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10:10 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?
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 …
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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 …
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.
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.
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
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.
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Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Taking On Adam Smith (and Karl Marx)
Discussion: Power Line and Bloomberg View
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Attkisson: CBS News too “ideologically entrenched” to air stories critical of the Obama administration  —  CNN's Brian Stelter broadcast a two-part interview with former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson to review her accusations of political bias at CBS News — and to take on the critics she has acquired over the last year or so.
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.
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.
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.
Mohammed Jamjoom / CNN:
Source: ‘Massive’ attack targets al Qaeda in Yemen  —  (CNN) — An operation targeting al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is under way in Abyan and Shabwa, Yemen, a high-level Yemeni government official who is being briefed on the strikes told CNN on Monday.  —  The official said that the scale …
ABC News:
John Paul Stevens: Okay to Consider Politics in Retirement Decision  —  ABC's Adam Teicholz reports:  —  In an interview with George Stephanopoulos airing today on “This Week,” retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens revealed that he believes it is appropriate for justices to take …
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Richard L. Hasen / The Daily Beast:
Change the Constitution in Six Easy Steps? It Won't Be That Simple, Justice Stevens
Discussion: Bloomberg View and Yahoo! News
 
 
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Kerry Lester / Daily Journal:
Illinois GOP committee members who sought to oust Brady for backing gay marriage are replaced
Discussion: Advocate
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’
Reuters:
Ukraine rabbi calls anti-Semitic leaflet a political hoax
Discussion: CANNONFIRE, Mediaite and Israel Matzav
 Earlier Items: 
CNN:
Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, boxer wrongly convicted of murder, dies
Discussion: Scared Monkeys, Hit & Run and Gawker
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Roberts Challenges Ralph Reed on Same-Sex Adoption: You'd Rather Leave Kids in Orphanages?
Discussion: Joe. My. God. and Back2Stonewall
Tom Phillips / Telegraph:
China on course to become 'world's most Christian nation' within 15 years
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Weekly Standard
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Warren repeats she's ‘not running for president’
Discussion: CBS News and Outside the Beltway