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7:25 AM ET, April 9, 2014


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The News Star:
Pastor says McAllister staffer leaked video  —  A West Monroe minister says U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister's Monroe District Office manager leaked the video of the congressman's tryst with a former staff member who isn't the congressman's wife.  —  Danny Chance, pastor of Christian Life Church …
First on CNN: Husband on kissing congressman: ‘He has wrecked my life’
Codenomicom Ltd. http / Heartbleed Bug:
The Heartbleed Bug … Q&ampA  —  What is the CVE-2014-0160?  —  CVE-2014-0160 is the official reference to this bug.  CVE (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) is the Standard for Information Security Vulnerability Names maintained by the MITRE.  Due to co-incident discovery a duplicate CVE …
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
Experts Find a Door Ajar in an Internet Security Method Thought Safe  —  A flaw has been discovered in one of the Internet's key security methods, potentially forcing a wide swath of websites to make changes to protect the security of consumers.  —  The problem was first discovered by a team …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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 …
Joshua Holland /
Obamacare Is Widening the Gap Between “Red” and “Blue” America  —  Red and blue state map, based on returns in last four presidential elections.  (Wikimedia Commons/ Angr)  —  The fact that the citizens of “red” and “blue” states live in what are essentially two countries with very different governments …
Pol nabbed in arms trade scheme, feds say  —  San Francisco (CNN) — Leland Yee needed cash.  —  First, the ambitious California state senator had to fund his 2011 race for mayor of San Francisco.  When he came in fifth, he was stuck with $70,000 in campaign debt that he had to retire …
Discussion: NewsBusters and National Review
Harold Pollack /
Reports of ACA demise: greatly exaggerated  —  After Obamacare's open enrollment, Jonathan Gruber shares his optimism, but also disgust over Medicaid expansion ‘tragedy’ … Transcript of this interview:  —  Harold: Welcome to Curbside Consult.  I'm Harold Pollack at …
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
Wall Street Journal Abandons Massive Resistance Obamacare Strategy  —  We know that GOP leaders are suddenly, tepidly, willing to allow minor, bipartisan improvements to Obamacare to clear the House of Representatives.  But for the party's shift away from an obstinance-only strategy to evolve …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Wall Street Journal:
Off the ObamaCare Deep End
Discussion: The Other McCain
Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
Furious Eric Holder Snaps At GOP Rep: 'You Don't Want To Go There, Buddy' (VIDEO)  —  The feud between Attorney General Eric Holder and Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX) shows no signs of abating.  —  Under questioning by Gohmert at a House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Holder was again asked …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Washington Post Corrects, Disingenuously  —  On March 20, the Washington Post published an article by Steven Mufson and Julie Eilperin, the import of which was that Koch Industries is the driving force behind the Keystone Pipeline.  The article, based entirely on a six-month-old report …
Greta Van Susteren / Gretawire:
I guess I am the only one defending CNN on this one ...  First, watch Fox News read below:  —  It has become real popular to criticize CNN for its wall to wall coverage of flight 370.  And yes, I know, you can always find the dopey thing said by any anchor or guest and keep showing …
Robert Schmidt / Bloomberg:
SEC Goldman Lawyer Says Agency Too Timid on Wall Street Misdeeds  —  A trial attorney from the Securities and Exchange Commission said his bosses were too “tentative and fearful” to bring many Wall Street leaders to heel after the 2008 credit crisis, echoing the regulator's outside critics.
Associated Press:
Database: Some Docs Getting Millions From Medicare  —  Medicare paid a tiny group of doctors $3 million or more apiece in 2012.  One got nearly $21 million.  —  Those are among the findings of an Associated Press analysis of physician data released Wednesday by the Obama administration …
Discussion: Politico
Nick Gass / Politico:
Rush Limbaugh: Jeb Bush backlash part of plan  —  'I'm saying, 'What the heck is this?  Is this the best we've got to offer?' he tells a listener.  AP Photo  —  Close  —  Rush Limbaugh told listeners Tuesday that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's recent comment that some illegal immigration is an …
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh
Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg / The Huffington Post:
An Open Letter to Public School Teachers: We Apologize  —  We are sorry.  On behalf of graduates of public schools, parents of children in public schools, those who value public education and teachers unions, we apologize.  Your profession has been vilified, scapegoated, mined for profit, and deprofessionalized.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Signs Measures to Help Close Gender Gap in Pay  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama on Tuesday signed two executive measures intended to help close longstanding pay disparities between men and women as Democrats seek to capitalize on their gender-gap advantage at the ballot box in a midterm election year.
Discussion: Bloomberg View
Tauriq Moosa / Guardian:
Robots and sex: creepy or cool?  —  Sex with robots may currently be restricted to fiction, but with advances in technology this could eventually change.  Despite how some may react, this is something that should be accepted, maybe even embraced  —  Consenting adults' private activities seem to get a lot of other people very cross.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and NewsBusters
Jon Boone / Guardian:
Pakistani baby charged with attempted murder goes into hiding  —  Family of nine-month-old Musa Khan say they have been put under huge pressure by police to manipulate case  —  The family of a Pakistani baby charged with attempted murder say they have been forced into hiding …
Discussion: The Week
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Rep. McCarthy pulls Breitbart column  —  House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy has pulled his column from Breitbart News after the site launched a California version with a lewd photoshop image of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.  —  A McCarthy spokesperson told ABC News the images were …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Peters regains lead in MI-Sen, Snyder continues to hold small edge  —  PPP's newest Michigan poll finds that Gary Peters has reclaimed the lead over Terri Lynn Land in the Senate race as perceptions about the rollout of Obamacare have dramatically improved during the last four months.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Jason Grant / New Jersey Online:
David Wildstein met for several days with federal prosecutors in Newark, report says
Discussion: Balloon Juice, Daily Kos and News Desk
Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
In 2006 speech, Tim Donnelly compared illegal immigration to war
Discussion: 24Ahead and BuzzFeed
Sarah Knapton / Telegraph:
We should give up tying to save the world from climate change, says James Lovelock
Welcome To Shawnee, Oklahoma: The Worst City In America To Be Homeless
Frank Rich / New York Magazine:
Scandal Loves a Clinton
Pew Research Center's Social & …:
After Decades of Decline, A Rise in Stay-at-Home Mothers
Talk Business:
Pryor Holds Small Lead On Cotton In High-profile U.S. Senate Race
Paul H. Tice / Wall Street Journal:
How Climate Change Conquered the American Campus
Discussion: Gawker and National Review
 Earlier Items: 
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Boehner warns Obama on executive orders
Discussion: Firedoglake
Anna Palmer / Politico:
GOP solution to ‘war on women’: Women
Discussion: CNN, Daily Kos and The Week
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
How much does Obamacare actually cost?
Discussion: Hot Air and Bloomberg View
Jon Lovett / The Atlantic Online:
The Culture of Shut Up  —  There once was a remote village deep …