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7:40 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?”
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 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: Bloomberg View
CBO's Publications:
Updated Budget Projections: 2014 to 2024
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 …
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 …
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
Danielle Sacks / Fast Company:
Discussion: Washington Post and OnPolitics
Guy Benson /
Top Democrat: Yes, “Elements” of the GOP Base are “Animated by Racism”  —  Okay, fine.  Point granted.  Some small “element” of the GOP base absolutely is motivated by racism.  Racist people exist.  But fascinating data from the early 2000's revealed that the Democratic Party is home …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Hot Air
Ron Christie / The Daily Beast:
Cynical Race-Baiting Will Fail to Save the Democrats
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.
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 …
New York Times:
Ukraine Asks U.N. for Peacekeeping Troops as Militants Defy Deadline  —  SLOVYANSK, Ukraine — In a new sign of desperation, Ukraine's acting president asked the United Nations on Monday to send peacekeeping troops to the east of the country, where pro-Russia militias have seized government buildings …
Discussion: ANIMAL, NBC News and The Reaction
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 …
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: Bloomberg View and The Confluence
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 …
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
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.
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Obama Asks First Openly Gay Episcopal Bishop To Lead Prayer At Easter Breakfast  —  At the close of the White House's Easter Prayer Breakfast on Monday, President Barack Obama unexpectedly turned the floor over to Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop.  —  Robinson tweeted about the impromptu prayer.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mediaite
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 …
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.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Hot Air
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Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
Court rules against Ohio ban on same-sex marriage recognition
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Reid Wilson / Washington Post:
READ IN: April 14, 2014: Debuting our TV ad tracker, WH cattle calls begin, Pryor up in Dem poll, but Rep. Tierney tied
The Budget Deficit In March Was The Smallest Since 2000
Discussion: Liberaland
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
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Robert Pear / New York Times:
Tax Preparers' New Role: Health-Coverage Advisers
Discussion: Josh Blackman's Blog
Alex Byers / Politico:
Napster co-founder Sean Parker to lead civic startup
Discussion: The Verge and Mashable
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
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Molly Crabapple / Politico:
George Bush's paintings aren't funny
Discussion: National Review