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12:55 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.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Prairie Weather
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Oligarchy and Monetary Policy
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
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Jeb Bush Talks Approach If He Runs for President  —  COLLEGE STATION, Tex. — With eyes increasingly on him, Jeb Bush signaled on Sunday the kind of campaign he would mount if he runs for president, one arguing against ideological purity tests while challenging party orthodoxy on issues like immigration and education.
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Michael Falcone / ABC News:
Obama Goes Back To School
Ed O'Keefe / Post Politics:
Jeb Bush: Many illegal immigrants come out of an ‘act of love’
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.
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 …
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Scott Brown, pick a party  —  Former senator Scott Brown (R-Mass.) was so busy picking a new state that he forgot to pick a party.  —  Whoever filled out Brown's formal statement of organization for his campaign exploratory committee left blank the small gray box asking for the candidate's party affiliation.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and WMUR
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John DiStaso / New Hampshire Journal:
Ending Spending Action Fund to air new pro-Brown TV ad
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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 …
Isaac Chotiner / The New Republic:
Tell us what you really think, Mr. Mayor  —  There are things that people know, or think that they know, about Rahm Emanuel: He is voluble, tireless, notoriously profane.  And yet, when I met him last month, all the stories hadn't prepared me for his intensity in person.
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
CROSSING CHRISTIE … - ARCHIVE - PHOTO BOOTH - DAILY SHOUTS - DAILY COMMENT - CURRENCY - AMY DAVIDSON - JOHN CASSIDY - ANDY BOROWITZ - SHOP
Discussion: The Week
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
‘One-Man’ Organization Keeps Watchful Eye on College Race Admissions Policies  —  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.
Carmel Dagan / Variety:
Mickey Rooney, Legendary Actor, Dies at 93  —  Mickey Rooney, the pint-sized actor who was one of MGM's giant box office attractions in the late '30s and early '40s, died on Sunday.  He was 93.  —  As adept at comedy as drama and an excellent singer and dancer, Rooney was regarded as the consummate entertainer.
Michael B. Mukasey / Wall Street Journal:
More Obfuscation on Benghazi  —  Testimony by the former acting head of the CIA makes clear that Congress's current approach isn't sufficient.  —  Last week's encounter between former acting CIA Director Michael Morell and the House Permanent Subcommittee on Intelligence may have brought us …
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court won't hear appeal of New Mexico gay-bias case  —  The Supreme Court building in Washington.  —  WASHINGTON — In a victory for gay rights, the Supreme Court on Monday turned down an appeal from a New Mexico photographer who claimed a free-speech right to refuse to shoot a wedding album for a same-sex couple.
Discussion: SCOTUSblog and Althouse
 
 
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
The Roberts Court Just Endorsed Many Of Nixon's Most Corrupt Campaign Finance Schemes
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Francoise Mouly / Culture Desk:
Cover Story: Barry Blitt's “The Best Medicine”
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
USA Today:
Anti-vaccine movement is giving diseases a 2nd life
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Week
Zeke J Miller / TIME:
@JoeBiden Gets Political Again
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
Washington Post:
During Cold War, CIA used ‘Doctor Zhivago’ as a tool to undermine Soviet Union
Discussion: TheBlaze.com and National Review
Reuters:
Pro-Russia protesters seize Ukraine buildings, Kiev blames Putin
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Steven M. Mazzacane / BranfordSeven.com:
Source: Kennedy Jr. To Run for State Senate, Announce Tuesday
Discussion: The Fix, Politico and Post Politics
Salena Zito / Real Clear Politics:
Will Hubris Sink the Democrats?
Discussion: RedState
London Review of Books:
The Red Line and the Rat Line
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and NO QUARTER USA NET
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
The Liberal Gulag  —  The word “liberal” has taken a beating …
Lawrence Summers / Washington Post:
An agenda for the IMF  —  Lawrence Summers is a professor and past president at Harvard.
Discussion: Bloomberg
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
A View From the Inside  —  TPM Reader FL has a take from inside …
Discussion: Instapundit
Agence France-Presse:
29 rebels dead in Syria premature car bomb blast: NGO
 

 
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The EU Commission fines Apple €1.8B for stifling competition from rival music streaming services, the EU's third-largest antitrust fine; Apple plans to appeal

Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
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