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10:50 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 …
Discussion: RedState
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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 …
Albert R. Hunt / Bloomberg View:
Obama's Good News Isn't Getting Across
Discussion: Washington Post and VodkaPundit
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
Reuters:
Pipeline delay gives boost to Obama's political base  —  (Reuters) - The latest delay to a final decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline will reinforce a White House strategy to energize President Barack Obama's liberal-leaning base before fall elections in which Democrats risk losing control of the U.S. Senate.
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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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: CBS DC
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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
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, Hit & Run and Gawker
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Associated Press:
Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter dies at 76
 
 
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Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Newsmax backs off Chelsea Clinton attack
Noah Shachtman / The Daily Beast:
Snowden's Camp: Staged Putin Q&A Was a Screw-Up
Discussion: The PJ Tatler, Yahoo! News and Guardian
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Health Law Fund-Raising Is Detailed
Aamer Madhani / USA Today:
Biden heads to Kiev to meet Ukraine leaders
Discussion: New York Times
New York Times:
Running Out of Time  —  Next year, in December, delegates …
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
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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’
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?
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’
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