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11:45 AM ET, April 18, 2014


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Edward Snowden / Guardian:
Vladimir Putin must be called to account on surveillance just like Obama  —  I questioned the Russian president live on TV to get his answer on the record, not to whitewash him  —  On Thursday, I questioned Russia's involvement in mass surveillance on live television.
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Pentagon Moves to Block Russian Spy Plane in American Skies  —  Russian surveillance planes already fly over America, thanks to a long-standing treaty.  But a new, ultra-sophisticated spy plane has U.S. military and intelligence bosses spooked.  —  The Joint Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. military …
Pro-Russia protesters defy Ukraine deal
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Sebelius Says She's Not Interested in Senate Run  —  WASHINGTON — Kathleen Sebelius, the soon-to-be former secretary of the Health and Human Services Department, said through a spokeswoman on Thursday that she was not interested in running for the Senate in Kansas, despite recent entreaties from Democrats.
Washington Post:
The Affordable Care Act comes in with better-than-expected numbers
Discussion: Daily Kos
David Nather / Politico:   Obama spikes the football
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Obamacare Signups Hit 8 Million
Ryan Cooper / The Week:
Which states get screwed worst by the Electoral College?  —  The answer might surprise you  —  N  —  ew York state recently signed on to the National Popular Vote movement, an interstate compact designed to do an end run around the Electoral College, which as everybody knows …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Hendrik Hertzberg / Comment:
NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE: NEW YORK STATE CLIMBS ABOARD  —  On Tuesday, the State of New York took a baby step—or maybe a giant leap!—toward making the United States of America something more closely resembling a modern democracy: Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill joining up the Empire State …
Adam Taylor / Washington Post:
What we know about the ‘grotesque’ leaflet handed out to Jews in Donetsk  —  A leaflet calling for Jews to register has reportedly been handed out in Ukraine's eastern region of Donetsk.  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has commented on the letter, saying that it is “not just intolerable; it's grotesque, is beyond unacceptable.”
Julia Ioffe / The New Republic:
Ukraine Is Not Ordering Its Jews to Register
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Diplomatic deal struck on Ukraine
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
NYT Columnist Insists That Chelsea Clinton's Baby Is A 2016 Game Changer (VIDEO)  —  The gang on MSNBC's “Morning Joe” is usually game to analyze (if not set) the latest political narrative, but as Andrew Ross Sorkin proved on Friday, even that show has limits.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Dems' midterm strategy: Triage  —  House Democrats, battered by Koch brothers ads and facing a grim outlook for the midterms, are providing the clearest indication yet of how they plan to respond: By shoring up imperiled incumbents and only the most promising challengers …
Natalie DiBlasio / Associated Press:
Mount Everest avalanche kills 12 guides, 4 missing  —  (April 18) Video provided by AP Newslook  —  An avalanche has left 12 dead and four missing in the worst-ever recorded disaster on Mount Everest.  —  With peak season just days away on the deadly mountain, Sherpas and guides …
Dan Merica / CNN:
Clinton memoir gets a title: ‘Hard Choices’  —  Washington (CNN) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's much anticipated next memoir will be titled “Hard Choices,” the book's publisher announced Friday.  —  The memoir will be Clinton's “inside account of the crises, choices …
Discussion: Politico
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Hillary Book to Be Called ‘Hard Choices’
Discussion: Hot Air and Althouse
Greta Van Susteren / Gretawire:
White House delusional? obsessed with Fox News Channel? thinks we are the only ones that spotted this BS?  —  Just a short time ago, Jay Carney said this:  —  Carney: there's never been a more transparent admin, .......creates headaches for us, ridiculous stories on Fox News .....
Emily Swanson / The Huffington Post:
Americans Think People Are Poor Because Of Bad Breaks, Not Because They're Losers: Poll  —  WASHINGTON — Conservatives often say the poor and jobless got that way because of their own personal failings, but Americans tend to blame the plain old free market.
Associated Press:
Man urinates in reservoir, ruins 38M gallons of water  —  PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland water officials are discarding 38 million gallons of drinking water after a 19-year-old was caught urinating into one of the city's reservoirs.  —  A security camera caught the man urinating at about 1 …
New York Times:
Iran Gets an Unlikely Visitor, an American Plane, but No One Seems to Know Why  —  President Obama has warned that Iran is not open for business, even as the United States has loosened some of its punishing economic sanctions as part of an interim nuclear pact.
John Fund / National Review:
The United States of SWAT?  —  Regardless of how people feel about Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's standoff with the federal Bureau of Land Management over his cattle's grazing rights, a lot of Americans were surprised to see TV images of an armed-to-the-teeth paramilitary wing of the BLM deployed around Bundy's ranch.
Jonathan Kandell / New York Times:
Gabriel García Márquez, Conjurer of Literary Magic, Dies at 87  —  Gabriel García Márquez, the Colombian novelist whose “One Hundred Years of Solitude” established him as a giant of 20th-century literature, died on Thursday at his home in Mexico City.  He was 87.
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Elizabeth Hand / Salon:
Saved by Obamacare  —  But under a new plan, I made a call that proved life-changing
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Mahablog
Matt Petrillo / WBTW-TV:
Residents question why Latta mayor fired the town's first female police chief
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Raw Story
Sujata Jain / WIS-TV:
VA: Man will get warning instead of $525 citation for $.89 drink refill
Patrick Wintour / Guardian:
Ed Miliband signs up top Obama adviser David Axelrod for UK election
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Kirsten Powers / USA Today:
Liberals attack female fighting misogyny
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Nathan L. Gonzales / Roll Call:
Republican Whacks Harry Reid in New North Carolina Senate Ad
Discussion: Hot Air
James Oliphant /
Obama's Real Job: Fundraiser in Chief
Discussion: Weekly Standard
 Earlier Items: 
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Political Attack Ads, Often Negative, Try Instead to Accentuate the Positive
Discussion: Washington Post
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Michigan mayor bans atheist City Hall display to not upset Christian ‘Prayer Station’
Noam Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Obamacare effects are bigger than expected, poll finds
4 Catholic High School Students Expelled After Confederate Flag, Blackface Incidents
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette and Liberaland