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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Court Backs Michigan on Affirmative Action  —  WASHINGTON — In a fractured decision that revealed deep divisions over what role the judiciary should play in protecting racial and ethnic minorities, the Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a Michigan constitutional amendment that bans affirmative action …
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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: Fox News and 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
Politico:
Supreme Court upholds ban on affirmative action in college admissions
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 …
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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.
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 …
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.
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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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
Bryan Jacoutot / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Media Matters' relationship with mainstream media in focus after Sharyl Attkisson's accusations  —  On the most recent airing of the CNN Sunday talk show, Reliable Sources, former CBS reporter, Sharyl Attkinson, revealed a rather stunning accusation about the far left online news organization, Media Matters.
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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: The Other McCain and Power Line
Dave Breitenstein / The News-Press:
Rep. Eagle releases statement after DUI arrest  —  State Rep. Dane Eagle was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence early Monday in Tallahassee, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.  —  Court documents show Tallahassee Police first spotted Eagle (R-Cape Coral) pulling out of a Taco Bell on West Tennessee Street.
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.
Bob Price / BREITBART.COM:
BLM EYES 90,000 ACRES OF TEXAS LAND  —  After the recent Bundy Ranch episode by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Texans are becoming more concerned about the BLM's focus on 90,000 acres along a 116 mile stretch of the Texas/Oklahoma boundary.  The BLM is reviewing the possible federal takeover …
Christopher Hayes / The Nation:
The New Abolitionism  —  Averting planetary disaster will mean forcing fossil fuel companies to give up at least $10 trillion in wealth.  —  Before the cannons fired at Fort Sumter, the Confederates announced their rebellion with lofty rhetoric about “violations of the Constitution of the United States” …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Hullabaloo
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 and American Power
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Dean Baker / The Huffington Post:
Economic Policy in a Post-Piketty World
Discussion: The Dish
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 …
 
 
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Timothy Cama / The Hill:
White House approves stricter coal dust rule
Brad Plumer / Vox:
How the world failed on climate change
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National Journal:
Not a Single Republican Has Mentioned Earth Day in Congress Since 2010
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Oliver Holmes / Reuters:
Syria's chemical weapons wild card: chlorine gas
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Barbara Lee's First Endorsement... And The Beatles
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Tony Merevick / BuzzFeed:
Smith College Students Continue Fight Over “Discriminatory” Policy On Transgender Applicants
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Looking at Costs and Risks, Many Skip Health Insurance
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