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5:15 PM ET, April 18, 2014


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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.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Hillary Book to Be Called ‘Hard Choices’
Discussion: Hot Air and Althouse
Dan Merica / CNN:
Clinton memoir gets a title: ‘Hard Choices’
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
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:
Sorry, Snowden: Putin Lied to You About His Surveillance State—And Made You a Pawn of It
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
Obama Is Wrong.  Democrats Shouldn't Pivot From the Obamacare Fight.  —  The obvious inspiration for President Obama's Thursday press conference was to announce that the Affordable Care Act has eclipsed new milestones—8 million private exchange enrollees the most significant among them.
Washington Post:
The Affordable Care Act comes in with better-than-expected numbers
Discussion: Daily Kos
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Major Clinton doc dump set for afternoon  —  Get ready for the biggest batch of Clinton files yet.  —  The Clinton Library in Little Rock, Ark. is set to release 7,500 pages Friday at 1 p.m., according to the National Archives — nearly as many as the 10,000 pages total that have been released in three previous installments.
Discussion: CNN
Matt Stout / Boston Herald:
U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch on Obamacare's election toll: It'll bury Dems
David Nather / Politico:
Obama spikes the football
Discussion: Vox, The Dish, Hit & Run and The Hill
Carol E. Lee / Wall Street Journal:
This Wily Gatecrasher at the White House Is a Red Fox  —  Elusive Fox Marked His Territory During Government Shutdown; Rose Garden Stroll  —  There's a red fox living on the grounds of the White House.  The elusive critter has called the presidential residence home since last fall, and no one's been able to catch him.
Discussion: ABC News, The Daily Caller and Mediaite
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
Princeton Study: U.S. No Longer An Actual Democracy  —  A new study from Princeton spells bad news for American democracy—namely, that it no longer exists.  —  Asking “[w]ho really rules?” researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page argue that over the past few decades America's political system …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and ACS Blog
Damon Linker / The Week:
Why atheism doesn't have the upper hand over religion  —  There are certain experiences that atheism simply cannot explain  —  I  —  n my last column, I examined some of the challenges facing religion today.  Those challenges are serious.  But that doesn't mean that atheism has the upper hand.
Discussion: Washington Post
Lisa Desjardins / CNN:
Obama administration pushes back Keystone decision  —  Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration announced Friday that it is extending the comment period on the State Department's Keystone XL pipeline report - a move that could delay a final decision on the project indefinitely.
Discussion: Politico
Fox News:
‘Ridiculous’: Administration punts on Keystone, Obama faces Dem revolt
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Timothy Egan / New York Times:
Deadbeat on the Range  —  Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn't paid his rent in 20 years.  He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority.  Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up.
Dorsey Shaw / BuzzFeed:
This Unsent Shade-Filled Letter From Clinton Staffers To A '90s Radio Host Is A Goddamn Masterpiece  —  A gem of a letter to Don Imus from the latest Clinton library document dump.
Discussion: Mediaite
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Salvation Gets Cheap  —  The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which pools the efforts of scientists around the globe, has begun releasing draft chapters from its latest assessment, and, for the most part, the reading is as grim as you might expect.  We are still on the road to catastrophe without major policy changes.
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 …
Jeffrey H. Anderson / Weekly Standard:
The Debate Will Be Over When the American People Say It's Over  —  Shortly after the Supreme Court's decision on Obamacare, the CBO projected that 9 million people would buy Obamacare-compliant insurance through newly established government-run exchanges.  Now, after an enrollment period …
Discussion: Power Line and The Mahablog
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
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 …
Floyd Norris / New York Times:
Merely Rich and Superrich: The Tax Gap Is Narrowing  —  Will this be the year that the superrich finally pay higher taxes than the very rich?  —  This is not, I admit, something that many people are worried about.  —  But it is an interesting fact that our current tax system assures that …
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.
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Michael Medved / Wall Street Journal:
The ‘War on Women’ Failed in 2012
Discussion: Mediaite and Real Clear Politics
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Midterms may hinge on whether Obamacare losers outvote the winners
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
House Immigration bills still in the mix as Boehner promises at a fundraiser to take action this year.
Washington Post:
Mitt Romney returns to political stage as Republicans prepare for midterms
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Sujata Jain / WIS-TV:
VA: Man will get warning instead of $525 citation for $.89 drink refill
Natalie DiBlasio / Associated Press:
Mount Everest avalanche kills 12 guides, 4 missing
John Fund / National Review:
The United States of SWAT?
Discussion: Clayton Cramer
Nathan L. Gonzales / Roll Call:
Republican Whacks Harry Reid in New North Carolina Senate Ad
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Post