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1:20 PM ET, April 12, 2014


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John Paul Stevens / Washington Post:
Justice Stevens: The five extra words that can fix the Second Amendment  —  John Paul Stevens served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court from 1975 to 2010.  This essay is excerpted from his new book, “Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution.”
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama, Citing New Laws, Says the G.O.P. Is Moving to Restrict Voting Rights  —  President Obama deplored on Friday what he called a Republican campaign to deny voting rights to millions of Americans as he ramped up efforts to rally his political base heading into a competitive midterm campaign season.
Discussion: Liberaland
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Obama hits GOP on voting rights  —  President Barack Obama struck hard at restrictive voting rights laws Friday, calling them a Republican political tactic conceived to address a made-up problem.  —  Pretending that there's widespread impropriety, he said, is just about keeping Democrats from winning.
Discussion: The Reaction and CNN
CNN:   Obama on ‘birther’ controversy: ‘That was crazy’
Associated Press:   Obama: Right to vote under threat in the US
Wall Street Journal:
Advice and ObamaCare Consent  —  Sebelius's replacement deserves a full-scale Senate vetting.  —  Kathleen Sebelius has been let out a rear door of the Health and Human Services Department, and her exit is an opportunity for getting some ObamaCare accountability.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Barbara Shelly / Kansas City Star:
Give Kathleen Sebelius credit — she survived the furnace
Discussion: Daily Kos
Laura Barron-Lopez / The Hill:
Union threatens retribution for House Dems opposing Keystone  —  A top building trades union is launching a midterm-election assault on House Democrats who oppose construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.  —  A letter distributed Friday by the Laborers' International Union of North America …
Discussion: Power Line, Fox News and The Reaction
Sen. Orrin Hatch / The Hill:
Protect the Senate's important ‘advice and consent’ role  —  The Senate's constitutional role of “advice and consent” is an essential check on the president's constitutional power to appoint executive and judicial branch officials.  The Senate is charged with advising the president …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Michael Kazin / The New Republic:
Stop the Revisionism: LBJ Was No Liberal Hero  —  From 1964 to 1968, close to 34,000 Americans died in South Vietnam.  We will never know how many Vietnamese women, men, and children perished during those years, but the total, according to most estimates, was at least one million.
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Huckabee Slams Obama on Gay Marriage: Where Are His ‘Christian Convictions’?  —  Mike Huckabee recently defended his position on gay marriage by saying it's not homophobia to be on “the right side of the Bible.”  Huckabee explained those remarks on The O'Reilly Factor Friday night …
Scott Whitlock / NewsBusters:
BREAKING: ABC Apologizes for Story That Connected Mozilla CEO to Hateful Westboro Baptist  —  ABC News Vice President Jeffrey Schneider has apologized for a story on his network that connected a CEO who supports traditional marriage to the Westboro Baptist Church and their offensive “God hates fags” signs.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
There's A ‘Let Me Google That For You’ Bill  —  Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) a new bill this week called the Let Me Google That For You Act of 2014 (seriously).  —  The bill is meant to cut down on “the collection and distribution of government information” …
Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed:
Who Watches More Porn: Republicans Or Democrats?  —  Let's take a look at the body politic, shall we?  Turns out that porn is a highly accurate predictor of presidential politics.  —  BuzzFeed teamed up with Pornhub to take a look at who watches the most porn, red states or blue states.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and his vorpal sword
US refuses visa for Iran's UN envoy choice Hamid Aboutalebi  —  Mr Aboutalebi denies being part of the core group that took the US diplomats hostage in 1979  —  The White House has refused to issue a US visa to Iran's nomination for UN ambassador, who was involved in seizure of the US embassy in 1979.
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Jon Clifton / Gallup:
U.S. Tops Other Global Leaders in Approval
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Drew Houston / The Dropbox Blog:
Our commitment to your rights and privacy
Discussion: Mediaite, The Verge and emptywheel
GOP congressman to announce retirement
Discussion: Politico
Lauren French / Politico:
Kevin McCarthy sends GOP to school
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
That ‘War on Fox’ Guy Is Not Actually Running for Congress as a Democrat
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans Remain Negative Toward Healthcare Law
 Earlier Items: 
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
‘A Disgraceful Act’  —  The distinguished intellectual historian …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Jordan Chariton / TVNewser:
Michael Isikoff Out at NBC News
Discussion: Washington Post
Michael Riley / Bloomberg:
NSA Said to Exploit Heartbleed Bug for Intelligence for Years
Discussion: Firedoglake, The Week and Guardian