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2:40 AM ET, April 18, 2014


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Oren Dorell / USA Today:
Jews ordered to register in east Ukraine  —  Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings were told they have to “register” with the Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part of Russia, according to Israeli media.
Someone Is Ordering Eastern Ukraine's Jews To ‘Register’  —  The flyer allegedly handed out to Ukrainian Jewish community members  —  CREDIT: The Coordination Forum for Countering Antisemitism  —  A flyer distributed in the eastern Ukrainian city Donestk is telling the city's Jewish community …
Julia Ioffe / The New Republic:
Ukraine Is Not Ordering Its Jews to Register
Discussion: Gawker
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Diplomatic deal struck on Ukraine
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Chelsea Clinton announces pregnancy  —  In a joint appearance, Chelsea and Hillary Clinton announced Thursday that Chelsea is expecting her first child later this year.  —  Speaking at a No Ceilings event, sponsored by the Clinton Foundation and Microsoft, the Clintons addressed women's issues …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Chelsea Clinton announces she's pregnant  —  NEW YORK - Chelsea Clinton announced here Thursday afternoon that she is expecting her first child later this year.  —  “I just hope that I will be as good a mom to my child and hopefully children as my mom was to me,” the former first daughter …
Discussion: Gawker and Hinterland Gazette
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Poll: Hillary Clinton's numbers worst since 2008, as GOP brand surges
Liz Kreutz / ABC News:
Chelsea Clinton: I'm Pregnant!
Chelsea Clinton announces she's pregnant with first child
Discussion: Guardian and Taylor Marsh
Wall Street Journal:   Transcript & Video: Chelsea Clinton's Baby Announcement
John Dickerson / Slate:
Obama Trolls the GOP  —  The refined cynicism of the president.  —  How do I get you to pay attention to this story?  I could type out a balanced tale about an incremental change in White House spin and message control, relying on your discernment, patience, and kindness toward all the creatures of the Earth.
Discussion: Hot Air
Obama: 8 million enrolled under ACA  —  President Barack Obama called Thursday on Republicans to end their quest to repeal Obamacare — and Democrats to “forcefully defend and be proud” of the law.  —  In remarks from the White House briefing room, Obama delivered a vigorous defense of the program …
The Hill:
Obama tells Dems to ‘be proud’ as O-Care enrollments reach 8M  —  A defiant President Obama on Thursday announced that 8 million people have enrolled in ObamaCare plans while exhorting Democrats to “be proud” of what they've achieved.  —  Holding an unscheduled press conference at the White House …
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Obama to meet with healthcare leaders
Major Garrett /   The Pen, Phone, and Stray Voltage
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Obamacare Signups Hit 8 Million  —  And both young and old are on board  —  President Obama just announced the final numbers for the Affordable Care Act's open enrollment period.  —  Eight million people have signed up for private insurance plans through the new marketplaces.
Sam Baker /
Obamacare Is On a Winning Streak  —  Strong enrollment and falling costs are giving the White House a lot of positive headlines.  —  President Obama running in 2008.  (EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)  —  Obamacare hasn't “won”—but it's making a pretty impressive run.
Noam Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Obamacare effects are bigger than expected, poll finds
Dick Morris is very afraid: A horrible pundit's “popular vote” hysteria  —  It is widely acknowledged that Dick Morris is the worst pundit in America.  It's truly not up for debate.  He's so bad that even Roger Ailes was embarrassed by his hilariously wrong predictions in the 2012 election and let him go.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hullabaloo
Hendrik Hertzberg / Comment:
NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE: NEW YORK STATE CLIMBS ABOARD  —  On Tuesday, the State of New York took a baby step—or maybe a giant leap!—toward making the United States of America something more closely resembling a modern democracy: Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill joining up the Empire State …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The Week
Glenn Blain Daily / NY Daily News:
New York joins campaign to end Electoral College role in presidential elections
Discussion: Hot Air and Hullabaloo
Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Reid calls Bundy supporters ‘domestic terrorists’  —  By LAURA MYERS  —  LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL  —  U.S. Sen. Harry Reid on Thursday called supporters of Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy “domestic terrorists” because they defended him against a Bureau of Land Management cattle roundup …
New York Times:
Text of Joint Diplomatic Statement on Ukraine  —  Following is a joint statement on Thursday by the four parties — the United States, the European Union, Russia and Ukraine — meeting in Geneva to discuss the continuing conflict in Ukraine:  —  The Geneva meeting on the situation …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Agonist
Jamie Dettmer / The Daily Beast:
The Ukrainian Army Is Crumbling Before Putin
Jonathan Kandell / New York Times:
Gabriel García Márquez, Conjurer of Literary Magic, Dies at 87  —  Gabriel García Márquez, the Colombian novelist whose “One Hundred Years of Solitude” established him as a giant of 20th-century literature, died on Thursday at his home in Mexico City.  He was 87.
Discussion: Boing Boing and The Moderate Voice
Kenneth Chang / New York Times:
Scientists Find an ‘Earth Twin,’ or Perhaps a Cousin  —  It is a bit bigger and somewhat colder, but a planet circling a star 500 light-years away is otherwise the closest match of our home world discovered so far, astronomers announced on Thursday.  —  The planet, known as Kepler 186f …
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Carney: The Toughest Interview Obama Had Was With Jon Stewart  —  JAY CARNEY: I remember we had some discussion during 2012 about well, is it appropriate for the president, the sitting president and candidate, to give interviews with Jon Stewart and others.  And the answer was yes …
4 Catholic High School Students Expelled After Confederate Flag, Blackface Incidents  —  Four Catholic high school students on Long Island have been expelled after two senior boys brought a Confederate flag to a school event and two sophomore girls posted a blackface photo on social media, the school said.
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette and Liberaland
Florida Voter Confronts GOP Representative On His Repeated Efforts To Repeal Obamacare  —  Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL) at a Tampa town hall meeting.  —  CREDIT: Scott Keyes  —  TAMPA, Florida — A Florida voter had harsh words for Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL) at a town hall Tuesday …
Matt Vasilogambros /
Why Every Member of Congress Gets a Monthly Porn Delivery  —  Larry Flynt has sent a monthly copy of Hustler to every congressional office for the last 30 years, and members of Congress can't stop it.  —  Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt.  (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Snowden asks Putin LIVE: Does Russia intercept millions of citizens' data?
Discussion: PandoDaily, Politico and The PJ Tatler
Gabrielle Giffords / USA Today:
Fight back against political cowardice
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Washington Post
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Michigan mayor bans atheist City Hall display to not upset Christian ‘Prayer Station’
Discussion: Detroit Free Press and Liberaland
Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
Donald Trump makes donation to Ted Cruz
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Bill O'Reilly Passed On The Chance To Be The Marlboro Man In The 70s (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Raw Story
Nick Anderson / Washington Post:
Dartmouth president calls for end to ‘extreme behavior’ that mars image of elite college
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