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1:10 PM 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 …
Discussion: National Review and RedState
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John Fund / National Review:   The Increasing Desperation of Democrats
Albert R. Hunt / Bloomberg View:
Obama's Good News Isn't Getting Across
Discussion: Washington Post and VodkaPundit
Will Stewart / Daily Mail:
Six-month pregnant journalist taken to hospital for treatment after pro-Kremlin political leader ordered his aides to ‘violently rape her’ during press conference when she asked about sanctions against Ukraine  — Vladimir Zhironovsky launched foul tirade at a press conference after pregnant reporter asked him about Ukraine sanctions
Discussion: susiemadrak.com and The Raw Story
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William Booth / Washington Post:
Fatal clash at Ukrainian checkpoint shreds cease-fire on Easter Sunday
Aamer Madhani / USA Today:   Biden heads to Kiev to meet Ukraine leaders
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: Power Line, New York Times and Politico
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Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Taking On Adam Smith (and Karl Marx)
Discussion: Bloomberg View
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 …
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
DCCC outraises NRCC for first quarter of 2014  —  The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee outpaced its GOP rival in the first fundraising quarter of 2014, topping $23.6 million to the National Republican Congressional Committee's $21.2 million.  —  The DCCC pulled in $10.3 million in March …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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 …
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Reuters:   Pipeline delay gives boost to Obama's political base
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Court: release legal memo on drone killing  —  A federal appeals court has ordered the U.S. government to release a redacted copy of a Justice Department memo discussing the legal basis for using deadly drone strikes to kill an American citizen overseas.  —  Ruling on Freedom …
Noah Shachtman / The Daily Beast:
Snowden's Camp: Staged Putin Q&A Was a Screw-Up  —  Even the NSA leaker's closest advisers now say his appearance on a Kremlin call-in show, which touched off yet another international firestorm, was a mistake.  —  NSA leaker Edward Snowden instantly regretted asking Russian President Vladimir Putin …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Rick Perry's extreme makeover  —  It's impossible to exorcise the memories of 2012.  But Rick Perry is going all out to present a new and improved version of himself — the swaggering big-state governor of old, with a dash of seasoned wise man thrown in.  —  In the early months of 2014 …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Outside the Beltway
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.
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Jeb Bush's Rush to Make Money May Be Hurdle  —  As it sought to recruit well-heeled investors, an untested and unprofitable Miami company named InnoVida brought aboard a trusted Florida figure in 2007: Jeb Bush, the former governor and the brother of a sitting president.
Rachel Mendleson / Toronto Star:
Rubin “Hurricane” Carter dead at 76  —  Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the former boxer imprisoned nearly 20 years for three murders before the convictions were overturned, has died at his home in Toronto.  —  Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, the star boxer who became a symbol of racial injustice …
Discussion: Guardian
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CNN:
Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, boxer wrongly convicted of murder, dies
Discussion: Scared Monkeys, Hit & Run and Gawker
 
 
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Patrick Howley / The Daily Caller:
Obama admin wants to require companies to give workers' numbers, addresses to unions before labor elections
Kevin Begos / Associated Press:
Fracking foes cringe as unions back drilling boom
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Newsmax backs off Chelsea Clinton attack
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Health Law Fund-Raising Is Detailed
Mohammed Jamjoom / CNN:
Source: ‘Massive’ attack targets al Qaeda in Yemen
New York Times:
Running Out of Time  —  Next year, in December, delegates …
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ABC News:
John Paul Stevens: Okay to Consider Politics in Retirement Decision
Discussion: CBS DC
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
O-Care enrollment still growing in several states
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
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Roberts Challenges Ralph Reed on Same-Sex Adoption: You'd Rather Leave Kids in Orphanages?
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