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8:10 PM ET, April 7, 2014

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Politico:
Report: Pol, staffer caught kissing  —  Freshman GOP Rep. Vance McAllister (La.) - who ran as conservative Christian - has been caught on video in a romantic encounter with a woman believed to be on his congressional staff just before Christmas.  —  The Ouachita Citizen, a newspaper based in West Monroe …
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Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Married GOP congressman admits to kissing female staffer  —  Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.) asked for forgiveness Monday afternoon after a video purporting to show the congressman kissing a female staffer in his congressional office in Louisiana surfaced.  —  McAllister, who was just elected …
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
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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.
Joan Walsh / Salon:
Jonathan Chait's epic race fail: How a story about racism and Obama goes horribly wrong  —  New York magazine's cover story suggests liberals are paranoid, MSNBC is like stop-and-frisk — and other oddities  —  I'm glad Jonathan Chait told us that his poorly argued, slightly paranoid …
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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 …
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.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Michael Hayden under fire for Dianne Feinstein comment  —  Senate Democrats ripped former CIA Director Michael Hayden on Monday for describing Sen. Dianne Feinstein as “emotional,” calling Hayden's remarks both a “baseless smear” and condescending.  —  Hayden on Sunday said that the Senate …
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Bradley Klapper / Associated Press:
Dems Slam CIA Ex-Boss Over Feinstein Criticism
Discussion: CNN
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Chuck Schumer: No end to attacks on Kochs
Discussion: Power Line and Weasel Zippers
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Marc Thiessen: Brennan must defend CIA's terrorist interrogation program
Discussion: emptywheel, NewsBusters and News Desk
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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Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
CROSSING CHRISTIE … - ARCHIVE - PHOTO BOOTH - DAILY SHOUTS - DAILY COMMENT - CURRENCY - AMY DAVIDSON - JOHN CASSIDY - ANDY BOROWITZ - SHOP
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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 …
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Democrats blast Breitbart Nancy Pelosi posters  —  Democrats are slamming an ad campaign from Breitbart to promote its new California coverage that features a graphic illustration of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's face on a scantily clad woman's body in a suggestive position.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Healthcare cuts canceled after Dem complaints  —  The Obama administration announced Monday that planned cuts to Medicare Advantage would not go through as anticipated amid election-year opposition from congressional Democrats.  —  The cuts would have reduced benefits that seniors receive …
KFOR-TV:
‘Leaving in a hurry,’ hundreds of residents chase Westboro protesters out of Oklahoma town  —  MOORE, Okla. - Hundreds of Moore residents lined Broadway across from Central Junior High Sunday afternoon.  —  They were ready and waiting for members of the notorious Westboro Baptist Church.
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Biden on sleeping with a college professor  —  (CNN) - There he goes again.  —  Vice President Joe Biden delivered another whimsical moment Monday-the kind that borders a fine line between cheeky yet charming.  —  Follow @politicalticker Follow @KilloughCNN
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 …
Allison Nielsen / Sunshine State News:
Rick Scott Pulls Ahead as Charlie Crist Continues to Fall  —  The tide continues to turn in the Florida governor's race, as a new poll confirms former Gov. Charlie Crist is losing favor with Florida voters.  —  Gov. Rick Scott has now surpassed Crist, as the former governor continues his downward slide …
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.
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
That Principled Conservative Embrace of Anti-Gay Businesses Somehow Doesn't Extend to Anti-Anti-Gay Businesses  —  The conservative logic on the Mozilla firing  —  It's been less than two months since the country concluded a big public debate over the rights of employers vis a vis their employees …
Patrick Howley / The Daily Caller:
IRS agents testified before Congress that the agency's political targeting did not apply to progressive groups as Democrats and the media have claimed, according to a bombshell new staff report prepared by the House Oversight Committee chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa.
Emily Swanson / The Huffington Post:
Gingrich: Remove All Donation Limits To ‘Equalize The Middle Class And The Rich’  —  Newt Gingrich Mccutcheon v Fec Newt Gingrich Donation Limits Rich Newt Gingrich Newt Gingrich Mccutcheon Newt Gingrich Donation Limits Newt Gingrich Donation Limits Middle Class Politics News
Discussion: New York Times
 
 
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Donna Cassata / Associated Press:
The congressional outcry over allowing a former hostage-taker involved …
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Michael S. Rosenwald / Washington Post:
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Chris Hastings / Daily Mail:
My ‘sensual’ nights with women, by Debbie Harry: Blondie star reveals she is bisexual despite relationship with bandmate
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Scott Brown, pick a party
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David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court won't hear appeal of New Mexico gay bias case
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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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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Unofficial Enforcer of Ruling on Race in College Admissions
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