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3:25 PM ET, April 17, 2014

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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.
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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 …
Michal Margalit / Ynetnews:
Donetsk leaflet: Jews must register or face deportation  —  Fear replaced communal atmosphere in Donetsk's Jewish community as armed men handed out a leaflet Passover eve calling on Jews register their religion and property with the interim pro-Russian government or face deportation and loss of citizenship.
ThinkProgress:
Someone Is Ordering Eastern Ukraine's Jews To ‘Register’  —  The flyer allegedly handed out to Ukrainian Jewish community members  —  CREDIT: The Coordination Forum for Countering Antisemitism  —  A flyer distributed in the eastern Ukrainian city Donestk is telling the city's Jewish community …
Jamie Dettmer / The Daily Beast:
The Ukrainian Army Is Crumbling Before Putin
Discussion: kyivpost.com
Ted Johnson / Variety:
‘X-Men’ Director Bryan Singer Accused of Sexually Abusing Teenage Boy  —  The filmmaker's lawyer calls suit ‘absurd and defamatory’  —  “X-Men: Days of Future Past” director Bryan Singer has been accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy in 1999 in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Hawaii federal court.
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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 …
Jonathan Handel / Hollywood Reporter:
Director Bryan Singer Accused of Sexually Abusing 17-Year-Old Boy in 1999
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: New York Times, NBC News and The Week
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Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Rand Paul's Putin problem
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 …
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Kolten Parker / MySanAntonio.com:
Texas 'Boats ‘N Hoes PAC’ raising controversy
Discussion: BOR and The PJ Tatler
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
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.
Scott Kaufman / The Raw Story:
Study: People of color breathe air that is 38 percent more polluted than white people's  —  A study released by the University of Minnesota this week indicated that people of color are exposed to air that is 38 percent more polluted than the air breathed by white people.
Discussion: MinnPost and Facing South
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ThinkProgress:
Why Air Pollution Is A Racial Issue
Discussion: protein wisdom and Weasel Zippers
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: Hit & Run and Instapundit
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 …
ThinkProgress:
Florida Voter Confronts GOP Representative On His Repeated Efforts To Repeal Obamacare  —  Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL) at a Tampa town hall meeting.  —  CREDIT: Scott Keyes  —  TAMPA, Florida — A Florida voter had harsh words for Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL) at a town hall Tuesday …
Whoopi Goldberg / The Cannabist:
My vape pen and I, a love story  —  “I took a sip.  It was beautiful.  And my pen and I have been together ever since.”  —  My vape pen and I maintain a mostly private relationship.  Sure, I'll sometimes show my pen to a friend or share her with a close confidant.  But mostly it's just she and I working through my pain.
Pew Internet:
U.S. Views of Technology and the Future  —  Findings  —  The American public anticipates that the coming half-century will be a period of profound scientific change, as inventions that were once confined to the realm of science fiction come into common usage.
Matt Vasilogambros / NationalJournal.com:
Why Every Member of Congress Gets a Monthly Porn Delivery  —  Larry Flynt has sent a monthly copy of Hustler to every congressional office for the last 30 years, and members of Congress can't stop it.  —  Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt.  (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
The News Star:
Accused video leaker quits staff  —  Leah Gordon, the staff member of U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister who is accused of leaking the video of the congressman's scandalous kiss, has resigned as his Monroe District Office manager.  —  Adam Terry, McAllister's chief of staff, confirmed her resignation late Wednesday.
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 …
Bob McGovern / Boston Herald:
Hits on ancestry claims angered Elizabeth Warren  —  New book recounts controversy  —  Photo by:  —  Chitose Suzuki  —  ‘HURT’: U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren tells in her new biography how she was stunned by attacks that followed public questioning of her claims that she had American Indian ancestors during …
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Carney: Toughest Interview Obama Has Done Was With Jon Stewart  —  JAY CARNEY: I remember we had some discussion during 2012 about well, is it appropriate for the president, the sitting president and candidate, to give interviews with Jon Stewart and others.
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Could Democrats Gain Senate Seats This Fall?  —  It's a virtual article of faith among election analysts that Republicans will gain Senate seats in the 2014 midterms.  I tend to agree with that assessment, and strongly so.  In fact, like other forecasters such as Alan Abramowitz and Nate Silver …
 
 
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Zachary Davies Boren / Telegraph:
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Obama nominee warned about politicizing the census.
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Progressives are wrong about the essence of the Constitution