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3:30 AM ET, April 15, 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: Rush Limbaugh and CNN
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
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Obama's war on White House women: Column  —  We'd be closer to pay equity if Democrats would stop cheating their own female staffers.  —  The “War On Women” theme was a key component of Barack Obama's 2012 campaign.  And since politicians tend to repeat what works, the Democrats are pushing …
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: and Liberaland
Danielle Sacks / Fast Company:
Discussion: Washington Post and OnPolitics
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 …
Gordon G. Chang / Forbes:
China Property Collapse Has Begun  —  Nothing is going right for Hangzhou at this moment.  Walmart will be closing its Zhaohui store in that city on April 23 as a part of its overall plan to dump marginal locations—about 9% of the total—in China.  —  Thanks to the world's largest retailer …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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.
Tony Plohetski / KVUE-TV:
Perry hires lawyer for inquiry into veto threat  —  AUSTIN — Texas Gov. Rick Perry has hired a high-profile Austin defense lawyer to represent him in an investigation into whether he illegally withheld money from the Travis County District Attorney's office.
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.
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.
Kathleen Sebelius / Reason:
Remy: Happy (Tax Day Edition)  —  Remy reworks the Pharrell Williams hit, “Happy,” for tax season.  —  Approximately two minutes.  —  Written and performed by Remy.  Video produced by Sean Malone.  All instruments and backing vocals by Ben Karlstrom.  —  LYRICS:  —  It might seem crazy what I'm about to say.
Discussion: Hit & Run
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Why You Should Be Sympathetic Toward Cliven Bundy  —  On Saturday, I wrote about the standoff at Bundy Ranch.  That post drew a remarkable amount of traffic, even though, as I wrote then, I had not quite decided what to make of the story.  Since then, I have continued to study the facts and have drawn some conclusions.
Matt Bruenig / PolicyShop:
The Single Mother, Child Poverty Myth  —  I see it often claimed that the high rate of child poverty in the US is a function of family composition.  According to this view, the reason childhood poverty is so high is that there are too many unmarried parents and single mothers, and those kinds of families face higher rates of poverty.
Doug Glanville / Reuters:
I Was Racially Profiled in My Own Driveway  —  A retired Major League Baseball player explains how he's trying to turn an upsetting encounter with the police into an opportunity for dialogue.  —  It was an otherwise ordinary snow day in Hartford, Connecticut, and I was laughing as I headed outside to shovel my driveway.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Susan Page / USA Today:
IRS chief: New rule on the way for tax-exempt groups  —  WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service is prepared to rewrite a proposed rule regulating the political activities of non-profit groups to address complaints from the right and left that it goes too far, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Monday.
Discussion: Fox News, Washington Post and Hot Air
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
Fox News:
Survey shows ObamaCare sending premiums rising at fastest clip in decades  —  A recent survey of 148 insurance brokers shows that ObamaCare is sending premiums rising at the fastest clip in decades.  —  “For the last, about, five years they've been doing this survey, so this was the largest …
Discussion: Power Line
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: Mediaite and Politico
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.
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
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New York Post:
0 bths, 1 br - great views! Vagrants hole up on Manhattan Bridge
Discussion: Liberaland and The Awl
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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The Budget Deficit In March Was The Smallest Since 2000
Discussion: Liberaland
Ted Mann / Wall Street Journal:
Port Authority Commissioner Anthony Sartor Resigns
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Let HHS nominee Sylvia Burwell explain Obamacare lie
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Alex Byers / Politico:
Napster co-founder Sean Parker to lead civic startup
Discussion: The Verge and Mashable
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
Robin Marty / The Daily Beast:
America's Abortion-Free Zone Grows