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1:45 PM ET, April 22, 2014

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Politico:
Supreme Court upholds ban on affirmative action in college admissions  —  The Supreme Court delivered another setback to affirmative action Tuesday, easing the way for states to bar public colleges from considering race in admissions.  —  The 6-2 decision upheld a Michigan constitutional amendment …
Discussion: CNN, The College Fix and Yahoo! News
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Affirmative Action Ban  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a Michigan voter initiative that banned racial preferences in admissions to the state's public universities.  —  In earlier cases, including one from June concerning the University of Texas …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
No stopping Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg  —  Midway through Monday's arguments at the Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg appeared to be fading.  —  She was looking down at her case material, her head resting in her hand, her face just a few inches above the desk.
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show
Fox News:
Supreme Court upholds Michigan affirmative action ban
Discussion: LibertyNEWS.com
Steve Pokin / Springfield News-Leader:
Marionville mayor resigns  —  Marionville Mayor Dan Clevenger resigned Monday night for making anti-Semitic comments in the wake of the arrest of white supremacist Frazier Glenn Miller and after aldermen voted 4-1 to start the impeachment process.  —  Clevenger, 59, said he was personally hurt …
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Mayor Who ‘Kind Of Agreed’ With Alleged Jewish Center Shooter Resigns
Discussion: Mediaite
Charles Murray / AEIdeas:
An open letter to the students of Azusa Pacific University  —  I was scheduled to speak to you tomorrow.  I was going to talk about my new book, “The Curmudgeon's Guide to Getting Ahead,” and was looking forward to it.  But it has been “postponed.”  Why?  An email from your president …
CNN:
First on CNN: 15 cities in running for 2016 Democratic Convention  —  Washington (CNN) - The Democratic Party has asked 15 mayors to submit formal bids to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention, an event that could cost a city as much as $60 million but the payout could be triple the investment or more.
New York Times:
Who Will Win The Senate? … Every day, our computer churns through the latest polls and reams of historical data to calculate both parties' chances of winning control of the Senate.  Although the Democrats currently have a 51 percent chance, that doesn't mean we're predicting the Democrats …
Washington Post:
President Obama, disregarding his own red line, dithers on Ukraine  —  AFTER AN agreement to “de-escalate tensions and restore security” in Ukraine was announced Thursday, Secretary of State John F. Kerry was very explicit about U.S. expectations.  “We fully expect the Russians . .  …
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
One in Four in U.S. Are Solidly Skeptical of Global Warming  —  Nearly 40% are “Concerned Believers” in global warming, others are mixed  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Over the past decade, Americans have clustered into three broad groups on global warming.  The largest, currently describing 39% of U.S. adults …
Darren Goode / Politico:
Horses, teepees arrive on Mall for Keystone protest  —  Horses, Daryl Hannah, sacred fires and Neil Young — these are some of the things you'll see on the National Mall starting Tuesday as part of the latest protest against the Keystone XL pipeline.  —  The “Reject and Protect” …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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Timothy Cama / The Hill:   Green groups push Earth Day agenda
Jaimie Etkin / BuzzFeed:
Aaron Sorkin Wants To Apologize To Everyone About “The Newsroom”  —  “I think you and I got off on the wrong foot with The Newsroom and I apologize and I'd like to start over,” the creator told an audience at a Tribeca Film Festival event on Monday.  —  Aaron Sorkin with Jon Favreau at the Tribeca Film Festival on Monday, April 21.
Sally Kohn / The Daily Beast:
The GOP's Limp ‘Emasculate Obama’ Ploy  —  Republicans can mock Obama for having a ‘manhood problem,’ but they're woefully out of touch with the new masculinity.  —  Out and about this weekend, I saw no less than three men who appeared to be heterosexual wearing little buns on the tops of their heads.
Julia O'Donoghue / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Lawmaker pulls bill to make Holy Bible Louisiana's official state book  —  The Louisiana House of Representatives was scheduled to take up a bill to declare the Holy Bible that official state book on Monday evening.  —  Rep. Thomas Carmody, R-Shreveport, scrapped his proposal to make the Holy Bible …
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court seems inclined to bolster truth-in-labeling laws  —  High court justices take a dim view of Coca-Cola's selling juice labeled as pomegranate-blueberry that is mostly apple and grape juice.  —  Pom Wonderful, which says its product contains 100% pomegranate juice …
Discussion: The Week
Wall Street Journal:
Mrs. Clinton's New Memoir  —  Yesterday on a panel on “Face the Nation,” we briefly discussed Hillary Clinton's forthcoming memoir of her four years as secretary of state.  It is called “Hard Choices”—they appear to be running low at the book-title store—and will be published June 10.
Discussion: ABC News
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Gregory Korte / OnPolitics:
IRS revokes group's tax exemption over anti-Clinton statements
Alex Roarty / The Atlantic Online:
The Class War Inside the Republican Party  —  It took David Perdue about 20 seconds of speechifying to expose a tension roiling the Republican Party.  Speaking in January, the former business executive turned Georgia candidate for U.S. Senate asked a group of local Republicans to parse the resumes of his primary foes.
Discussion: Liberaland and Prairie Weather
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Looking at Costs and Risks, Many Skip Health Insurance  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Steve Huber, an affable salesman who is still paying off an unexpected medical bill, was not among the millions of Americans who signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act during the enrollment period that ended March 31.
Discussion: Hit & Run and Althouse
Daniel Shuchman / Wall Street Journal:
Thomas Piketty Revives Marx for the 21st Century  —  An 80% tax rate on incomes above $500,000 is not meant to bring in money for education or benefits, but ‘to put an end to such incomes.’  —  Thomas Piketty likes capitalism because it efficiently allocates resources.  But he does not like how it allocates income.
Discussion: TheBlaze.com
Walter Hamilton / Los Angeles Times:
Moving in with parents becomes more common for the middle-aged  —  The number of Californians 50 to 64 who live in their parents' homes has surged in recent years, reflecting the grim economic aftermath of the Great Recession.  —  At a time when the still sluggish economy has sent a flood …
Discussion: Shakesville and Hot Air
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Student Loans Can Suddenly Come Due When Co-Signers Die, a Report Finds  —  For students who borrow on the private market to pay for school, the death of a parent can come with an unexpected, added blow, a federal watchdog warns.  Even borrowers who have good payment records can face sudden demands for full …
Discussion: The Raw Story
Larry Bartels / Washington Post:
U.S. is a world leader in class conflict over government spending  —  (Data from International Social Survey Programme; tabulation by Larry Bartels)  —  The United States does less to redistribute income than virtually any other economically “advanced” democracy.
Discussion: The Dish and New York Times
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Brendan Moore / Gallup:
Americans Continue to Enjoy Saving More Than Spending
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Week
 
