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11:40 AM ET, April 8, 2014

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Wall Street Journal:
The ‘77 Cents on the Dollar’ Myth About Women's Pay  —  Once education, marital status and occupations are considered, the ‘gender wage gap’ all but disappears.  —  April 8 is “Equal Pay Day,” an annual event to raise awareness regarding the so-called gender wage gap.
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
WH says its gender pay gap ‘better than the national average’  —  The White House on Monday looked to deflect criticism over its own pay policies ahead of an event Tuesday on lessening wage discrimination.  —  White House press secretary Jay Carney was peppered by questions from reporters …
Discussion: Hot Air
Washington Examiner:
White House: The ‘77 cents’ wage gap figure isn't accurate, but they'll use it anyway
New York Times:
As Obama Spotlights Gender Gap in Wages, His Own Payroll Draws Scrutiny
Discussion: JustOneMinute, Fox News and Hit & Run
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
How The White House Just Undercut One Of The GOP's Top 2014 Attacks  —  In a move with big election-year implications, the Obama administration announced Monday that it would reverse a proposed cut to private Medicare Advantage plans.  The decision undercuts one of the GOP's favorite lines …
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Bill Clark / Roll Call:
Senate Passes Unemployment Benefits Extension
The News Star:
News-Star exclusive: McAllister says he's ‘ashamed,’ asking for forgiveness  —  Video shows representative kissing woman who isn't his wife  —  'I promise to do everything I can to earn back the trust of everyone I've disappointed,' U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister said Monday after a video showing …
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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 …
Hannah Levintova / Mother Jones:
OkCupid's CEO Donated to an Anti-Gay Campaign Once, Too  —  OkCupid co-founder Sam Yagan Anthony Behar/Sipa USA/AP Images  —  Last week, the online dating site OkCupid switched up its homepage for Mozilla Firefox users.  Upon opening the site, a message appeared encouraging members to curb …
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Charles Krauthammer hits Jeb Bush comments  —  Conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer says comments from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush about immigration being an act of love were “bizarre,” predicting that when the Republican enters the presidential race, those words will come back to haunt him.
Discussion: The Week
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Benny Johnson / BuzzFeed:
Bush Aides Push Jeb To Run For President
Discussion: Hot Air
The / Los Angeles Times:
Time to expose the CIA's ‘dark side’  —  The partial declassification of a report critical of interrogation and detention policies used by the CIA after 9/11 is a crucial part of confronting the abuses of our past.  —  Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) speaks to the media after a closed meeting …
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
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Salon:
Tea Party's great dunce-off: How Ted Cruz is quietly kicking Rand Paul's butt  —  A little-noticed speech tells all you need to know about the right fringe — and why Cruz gets it more than Paul  —  There's been a lot of chatter recently about certain GOP presidential hopefuls' religious pilgrimage …
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Jason Stein / JSOnline:
Gov. Scott Walker wants to finish college degree  —  By Jason Stein of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison — More than two decades after leaving Marquette University without finishing up his degree, Gov. Scott Walker wants to earn his diploma.  —  A spokeswoman said the governor wants …
Discussion: Post Politics and OnPolitics
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Fox News Host Calls UConn Basketball Team ‘NAACP National Champs’ (VIDEO)  —  A Fox News host accidentally referred to the UConn Huskies as “NAACP national champs” after the school clinched the 2014 NCAA men's basketball title.  —  “Fox & Friends First” host Heather Childers …
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
How Not to Seem Rich While Running for Office  —  Like many seekers of higher office, Ann Callis doesn't know financial hardship.  But that's O.K. Her elders did.  —  When Callis started running for a House seat from Illinois, she was happy to recite the story of her father, Lance.
Erin Durkin / NY Daily News:
Rev. Al Sharpton worked as FBI informant, taping conversations with mob pals to help bring down Genovese crime family: report  —  Sharpton became an informant after he was caught on tape with a drug kingpin discussing cocaine deals, and the feds threatened him with charges unless he flipped …
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Wbastone / The Smoking Gun:
Al Sharpton's Secret Work As FBI Informant
Yahoo! News:
Katie Couric LBJ daughters civil rights interview  —  Former President Lyndon B. Johnson's daughters reflected on what their father would think of gay marriage, how his legacy was tarnished by a war that broke his heart, and what it was like to honeymoon with the Secret Service in tow …
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Obamacare and GOP House collide  —  AURORA, Colo. — Mike Coffman is one of the most endangered incumbents in the nation, and he is approaching his challenge with the military precision that was drilled into him in the Marine Corps and the Army.  —  As he did when he fought in Iraq …
nbcbayarea.com:
Vandals Flip Over Smart Cars in San Francisco  —  Someone's been vandalizing compact Smart cars in San Francisco, flipping the tiny vehicles on their front and rear ends in the city's streets.  —  NBC Bay Area found four of the targeted Smart cars between Sunday night and Monday morning.
Elianayjohnson / National Review:
House Turns Up the Heat on Lerner, Pursues Criminal Charges  —  The House Ways and Means Committee, led by outgoing chairman Dave Camp, will vote this week to ask the Department of Justice to pursue criminal charges against former Internal Revenue Service employee Lois Lerner.
 
 
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New York Times:
A Familiar Script in Ukraine
Discussion: Hot Air
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Silicon Valley scares Americans: Column
Discussion: Popular Mechanics
San Francisco Examiner, The San Francisco Examiner:
California Senate erases websites of 3 lawmakers, including Leland Yee
Washington Post:
Maryland Gov. O'Malley will sign marijuana decriminalization bill, he says
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Foster Friess's Obamacare-Hitler parody
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Liberaland
 Earlier Items: 
Katie Glueck / Politico:
GOP's Alan Simpson backs gay marriage in ad
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
The Economic Times:
India losing 70 per cent voice and call centre business to Philippines, Eastern Europe: Survey
Donna Cassata / Associated Press:
The congressional outcry over allowing a former hostage-taker involved …
Discussion: Hot Air
Michael S. Rosenwald / Washington Post:
Serious reading takes a hit from online scanning and skimming, researchers say
Joan Walsh / Salon:
Jonathan Chait's epic race fail: How a story about racism and Obama goes horribly wrong