace yourselves; censorship is coming!  —  Displaying a lack of both pop culture and First Amendment awareness, administrators at Bergen Community College in New Jersey placed Professor Francis Schmidt on leave this past January …
Discussion: Instapundit
Oren Dorell / USA Today:
Jews ordered to register in east Ukraine  —  Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings were told they have to “register” with the Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part of Russia, according to Israeli media.
The Wrap:
‘X-Men’ Director Bryan Singer Accused of Sexually Assaulting Underage Boy  —  Lawsuit alleges Singer “manipulated his power” to exploit 17-year-old boy  —  “X-Men” director Bryan Singer is being accused of drugging, raping, and using his power to exploit a teenage boy in a lawsuit filed Wednesday …
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Jonathan Handel / Hollywood Reporter:
Director Bryan Singer Accused of Sexually Abusing 17-Year-Old Boy in 1999
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Obama nominee warned about politicizing the census.  —  It must have seemed like a good idea at the time.  In February 2009 a new Democratic president reached across party lines and nominated a Republican senator, New Hampshire's Judd Gregg, as commerce secretary.
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Scarborough blasts Krugman
Stephanie Strom / New York Times:
When ‘Liking’ a Brand Online Voids the Right to Sue  —  Might downloading a 50-cent coupon for Cheerios cost you legal rights?  —  General Mills, the maker of cereals like Cheerios and Chex as well as brands like Bisquick and Betty Crocker, has quietly added language to its website …
Zachary Davies Boren / Telegraph:
The US is an oligarchy, study concludes  —  Report by researchers from Princeton and Northwestern universities suggests that US political system serves special interest organisations, instead of voters  —  The US government does not represent the interests of the majority of the country's citizens …
Discussion: Firedoglake
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Progressives are wrong about the essence of the Constitution  —  In a 2006 interview, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said the Constitution is “basically about” one word — “democracy” — that appears in neither that document nor the Declaration of Independence.  Democracy is America's way of allocating political power.
Discussion: Power Line, VodkaPundit and Cafe Hayek
Wall Street Journal:
Regulator Without Peer  —  By at least one measure, Obama surpasses all of his predecessors.  —  Anyone wondering why the U.S. economy can't seem to grow at its usual pace should examine one product category where production is booming: federal regulation.
Discussion: Speaker.gov
Rhiannon Williams / Telegraph:
Joe Biden posts Instagram selfie with Barack Obama  —  Not one to be left behind by a trend, US Vice President Joe Biden has joined Instagram and roped in a famous friend for his first selfie  —  The selfie trend shows no sign of slowing down after US Vice President Joe Biden got in on the act …
Discussion: Liberaland, The Dish and The Week
James Carville / The Hill:
Clinton vs. Bush: The real debate  —  OPINION l This past Sunday I joined a panel of distinguished pundits on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” and to the surprise of no viewers we spent a considerable amount of time discussing the prospects of a presidential race between Hillary Clinton …
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Minimum Wage, Maximum Outrage  —  No one should ever endure the kind of economic humiliation that comes with working a full-time job and making a less-than-living wage.  —  There is dignity in all work, but that dignity grows dim when the checks are cashed and the coins are counted and still the bills rise higher than the wages.
 
 
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