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12:50 PM ET, April 18, 2014


 Top Items: 
Edward Snowden / Guardian:
Vladimir Putin must be called to account on surveillance just like Obama  —  I questioned the Russian president live on TV to get his answer on the record, not to whitewash him  —  On Thursday, I questioned Russia's involvement in mass surveillance on live television.
Adam Taylor / Washington Post:
What we know about the ‘grotesque’ leaflet handed out to Jews in Donetsk  —  A leaflet calling for Jews to register has reportedly been handed out in Ukraine's eastern region of Donetsk.  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has commented on the letter, saying that it is “not just intolerable; it's grotesque, is beyond unacceptable.”
Julia Ioffe / The New Republic:
Ukraine Is Not Ordering Its Jews to Register
Washington Post:
The Affordable Care Act comes in with better-than-expected numbers  —  OBAMACARE'S CRITICS have had a bad week.  On Thursday, President Obama announced that 8 million people have enrolled in new health insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act's marketplaces, and a significant portion of them are young Americans.
Discussion: Daily Kos
David Nather / Politico:
Obama spikes the football
Discussion: The Dish
German Lopez / Vox:
White House: 8 million people signed up for Obamacare
Discussion: Hit & Run and Taylor Marsh
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Sebelius Says She's Not Interested in Senate Run
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
NYT Columnist Insists That Chelsea Clinton's Baby Is A 2016 Game Changer (VIDEO)  —  The gang on MSNBC's “Morning Joe” is usually game to analyze (if not set) the latest political narrative, but as Andrew Ross Sorkin proved on Friday, even that show has limits.
Ryan Cooper / The Week:
Which states get screwed worst by the Electoral College?  —  The answer might surprise you  —  N  —  ew York state recently signed on to the National Popular Vote movement, an interstate compact designed to do an end run around the Electoral College, which as everybody knows …
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Pentagon Moves to Block Russian Spy Plane in American Skies  —  Russian surveillance planes already fly over America, thanks to a long-standing treaty.  But a new, ultra-sophisticated spy plane has U.S. military and intelligence bosses spooked.  —  The Joint Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. military …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Dems' midterm strategy: Triage  —  House Democrats, battered by Koch brothers ads and facing a grim outlook for the midterms, are providing the clearest indication yet of how they plan to respond: By shoring up imperiled incumbents and only the most promising challengers …
First on CNN: Amy Kremer resigns from Tea Party Express  —  (CNN) - Amy Kremer, the Tea Party Express chairman who's played a major role in elections for the past five years, is resigning.  —  “This has been a really difficult decision for me, but the time has come for me to leave Tea Party Express,” Kremer said Friday.
Discussion: Politico and PoliticusUSA
Emily Swanson / The Huffington Post:
Americans Think People Are Poor Because Of Bad Breaks, Not Because They're Losers: Poll  —  WASHINGTON — Conservatives often say the poor and jobless got that way because of their own personal failings, but Americans tend to blame the plain old free market.
New York Times:
Iran Gets an Unlikely Visitor, an American Plane, but No One Seems to Know Why  —  President Obama has warned that Iran is not open for business, even as the United States has loosened some of its punishing economic sanctions as part of an interim nuclear pact.
John Fund / National Review:
The United States of SWAT?  —  Regardless of how people feel about Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's standoff with the federal Bureau of Land Management over his cattle's grazing rights, a lot of Americans were surprised to see TV images of an armed-to-the-teeth paramilitary wing of the BLM deployed around Bundy's ranch.
Discussion: Clayton Cramer
Dan Merica / CNN:
Clinton memoir gets a title: ‘Hard Choices’  —  Washington (CNN) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's much anticipated next memoir will be titled “Hard Choices,” the book's publisher announced Friday.  —  The memoir will be Clinton's “inside account of the crises, choices …
Discussion: Politico
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Hillary Book to Be Called ‘Hard Choices’
Discussion: Hot Air and Althouse
Natalie DiBlasio / Associated Press:
Mount Everest avalanche kills 12 guides, 4 missing  —  (April 18) Video provided by AP Newslook  —  An avalanche has left 12 dead and four missing in the worst-ever recorded disaster on Mount Everest.  —  With peak season just days away on the deadly mountain, Sherpas and guides …
Greta Van Susteren / Gretawire:
White House delusional? obsessed with Fox News Channel? thinks we are the only ones that spotted this BS?  —  Just a short time ago, Jay Carney said this:  —  Carney: there's never been a more transparent admin, .......creates headaches for us, ridiculous stories on Fox News .....
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Midterms may hinge on whether Obamacare losers outvote the winners  —  BARACK OBAMA OBAMACARE HARRY REID 2014 ELECTIONS CAMPAIGNS  —  When it comes to the politics of Obamacare, there's really only one question that matters: How many Americans are benefiting from the new health care system, and how many are hurting?
Discussion: VodkaPundit
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.
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Kathleen Miller / Bloomberg:
IRS Among Agencies Using License Plate-Tracking Vendor
Discussion: RT and Fox News
Washington Post:
Mitt Romney returns to political stage as Republicans prepare for midterms
Discussion: Daily Kos and ABC News
Elizabeth Hand / Salon:
Saved by Obamacare  —  But under a new plan, I made a call that proved life-changing
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Mahablog
Matt Petrillo / WBTW-TV:
Residents question why Latta mayor fired the town's first female police chief
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Raw Story
Sujata Jain / WIS-TV:
VA: Man will get warning instead of $525 citation for $.89 drink refill
 Earlier Items: 
Patrick Wintour / Guardian:
Ed Miliband signs up top Obama adviser David Axelrod for UK election
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Kirsten Powers / USA Today:
Liberals attack female fighting misogyny
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Nathan L. Gonzales / Roll Call:
Republican Whacks Harry Reid in New North Carolina Senate Ad
Discussion: Hot Air