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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 …
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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 …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Sotomayor Attacks John Roberts' Views On Race As ‘Out Of Touch With Reality’  —  A significant portion of Justice Sonia Sotomayor's scathing dissent in the Supreme Court's decision upholding Michigan's affirmative action ban was dedicated to taking on Chief Justice John Roberts' views on race in America.
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Incumbent Southern Democrats Are Less Vulnerable Than You Might Think
Discussion: Washington Post
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
Agence France-Presse:
Kerry: ‘It was easier’ in Cold War  —  Washington (AFP) - Secretary of State John Kerry attested Tuesday to the massively complex challenges Washington faces in Ukraine, Russia, Iran and the Middle East, declaring “it was easier” during the Cold War.  —  In a candid moment during …
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Washington Post:
President Obama, disregarding his own red line, dithers on Ukraine
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:
The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World's Richest  —  The American middle class, long the most affluent in the world, has lost that distinction.  —  While the wealthiest Americans are outpacing many of their global peers, a New York Times analysis shows that across the lower …
Paul Gatling / Northwest Arkansas Business Journal:
John Boozman Undergoes Emergency Heart Surgery  —  U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-Arkansas) is recovering in a Rogers hospital after undergoing heart surgery Tuesday morning.  —  Boozman, 63, was taken to the Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas emergency room by ambulance.
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Romney gives $10,000 to McDonnell's legal defense fund  —  Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, has made a personal donation of $10,000 to former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell's legal defense fund, a Romney aide confirmed Tuesday.  —  McDonnell and his wife …
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
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Dean Baker / The Huffington Post:
Economic Policy in a Post-Piketty World
Discussion: The Dish
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Media Matters Chief Tells Sharyl Attkisson To Put Up Or Shut Up  —  The head of Media Matters for America challenged former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson on Monday to produce evidence that the liberal media watchdog has been paid to target her.  —  “Professional journalists …
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 …
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 …
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.
Jim Stinson / AL.com:
Alabama Rep. Steve Hurst uses large handgun as parade float (and barbecue)  —  TALLADEGA — Alabama Rep. Steve Hurst wants you to know he is for gun rights.  —  The District 35 Republican from Talladega gets his message across at parades in a very unmistakable way: He uses a giant revolver as a parade float.
Nathan Baca / 8 News NOW:
I-Team: Bundy's ‘ancestral rights’ come under scrutiny  —  LAS VEGAS — Federal authorities remain silent about their next plans to confront Cliven Bundy at his Bunkerville ranch.  —  Both sides are fighting over history, with federal courts denying Bundy's claims of “ancestral rights” on the Virgin River valley.
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: Fox News, Hit & Run and Althouse
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.
Brian Ries / Mashable:
American Journalist With Vice News Captured in Eastern Ukraine  —  Vice journalist Simon Ostrovsky has been taken by militia in Eastern Ukraine, Mashable has learned.  —  The reporter for Vice News, who has been filing a series of compelling video dispatches from Ukraine since early March …
Oliver Holmes / Reuters:
Syria's chemical weapons wild card: chlorine gas  —  (Reuters) - Chlorine gas attacks in Syria this month, if proven, expose a major loophole in an international deal to remove chemical weapons from the war-torn country and suggest chemical warfare could persist after the removal operation has finished.
 
 
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Joel Kotkin:
The Spread of ‘Debate is Over’ Syndrome
Discussion: Power Line
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Barbara Lee's First Endorsement... And The Beatles
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Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. force in Afghanistan may be cut to less than 10,000 troops
Discussion: Weekly Standard, Lawfare and The Week
Tony Merevick / BuzzFeed:
Smith College Students Continue Fight Over “Discriminatory” Policy On Transgender Applicants
Michael Daly / The Daily Beast:
How Chicago Became ‘Chiraq’
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Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Student Loans Can Suddenly Come Due When Co-Signers Die, a Report Finds
Discussion: The Raw Story
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?
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court seems inclined to bolster truth-in-labeling laws
Discussion: The Week
Walter Hamilton / Los Angeles Times:
Moving in with parents becomes more common for the middle-aged
Discussion: Hot Air and Shakesville
Darren Goode / Politico:
Horses, teepees arrive on Mall for Keystone protest
Discussion: The Hill and Taylor Marsh
 

 
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