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1:40 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.
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Maher: “There Is A Gay Mafia — If You Cross Them, You Do Get Whacked”  —  In the online-only “Overtime” portion of his HBO show Real Time, host Bill Maher weighed in on the Mozilla controversy, and did not react in a way that you would think.  Maher seemed to disagree with gay rights activists …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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.)
Jenna Portnoy / New Jersey Online:
Rendell: Chris Christie ‘not a factor’ in 2016 presidential race  —  TRENTON — Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell is dismissing Gov. Chris Christie as a non-factor in the presidential race because of the controversial closing of lanes to the George Washington Bridge.  He named Jeb Bush as his favorite GOP contender.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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
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.
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
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’ …
Catalina Camia / OnPolitics:
Georgia candidate features fake Obama phone call in ad  —  Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., was first elected to Congress in 1992.  (John Bazemore, AP)  —  Would you take a phone call from President Obama?  GOP Rep. Jack Kingston says no and definitely not if it's about toning down his opposition to the Affordable Care Act.
Discussion: Mediaite and The Reaction
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Obama now outpacing George W. Bush on judges  —  Problems getting judges confirmed by the Senate have been a constant complaint for this White House — but this week, President Barack Obama's aides are celebrating a confirmation count that outpaces President George W. Bush's.
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
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Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Counting by States  —  The Democrats' Senate problem.
Discussion: Power Line
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
Ready to Smirk  —  The communications giant Comcast announced …
Michael Crowley / TIME:
Mike Rogers Says Obama Has Gone ‘Kinder, Gentler’ Against al-Qaeda
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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