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3:05 PM ET, April 11, 2014


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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 …
Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
WH RT: ‘Kathleen Sebelius Is Resigning Because Obamacare Has Won’  —  The first official word from the Obama administration on Kathleen Sebelius's resignation as secretary of health and human services is a retweet by the official White House Twitter account of a tweet by's Ezra Klein:
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Health Secretary Resigns After Woes of
Halimah Abdullah / CNN:
Sebelius steps down  —  Washington (CNN) — President Barack …
Discussion: New York Times and The Week
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: CNN and naked capitalism
Marc Fisher / Washington Post:
Social Security, Treasury target taxpayers for their parents' decades-old debts  —  A few weeks ago, with no notice, the U.S. government intercepted Mary Grice's tax refunds from both the IRS and the state of Maryland.  Grice had no idea that Uncle Sam had seized her money until some days later …
Washington Post:
Democrats embrace adding photos to Social Security cards
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Cruz: Impeach Holder over IRS scandal  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) says Attorney General Eric Holder should be impeached because the Justice Department has failed to fully investigate the IRS scandal.  —  “Among other things, Congress should impeach Eric Holder because Eric Holder …
Discussion: Liberaland
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
The IRS Scandal Comes Into Focus
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Mike Levine / ABC News:
Fed-Up Eric Holder Rips Congress: ‘Unprecedented, Unwarranted, Ugly and Divisive’
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Here's George W. Bush Telling A Very Dirty Joke At A Civil Rights Summit (VIDEO)  —  Former President George W. Bush showed off his ribald side on Thursday at a summit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.  —  Bush used the event's venue, Lyndon Johnson's presidential library …
Discussion: Mediaite
Houston Chronicle:
Equal education a civil right, Bush tells LBJ summit
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Dan Whitcomb / Reuters:
Hillary Clinton dodges shoe during Las Vegas speech
Discussion: ABC News and Associated Press
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Why Gay-Marriage Opponents Should Not Be Treated Like Racists  —  Liberals generally think of themselves as proponents of tolerance, pluralism, and diversity.  Some liberals are also eager to stigmatize and punish opponents of gay marriage.  Is that a betrayal of their values?
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
CIA's use of harsh interrogation went beyond legal authority, Senate report says  —  WASHINGTON — A still-secret Senate Intelligence Committee report calls into question the legal foundation of the CIA's use of waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques on suspected terrorists …
Washington Post:
Why the Senate report on the CIA's interrogation program should be made public
Discussion: Firedoglake
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.
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
Picking Colbert to replace Letterman?  CBS really screwed up  —  Stephen Colbert is a comedy genius because he's perfected the art of saying the opposite of what he believes.  —  That's right: Stephen Colbert invented sarcasm.  —  So huzzah for the trailblazing, game-changing …
Discussion: The Federalist
Julie Ray / Gallup:
Global Image of U.S. Leadership Rebounds  —  Median approval rating of 45% in Asia is highest on record  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — After hitting a low point at the end of President Barack Obama's first term, U.S. leadership ratings worldwide rallied in 2013 as he began his second.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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: Hullabaloo and ThinkProgress
David Sherfinski / Washington Times:
Virginia Republican Bob Marshall stands by remarks that raise eyebrows  —  Democrats see an easy victory  —  Delegate Robert G. Marshall has said that disabled children can be God's vengeance against women who have had abortions.  He has described incest as sometimes voluntary …
Discussion: Liberaland and Right Wing Watch
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Conservative Firepower Has Senate Democrats Playing Defense  —  Democrats in races that will help determine control of the Senate are rapidly burning through their campaign cash and seeing their advantage over Republican opponents whittled away as they fend off attacks from conservative groups …
Ted Barrett / CNN:
Anger over last year's filibuster fight rekindles on Senate floor
Discussion: ACS Blog and Politico
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
Discussion: United Nations and The Week
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Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Pastor Blocked From Feeding The Homeless Because He Doesn't Have A $500 Permit
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Todd J. Gillman / Dallas Morning News:
Religious conservatives warn GOP against holding convention in Vegas
Tony Romm / Politico:
Al Franken attacks Comcast merger
Byron Tau / Politico:
GOP creates new fundraising group after McCutcheon ruling
John Blake / CNN:
Has the Roberts court placed landmark 1964 civil rights law on a hit list?
 Earlier Items: 
Aaron David Miller / CNN:
Carter's wrong to blame Obama, Clinton
Discussion: Mediaite and TIME
Ayaan Hirsi Ali / Wall Street Journal:
Here's What I Would Have Said at Brandeis
Discussion: protein wisdom and Israel Matzav
Yu Hua / New York Times:
China Waits for an Apology
Discussion: The Peking Duck