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9:10 AM ET, April 17, 2014


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Matt Viser / The Boston Globe:
Warren memoir offers revealing inside tales  —  WASHINGTON - Summoned to the White House in September 2010, Elizabeth Warren met President Obama in the Oval Office and he escorted her outside to a garden patio.  Obama described it to Warren as a hidden retreat.
MJ Lee / Politico:
Elizabeth Warren: ‘I was hurt, and I was angry’  —  Elizabeth Warren “was hurt” and “angry” about attacks on her family and ancestry in the 2012 Senate race, she writes in a new book, defending at length her characterization of her background as rooted in Native American ancestry.
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
AFL-CIO chief calls Warren ‘prototype’ of good president  —  AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Tuesday that “it don't get no better” than Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) when it comes to possible holders of the Oval Office.  —  “In my opinion she is the prototype of a person …
Discussion: Althouse
Marie-Louise Gumuchian / CNN:
Base attack, referendum talk overshadow Russia, Ukraine talks  —  (CNN) — Ukrainian, Russian and Western diplomats held emergency talks in Switzerland on Thursday, in the hope of resolving a a deepening crisis that has seen armed pro-Russian protesters seize swathes of Ukraine.
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:   Rand Paul's Putin problem
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:   White House: More Russia sanctions likely
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Scarborough blasts Krugman  —  MSNBC's Joe Scarborough is returning fire on Paul Krugman after the New York Times columnist accused him of being an “Obamacare truther” who was didn't know his facts and was “against covering the uninsured.”  —  In an email to POLITICO, Scarborough suggested …
Discussion: Mediaite and Talking Points Memo
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Obama nominee warned about politicizing the census.  —  It must have seemed like a good idea at the time.  In February 2009 a new Democratic president reached across party lines and nominated a Republican senator, New Hampshire's Judd Gregg, as commerce secretary.
Peter Roff / U.S. News:
The IRS Scandal's Smoking Gun?  —  A suspicious email could confirm Lois Lerner's culpability in recent IRS abuses.  —  In hot water  —  The so-called “smoking gun” proving the Internal Revenue Service played politics with conservative groups seeking official non-profit …
Kathleen Belew / New York Times:
Veterans and White Supremacy  —  EVANSTON, Ill. — WHEN Frazier Glenn Miller shot and killed three people in Overland Park, Kan., on Sunday, he did so as a soldier of the white power movement: a groundswell that united Klansmen, neo-Nazis and other fringe elements after the Vietnam War …
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
CPI Director On ABC Pulitzer Feud: 'I Don't Take Well To Being Bullied' (VIDEO)  —  Center for Public Integrity Director Bill Buzenberg on Wednesday criticized ABC News for demanding credit for an investigative series that won a Pulitzer Prize this week.  —  “I will say that I don't take …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Huffington Post
Halimah Abdullah / CNN:
Landrieu faces her toughest political storm to stay in Senate  —  Editor's note: The 2014 midterm elections will come down to a battle for control of the Senate.  Should Republicans tip the balance, they'll control both chambers of Congress.  CNN is looking at some of the key Senate races that will affect the balance.
Stephanie McNeal / Fox News:
Sen. Landrieu takes heat for reenacting Senate hearing in campaign ad
Discussion: Mediaite and Power Line
Kolten Parker /
Texas 'Boats ‘N Hoes PAC’ raising controversy  —  The PAC is registered with the Texas Ethics Commission  —  SAN ANTONIO — The name of a fundraising group made waves in the tug-of-war between Republicans and Democrats over women voters on Wednesday.  —  Political consulting firm employee …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Progressives are wrong about the essence of the Constitution  —  In a 2006 interview, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said the Constitution is “basically about” one word — “democracy” — that appears in neither that document nor the Declaration of Independence.  Democracy is America's way of allocating political power.
Discussion: Power Line and Cafe Hayek
James Carville / The Hill:
Clinton vs. Bush: The real debate  —  OPINION l This past Sunday I joined a panel of distinguished pundits on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” and to the surprise of no viewers we spent a considerable amount of time discussing the prospects of a presidential race between Hillary Clinton …
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
An Indecent Burial  —  Twenty-five years ago this month, with the Supreme Court's support for the right to abortion shrinking rapidly, the justices heard a case from Missouri that invited them to disavow Roe v. Wade, the precedent that 16 years earlier had given women the constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy.
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Minimum Wage, Maximum Outrage  —  No one should ever endure the kind of economic humiliation that comes with working a full-time job and making a less-than-living wage.  —  There is dignity in all work, but that dignity grows dim when the checks are cashed and the coins are counted and still the bills rise higher than the wages.
Zachary Davies Boren / Telegraph:
The US is an oligarchy, study concludes  —  Report by researchers from Princeton and Northwestern universities suggests that US political system serves special interest organisations, instead of voters  —  The US government does not represent the interests of the majority of the country's citizens …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Jindo, South Korea (CNN) — Passengers aboard a sinking South Korean ferry faced a terrifying choice as the vessel rolled: obey commands barked over loudspeakers to stay in place, or don life vests and jump into the chilly ocean water.  —  “Don't move,” a voice warned, according to a recording obtained by CNN affiliate YTN.
Stephanie Strom / New York Times:
When ‘Liking’ a Brand Online Voids the Right to Sue  —  Might downloading a 50-cent coupon for Cheerios cost you legal rights?  —  General Mills, the maker of cereals like Cheerios and Chex as well as brands like Bisquick and Betty Crocker, has quietly added language to its website …
Discussion: The Week, naked capitalism and RT
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Sebelius allies doubt Senate run  —  Friends and former colleagues of Kathleen Sebelius say the odds are low that she will jump into the Kansas Senate race this summer.  —  They overwhelmingly dismissed the idea of her entering into a heated campaign against Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) …
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Mark Steyn / Spectator:
The slow death of free speech
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
For Obamacare, What Counts As Success?
The Federalist:
The Federalist Debate: Pullman vs. Petrilli On Common Core
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Ukraine Push Against Rebels Grinds to Halt
Chris Chocola / Wall Street Journal:
The Spending Bender Also Known as the ‘Tax Extender’
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Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Glenn Beck Moves Into Movie Production (Exclusive)
Discussion: Mediaite and Talking Points Memo
Washington Examiner:
13 tax deductions you never knew existed
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
86M Full-Time Private-Sector Workers Sustain 148M Benefit Takers
Tom Levenson / The Atlantic Online:
John Roberts and the Color of Money
Discussion: Balloon Juice
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Income Inequality Institute Will Pay Paul Krugman $25,000 Per Month