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10:30 PM ET, April 15, 2014


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Robert Pear / New York Times:
Census Survey Revisions Mask Health Law Effects  —  WASHINGTON — The Census Bureau, the authoritative source of health insurance data for more than three decades, is changing its annual survey so thoroughly that it will be difficult to measure the effects of President Obama's health care law …
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
Don't freak out about the changes to the Census yet  —  The Census is overhauling the way it measures who has health insurance coverage.  The new measures show more people with coverage than the old measures.  The move, reported Tuesday by the New York Times, led to quick outcry …
Paul Lewis / Guardian:
Ukraine on the brink as troops take on rebels  —  Vladimir Putin denounces Kiev for mobilising forces against pro-Russian gunmen in east of country  —  Alec Luhn in Kramatorsk, Paul Lewis in Washington and Julian Borger  —  Ukrainian government forces launched their first significant military action …
Discussion: Infowars, Liberaland and
Barbara Starr / CNN:
Video shows large al Qaeda meeting in Yemen  —  Washington (CNN) — A new video shows what looks like the largest and most dangerous gathering of al Qaeda in years.  And the CIA and the Pentagon either didn't know about it or couldn't get a drone there in time to strike.
U.S. right wing extremists more deadly than jihadists  —  Deadly shootings in Kansas City suburb … (CNN) — On Sunday, a man shot and killed a 14-year-old boy and his grandfather at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and then drove to a nearby Jewish retirement community where he shot and killed a third person.
Prominent Republican: Women Need To Be Paid Less So They Can Find Husbands  —  On Sunday, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) sought to advance the GOP's rebranding effort among female voters by suggesting that Republicans have long “led the fight for women's equality.”
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Schlafly: Increase The Pay Gap So Women Will Have Better Opportunities To Find A Husband
Discussion: Liberaland and The Raw Story
Phyllis Schlafly / Christian News, The Christian Post:
Facts and Fallacies About Paycheck Fairness
Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
Rand Paul for President  —  Because what the GOP needs is a humbling landslide defeat.  —  Republicans, let's get it over with.  Fast forward to the finish line.  Avoid the long and winding primary road.  It can only weaken the nominee.  And we know who he—yes, he—has to be.
Rich Lowry / National Review:
Rand Paul's Foreign Policy: For the Situation Room or the Dorm Room?
New York Times:
New York Drops Unit That Spied Among Muslims  —  The New York Police Department has abandoned a secretive program that dispatched plainclothes detectives into Muslim neighborhoods to eavesdrop on conversations and built detailed files on where people ate, prayed and shopped, the department said.
Paul Campos / Lawyers, Guns & Money:
They wouldn't print it if it wasn't true  —  Erwin Chemerinsky and Carrie Menkel-Meadow in the NYT on the “supposed” “crisis” “in” “legal” “education:” … As my second all-time favorite tennis player would put it: You cannot be serious.  —  I don't know what's more egregious here, the laziness or the intellectual dishonesty.
Discussion: Eschaton
New York Times:
Don't Skimp on Legal Training
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Matt Taibbi: ‘Hands Down’ Bush Was Tougher On Corporate America Than Obama (VIDEO)  —  Muckraking polemicist Matt Taibbi said that when it comes to the last two presidents, there's no question who did a better job of holding America's tycoons accountable.  —  The former Rolling Stone writer …
Discussion: The Daily Banter
Democracy Now:
Who Goes to Jail? Matt Taibbi on American Injustice Gap from Wall Street to Main Street
Discussion: The Week
UO Matters:
UO law school prof angry about plan to use his raise for student fellowships  —  4/14/2014: Several members of the law school email lists (which included staff, secretaries etc.) have forwarded these two emails from professor Rob Illig (Law) about a plan apparently floated by Law Dean Michael Moffitt …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Rumsfeld Has ‘Absolutely No Idea’ If He Filed His Taxes Correctly  —  Donald Rumsfeld got his taxes filed in time.  Just don't ask him if they were done correctly.  —  In a letter sent Tuesday to the Internal Revenue Service, Rumsfeld said he has “absolutely no idea” whether his family's tax returns …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama chops 3 1/2 years off pot sentence  —  President Barack Obama has issued a commutation to a drug convict, shortening his sentence by three-and-a-half years in what the White House said was an effort to correct a sentencing error.  —  Ceasar Cantu of Katy, Texas pled guilty in 2006 …
Discussion: CNN
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Mississippi GOP Senate Candidate Wrote Race-Baiting Blog Posts  —  Mississippi Sen. Chris McDaniel is challenging incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran in the GOP primary.  —  Jonathan Bachman / Reuters  —  A leading Republican candidate for Senate in Mississippi wrote blog posts criticizing poor people affected …
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
As MLB honors Jackie Robinson, can it reverse a trend?  —  Just when we want to believe that times are changing, and prejudice is waning, along comes a ferocious reminder like a Manny Pacquiao punch to the jaw.  —  Sheer racism, exposed in vile letters directed to Hall of Fame great Hank Aaron …
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Hillary Clinton, Youth Candidate  —  Our old colleague Patrick Caldwell has an interesting article up at Mother Jones about the way the Hillary Clinton campaign—or whatever we can call it at this point, since it isn't actually a campaign but it isn't exactly just a bunch of independent people doing …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Major Dem group spending to help candidates in midterms  —  (CNN) - Priorities USA Action announced Tuesday it had contributed more than $500,000 in the first quarter of 2014 to help Democrats gear-up for November's midterm elections.  —  The news came as the top Democratic group announced its first quarter fundraising numbers.
Discussion: Politico
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
Democrats Have Outside Money Advantage - for Now  —  Deep-pocketed donors are turning over multimillion-dollar checks to influence November's elections, and the sums raised by the national parties and their super PAC allies are already approaching the $1 billion mark, according to financial reports still being filed Tuesday evening.
Discussion: Power Line
Caroline Davies / Guardian:
North Koreans complain to London hairdresser about Kim Jong-un poster  —  Salon owner says two officials from nearby embassy asked him to take down picture of North Korean leader  —  Seeking an arresting image to promote a special offer, a west London hairdresser attracted more than just extra customers …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Week
Margaret Carlson / Bloomberg View:
Hallelujah!  It's Tax Day.  —  Happy Tax Day, when just getting the forms filled out and mailed is cause for celebration.  —  One person not celebrating is former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner.  She was a regular green eyeshade employee carrying out thankless tasks until …
Discussion: National Review
Kate Kaye / AdAge:
Why Obama's Data Could Be Too Much for Many Dem Candidates  —  Small Number of Practitioners Know How to Put Information to Use  —  Data overload.  Credit: Patrik Svensson for Ad Age  —  If political races have become data wars, conventional wisdom has it, the Democrats clearly have the advantage in 2014 and 2016.
Discussion: The Reaction
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Sarah Desprat / Twitchy:
‘Damned lunatic’: Brainless Joe Biden tells survivors that Boston bombing ‘was worth it’ [video]
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Katie Pavlich /
RNC Sues IRS Over Information Stonewalling on Targeting Scandal
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Oligarchy, not democracy: Americans have ‘near-zero’ input on policy - report
Discussion: protein wisdom
Beth Reinhard / Wall Street Journal:
Mitt Romney Stars in Ad in Heated Idaho Primary
Discussion: Politico and Washington Monthly
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