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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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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
Lawrence Hurley / Reuters:
U.S. justices show little support for Aereo TV in copyright fight  —  (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared skeptical on Tuesday about online TV service Aereo Inc's position in a copyright dispute with major broadcasters, but several raised concerns about how a ruling against the startup could affect cloud computing services.
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.
Politico:
Supreme Court upholds ban on affirmative action in college admissions
Agence France-Presse:
Kerry tells Russia of ‘deep concern’ over Ukraine: official  —  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.
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Philip Ewing / Politico:
U.S. sending troops to Eastern Europe  —  The U.S. is sending about 600 ground troops to Eastern Europe this week to “reassure” allies there as Washington resumes its campaign of pressure on Russia over the Ukraine standoff.  —  About 150 soldiers from the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team …
Washington Post:
President Obama, disregarding his own red line, dithers on Ukraine
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 …
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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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.
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
GOP poll defies tide on gay marriage  —  Two conservative groups are pushing back on moves by the GOP to drop opposition to same-sex marriage from party platforms, releasing a poll of base voters taken last month that found in favor of defining marriage “only” as between a man and a woman.
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A Public Statement / Real Clear Politics:
Freedom to Marry, Freedom to Dissent: Why We Must Have Both
Discussion: Hit & Run and Washington Post
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 …
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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.
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 …
Joel Kotkin:
The Spread of ‘Debate is Over’ Syndrome  —  Appearing in:  —  Orange County Register  —  The ongoing trial involving journalist Mark Steyn - accused of defaming climate change theorist Michael Mann - reflects an increasingly dangerous tendency among our intellectual classes to embrace homogeneity of viewpoint.
Discussion: Power Line
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 …
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Elites' Sacrificial Victims  —  Why do our well-meaning elites so often worry about humanity in the abstract rather than the real effects of their cosmic ideologies on the majority?  The dream of universal health coverage trumped the nightmare of millions of lives disrupted by the implementation of it.
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
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.
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Red States Hatch Plans To Block Obamacare Even If Dems Take Over  —  Republicans are taking no chances when it comes to Obamacare's Medicaid expansion.  They're closing every possible door.  Under bills passed in Georgia and Kansas recently, even if a Democratic candidate were to pull off …
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.
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 …
National Journal:
Not a Single Republican Has Mentioned Earth Day in Congress Since 2010  —  Mining the Congressional Record for partisanship on environmental matters.  —  For years, mentions of Earth Day have sprung up each April from members of both parties.  In April 2010, Democrats spoke of Earth Day over 150 times …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
 
 
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Timothy Cama / The Hill:
White House approves stricter coal dust rule
Christopher Hayes / The Nation:
The New Abolitionism  —  Averting planetary disaster …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Brad Plumer / Vox:
How the world failed on climate change
Discussion: Balloon Juice, The Verge and Eschaton
Oliver Holmes / Reuters:
Syria's chemical weapons wild card: chlorine gas
Tony Merevick / BuzzFeed:
Smith College Students Continue Fight Over “Discriminatory” Policy On Transgender Applicants
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Daly / The Daily Beast:
How Chicago Became ‘Chiraq’
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Looking at Costs and Risks, Many Skip Health Insurance
Discussion: Fox News, Hit & Run and Althouse
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Morning Plum: What does ‘running on Obamacare’ look like?
Daniel Shuchman / Wall Street Journal:
Thomas Piketty Revives Marx for the 21st Century
Discussion: TheBlaze.com
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
One in Four in U.S. Are Solidly Skeptical of Global Warming
 

 
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter.:
Reporter quits Sun-Times, cites ‘chilling effect in the newsroom’

Max Read / Gawker:
Gawker posts belated retort to Gamergate campaign targeting advertisers and partners, says thousands in revenue lost

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