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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Chuck Todd Pushes RNC Chair: ‘Too Many Crazy White Guys’?  —  On MSNBC's “The Daily Rundown,” host Chuck Todd asked Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, on Thursday about report commissioned by two conservative groups that found that the Republican party …
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Karen Shuey / LancasterOnline:
F&M College Poll: Corbett failing to gain ground in race with Wolf
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Detroit Free Press:
Schauer edges ahead of Snyder, 45% to 43%, in new governor race poll
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Kay Steiger / Talking Points Memo:
Does Gillibrand Have A ‘Responsibility’ To Name Her Harassers?  —  A debate broke out on Twitter among three male journalists — New York Times' Nick Confessore, Politico's Alex Burns, and MSNBC's Benjy Sarlin — on Thursday afternoon: Does Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) …
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Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
Andrea Mitchell Recalls Senators 'You'd Not Get In An Elevator With'  —  MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell is less than surprised by the revelations of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) about being subjected to sexual harassment by her congressional colleagues, sharing her own experiences reporting on “the oldest white male club in the world.”
Discussion: Mediaite and Jezebel
TMZ.com:
Joan Rivers — Stops Breathing During Surgery ...  (Update: Critical Condition)  —  STOPS BREATHING DURING SURGERY  —  (Update: Critical Condition)  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  8:49 AM PT — The NYPD tells us ... Joan is currently in critical condition.  —  We're told ... at one point, Joan's heart stopped beating.
Washington Post:
Obama's immigration decision could roil 2014 election  —  Both political parties are in a state of high anxiety over the possibility that President Obama will allow millions of illegal immigrants to remain in the country, fearing that White House action on the issue could change the course of November's midterm elections.
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Brent Budowsky / The Hill:   Why Hagan wins North Carolina
CNN:
Official: Russian forces back rebels with tanks in eastern Ukraine  —  Kiev, Ukraine (CNN) — Pro-Moscow rebel forces in eastern Ukraine, backed by Russian tanks and armored personnel carriers, battled government forces on two fronts Thursday, a Ukrainian military official said.
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Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Bill O'Reilly and White Privilege  —  Is white privilege real?  Not according to Fox News's Bill O'Reilly.  —  This week O'Reilly debated the issue of white privilege with a fellow host and then returned to the topic the next day with this doozy of a statement:
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Landrieu claims parents' home as her own, raising questions of Louisiana residency  —  NEW ORLEANS — In Washington, Sen. Mary Landrieu lives in a stately, $2.5 million brick manse she and her husband built on Capitol Hill.  —  Here in Louisiana, however, the Democrat does not have a home of her own.
Washington Post:
Captives held by Islamic State were waterboarded  —  At least four hostages held in Syria by the Islamic State, including an American journalist who was recently executed by the group, were waterboarded in the early part of their captivity, according to people familiar with the treatment of the kidnapped Westerners.
Investor's Business Daily:
Holder Cut Left-Wing Groups In On $17 Bil BofA Deal  —  Extortion: Radical Democrat activist groups stand to collect millions from Attorney General Eric Holder's record $17 billion deal to settle alleged mortgage abuse charges against Bank of America.  —  Buried in the fine print of the deal …
Tom Pelissero / USA Today:
NFL toughens its stance on domestic violence  —  NFL commissioner Roger Goodell admits he was wrong on the Ray Rice decision, and Goodell took an important step Thursday towards showing the league is serious about cracking down on domestic violence as well as sexual assault.
Alan I. Abramowitz / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
False Hope: Why Libertarians Won't Help Republicans Win the Youth Vote  —  The Republican Party has a major problem with young voters.  According to national exit polls, the GOP has lost the under-30 vote by a wide margin in every election since 2004.  In 2012, Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney …
David Sheff / TIME:
If You Want to See Inequality in the U.S. at Its Worst, Visit an Impound Lot  —  For millions of Americans a towed car can lead to a crippling spiral of stress, debt, joblessness, illness and, in many cases, incarceration.  —  On a recent San Francisco afternoon, I returned to where I'd parked my car, but it was gone.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Tracybloomktla / KTLA:
Parents Warned After Hidden Razor Blades, Other Dangerous Objects Found on IE Playground  —  The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department has issued a warning to parents after hidden razor blades and other dangerous items were found on a playground in Oro Grande, authorities said Wednesday.
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Is Everyone a Little Bit Racist?  —  Let's start with what we don't know: the precise circumstances under which a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., shot dead an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown.  —  But here's what evidence does strongly suggest: Young black men in America suffer …
Discussion: Mediaite
John Feehery / Wall Street Journal:
Portman Fills the Gap in the GOP Presidential Field  —  Jeb Bush is probably not running.  Neither is Mitt Romney.  Chris Christie is trying to hard to recover from Bridge-gate but that doesn't seem likely.  —  That means there is a huge gap in the Republican field: The responsible one.
Discussion: OnPolitics
Garrett Epps / The Atlantic Online:
The Extreme Partisanship of John Roberts's Supreme Court  —  Like Barack Obama, the chief justice came into office promising an age of apolitical comity.  And like the president, he has seen his dream die.  —  “Politics are closely divided,” John Roberts told scholar Jeffrey Rosen after his first term as chief justice.
Discussion: RedState
THE / Los Angeles Times:
Editorial Don't let Arizona and Kansas get away with potentially discriminatory voter registration rules  —  Arizona, which has become infamous for its hostility toward immigrants who are in the country illegally, lost an important case in the U.S. Supreme Court last year when the justices ruled …
Milo Yiannopoulos / BREITBART.COM:
MUSLIM GANG RAPISTS ARE SPRINGING UP EVERYWHERE.  WHY CAN'T WE BE HONEST ABOUT IT?  —  The notorious Sydney gang rapes in 2000 were committed by Lebanese Australians.  Muslim men raped women and girls as young as 14.  Australia, being a sensible sort of place, identified that the rapists …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
 
 
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Jon Ralston / Politico:
Will Harry Reid Run?
New York Times:
Market Basket's Board Announces Deal to Reinstate Ex-Chief
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G.G. Rigsby / Savannah Morning News:
Brother and sister accused of incest in Effingham
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Tricia L. Nadolny / Philly.com:
VA ‘Oscar the Grouch’ training angers vets
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Dan McQuade / Philadelphia Magazine:
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Senate Democrats are outperforming expectations
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