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10:55 AM ET, April 18, 2014


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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.
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 …
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Sorry, Snowden: Putin Lied to You About His Surveillance State—And Made You a Pawn of It  —  In a bizarre televised appearance the NSA whistleblower now resident in Russia asked Putin if he spied on his own citizens the way the Americans do on theirs.  Putin, predictably, said no.
Pro-Russia protesters defy Ukraine deal
The White House:
FACT SHEET: Affordable Care Act by the Numbers  —  The Affordable Care Act is working.  It is giving millions of middle class Americans the health care security they deserve, it is slowing the growth of health care costs and it has brought transparency and competition to the Health Insurance Marketplace.
Washington Post:
The Affordable Care Act comes in with better-than-expected numbers
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Obamacare Signups Hit 8 Million
David Nather / Politico:   Obama spikes the football
Politico:   Obama: 8 million enrolled under ACA
John Dickerson / Slate:
Obama Trolls the GOP
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 …
Ryan Cooper / The Week:
Which states get screwed worst by the Electoral College?
Dick Morris is very afraid: A horrible pundit's “popular vote” hysteria
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Hillary Book to Be Called ‘Hard Choices’  —  The title of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's new book will be Hard Choices, Simon and Shuster announced this morning:  —  “HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON'S INSIDE ACCOUNT OF THE CRISES, CHOICES, AND CHALLENGES SHE FACED DURING HER FOUR YEARS …
Discussion: Hot Air and Althouse
Dan Merica / CNN:
Clinton memoir gets a title: ‘Hard Choices’
Discussion: Politico
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Chelsea Clinton announces she's pregnant
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
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 …
Associated Press:
Man urinates in reservoir, ruins 38M gallons of water  —  PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland water officials are discarding 38 million gallons of drinking water after a 19-year-old was caught urinating into one of the city's reservoirs.  —  A security camera caught the man urinating at about 1 …
Nathan L. Gonzales / Roll Call:
Republican Whacks Harry Reid in New North Carolina Senate Ad  —  Earlier this week, Senate Majority PAC, a Democratic group, went up with an ad attacking Republican state Speaker Thom Tillis for his connection to former aides who had inappropriate relationships with lobbyists.
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Chelsea Clinton announces she's pregnant with first child
Discussion: Guardian, ABC News and Taylor Marsh
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Sujata Jain / WIS-TV:
VA: Man will get warning instead of $525 citation for $.89 drink refill
Patrick Wintour / Guardian:
Ed Miliband signs up top Obama adviser David Axelrod for UK election
Kirsten Powers / USA Today:
Liberals attack female fighting misogyny
James Oliphant /
Obama's Real Job: Fundraiser in Chief
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Larry McShane / NY Daily News:
Secret Service threatened to shoot Mr. Met if he got close to President Clinton, says book
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Political Attack Ads, Often Negative, Try Instead to Accentuate the Positive
Discussion: Washington Post
 Earlier Items: 
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’
Noam Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Obamacare effects are bigger than expected, poll finds
4 Catholic High School Students Expelled After Confederate Flag, Blackface Incidents
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette and Liberaland
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Carney: The Toughest Interview Obama Had Was With Jon Stewart