 
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Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. force in Afghanistan may be cut to less than 10,000 troops
Discussion: Weekly Standard and The Week
Abby Livingston / Roll Call:
Republicans Spend Millions on TV in Primary for Trey Radel Seat
Discussion: The Reaction
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Media Matters Chief Tells Sharyl Attkisson To Put Up Or Shut Up
Tony Merevick / BuzzFeed:
Smith College Students Continue Fight Over “Discriminatory” Policy On Transgender Applicants
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Allyson Schwartz ad touts Obamacare in Pennsylvania
Discussion: Daily Kos
Michael Daly / The Daily Beast:
How Chicago Became ‘Chiraq’
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Eyes Over Compton: How Police Spied on a Whole City
 Earlier Items: 
Lynn Vavreck / New York Times:
The Myth of Swing Voters in Midterm Elections
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Morning Plum: What does ‘running on Obamacare’ look like?
Dana Davidsen / CNN:
Christie on pot: Colorado law ‘not the quality of life we want’
Discussion: Politico and The Raw Story
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Come Celebrate Bundy Fest 2014!
Discussion: The Daily Banter and The Raw Story
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama taps veteran of Clinton investigations for chief counsel
Discussion: Politico, The PJ Tatler and CNN
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
There Goes the Sun
 

 
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NYT response to plagiarism claim acknowledges improper use of language, details from Wikipedia

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NYT considering shorter print edition at roughly half the price with unlimited digital access

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Contently Launches A Nonprofit Arm To Do Investigative Journalism

 
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