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9:55 AM ET, April 11, 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.
Sebelius to Resign as Chief of Obama's Health Programs  —  Kathleen Sebelius, the U.S. health secretary who steered the troubled rollout of President Barack Obama's signature health-care law, will resign just as the program topped its first-year enrollment goal.
Discussion: The Daily Beast and News Desk
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
The Sebelius Legacy: One Epic Tech Failure, Millions of Newly Insured Americans  —  On Thursday morning, Kathleen Sebelius testified before Congress and announced that Obamacare signups had reached 7.5 million people.  —  On Thursday evening, news broke that Sebelius was stepping down as Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Kathleen Sebelius is resigning because Obamacare has won  —  Obamacare has won.  And that's why Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius can resign.  —  Calls for Sebelius's resignation were almost constant after Obamacare's catastrophic launch.
Ben Domenech / The Federalist:
Kathleen Sebelius's Resignation Hands Republicans A Golden Opportunity  —  Kathleen Sebelius is resigning, and Rachel Maddow is right to not be happy about it, not one little bit.  For once, I completely agree with Maddow's analysis.  This surprise resignation presents Republicans …
Joanne Kenen / Politico:
Kathleen Sebelius resigns as HHS secretary  —  Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning six months after a disastrous rollout of President Barack Obama's signature health law, according to administration sources.  —  She will be replaced by Sylvia Mathews Burwell …
Discussion: naked capitalism and CNN
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Will Kathleen Sebelius Win in the End?  Legacy Tied to Obamacare's Outcome  —  Yes, there was utter failure.  But there was one hell of a nice recovery.  As time goes on, the HHS secretary will start getting less blame for the former, and more credit for the latter.
Discussion: Daily Kos
USA Today:
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius resigns
Kathleen Sebelius / CNN:   Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius resigning
Jeff Zeleny / ABC News:
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Resigning
Discussion: ABC News
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’
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
The IRS Scandal Comes Into Focus  —  House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp lays out damning evidence of Lois Lerner's targeting of conservative groups.  —  Nearly a year into the IRS scandal, we still don't know exactly what happened—though we are finally getting an inkling.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Rachael Bade / Politico:
House panel holds ex-IRS official Lerner in contempt
Discussion: The Heritage Foundation and CNN
Aaron David Miller / CNN:
Carter's wrong to blame Obama, Clinton  —  John Kerry's travels … (CNN) — First some full disclosure: Former President Jimmy Carter has been pretty good to me.  He gave me in-person interviews for my last book and a forthcoming one on the end of greatness in the presidency.
Steven L. Spiegel / Los Angeles Times:
Memo to John Kerry: Stay strong on the Middle East
Discussion: TIME, Hot Air and Right Turn
Ted Barrett / CNN:
Anger over last year's filibuster fight rekindles on Senate floor  —  Washington (CNN) - Fallout from last year's fight over filibuster rules in the Senate is still being felt on Capitol Hill.  —  Senators had hoped to finish their work and begin a two week spring recess Thursday but instead ran …
Discussion: Politico
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell battle on the floor
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Hot Air
Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
U.S. Cosponsors U.N. Resolution to Fight Texting and Driving  —  While crises continue in Ukraine, Syria, Iran, and the Central African Republic, the United Nations turned its attention to a different kind of crisis on Thursday: the “global road safety crisis.”
Ayaan Hirsi Ali / Wall Street Journal:
Here's What I Would Have Said at Brandeis  —  We need to make our universities temples not of dogmatic orthodoxy, but of truly critical thinking.  —  On Tuesday, after protests by students, faculty and outside groups, Brandeis University revoked its invitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali to receive …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
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 …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Short on accomplishments, Hillary leans on Bill and Barack to sell candidacy  —  BARACK OBAMA HILLARY CLINTON BILL CLINTON 2016 ELECTIONS  —  Last week Hillary Clinton gave what appeared at first to be a rambling and unfocused answer when asked to name the proudest achievement of her four years as Secretary of State.
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
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Health Care Nightmares  —  When it comes to health reform, Republicans suffer from delusions of disaster.  They know, just know, that the Affordable Care Act is doomed to utter failure, so failure is what they see, never mind the facts on the ground.  —  Thus, on Tuesday, Mitch McConnell …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Washington Post:
Democrats embrace adding photos to Social Security cards  —  As Republicans push for new voting restrictions around the country, a handful of Democrats have coalesced around an impromptu idea: placing a photo on Social Security cards.  —  Former U.N. ambassador and civil rights activist Andrew Young …
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Mike Levine / ABC News:
Fed-Up Eric Holder Rips Congress: ‘Unprecedented, Unwarranted, Ugly and Divisive’
Ed Rogers / Washington Post:
The Insiders: The Democrats' Koch habit won't help them in November
Yu Hua / New York Times:
China Waits for an Apology
Discussion: The Peking Duck
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Reports: ‘Shoe’ thrown at Hillary Clinton in Las Vegas
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Tax Revenue Rockets Up, Helping Lessen the Deficit, Treasury Department Says
Christie Hindash.Jpg / New Jersey Online:
S&P downgrades New Jersey's debt rating, criticizing Christie's budgets
Discussion: National Review and Post Politics
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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
Fernanda Santos / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Accuses Albuquerque Police of Excessive Force
Discussion: Main Justice
Howard Blume / Los Angeles Times:
Science teacher's suspension spurs petition drive
Discussion: Diane Ravitch's blog