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9:25 PM ET, April 14, 2014


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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
‘Shoe Truthers’ Wonder If Hillary Staged Shoe Throwing Incident  —  Call them the shoe truthers.  —  Some conservative media figures are openly wondering if Hillary Clinton staged an incident during a speech in Las Vegas on Thursday in which a woman in the audience threw a shoe at her.
Arthur Louis /
Hillary and That Shoe: The Real Story  —  A couple of nights ago, as Hillary Clinton started to address a gathering of recycling experts in Las Vegas, a woman came striding down the aisle toward the stage and threw a shoe at her.  Hillary, claiming to be unsure what was thrown, called out “Was that a bat?”
ABC News:
Feds Charge Woman in Hillary Clinton Shoe-Throw  —  Authorities have filed federal charges against a Phoenix woman accused of throwing a shoe on stage while Hillary Rodham Clinton gave a convention speech.  —  The trespassing and violence charges lodged Sunday against Alison Michelle Ernst …
Discussion: CNN
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.
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Budget Office Lowers Estimate for the Cost of Expanding Health Coverage  —  WASHINGTON — The insurance expansion under the Affordable Care Act will cost $1.383 trillion over the next decade, more than $100 billion less than previous forecasts, the Congressional Budget Office said Monday.
Discussion: Liberal Values and Bloomberg View
CBO's Publications:
Updated Budget Projections: 2014 to 2024
Danielle Sacks / Fast Company:
Discussion: OnPolitics and Washington Post
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
For Hillary Clinton and Boeing, a beneficial relationship
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
APNEWSBREAK: RUSSIAN JET PASSES NEAR US WARSHIP  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region, U.S. military officials said Monday.
Discussion: and Weekly Standard
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Russian jets make ‘provocative’ moves near US Navy destroyer
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and NBC News
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 …
Tony Plohetski / Austin American-Statesman:
Rick Perry hires Austin lawyer for criminal inquiry into veto threat  —  Gov. Rick Perry has retained a high-profile Austin defense lawyer to represent him in a criminal investigation into whether he illegally withheld money from the Travis County district attorney's office, the American-Statesman and KVUE-TV confirmed Sunday.
Tony Plohetski / KVUE-TV:
Perry hires lawyer for inquiry into veto threat
John Avlon / The Daily Beast:
Hate—and Hitler—in the Heartland: The Arrest of Frazier Glenn Miller  —  The man accused of shooting three at Jewish centers in Kansas has a long résumé as a neo-Nazi and KKK grand wizard who once created a points system for murder.  —  The sole suspect in a shooting …
Rebecca Riffkin / Gallup:
More Than Half of Americans Say Federal Taxes Too High  —  Fifty-four percent say they are fair, the lowest since 2001  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — As many Americans scramble to prepare their taxes ahead of the April 15 deadline, a majority, 52%, say the amount they have to pay in federal income tax is …
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Bundy Ranch ‘Militia’ Considered Using Women As Human Shield  —  It appears that the anti-government activists protesting the Bureau of Land Management's actions against a Nevada cattle rancher were considering using women as a human shield if a gun battle had erupted during the standoff.
Discussion: Liberaland and
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Washington Post wins Pulitzer Prize for public service, shared with Guardian  —  The Washington Post won two Pulitzer Prizes on Monday, including the prestigious public-service medal for a series of stories that exposed the National Security Agency's massive global surveillance programs.
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Blackburn: GOP 'Led The Fight For Women's Equality' (VIDEO)  —  Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) on Sunday insisted that even though Republican Senators blocked the Democrats' equal pay bill last week, her party is fighting for women's rights.  —  “I find this war on women rhetoric just almost silly …
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Food Stamp Recipients Outnumber Women Who Work Full-Time  —  ( - People participating in the food stamp program outnumbered the women who worked full-time, year-round in the United States in 2012, according to data from the Department of Agriculture and the Census Bureau.
Carol Rosenberg /
Accusation of FBI spying stalls 9/11 hearing  —  GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba — A military judge abruptly recessed the first 9/11 trial hearing of the year Monday after defense lawyers accused the FBI in open court of trying to turn a defense team security officer into a secret informant.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Obamacare, The Unknown Ideal, Continued  —  The current state of public opinion on health reform is really peculiar.  If you've been following the issue at all closely, you know that the Affordable Care Act is one of the great comeback stories of public policy: after a terrible start, it has dramatically exceeded expectations.
Discussion: The Confluence and Bloomberg View
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 …
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Let HHS nominee Sylvia Burwell explain Obamacare lie  —  Senate Democrats have been desperately trying to move the national conversation away from Obamacare to just about anything else before the midterm elections — “paycheck fairness,” the minimum wage, even the Koch brothers.
Ryan J. Reilly / The Huffington Post:
Eric Holder Says He Wasn't Playing Race Card When Decrying GOP Opposition  —  Racial Politics Al Sharpton Eric Holder Louie Gohmert Justice Department Eric Holder Civil Rights Eric Holder Civility Department of Justice Race Justice Department Ryan J. Reilly on Justice Eric Holder Eric Holder Race
Telephone conversation with President of the United States Barack Obama  —  Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of the United States of America Barack Obama.  —  The leaders discussed various aspects of the crisis in Ukraine, first and foremost in the southeastern regions engulfed …
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
Court rules against Ohio ban on same-sex marriage recognition  —  A federal judge has ordered Ohio to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages.  —  A federal judge in Ohio on Monday ruled against the state law barring recognition of out-of-state same-sex marriages, although the order …
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay and Eschaton
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:
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
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Guy Benson /
Top Democrat: Yes, “Elements” of the GOP Base are “Animated by Racism”
Discussion: protein wisdom and Hot Air
Reid Wilson / Washington Post:
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Kevin Gosztola / Firedoglake:
Chelsea Manning's New Lawyers Will Challenge “Frightening” Espionage Act Charges on Appeal
Discussion: TalkLeft
Ted Mann / Wall Street Journal:
Port Authority Commissioner Anthony Sartor Resigns
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Kyle Russell / Business Insider:
I Was Assaulted For Wearing Google Glass In The Wrong Part Of San Francisco
 Earlier Items: 
Alex Byers / Politico:
Napster co-founder Sean Parker to lead civic startup
Discussion: The Verge and Mashable
Michael Brendan Dougherty / The Week:
Rand Paul vs. the money men
Discussion: Hit & Run
Mark Z. Barabak / Honolulu Star-Advertiser:
Abercrombie casts doubt on Inouye's ‘dying wish’
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Obama Asks First Openly Gay Episcopal Bishop To Lead Prayer At Easter Breakfast
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mediaite
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Three Expensive Milliseconds
Molly Crabapple / Politico:
George Bush's paintings aren't funny
Discussion: National Review