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2:10 PM ET, April 14, 2014


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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
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 …
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.
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
CBO's Publications:
Updated Estimates of the Effects of the Insurance Coverage Provisions of the Affordable Care Act, April 2014  —  CBO and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) have updated their estimates of the budgetary effects of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that relate to health insurance coverage.
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Russian jets make ‘provocative’ moves near US Navy destroyer  —  Two Russian fighter jets made “provocative” moves near a U.S. Navy destroyer in the western Black Sea on Saturday morning, a Pentagon official said Monday.  —  The Su-24 jets were unarmed, though one made “numerous close-range …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and NBC News
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:   APNewsBreak: Russian Jet Passes Near US Warship
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
Mark Z. Barabak / Honolulu Star-Advertiser:
Abercrombie casts doubt on Inouye's ‘dying wish’  —  The Hanabusa letter's authorship is “problematic,” the governor says  —  For political and emotional drama, it's hard to top this: U.S. Sen. Daniel Ino­uye, the most beloved and respected figure in Hawaii state history …
Caroline Moss / Business Insider:
Dutch Police Make Arrest In Teen Twitter Terror Threat  —  A teenager who tweeted terrorist threats to American Airlines has been arrested at her home in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.  —  Wessel Stole, an official spokesperson for the Dutch police, told Business Insider:
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.
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
Roland S. Martin / The Daily Beast:
Message From the GOP: Hey, Poor People, You're Not Real Americans  —  It's not about the budget, and it has nothing to do with concern about drugs—it's about harassing a particular class of Americans who need help.  —  Looks like its time for another season of America's favorite political sport: demonizing folks on welfare.
Robin Marty / The Daily Beast:
America's Abortion-Free Zone Grows  —  Montana was the only hope for women living 600 miles in any direction to obtain an abortion.  Now there's two clinics left thanks to vandalism.  How long can they stay open?  —  MINNEAPOLIS—There is a nearly 1,200-mile-wide desert of abortion providers stretching …
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
Matthew Kaminski / Wall Street Journal:
The West Leaves Ukraine to Putin  —  As Russian special forces invade the country's east, Kiev's leaders feel betrayed by the EU and America.  —  'We're the chosen generation," says Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Ukraine's interim prime minister.  He's referring to all those who made this winter's European revolution.
CBS News:
Pro-Russia separatists seize Ukraine police building as Kiev's latest ultimatum passes quietly
Discussion: CNN, The Daily Caller and Hot Air
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 …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Tax Preparers' New Role: Health-Coverage Advisers  —  WASHINGTON — Iris I. Burnell, an adviser at Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, has prepared scores of returns in the last few months, as she does every year ahead of the April 15 filing deadline.  But many of her consultations this year …
Discussion: Josh Blackman's Blog
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John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
NY-21: Elise Stefanik Wins Spot on Conservative Party Ballot Line
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
The Media Is Still Dancing Around The Word ‘Torture’
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Alex Byers / Politico:
Napster co-founder Sean Parker to lead civic startup
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Rand Paul vs. the money men
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Obama Asks First Openly Gay Episcopal Bishop To Lead Prayer At Easter Breakfast
Discussion: Mediaite
Stacy A. Anderson / Associated Press:
Obama Remembers Kansas Shooting Victims
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Wayne Slater / Dallas Morning News:
As state senator, Davis voted on bills that aided clients
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
Benjamin Goad / The Hill:
Is Obama enforcing the law?
Juan Williams / The Hill:
A necessary discussion  —  Mitch Landrieu, the white liberal …