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12:30 PM 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 …
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:
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.
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Will Kathleen Sebelius Win in the End? Legacy Tied to Obamacare's Outcome
Discussion: Daily Kos
Sebelius to Resign as Chief of Obama's Health Programs
Joanne Kenen / Politico:
Kathleen Sebelius resigns as HHS secretary
Discussion: CNN and naked capitalism
USA Today:
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius resigns
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
Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Shoe misses Hillary as she speaks at recycling conference in Las Vegas
Katie Glueck / Politico:   Reports: ‘Shoe’ thrown at Hillary Clinton in Las Vegas
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 …
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:   Tax Revenue Rockets Up, Helping Lessen the Deficit, Treasury Department Says
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: Politico
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell battle on the floor
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Verge
Washington Post:
Why the Senate report on the CIA's interrogation program should be made public
Discussion: Guardian and Firedoglake
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
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
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
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
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
Houston Chronicle:
Equal education a civil right, Bush tells LBJ summit … AUSTIN - Former President George W. Bush, citing equal education as central to civil rights, said Thursday poor and minority children are the ones who suffer when accountability is weakened.  —  “I fear that the soft bigotry …
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Julie Ray / Gallup:
Global Image of U.S. Leadership Rebounds
Discussion: Booman Tribune
John Blake / CNN:
Has the Roberts court placed landmark 1964 civil rights law on a hit list?
Washington Post:
Democrats embrace adding photos to Social Security cards
Aaron David Miller / CNN:
Carter's wrong to blame Obama, Clinton
Discussion: Mediaite and Politico
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
Ayaan Hirsi Ali / Wall Street Journal:
Here's What I Would Have Said at Brandeis
Discussion: Israel Matzav
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Yu Hua / New York Times:
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Discussion: The Peking Duck
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
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Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Darius Tahir / The New Republic:
Nobody Blames Doctors for High Medical Costs. That's About to Change.