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4:20 PM ET, April 18, 2014

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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Will Chelsea Clinton's Pregnancy Become Another Right Wing Conspiracy?  UPDATED  —  It's a plot!  —  On Thursday, Chelsea Clinton made the happy announcement that she was with child: … That's wonderful news.  My niece's baby girl Millie just celebrated her first birthday and my sister …
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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.
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Major Clinton doc dump set for afternoon
Discussion: CNN
David Nather / Politico:
Obama spikes the football
Discussion: Vox, The Dish, Hit & Run and The Hill
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Hillary Book to Be Called ‘Hard Choices’
Discussion: Hot Air and Althouse
Dan Merica / CNN:
Clinton memoir gets a title: ‘Hard Choices’
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Sebelius Says She's Not Interested in Senate Run
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.
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Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Sorry, Snowden: Putin Lied to You About His Surveillance State—And Made You a Pawn of It
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
Obama Is Wrong.  Democrats Shouldn't Pivot From the Obamacare Fight.  —  The obvious inspiration for President Obama's Thursday press conference was to announce that the Affordable Care Act has eclipsed new milestones—8 million private exchange enrollees the most significant among them.
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Washington Post:
The Affordable Care Act comes in with better-than-expected numbers
Discussion: Daily Kos
Carol E. Lee / Wall Street Journal:
This Wily Gatecrasher at the White House Is a Red Fox  —  Elusive Fox Marked His Territory During Government Shutdown; Rose Garden Stroll  —  There's a red fox living on the grounds of the White House.  The elusive critter has called the presidential residence home since last fall, and no one's been able to catch him.
Discussion: ABC News, The Daily Caller and Mediaite
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Timothy Egan / New York Times:
Deadbeat on the Range  —  Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn't paid his rent in 20 years.  He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority.  Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up.
Dorsey Shaw / BuzzFeed:
This Unsent Shade-Filled Letter From Clinton Staffers To A '90s Radio Host Is A Goddamn Masterpiece  —  A gem of a letter to Don Imus from the latest Clinton library document dump.
Discussion: Mediaite
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
Princeton Study: U.S. No Longer An Actual Democracy  —  A new study from Princeton spells bad news for American democracy—namely, that it no longer exists.  —  Asking “[w]ho really rules?” researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page argue that over the past few decades America's political system …
Discussion: ACS Blog
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 …
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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 …
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.
Jeffrey H. Anderson / Weekly Standard:
The Debate Will Be Over When the American People Say It's Over  —  Shortly after the Supreme Court's decision on Obamacare, the CBO projected that 9 million people would buy Obamacare-compliant insurance through newly established government-run exchanges.  Now, after an enrollment period …
Discussion: Power Line and The Mahablog
CNN:
First on CNN: Amy Kremer resigns from Tea Party Express  —  (CNN) - Amy Kremer, the Tea Party Express chairman who's played a major role in elections for the past five years, is resigning.  —  “This has been a really difficult decision for me, but the time has come for me to leave Tea Party Express,” Kremer said Friday.
Discussion: Politico and PoliticusUSA
Floyd Norris / New York Times:
Merely Rich and Superrich: The Tax Gap Is Narrowing  —  Will this be the year that the superrich finally pay higher taxes than the very rich?  —  This is not, I admit, something that many people are worried about.  —  But it is an interesting fact that our current tax system assures that …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Clayton Cramer
Damon Linker / The Week:
Why atheism doesn't have the upper hand over religion  —  There are certain experiences that atheism simply cannot explain  —  I  —  n my last column, I examined some of the challenges facing religion today.  Those challenges are serious.  But that doesn't mean that atheism has the upper hand.
Discussion: Washington Post
 
 
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Salvation Gets Cheap
Matt Stout / Boston Herald:
U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch on Obamacare's election toll: It'll bury Dems
Michael Medved / Wall Street Journal:
The ‘War on Women’ Failed in 2012
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and Mediaite
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Midterms may hinge on whether Obamacare losers outvote the winners
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Kathleen Miller / Bloomberg:
IRS Among Agencies Using License Plate-Tracking Vendor
Discussion: RT and Fox News
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
House Immigration bills still in the mix as Boehner promises at a fundraiser to take action this year.
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Mitt Romney returns to political stage as Republicans prepare for midterms
Discussion: Daily Kos
Sujata Jain / WIS-TV:
VA: Man will get warning instead of $525 citation for $.89 drink refill
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Nathan L. Gonzales / Roll Call:
Republican Whacks Harry Reid in New North Carolina Senate Ad
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