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12:55 PM ET, April 14, 2014


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Kansas City Star:
Three dead, boy critically injured and man arrested in shootings at Johnson County Jewish centers  —  Three people were killed and a 14-year-old boy was critically injured Sunday when a gunman opened fire outside the Jewish Community Center and a senior living facility in Johnson County.
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Professor Explains Kansas City Shooting Suspect's Visit To His Classroom  —  The Missouri State professor who invited Frazier Glenn Miller says the white supremacist's visit was intended to show students what real extremism looks like.  —  The scene outside the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park …
State GOP gets to vote on secession at convention  —  To secede or not to secede.  —  That will be the question for Wisconsin Republicans at next month's convention.  —  Earlier this month, the party's Resolutions Committee voted in favor of a proposal that says the state party …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:   State GOP To Vote On Affirming Wisconsin's Right To Secede
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Struggling Dems waiting for Hillary in 2014  —  She's one of the most sought-after surrogates of a party that can use all the help it can get in the midterms.  But for reasons both personal and strategic, Hillary Clinton, potential Democratic 2016 standard-bearer, has largely resisted the tug …
Discussion: CNN and The Reaction
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
For Hillary Clinton and Boeing, a beneficial relationship  —  On a trip to Moscow early in her tenure as secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton played the role of international saleswoman, pressing Russian government officials to sign a multibillion-dollar deal to buy dozens of aircraft from Boeing.
David Foster Wallace was right: Irony is ruining our culture  —  Percy Shelley famously wrote that “poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.”  For Shelley, great art had the potential to make a new world through the depth of its vision and the properties of its creation.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Three Expensive Milliseconds  —  Four years ago Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, abruptly canceled America's biggest and arguably most important infrastructure project, a desperately needed new rail tunnel under the Hudson River.  Count me among those who blame his presidential ambitions …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Daily Kos
Ron Christie / The Daily Beast:
Cynical Race-Baiting Will Fail to Save the Democrats  —  Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader in the House, is guilty of encouraging her members to wage an ugly race war, but it won't work.  —  Sadly, it has come down to this.  When they assumed power in 2009, Democrats promised …
Discussion: Washington Post and Booman Tribune
Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
Kerry: Climate report a wake-up call  —  Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday said a major United Nations report on climate change is a “wake-up call about global economic opportunity.”  —  “We've already had wake-up call after wake-up call about climate science,” Kerry said in a statement.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
CBS News:
Pro-Russia separatists seize Ukraine police building as Kiev's latest ultimatum passes quietly  —  Shares -  —  DONETSK, Ukraine — Pro-Russian separatists on Monday seized a police building in yet another city in Russian-leaning eastern Ukraine, defying government warnings that it was preparing to act against the insurgents.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hot Air
Matthew Kaminski / Wall Street Journal:
The West Leaves Ukraine to Putin
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Attkisson: “Chilling effect” from Obama administration on journalists  —  Howard Kurtz interviewed recently-departed CBS News reporter, and asked her why she gave up on a 20-year career at one of the premier broadcast networks.  Attkisson told Kurtz that political considerations were at play …
Yahoo! News:
The second coming of Scott Brown  —  PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - Standing alone outside the glass door of a ballroom at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel, Rex Houdyshell, a systems engineer from Amherst, was waiting patiently to finally see Scott Brown in the flesh.
Juan Williams / The Hill:
A necessary discussion  —  Mitch Landrieu, the white liberal Democratic mayor of 60- percent-black New Orleans, had this to say about white conservative Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) trouble after Ryan spoke out about the “inner city” culture that does not value work:
Molly Crabapple / Politico:
George Bush's paintings aren't funny  —  But they are fascinating.  —  The greatest work of art George W. Bush ever took part in was in 2008, when an Iraqi journalist threw two shoes at his head.  “This is a farewell kiss from the Iraqi people, you dog,” screamed the journalist …
O. Turchynov during conversation with UN Secretary-General: We do not object to holding of joint anti-terrorist operation  —  Ukraine does not object to holding of joint anti-terrorist operation with peacekeeping forces of the UN in the East of our state.  —  It was stated by Acting President …
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Stacy A. Anderson / Associated Press:
Obama Remembers Kansas Shooting Victims
Discussion: CNN
Roland S. Martin / The Daily Beast:
Message From the GOP: Hey, Poor People, You're Not Real Americans
Wayne Slater / Dallas Morning News:
As state senator, Davis voted on bills that aided clients
Robin Marty / The Daily Beast:
America's Abortion-Free Zone Grows
Discussion: Slate and NewsBusters
New York Times:
Recovery for Whom?  —  The Federal Reserve, increasingly optimistic …
Salvador Rizzo / New Jersey Online:
Former watchdogs accuse Christie of interfering with state ethics agency
Discussion: Shakesville and Daily Kos
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Obama Effect Inspiring Few to Seek Office
Discussion: American Prospect and Fox News
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Deploying Army Of Volunteers To Court Women Voters
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Benjamin Goad / The Hill:
Is Obama enforcing the law?
Andrew Johnson / National Review:
Woodward on IRS Scandal: 'There's Obviously Something Here'
Discussion: TaxProf Blog and NewsBusters
New York Times:
Are Iran and Israel Trading Places?
Discussion: Israpundit and Israel Matzav
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
Did Kathleen Sebelius have to go? Will DOJ pursue criminal charges against Lois Lerner?