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8:20 AM ET, April 10, 2014


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Katie Pavlich /
BREAKING: Emails Show Lois Lerner Fed True the Vote Tax Information to Democrat Elijah Cummings … New IRS emails released by the House Oversight Committee show staff working for Democratic Ranking Member Elijah Cummings communicated with the IRS multiple times between 2012 and 2013 about voter fraud prevention group True the Vote.
Rachael Bade / Politico:
GOP says IRS' Lois Lerner targeted Crossroads
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
King may switch sides and join the Republicans after midterms  —  Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), who caucuses with the Democrats, will decide after the midterm elections whether to switch sides and join the Republicans.  —  He is leaving open the possibility of aligning himself with the GOP if control of the upper chamber changes hands.
Discussion: Hot Air, National Review and ABC News
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Can Clever Campaigns Save the Democrats in 2014?  —  Recently I attended a briefing at the Democratic National Committee intended to impress reporters with the newfangled technology the party plans to use to change the midterm-election landscape.  Staffers pulled up a slide cheekily showing …
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Amy Harder / Wall Street Journal:
Eleven Democrats Push Obama to Approve Keystone  —  Nearly a dozen Senate Democrats, including five up for re-election this year, are pressing President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, and they say they want a decision by the end of next month.
Discussion: ABC News and Capitol Report
David S. Joachim / New York Times:
Senate Republicans Block Bill on Equal Pay
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Eric Holder strays from planned remarks  —  Attorney General Eric Holder strayed from prepared remarks to slam the way he was “treated” by a House committee the day before, calling it evidence of “ugly and divisive” civil rights challenges facing him and President Barack Obama
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Mediaite
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Huckabee: Men Hunt Together, Women Go To The Restroom Together  —  Mike Huckabee played up gender stereotypes in a speech delivered Tuesday night in Iowa.  —  As she live-tweeted the former Arkansas governor's speech at a fundraiser for Iowa's Faith and Freedom Coalition on Tuesday in Waukee …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Ayaan Hirsi Ali Speaks  —  Ayaan Hirsi Ali has just released this statement in response to Brandeis University's decision to rescind her invitation to receive an honorary degree:  —  “Yesterday Brandeis University decided to withdraw an honorary degree they were to confer upon me next month during their Commencement exercises.
John Podhoretz / Commentary Magazine:
The Shame of Brandeis
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Lanny Davis / The Hill:
Smart power for the 21st century  —  By the turn of the 21st century, it was clear that a new approach to the use of American power to protect our national interests and values was necessary.  —  At the risk of some over-simplification, by the end of former President George W. Bush's second term …
Hillary Clinton / CNN:   Hillary Clinton knocks Supreme Court's campaign finance decisions
The News Star:
McAllister: 'Duck Dynasty's' Willie Robertson says work things out privately  —  U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister, whose candidacy was bolstered by the endorsements of the “Duck Dynasty” stars, said Willie Robertson told him to focus on his family following this week's scandal in which the married …
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Jim DeMint Asserts The Federal Government Played No Role In Freeing The Slaves  —  Heritage Foundation head Jim DeMint appeared on Vocal Point with Jerry Newcombe of Truth In Action Ministries last week, where he insisted that “no liberal is going to win a debate that big government freed the slaves.”
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Heritage Chief: It's Really The Constitution That Freed The Slaves (AUDIO)
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
White House's phony wage gap figures spur a backlash  —  I'm betting the White House staffer who thought up the equal pay initiative is getting some fairly icy looks and snippy calls from Democrats.  This has to be the worst idea since a staffer sent Air Force One's backup plane to fly low over Manhattan.
The Hill:
Budget vote goes down to the wire  —  House Republican leaders expressed confidence on the eve of Thursday's vote on Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) budget, even as they made last-minute moves to prevent an embarrassing defeat.  —  “I feel comfortable about where the budget is,” GOP Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam (Ill.) said.
Discussion: Associated Press
Rolling Stone:
Julia Louis-Dreyfus Is Naked on the New Cover of Rolling Stone  —  RS follows the First Lady of Comedy's journey from ‘Seinfeld’ to ‘Veep’ in our new issue  —  Julia Louis-Dreyfus is wearing absolutely nothing but the immortal words of America's founding fathers on the cover of the next issue …
Erik Wemple:
McConnell correction goes viral  —  When the New York Times issues a correction, the New York Times issues a correction.  The text attached to this Tuesday story by New York Times reporter Jonathan Weisman is unequivocal.  A mistake had occurred, it reported, in characterizing some quotes by Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
House Defeats Bipartisan Fix to ‘Obamacare’  —  The House on Wednesday rejected a bipartisan fix to the Affordable Care Act that would exempt U.S. health plans sold to expatriate workers from having to comply with the law's mandates.  —  The legislation was aimed at helping U.S. insurance companies …
Discussion: Politico and The Reaction
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
My Questions to Juliet Eilperin, and a Message to Jeff Bezos  —  Over the last few minutes, I sent the following four tweets to Washington Post reporter/Democratic Party propagandist Juliet Eilperin: … If you follow me on Twitter @jhinderaker-as you should!-you can retweet these tweets.
New York Times:
Russia Didn't Share All Details on Boston Bombing Suspect, Report Says  —  WASHINGTON — The Russian government declined to provide the F.B.I. with information about one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects that would most likely have led to more extensive scrutiny of him at least two years …
Discussion: The Week and National Review
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Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Poll: Republican Guvs Trail Dem Challengers In 5 Races
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Andrew Johnson / National Review:
Fournier: ‘Shame on Media’ if We Let Harry Reid Get Away With Koch Crusade
Discussion: Power Line and NewsBusters
Chris Boyette / CNN:
Jonathan Fleming, convicted in killing despite vacation alibi, freed after 24 years
New York Times:
$772 Million Penalty for Bank of America Credit Card Practices
Discussion: The Week
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
House kills Obama budget 2-413
Discussion: Booman Tribune
 Earlier Items: 
Senator Threatens To Block Nominee For Top Climate Post Because She Accepts Climate Science
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Red State Boycotts Mozilla Over Firing Of Ex-CEO Brendan Eich
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Mediaite