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8:30 AM ET, April 21, 2014

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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 …
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
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.
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?
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
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
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 …
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Michelle Nunn Walks A Tightrope On Obamacare In Georgia Senate Race  —  In an election cycle that Republicans appear persistent in making about Obamacare, Michelle Nunn is in an interesting spot in the Georgia Senate race.  The daughter of popular former Sen. Sam Nunn, she's never held political office …
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Ukraine threatens to undermine Obama's delayed Asia ‘pivot’  —  President Obama is traveling to Asia this week under the cloud of the Ukraine crisis, which threatens to put Asian allies on edge about U.S. security commitments and create yet another distraction from the administration's much-delayed “pivot” to the region.
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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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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