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12:25 PM ET, April 9, 2014

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Fox News:
Brandeis University withdraws planned honorary degree for Islam critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali  —  Brandeis University in Massachusetts announced Tuesday that it had withdrawn the planned awarding of an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a staunch critic of Islam and its treatment of women, after protests from students and faculty.
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Brandeis University News:
Following a discussion today between President Frederick Lawrence and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Ms. Hirsi Ali's name has been withdrawn as an honorary degree recipient at this year's commencement.  She is a compelling public figure and advocate for women's rights, and we respect and appreciate her work …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
GOP not fazed by paycheck vote  —  Republicans working to improve their image among women aren't worried about suffering a political backlash if they follow through with plans to block the Paycheck Fairness Act.  —  Most Senate Republicans are expected to unite on Wednesday to block the legislation …
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Burgess Everett / Politico:   Dems seize on income inequality for 2014
Michael Zuckerman / The Atlantic Online:   The Polarized Partisan Geography of Inequality
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Democrats top GOP last month in Senate cash battle
Discussion: Politico
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / ZDNet:
Heartbleed security patches coming fast and furious  —  Summary: Fixes for the highly dangerous OpenSSL Heartbleed security hole are arriving now.  Update your servers ASAP.  —  Make no mistake about it.  The OpenSSL Heartbleed security hole is as serious for Internet security as a stage four cancer diagnosis would be for you.
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Bruce Schneier / Schneier on Security:
Heartbleed is a catastrophic bug in OpenSSL:
Discussion: New Urban Legends
New York Times:
Sliver of Medicare Doctors Get Big Share of Payouts  —  A tiny fraction of the 880,000 doctors and other health care providers who take Medicare accounted for nearly a quarter of the roughly $77 billion paid out to them under the federal program, receiving millions of dollars each in some cases …
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Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Data uncover nation's top Medicare billers
Discussion: Hit & Run, Wonkblog and The Verge
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Koch Brothers Received Millions In Obamacare Subsidies  —  Americans for Prosperity Foundation Chairman David Koch speaks in Orlando, Florida, in August, 2013.  —  CREDIT: AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack  —  Charles and David Koch may have spent millions of dollars opposing President Obama's …
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Charles Babington / Associated Press:   Many ‘Obamacare’ Critics Accepted Its Subsidies
CNN:
20 injured in Pittsburgh-area high school stabbings, authorities say  —  (CNN) — At least 20 students were injured Wednesday morning in a stabbing incident at Franklin Regional Senior High School in the Pittsburgh area, said Dan Stevens, an emergency management agency spokesman.
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ABC News:
At Least 20 Injured After Stabbings at Pa. High School
Discussion: Liberaland and The Gateway Pundit
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  April 9, 2014 - New Jersey Bridgegate Probes: Whitewash V. Witch Hunt, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Gov. Christie's Approval Is Down, Bully-Meter Is Up  —  Watch Video: Assistant Director Tim Malloy discusses poll results  —  The investigation clearing New Jersey …
CNN:
Mike Huckabee: Not ‘homophobic’ but on the ‘right side of the Bible’  —  (CNN) - Mike Huckabee told an Iowa crowd on Tuesday that he's “not homophobic,” but believing marriage should be between one man and one woman is being “on the right side of the Bible.”
Kate Fagan / ESPN:
UMass' Derrick Gordon says he's gay  —  Derrick Gordon, a sophomore starter for the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team, stepped forward Wednesday as the first openly gay player in Division I men's college basketball, sharing his story with ESPN and Outsports.
Douglas Burns / carrollspaper.com:
Clovis: Obama's race shields him from impeachment  —  Hinton Republican, former radio host, says he can talk language of GOP base  —  Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sam Clovis, a firebrand northwest Iowa conservative, says he believes many congressional Republicans want to impeach President Obama.
Glenn Kessler / The Fact Checker:
President Obama's persistent ‘77-cent’ claim on the wage gap gets a new Pinocchio rating  —  “Today, the average full-time working woman earns just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns...in 2014, that's an embarrassment.  It is wrong.”  —  In 2012, during another election season …
Kirsten Powers / USA Today:
Liberals' mob rule  —  Kickstarter's attempt to censor film about convicted abortion doctor is another example.  —  Last week brought a chilling reminder of how mercilessly some liberals will work to silence and marginalize people who hold views with which they disagree.
Discussion: RedState
New York Times:
Global Warming Scare Tactics  —  OAKLAND, Calif. — IF you were looking for ways to increase public skepticism about global warming, you could hardly do better than the forthcoming nine-part series on climate change and natural disasters, starting this Sunday on Showtime.
Discussion: Guardian and Vox Popoli
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Obama's war on science and gullible women  —  This week President Obama took up theme that women are the victims of pay discrimination.  According to Obama, they are victims of discrimination because they earn 77 cents to every dollar that men earn.  Obama, of course, is the champion of these victims.
Nikki Schwab / U.S. News:
John Boehner Cries at Taco Bell Event  —  On Capitol Hill, Boehner's tears, Kelly Rowland and thousands of tacos.  —  House Speaker John Boehner, seen here in 2010, choked back tears while praising the Boys & Girls Clubs of America at a Taco Bell-related event Tuesday on Capitol Hill.
The Hill:
Defectors likely to make margin on Ryan budget vote razor thin  —  More than 10 Republicans are expected to reject Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) budget blueprint, and many others remain undecided.  —  House GOP leaders have expressed confidence they will pass the budget measure …
Discussion: The Plum Line
Marc Bousquet / Chronicle of Higher Education:
The Moral Panic in Literary Studies  —  Over the past two decades, most academic disciplines have maintained the numbers of their tenure-track faculty members or added minimally, while hiring a lot more non-tenure-track faculty members, causing the percentage of tenurable professors to fall.
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: U.S. Won't Share Invasion Intel With Ukraine  —  American spies have spotted all the signs of an all-out Russian invasion of Ukraine.  Why won't they tell the Ukrainians about the forces on their border?  —  U.S. intelligence agencies now have detailed information that Russia …
 
 
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Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Pro-Business or Pro-Market  —  For years, Republicans benefited from economic growth.
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
McAllister might seek probe of kissing video
The Hugh Hewitt Show:
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus Reacts To The McCutcheon Decision
Washington Post:
The depth of the problem  —  Both the Australian and Chinese navies …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Vance McAllister / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Vance McAllister should resign, says state lawmaker
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Louie Gohmert: Eric Holder ‘persecutes’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
 Earlier Items: 
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
GEICOBAMACARE? The ACA Could Save You Money On Car Insurance
Discussion: RAND
Matt Grossmann / Washington Post:
U.S. policy has gone liberals' way for 70 years
Derek Wallbank / Bloomberg:
House Republicans to Delay Obamacare Replacement Rollout
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
McCain blasts Kerry's ‘trifecta’ of disasters
Peter Baker / New York Times:
For Obama Presidency, Lyndon Johnson Looms Large
Discussion: The Monkey Cage