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7:40 PM ET, April 10, 2014


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Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Health Secretary Resigns After Woes of  —  WASHINGTON — Kathleen Sebelius, the health and human services secretary, is resigning, ending a stormy five-year tenure marred by the disastrous rollout of President Obama's signature legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act.
Kathleen Sebelius / CNN:
Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius resigning  —  (CNN) - Kathleen Sebelius is resigning as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a White House official said Thursday.  —  President Barack Obama intends to nominate Sylvia Burwell, current director of the Office …
Discussion: ABC News
CBS Press Express:
CBS ANNOUNCES STEPHEN COLBERT AS THE NEXT HOST OF “THE LATE SHOW”  —  The CBS Television Network today announced that Stephen Colbert, the host, writer and executive producer of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “The Colbert Report,” will succeed David Letterman as the host of THE LATE SHOW …
Rush Limbaugh:
CBS Declares War on Heartland of America  —  RUSH: Do you really care what I think about that? (interruption) Do you care what I think of Colbert getting Letterman's gig? (interruption) You really care about what I think about that? (interruption) Well, I'll give you the short version.
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
Colbert to Succeed Letterman on ‘Late Show’
Discussion: Liberaland
Gary Levin / USA Today:
CBS names Colbert as Letterman replacement
Discussion: OnPolitics and The Daily Caller
Lauren Moraski / CBS News:
Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman on “Late Show”
Brian Stelter / CNN:   Stephen Colbert to succeed David Letterman as host of “The Late Show”
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.
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Democrats' revolting equal-pay demagoguery  —  Here's a radical notion: It is simultaneously possible to believe that women are entitled to equal pay and to not support the Paycheck Fairness Act.  —  Not thatx you'd know it from the rhetoric President Obama and fellow Democrat are happily flinging …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell battle on the floor
Discussion: CNN
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Contemptible John Kerry blames Israel for his own mess  —  John Kerry, our secretary of state, is very angry with Israel.  “Poof,” he said on Tuesday — describing how Israel destroyed his “peace process” the other week.  Just like that.  —  The first thing to say is that if a peace process can go …
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
State Department: No decision on Jonathan Pollard
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Lucy Mangan / Guardian:
When the French clock off at 6pm, they really mean it  —  A new labour agreement in France means that employees must ignore their bosses' work emails once they are out of the office and relaxing at home - even on their smartphones  —  Just in case you weren't jealous enough of the French already …
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
The Next Target: Condoleezza Rice  —  Having won a victory against one brilliant black woman, the Tolerance Brigade is now moving onto another.  Enter the “Drop Dropbox” campaign: … This campaign makes pretty much no sense.  The authors start out by explaining that “Condoleezza Rice is both an …
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Miss. Republican Senate Candidate's Thoughts On Gays, Drugs, Libertarians  —  Mississippi Republican state senator Chris McDaniel, who is challenging incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran in GOP primary made these comment on his radio show The Right Side circa 2005 and 2006.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
Miss. Senate Hopeful Chris McDaniel Riffed on ‘Mamacita,’ Reparations
Tim Alberta /
House Conservatives Plot to Oust Boehner, Put Scare Into Cantor  —  One plan: Force the speaker to step aside before the new year.  —  Several dozen frustrated House conservatives are scheming to infiltrate the GOP leadership next year—possibly by forcing Speaker John Boehner …
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
Could America Become Mississippi?  —  The country's demographic trends could lead to racially polarized electorates akin to the Deep South.  —  Does a dramatic change in your social environment make you more conservative, and if so, what kind of change would it take?  —  JAMELLE BOUIE
Discussion: Booman Tribune and
Association for Psychological Science:
Thinking About a Majority-Minority Shift Leads to More Conservative Views
Discussion: The Raw Story and Liberaland
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
More Republicans See Health Care Stance as ‘Very Important’ to Midterm Vote  —  Views of ACA Little Changed Following Enrollment Surge  —  In looking ahead to this fall's elections, Republicans are more likely than Democrats to view a candidate's position on the Affordable Care Act as very important to their vote.
