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2:50 PM ET, April 7, 2014

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Jenna Levy / Gallup:
In U.S., Uninsured Rate Lowest Since 2008  —  Uninsured rate declines most among blacks and lower-income Americans  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the U.S., the uninsured rate dipped to 15.6% in the first quarter of 2014, a 1.5-percentage-point decline from the fourth quarter of 2013.
Juan Williams / The Hill:
ACA data leave GOP exposed  —  “What a difference a day makes — 24 little hours.”  Those lyrics about romance and spring flowers also fit the bill last week for congressional politics and the 2014 midterm elections.  —  Last Tuesday, the White House hit the 7 million-plus mark …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Team Boehner Frantically Reassures Drudge That GOP Really Is Repealing Obamacare  —  House Republicans don't want anyone — certainly not Matt Drudge — to get the wrong idea about the latest change to the Affordable Care Act.  —  Legislation to eliminate the cap on deductibles …
Politico:
GOP confident about Paul Ryan's budget
Discussion: Daily Kos and New York Times
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Oligarchs and Money  —  Econonerds eagerly await each new edition of the International Monetary Fund's World Economic Outlook.  Never mind the forecasts, what we're waiting for are the analytical chapters, which are always interesting and even provocative.  This latest report is no exception.
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Brad DeLong / Washington Center for Equitable Growth:
Oligarchy and Monetary Policy: I Confess That I Do Not Understand: Monday Focus: April 7, 2014
Discussion: EconLog
Vox:
Welcome to Vox: a work in progress  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW VOX!  —  Welcome to Vox.com!  Again!  —  On March 9, we launched Vox.com, which included our first videos, and we started talking to readers on our Facebook page and on our Twitter feed.
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Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
Vox Takes Melding of Journalism and Technology to a New Level  —  WASHINGTON — Ask Ezra Klein what prompted him to leave a high-profile position at The Washington Post to start a new website, and the answer is a little wonkish, even for the founder of the newspaper's Wonkblog, a mix of politics …
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
CROSSING CHRISTIE … - ARCHIVE - PHOTO BOOTH - DAILY SHOUTS - DAILY COMMENT - CURRENCY - AMY DAVIDSON - JOHN CASSIDY - ANDY BOROWITZ - SHOP
Discussion: OnPolitics, The Week and The Awl
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Ezra Klein / Vox:
How politics makes us stupid  —  There's a simple theory underlying much of American politics.  It sits hopefully at the base of almost every speech, every op-ed, every article, and every panel discussion.  It courses through the Constitution and is a constant in President Obama's most stirring addresses.
David Corn / Mother Jones:
WATCH: Rand Paul Says Dick Cheney Pushed for the Iraq War so Halliburton Would Profit  —  As the ex-veep blasts Paul for being an isolationist, old video shows the Kentucky senator charging that Cheney used 9/11 as an excuse to invade Iraq and benefit his former company.  —  Gage Skidmore/Flickr
Adam Edelman / NY Daily News:
White House considering ban on selfies with the President  —  A senior White House adviser said the selfie Red Sox slugger David Ortiz took last week with Obama — later revealed to be a marketing stunt by Samsung — might be the last ever presidential selfie.
Discussion: USA Today, Gawker and The Week
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Benjamin Goad / The Hill:
Obama moving again on equal pay
Jeff Mason / Reuters:
Obama to launch executive actions on equal pay for women
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Color of His Presidency  —  Optimists hoped Obama would usher in a new age of racial harmony.  Pessimists feared a surge in racial strife.  Neither was right.  But what happened instead has been even more invidious.  —  A few weeks ago, the liberal comedian Bill Maher and conservative strategist …
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
Obama Goes Back To School  —  NOTABLES  — POTUS PIVOTS TO THE ECONOMY: President Obama heads to Bladensburg High School in Maryland this morning to promote a career skills initiative, ABC's DEVIN DWYER notes.  There he will “announce the winners of a competition he launched last fall …
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Carl Campanile / New York Post:
NYC's tanning salons inspected more regularly than abortion clinics  —  The state Health Department is failing to inspect many of New York's abortion clinics — with some facilities escaping scrutiny for more than a decade, bombshell documents obtained by The Post reveal.
Joshua Tucker / The Monkey Cage:
The less Americans know about Ukraine's location, the more they want U.S. to intervene  —  Where's Ukraine?  Each dot depicts the location where a U.S. survey respondent situated Ukraine; the dots are colored based on how far removed they are from the actual country, with the most accurate responses …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Outside the Beltway
Charles Moore / Telegraph:
The game is up for climate change believers  —  Charles Moore reviews The Age of Global Warming by Rupert Darwall (Quartet)  —  Most of us pay some attention to the weather forecast.  If it says it will rain in your area tomorrow, it probably will.  But if it says the same for a month …
Wbastone / The Smoking Gun:
Al Sharpton's Secret Work As FBI Informant  —  Untold story of how activist once aided probes of NYC wiseguys  —  When friends and family members gathered recently at the White House for a private celebration of Michelle Obama's 50th birthday, one of the invited partygoers was a former paid FBI Mafia informant.
Discussion: Liberaland and Weasel Zippers
ucsusa.org:
Science or Spin?:  Assessing the Accuracy of Cable News Coverage of Climate Science  —  Accuracy varies significantly across major cable news outlets.  All of them can take steps to improve their coverage of climate science.  —  CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC are the most widely watched cable news networks …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Unofficial Enforcer of Ruling on Race in College Admissions  —  WASHINGTON — It was the last Monday in June, and the Supreme Court had just issued its latest decision on affirmative action.  The debate was starting about how much the court had restricted the use of race in college admissions.
 
 
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Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Marc Thiessen: Brennan must defend CIA's terrorist interrogation program
Discussion: emptywheel and News Desk
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Scott Brown, pick a party
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and WMUR
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court won't hear appeal of New Mexico gay-bias case
Discussion: SCOTUSblog and Althouse
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
The Roberts Court Just Endorsed Many Of Nixon's Most Corrupt Campaign Finance Schemes
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Francoise Mouly / Culture Desk:
Cover Story: Barry Blitt's “The Best Medicine”
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Fix
USA Today:
Anti-vaccine movement is giving diseases a 2nd life
Discussion: The Week and ThinkProgress
Zeke J Miller / TIME:
@JoeBiden Gets Political Again
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
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Michael B. Mukasey / Wall Street Journal:
More Obfuscation on Benghazi  —  Testimony by the former acting head …
Washington Post:
During Cold War, CIA used ‘Doctor Zhivago’ as a tool to undermine Soviet Union
Discussion: TheBlaze.com and National Review
Steven M. Mazzacane / BranfordSeven.com:
Source: Kennedy Jr. To Run for State Senate, Announce Tuesday
Discussion: The Fix, Politico and Post Politics
London Review of Books:
The Red Line and the Rat Line
Carmel Dagan / Variety:
Mickey Rooney, Legendary Actor, Dies at 93
 

 
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Brian Hiatt / Rolling Stone:
A look at Udio, which was founded by four former DeepMind employees in December 2023 and launched a product on April 11 that generates songs from text prompts

New York Times:
Uri Berliner's essay about NPR reignited criticism of the outlet on social media, especially by conservatives, and spurred vehement pushback from some staffers

Jenny Strasburg / Wall Street Journal:
A profile of Nicolai Tangen, Norway's sovereign-wealth fund manager and host of In Good Company, a podcast that has interviewed Elon Musk, Daniel Ek, and others

 
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