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12:55 PM ET, April 5, 2014


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Bill Gertz / Washington Free Beacon:
CIA Official Dies in Apparent Suicide  —  A senior CIA official has died in an apparent suicide this week from injuries sustained after jumping off a building in northern Virginia, according to sources close to the CIA.  —  CIA spokesman Christopher White confirmed the death and said the incident …
Jose A. Rodriguez Jr / Washington Post:
I ran the CIA interrogation program.  No matter what the Senate report says, I know it worked.  —  Jose A. Rodriguez Jr. is the former head of the CIA's National Clandestine Service and the author of “Hard Measures: How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9/11 Saved American Lives.”
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Why Mozilla's Chief Had to Resign  —  What conclusions should we draw about Silicon Valley from what happened at Mozilla?  —  Two weeks ago, Brendan Eich was appointed as chief executive of the open-source software company that makes the Firefox Web browser, among other products.
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Citizens United and the defenestration of Brendan Eich.  —  (Best of the tube this weekend: Catch us on “The Journal Editorial Report” discussing the GOP's 2014 Senate prospects and the Supreme Court's latest free-speech case.  Fox News Channel, Saturday at 2 p.m. ET, with a repeat showing Sunday at 3 p.m. ET.)
Report: Chinese ship hears pulse signal in south Indian Ocean  —  (CNN) — A Chinese patrol ship searching for signs of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the southern Indian Ocean discovered Saturday the pulse signal used by so-called black boxes, state news agency Xinhua reported.
EXCLUSIVE: Fiancée of murdered Ft.Hood solider speaks  —  Sgt. First Class Danny Ferguson just returned from Afghanistan.  The movement specialist was working at Ft. Hood when 34-year-old Ivan Lopez snapped and opened fire.  —  STORY: Fort Hood shooter had mental health problems
Brian Beutler / Salon:
Greediest family on earth: Proof Koch brothers have just one political principle  —  Would you believe me if I told you that the Koch brothers actively participate in, and benefit from, a healthcare system in which the government subsidizes private insurance; carriers are prohibited …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Detroit Free Press:
Muslim parent upset over school flyer promoting church's Easter egg hunt  —  Some Muslim parents are concerned about public schools in Dearborn handing out flyers to all students advertising an Easter egg hunt, saying it violates the principle of church and state separation.
ABC News:
ABC News Exclusive: Grand Jury Convened in Christie Bridge Scandal Probe … The U.S. Attorney in New Jersey has convened a grand jury to investigate the involvement of Governor Chris Christie's office in the George Washington Bridge scandal, ABC News has learned.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Show Low Levels of Concern on Global Warming  —  Worry about other environmental problems increasing … PRINCETON, NJ — The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a new report this week warning of the existing and potentially severe adverse future impact …
Marc Morano / Climate Depot:
Shock peer-reviewed paper provides ‘rationale’ …
Josh Dickey / Mashable:
Stephen Colbert Is CBS' Top Choice to Succeed Letterman, and He's Into It  —  Stephen Colbert is CBS' top choice to replace the retiring David Letterman, and has indicated that he's willing to take over the Late Show when the time comes, people familiar with both sides of the discussions tell Mashable.
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Counting by States  —  The Democrats' Senate problem.  —  What do Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Montana, South Dakota, and West Virginia have in common?  For one, none has a city larger than 400,000 people.  For another, they all voted for John McCain in 2008 and Mitt Romney in 2012.
Discussion: Power Line
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Illinois Residents Least Trusting of Their State Government
Discussion: Business Insider and GovBeat
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
Ready to Smirk  —  The communications giant Comcast announced in February that it would buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion, creating the largest cable provider in America, with more than 33 million customers.  That is about one third of the U.S. cable and satellite television market.
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Michael Crowley / TIME:
Mike Rogers Says Obama Has Gone ‘Kinder, Gentler’ Against al-Qaeda
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
$1.5M Hotel Bill for President Obama's One-Day Visit to Brussels
David Freedlander / The Daily Beast:
Pro-Pot, Pro-Gay, Anti-NSA... and Running for Senate
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