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6:50 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?
Hadas Gold / Politico:
NBC hired ‘psychological consultant’ for David Gregory  —  NBC News last year hired a “psychological consultant” to interview David Gregory's friends and family, part of an effort to get greater insight into the Meet The Press host's personality, according to a new report.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
George W. Bush surprises on White House records  —  President George W. Bush, whose White House was legendary for its secrecy, seems to have turned over a new leaf in his post-presidency.  —  A previously undisclosed directive Bush signed almost two years after leaving office could result …
Discussion: Fox News
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
President Obama picks W. Neil Eggleston as new White House counsel
Discussion: CNN
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Specialist in Oversight Inquiries to Be Named White House Counsel
Julian Zelizer / CNN:   How Obama can avoid lame-duck blues
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
How To Make Yourself Sound Nuts 101  —  Sharyl Attkisson is the former CBS News reporter who left the network over what she claimed was liberal bias.  After her computer was allegedly hacked by someone in late 2012 (seemingly confirmed by a network investigation) she hinted …
Andrew Cohen / The Week:
Aereo at the Supreme Court: No matter what, broadcasters lose  —  An industry born of innovation faces a serious challenge from a new innovator  —  T  —  he United States Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in a case that threatens the television industry as we have known it for generations.
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 …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Mohammed Jamjoom / CNN:
Source: ‘Massive’ attack targets al Qaeda in Yemen
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Panel Orders Release of Memo in Targeted Killing of Awlaki
Discussion: Lawfare and The Verge
Yahoo! News:
Obama plans clemency for hundreds of drug offenders  —  DUBLIN, Calif—Scrawled on the inside of Barbara Scrivner's left arm is a primitive prison tattoo that says “Time Flies.”  —  If only that were the case.  —  For Scrivner, time has crawled, it's dawdled, and on bad days, it's felt like it's stood completely still.
Kelly Whiteside / USA Today:
American Meb Keflezighi wins Boston Marathon  —  BOSTON - In one of the most memorable victories in Boston Marathon history, Meb Keflezighi became the first American man since 1983 to wear the laurel wreath.  With the backdrop of so much tragedy, in front of many of those gravely wounded …
The right's new racial math: How its view of nonwhite voters got so demented  —  The news is so depressing for conservatives these days.  All the demographic trends are moving against them.With every election showing a large majority of single women, young people and people of color voting for the Democrats …
Jacob Siegel / The Daily Beast:
The U.S. Military Is a Socialist Paradise  —  It may come as an unwelcome surprise to conservatives, but America's military has one of the only working models of collective living and social welfare the country has ever known.  —  Every day before dawn, brave men and women of different races …
Discussion: National Review and Yahoo! News
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justice Stevens's Solution for ‘Giant Step in Wrong Direction’  —  WASHINGTON — Justice John Paul Stevens, who turned 94 on Sunday, is a mild man with an even temperament.  He has a reverence for the Supreme Court, on which he served for almost 35 years until his retirement in 2010, and he is fond of his former colleagues.
Erica Ritz /
The Precious Gift Glenn Beck Regrets Giving Mitt Romney ‘to This Day’  —  Glenn Beck said Monday that he's never regretted giving anybody a gift as much as he regrets what he gave to former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney: an extremely rare, first-edition copy of George Washington's farewell address.
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
Napster billionaire's next mission: Conquer politics  —  These days - in the age of the super PAC and Citizens United - a campaign donor with a million dollars to spend isn't cool.  —  You know what's cool?  A donor with a billion dollars.  —  By any standard, Sean Parker is a very cool donor indeed.
Discussion: CNN and Talking Points Memo
Sonia Saraiya / The A.V. Club:
Rape of Thrones  —  Why are the Game Of Thrones showrunners rewriting the books into misogyny?  —  Sunday night's episode of Game Of Thrones took an even darker turn than usual: Jaime Lannister, who has transitioned from one of the story's villains to one of its heroes …
Steven Aftergood / Secrecy News:
Intelligence Directive Bars Unauthorized Contacts with News Media  —  The Director of National Intelligence has forbidden most intelligence community employees from discussing “intelligence-related information” with a reporter unless they have specific authorization to do so …
Brooks Hays / UPI:
Majority of Americans doubt the Big Bang theory  —  According the National Science Foundation: “The public's level of factual knowledge about science has not changed much over the past two decades.”  —  In a new national poll on America's scientific acumen, more than half of respondents said they were …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Shakesville
Alexander Burns / Politico:
New GOP polling firm to launch  —  A small group of top Washington Republicans is teaming up to launch a new polling firm, Vox Populi Polling, that will churn out volumes of survey data ahead of the 2014 midterm elections.  —  The firm plans to produce both public and private polling …
Heather Haddon / Wall Street Journal:
Christie Campaign Has Spent At Least $314,000 in Legal Fees in Bridge Scandal  —  Gov. Chris Christie's reelection campaign has been billed for at least $314,000 on legal fees so far in representing itself in regards to the George Washington Bridge lane closure investigations, a total that exceeds the committee's campaign cash on hand.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
Molly Redden / Mother Jones:
GOP Senate Candidate Endorses a 9/11 Truther's Questions: “Things Like This Have to Be Asked”  —  In 2012, Greg Brannon, who is now a North Carolina Republican Senate candidate, wouldn't say whether he thought the attacks on September 11, 2001, were an inside job—but, he said, “Things like this have to be asked.”
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
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Mark R. Rank / New York Times:
From Rags to Riches to Rags  —  ST. LOUIS — BY now most of us …
Discussion: National Review
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg View:
The Angry Republican Foreign-Policy Mess
Washington Post:
In stem-cell research, health benefits outweigh the risks of copying humans
Discussion: National Review
Robert Shrum / The Daily Beast:
Why the GOP Needs a Return to the Bush Leagues
Discussion: New York Times and Washington Post
Patrick Howley / The Daily Caller:
Calif. moves to ban judges affiliated with Boy Scouts
Discussion: protein wisdom and National Review
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Obama Handles Russia Like Republicans: Overpromise, Under-Deliver, and Write Off
Kathianne Boniello / New York Post:
Can landlords ban tenants from opening gay bars?
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Juan Williams / The Hill:
Still hope for Democrats in 2014
Discussion: RedState and National Review