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8:00 AM ET, April 21, 2014

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Associated Press:
Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter dies at 76  —  TORONTO — Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, died Sunday at 76.  —  John Artis, a longtime friend and caregiver, told The Canadian Press that Carter died in his sleep Sunday.
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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
Selwyn Raab / New York Times:
Rubin (Hurricane) Carter, Boxer Whose Murder Convictions Were Overturned, Dies at 76  —  Rubin (Hurricane) Carter, a fearsome prizefighter, became an international cause célèbre while he was imprisoned for 19 years on flawed charges of murder.  He was 76.  —  Taking On Adam Smith (and Karl Marx)
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Taking On Adam Smith (and Karl Marx)  —  PARIS — Thomas Piketty turned 18 in 1989, when the Berlin Wall fell, so he was spared the tortured, decades-long French intellectual debate about the virtues and vices of communism.  Even more telling, he remembers, was a trip he took with a close friend …
Discussion: Bloomberg View
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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Marx Rises Again  —  IN the season of resurrection, it's fitting that he's with us once again — bearded, prophetic, moralistic, promising to exalt the humble and cast down the mighty from their thrones.  —  Yes, that's right: Karl Marx is back from the dead.
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.
Discussion: Betsy's Page and The Mahablog
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?
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
ThinkProgress:
New York Times' David Brooks Says Obama Has ‘A Manhood Problem In The Middle East’  —  New York Times columnist David Brooks on Sunday claimed that President Obama's foreign policy isn't “tough” and that he has a “manhood problem” in the Middle East.  —  Pivoting off Sen. Bob Corker's …
Tom Phillips / Telegraph:
China on course to become 'world's most Christian nation' within 15 years  —  The number of Christians in Communist China is growing so steadily that it by 2030 it could have more churchgoers than America  —  It is said to be China's biggest church and on Easter Sunday thousands of worshippers …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Weekly Standard
 
 
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Reuters:
Ukraine rabbi calls anti-Semitic leaflet a political hoax
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Ashley Killough / CNN:
Warren repeats she's ‘not running for president’
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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Republicans See Political Wedge in Common Core
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
DWS: Politics not part of Keystone
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Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
A Washington First: The Amazing Life of Barney Frank
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Democrats seek to reshape midterm electorate along lines of a presidential year
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Alyssa Rosenberg / Washington Post:
Why we root for Chelsea Clinton
 

 
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