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Alexander Burns / Politico:
POLITICO poll shows mounting danger for Dems  —  President Barack Obama's job approval slump and voters' entrenched wariness of his health care law are dogging Democrats ahead of the 2014 midterm elections, and Republicans have captured a lead in the areas home to the year's most competitive races, according to a new POLITICO poll.
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Bob Dole defends Eric Shinseki
Discussion: CNN
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Poll: GOP voters back immigration reform
Discussion: Hot Air, National Review and The Hill
Jacob Siegel / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: VA Scandal Hits New Hospital  —  Veterans with serious heart conditions, gangrene, and even brain tumors waited months for care at the Albuquerque VA hospital, a whistleblowing doctor tells The Daily Beast.  —  Add Albuquerque, New Mexico's to the growing list of VA hospitals accused …
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John Fund / National Review:
Lessons of the VA Scandal
David Weigel / Slate:
Read What Georgia's Michelle Nunn Actually Said About Obamacare  —  Former President George H.W. Bush walks onstage with Points of Light Institute CEO Michelle Nunn for a speech on October 16, 2009, in College Station, Texas.  —  Earlier today the GOP oppo group America Rising sent out a series …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Hot Air and National Review
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Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Nunn Refuses To Answer How She Would Have Voted On Obamacare
Discussion: Power Line
Caitlin Huey-Burns / Real Clear Politics:
In Georgia Senate Primary, GOP Fray Could Take a Toll
ThinkProgress:
Florida Lawmaker: Common Core Will Turn ‘Every One Of Your Children’ Gay  —  Florida Republican Rep. Charles Van Zant, left, believes that increasing educational standards cause homosexuality.  —  CREDIT: AP Photo/Phil Coale  —  Common Core may not be a well-intentioned set …
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Federal Judge Strikes Down Oregon Same-Sex Marriage Ban, Weddings Can Start Immediately  —  State officials have said they will not appeal the ruling.  Judge's order is effective immediately.  —  Supporters of same-sex marriage gather for a rally in Portland, Oreg., on April 22.
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Jeff Mapes / Oregonian:
Oregon gay marriage ban struck down by federal judge; same-sex marriages to begin  —  Oregon's ban on same-sex marriages was struck down Monday by U.S. District Judge Michael McShane, who ruled that the prohibition violated the federal constitutional rights of gays and lesbians.
Katie Van Syckle / New York Magazine:
Ira Glass Doesn't Know or Care Who Edits the New York Times  —  The “This American Life” host admits he's not up on the biggest media story of the moment.  —  This afternoon at the Peabody Awards, which celebrate TV, web, and radio storytelling, “This American Life” host Ira Glass admitted he's …
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Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Cochran campaign knew of wife's taping for weeks  —  Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-Miss.) legal team apparently held onto information concerning a man's taping of the senator's bedridden wife for as many as two weeks before turning it over to the police.  —  Cochran's campaign spokesman …
Discussion: BREITBART.COM, Hot Air and RedState
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Therese Apel / The Clarion-Ledger:
Police considering ‘conspiracy’ in Cochran video case
Oregonian:
Monica Wehby's ex-husband accused her of ‘ongoing harassment’ during divorce: police report  —  The ex-husband of Republican Senate candidate Monica Wehby accused her of “ongoing harassment” as they were going through a divorce in December 2007, documents obtained by The Oregonian show.
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
Why Democrats Are Aching to Run Against Jeb Bush  —  On Friday, Hillary Clinton spoke at the New America Foundation's “Big Ideas” conference (disclosure: I'm a New America senior fellow).  Her basic theme was familiar—the American dream of upward mobility is in peril—though she did offer a couple of intriguing twists.
The Intercept:
Data Pirates of the Caribbean: The NSA Is Recording Every Cell Phone Call in the Bahamas  —  The National Security Agency is secretly intercepting, recording, and archiving the audio of virtually every cell phone conversation on the island nation of the Bahamas.
