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11:15 AM ET, April 17, 2014

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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 …
Marie-Louise Gumuchian / CNN:
Pro-Russia militants attack military base  —  (CNN) — Ukrainian, Russian and Western diplomats held emergency talks in Switzerland on Thursday, in the hope of resolving a deepening crisis that has seen armed pro-Russian protesters seize swaths of Ukraine.  —  The unrest in the restive east …
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
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:   White House: More Russia sanctions likely
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 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’
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Sen. Elizabeth Warren Reveals Obama Advisor's Sexist Comments Toward Her
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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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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 …
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.
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
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.
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 …
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
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Newly Insured in 2014 Represent About 4% of U.S. Adults  —  Half of newly insured obtained health insurance through exchanges  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Four percent of Americans are newly insured this year, reporting that they have health insurance now but did not last year.
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.
CNN:
Jindo, South Korea (CNN) — Passengers aboard a sinking South Korean ferry faced a terrifying choice as the vessel rolled: obey commands barked over loudspeakers to stay in place, or don life vests and jump into the chilly ocean water.  —  “Don't move,” a voice warned, according to a recording obtained by CNN affiliate YTN.
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 …
 
 
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Albert R. Hunt / Bloomberg View:
Your 2016 Republican Field, by the Odds
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Rhiannon Williams / Telegraph:
Joe Biden posts Instagram selfie with Barack Obama
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Koch Brothers Net Worth Tops $100 Billion as TV Warfare Escalates
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