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9:40 AM ET, April 21, 2014

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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
As ‘Meet the Press’ struggles in the ratings, plenty of questions for host David Gregory  —  If “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory were a guest on his own show, he knows the kinds of questions he'd be asked.  —  Why have your ratings been falling?  Is the show in trouble?  Is your job in trouble?
John Fund / National Review:
The Increasing Desperation of Democrats  —  Harry Reid isn't backing down from his claim that rancher Cliven Bundy's supporters are “domestic terrorists.”  —  It's astonishing rhetoric given the White House's characterization of the mass shooting by a genuine terrorist, Major Nidal Hasan …
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Juan Williams / The Hill:
Still hope for Democrats in 2014  —  Is there anyway Democrats can win the 17 seats they need to capture the House majority this November?  —  In one word: Yes.  —  Democrats picked up 8 seats two years ago despite widespread predictions of losses.  They lost 12 seats in 2012 by less …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Epic Hypocrisy of Tom Steyer  —  Billionaire hedge fund operator and “green” energy magnate Tom Steyer has pledged $100 million in the 2014 election cycle to help Democratic candidates who oppose the Keystone pipeline and who favor “green” energy over fossil fuels.
Clive Crook / Bloomberg View:
The Most Important Book Ever Is All Wrong  —  It's hard to think of another book on economics published in the past several decades that's been praised as lavishly as Thomas Piketty's “Capital in the Twenty-First Century.”  The adulation tells you something, though not mainly about the book's qualities.
Discussion: New York Times and Politico
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Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Taking On Adam Smith (and Karl Marx)
Discussion: Power Line and Bloomberg View
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Cause for Concern  —  Health-care costs are rising—and the experts aren't sure why  —  Last week's news about Obamacare enrollment was great.  But health care policy wonks have something else on their mind now: the cost of health care.  It's starting to rise more quickly than before.
Washington Examiner:
Examiner Editorial: Barack Obama and the politics of lies  —  EDITORIAL BARACK OBAMA OBAMACARE FOX NEWS IRS BENGHAZI  —  That was quite a victory dance President Obama did Thursday while claiming Obamacare is “working” because eight million people have now supposedly signed up for the health care program.
Jaime Fuller / Washington Post:
With Keystone XL's delay, another controversial issue hits pause before the midterms  —  The State Department announced last week that it was extending the Keystone XL pipeline's five-year stay in purgatory — this time, indefinitely.  A departmental review scheduled to end in May has been pushed …
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Roberts Challenges Ralph Reed on Same-Sex Adoption: You'd Rather Leave Kids in Orphanages?  —  A comment by Reverend Franklin Graham, in which he alleged gay parents are “recruiting” when they adopt children and that Russian President Vladimir Putin was right to prohibit same-sex adoption …
Discussion: Joe. My. God. and Back2Stonewall
Sarah Fruchtnicht / Opposing Views:
Man Shoots 3-Year-Old Girl In Texas Road Rage Attack (Video)  —  A Texas man shot a 3-year-old girl while she was sitting in her car seat during a road rage incident in East Houston Saturday night.  —  The girl's parents saw a car ahead of them on Allen Genoa Road driving erratically …
Discussion: Liberaland and The Raw Story
New York Times:
Running Out of Time  —  Next year, in December, delegates from more than 190 nations will gather in Paris to take another shot at completing a new global treaty on climate change.  This will be the 21st Conference of the Parties under United Nations auspices since the first summit meeting in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
O-Care enrollment still growing in several states  —  Enrollment in ObamaCare's new health insurance exchanges is likely to grow past eight million, as some states are still letting people sign up for insurance beyond this year's official enrollment deadline.
CNN:
Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, boxer wrongly convicted of murder, dies  —  (CNN) — Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the middleweight boxing contender who spent 19 years in prison after being wrongly convicted of a triple murder, has died in Toronto, according to Win Wahrer, the director of client services …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Hit & Run
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Associated Press:
Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter dies at 76
Selwyn Raab / New York Times:
Rubin (Hurricane) Carter, Boxer Whose Murder Convictions Were Overturned, Dies at 76
 
 
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ABC News:
John Paul Stevens: Okay to Consider Politics in Retirement Decision
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Kerry Lester / Daily Journal:
Illinois GOP committee members who sought to oust Brady for backing gay marriage are replaced
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Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Michelle Nunn Walks A Tightrope On Obamacare In Georgia Senate Race
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Ukraine threatens to undermine Obama's delayed Asia ‘pivot’
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Reuters:
Ukraine rabbi calls anti-Semitic leaflet a political hoax
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Tom Phillips / Telegraph:
China on course to become 'world's most Christian nation' within 15 years
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Ashley Killough / CNN:
Warren repeats she's ‘not running for president’
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