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5:30 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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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 …
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.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Diplomatic deal struck on Ukraine
Jamie Dettmer / The Daily Beast:
The Ukrainian Army Is Crumbling Before Putin
Discussion: Yahoo! News and kyivpost.com
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Obamacare Signups Hit 8 Million  —  And both young and old are on board  —  President Obama just announced the final numbers for the Affordable Care Act's open enrollment period.  —  Eight million people have signed up for private insurance plans through the new marketplaces.
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Sam Baker / NationalJournal.com:
Obamacare Is On a Winning Streak
Politico:   Obama: 8 million enrolled under ACA
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
John Dickerson / Slate:
Obama Trolls the GOP  —  The refined cynicism of the president.  —  How do I get you to pay attention to this story?  I could type out a balanced tale about an incremental change in White House spin and message control, relying on your discernment, patience, and kindness toward all the creatures of the Earth.
Discussion: Hot Air and Conservatives4Palin
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Major Garrett / NationalJournal.com:
The Pen, Phone, and Stray Voltage
Discussion: Hot Air
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Chelsea Clinton announces she's pregnant  —  NEW YORK - Chelsea Clinton announced here Thursday afternoon that she is expecting her first child later this year.  —  “I just hope that I will be as good a mom to my child and hopefully children as my mom was to me,” the former first daughter …
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Liz Kreutz / ABC News:
Chelsea Clinton: I'm Pregnant!
Discussion: CNN and Joe. My. God.
Salon:
Dick Morris is very afraid: A horrible pundit's “popular vote” hysteria  —  It is widely acknowledged that Dick Morris is the worst pundit in America.  It's truly not up for debate.  He's so bad that even Roger Ailes was embarrassed by his hilariously wrong predictions in the 2012 election and let him go.
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Glenn Blain Daily / NY Daily News:
New York joins campaign to end Electoral College role in presidential elections
Discussion: Liberaland and Hullabaloo
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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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 …
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nbcnewyork.com:
4 Catholic High School Students Expelled After Confederate Flag, Blackface Incidents
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette and Liberaland
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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ThinkProgress:
Why Air Pollution Is A Racial Issue
Discussion: protein wisdom and Weasel Zippers
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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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)
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.
 
 
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Noam Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Obamacare effects are bigger than expected, poll finds
Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
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Dartmouth president calls for end to ‘extreme behavior’ that mars image of elite college
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