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8:45 PM ET, April 18, 2014


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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.
Hillary Rodham Clinton / Hillary Clinton Memoir:
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Politico
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Hillary Clinton Commends ‘Incredibly Brave’ Undocumented Immigrant For Revealing Status
Discussion: Liberaland and Weasel Zippers
Keystone decision delayed yet again  —  The Obama administration says it is indefinitely extending its long-awaited review of the Keystone XL pipeline — providing a Good Friday jolt to one of the president's most wrenching environmental decisions.  —  The move could easily push President …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Hullabaloo
Fox News:
‘Ridiculous’: Administration punts on Keystone, Obama faces Dem revolt  —  FILE: February 17, 2012: Protestors rallied in front of the Lamar County courthouse before a hearing on the Keystone pipeline in Paris, Texas.REUTERS  —  The Obama administration once again has punted on a final decision …
Lisa Desjardins / CNN:   Obama administration pushes back Keystone decision
Zeke J Miller / TIME:
Obama Punts On Keystone Pipeline
Discussion: Hot Air and Outside the Beltway
Patrick Rucker / Reuters:
U.S. extends Keystone XL comment period, delaying final decision
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
Lisa Desjardins / CNN:
Harry Reid defends ‘domestic terrorists’ comments
Discussion: Mediaite
Matt Stout / Boston Herald:
U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch on Obamacare's election toll: It'll bury Dems  —  Dem sees Obamacare crisis  —  Video of U.S. Rep Stephen Lynch talks ObamaCare on Boston Herald Radio  —  By:  —  U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, the lone member of the Bay State delegation to vote against Obama­care four years ago …
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.
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: Hullabaloo and ACS Blog
Scott Shackford / Hit & Run:
Peoria Mayor Sends Police to Track Down Twitter Parodist  —  Politicians can be a thin-skinned bunch.  You'd think they'd let insults roll off their backs given how much power they have over the lives and livelihoods of others.  But if you have all that power, why bother letting insults roll …
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: The Daily Caller, Mediaite and ABC News
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
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
U.S. ground troops going to Poland, defense minister says  —  Poland and the United States will announce next week the deployment of U.S. ground forces to Poland as part of an expansion of NATO presence in Central and Eastern Europe in response to events in Ukraine.
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.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama signs bill blocking Iranian envoy
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
This Company Has A 4-Day Work Week, Pays Its Workers A Full Salary And Is Super Successful  —  Ryan Carson and Alan Johnson, co-founders of Treehouse  —  The 70 people who work at Treehouse, an online education company that teaches people about technology, only work four days a week at the same full salary as other tech workers.
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
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 …
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Andrew Pollack / New York Times:
Cost of Treatment May Influence Doctors
Discussion: National Review
NBC News:
GOP to Obama: We're not moving onWhen President Obama announced …
Discussion: Liberaland
Michael Waldman / The Daily Beast:
How Obama Can Use Executive Actions to Improve Our Democracy
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Salvation Gets Cheap
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Clinton files: Hillary, GOP intel and ‘conspiracy’
Discussion: CNN
Jeffrey H. Anderson / Weekly Standard:
The Debate Will Be Over When the American People Say It's Over
Discussion: Hot Air, The Mahablog and Power Line
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Midterms may hinge on whether Obamacare losers outvote the winners
Discussion: VodkaPundit
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
First on CNN: Amy Kremer resigns from Tea Party Express
Discussion: Politico and PoliticusUSA