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11:05 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.
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 …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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.
Sebelius to Resign as Chief of Obama's Health Programs
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Will Kathleen Sebelius Win in the End? Legacy Tied to Obamacare's Outcome
Discussion: Daily Kos
Joanne Kenen / Politico:
Kathleen Sebelius resigns as HHS secretary
Discussion: naked capitalism and CNN
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 and National Review
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.
Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Shoe misses Hillary as she speaks at recycling conference in Las Vegas  —  A female protester threw what she said was a shoe at Hillary Clinton near the start of the Democrat's speech at a metal recycling conference in Las Vegas on Thursday.  —  Authorities said they were arresting the woman, who would not give her name.
Katie Glueck / Politico:   Reports: ‘Shoe’ thrown at Hillary Clinton in Las Vegas
Samantha Power / US Department of State:
Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at a General Assembly Session on Improving Global Road Safety  —  U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations  —  Mr. President, colleagues, the United States is pleased to cosponsor and urge …
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.”
Discussion: United Nations and The Week
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
Discussion: Mediaite and Politico
Steven L. Spiegel / Los Angeles Times:
Memo to John Kerry: Stay strong on the Middle East
Discussion: TIME, Hot Air and Right Turn
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 …
Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Marsha Blackburn to “Test the Waters” for 2016 Bid  —  PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Tennessee Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn will consider running for president in 2016 — if she sees an opportunity to do so, an aide to the 7th District Republican told RealClearPolitics.
Discussion: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
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Mike Levine / ABC News:
Fed-Up Eric Holder Rips Congress: ‘Unprecedented, Unwarranted, Ugly and Divisive’
Ed Rogers / Washington Post:
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Yu Hua / New York Times:
China Waits for an Apology
Discussion: The Peking Duck
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Miss. Republican Senate Candidate's Thoughts On Gays, Drugs, Libertarians
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
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Sen. Mark Pryor / CNN:
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Discussion: Talk Business
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Wall Streeters Explain Why They Couldn't Be Fair Jurors At Occupy Trial
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