Interview by Patricia Sellers / Fortune:
The Fortune interview: Rupert Murdoch  —  Defending a newspaper empire amid scandal, splitting a global media conglomerate into two public companies, enduring a high-profile divorce, and struggling to repair frayed relationships with grown children — it's been a trying few years for Rupert Murdoch.
Elizabeth Dias / TIME:
Jimmy Carter Talks About Iran, Campus Rape, Jesus Christ and the Paintings of W.  —  Former President Jimmy Carter, a hobbyist painter for more than two decades, counts himself a fan of George W. Bush's art.  “He does very interesting work,” Carter told TIME in an interview by phone on Wednesday.
Discussion: CNN, Politico, Mediaite and Weekly Standard
Fernanda Santos / New York Times:
Scathing Report Cites ‘Excessive Force’ by Albuquerque Police  —  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — In a scathing assessment, the Justice Department said Thursday that the Albuquerque Police Department, whose officers have shot and killed 23 people in the last four years, had engaged in a …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
DNC blames MSNBC for ‘double standard’ over Scarborough keynote  —  The Democratic National Committee's top spokesperson has sent a letter to MSNBC President Phil Griffin accusing the network of a “double standard” after its decision to allow host Joe Scarborough, a Republican …
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Tax Revenue Rockets Up, Helping Lessen the Deficit, Treasury Department Says  —  The economy may be plodding along.  But business is booming for Uncle Sam.  —  The Treasury Department said on Thursday that the federal budget deficit for the first half of the 2014 fiscal year totaled $413 billion …
Discussion: Calculated Risk
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
Darius Tahir / The New Republic:
Nobody Blames Doctors for High Medical Costs.  That's About to Change.  —  Policy wonks across the country were pretty excited on Wednesday.  You should be too—particularly if you think health care in America has gotten too expensive.  —  The reason for the celebration was a massive release …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Reports: ‘Shoe’ thrown at Hillary Clinton in Vegas  —  A woman threw what appeared to be a shoe at Hillary Clinton in Las Vegas on Thursday, but the potential presidential contender successfully ducked, then joked about it.  —  Clinton was a keynote speaker at a scrap recycling conference where the incident occurred.
Discussion: Las Vegas Review-Journal and CNN
The Heartbleed Hit List: The Passwords You Need to Change Right Now  —  An encryption flaw called the Heartbleed bug is already being called one of the biggest security threats the Internet has ever seen.  The bug has affected many popular websites and services — ones you might use every day …
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Christie Hindash.Jpg / New Jersey Online:
S&P downgrades New Jersey's debt rating, criticizing Christie's budgets
Discussion: Post Politics
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Hollywood challenges Kentucky as stars shine on Grimes
Ben Grubb / Sydney Morning Herald:
Man who introduced serious ‘Heartbleed’ security flaw denies he inserted it deliberately
Sen. Mark Pryor / CNN:
New numbers in Arkansas Senate battle
Discussion: Talk Business
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Wall Streeters Explain Why They Couldn't Be Fair Jurors At Occupy Trial
Discussion: Guardian
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Federal Appeals Court Hears Arguments Over Utah's Same-Sex Marriage Ban
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
The Shame of Brandeis
Yahoo! News:
Kerry ‘betrayed and surprised’ by McCain onslaught
Discussion: Hot Air and Weekly Standard
 Earlier Items: 
Howard Blume / Los Angeles Times:
Science teacher's suspension spurs petition drive
Discussion: KTLA 5 and Diane Ravitch's blog
Nicole Flatow / ThinkProgress:
New Rule Prohibits Voters In Miami-Dade County From Using The Restroom, No Matter How Long The Line
Discussion: Sun-Sentinel
Brian A. Howey / Howey Politics:Home:
Pence talks of his 2016 options
Rachael Bade / Politico:
House panel holds ex-IRS official Lerner in contempt
Discussion: The Heritage Foundation and CNN
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare's Missing 3.2 Million