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
For 2016 Hopefuls, Washington Experience Could Do More Harm than Good  —  Military Service Top Positive, Atheism Top Negative for Potential Candidates  —  As the 2016 presidential campaign begins to take shape, Washington experience has become less of a potential asset for those seeking the White House.
Yahoo! News:
Marco Rubio's ‘pot’ hole  —  Why won't Sen. Marco Rubio say whether he's ever smoked pot?  —  The Florida Republican, who maintains a strict stance against the legalization of marijuana, refuses to answer whether he's ever personally smoked it.  Rubio told “Politics Confidential” …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Exploring the Origins of the Legend of Joe Biden  —  I've been wondering about this for a while: I just noted this story about how a Connecticut teen invited Joe Biden to her prom and he replied by sending a corsage.  But I've wondered for a while about the origins of what I'll call the still-growing Joe Biden Legend.
Discussion: Bloomberg View
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Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Joe Biden says ‘no’ to prom invite
Matt K. Lewis / The Week:
The state of conservative media  —  We've come a long way.  We have a long way to go.  —  Some new and familiar faces...  I  —  n the beginning, long ago, before the rise of talk radio, cable TV, and blogs, the liberal-leaning mainstream media was the only game in town.
The Diane Rehm Show / The Diane Rehm Show …:
James Webb: “I Heard My Country Calling”  —  Former U.S. Sen. Jim (D-VA) is a decorated combat veteran of the Vietnam war.  Among his awards, he received the Navy Cross and two Purple Hearts serving as a Marine.  In a new memoir he writes of how growing up in a military family helped shape …
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The One Percent at State U  —  New report finds that student debt and low-wage faculty labor are rising faster at state universities with the highest-paid presidents.
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Mediaite, Gawker and VICE
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Nick Bilton / New York Times:
Marc Andreessen on the Future of Silicon Valley(s), and the Next Big Technology  —  Silicon Valley is starting to feel a little less exuberant these days.  —  Some big start-ups are having trouble raising money.  Others are delaying plans to go public.  Hot new technologies like Bitcoin …
Discussion: Scripting News and AEIdeas
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
NRA Thinks #BringBackOurGirls Hashtag Isn't 2nd Amendment-y Enough  —  The hashtag #BringBackOurGirls, which was launched to bring attention to the kidnapping of hundreds of girls in Nigeria by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, has inspired plenty of discussion, on Twitter and elsewhere.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Lachlan Markay / Washington Free Beacon:
EXCLUSIVE: Democracy Alliance Network Revealed  —  A secretive dark money group backed by George Soros and other liberal mega-donors is looking to steer nearly $40 million to left-wing groups in 2014 to support high-profile political and policy efforts, according to documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
 
 
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Anna Merlan / Runnin' Scared:
Truthers Plan to Hand out Fake Brochures for 9/11 Museum On Opening Day
Wesley Lowery / Washington Post:
N.H. police commissioner who used racial slur in reference to Obama resigns
Jennifer Newton / Daily Mail:
Hitler's face to appear on side of 20 buses for a month in Washington D.C. as part of controversial …
Yahoo! News:
After bin Laden backlash, CIA promises: No more fake vaccination campaigns
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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
U.S.-Armed Syrian Rebel Group Seeks ‘All Syrian Land Occupied by Israel’
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McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Here's How Republicans Are Trying To Solve Their Problem With Black Voters
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President Obama golfs with Bain Capital lobbyist
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John Tierney / The Atlantic Online:
How to Win Millennials: Equality, Climate Change, and Gay Marriage
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David Weigel / Slate:
Watch the Homophobic Ad That a Losing Candidate is Running in Georgia
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Republican Georgia Congressional Candidate Has Many Thoughts On Gays Marrying
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Higher ed becoming a joke: Column
Discussion: Hit & Run and Power Line
Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
In Arkansas, Obama is a Four-letter Word Hampering Democrats
E.J. Dionne Jr. / Washington Post:
No more liberal apologies as Elizabeth Warren takes the offensive
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Springtime for Bankers
 

 
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