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12:25 AM ET, April 19, 2014


 Top Items: 
Keystone decision delayed yet again  —  The Obama administration says it is indefinitely extending its long-awaited review of the Keystone XL pipeline — providing a Good Friday jolt to one of the president's most wrenching environmental decisions.  —  The move could easily push President …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Firedoglake
Fox News:
‘Ridiculous’: Administration punts on Keystone, Obama faces Dem revolt  —  FILE: February 17, 2012: Protestors rallied in front of the Lamar County courthouse before a hearing on the Keystone pipeline in Paris, Texas.REUTERS  —  The Obama administration once again has punted on a final decision …
Lisa Desjardins / CNN:
Obama administration pushes back Keystone decision
Discussion: Politico
Zeke J Miller / TIME:
Obama Punts On Keystone Pipeline
Discussion: Hot Air and Outside the Beltway
Patrick Rucker / Reuters:
U.S. extends Keystone XL comment period, delaying final decision
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
Hillary Rodham Clinton / Hillary Clinton Memoir:
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Politico
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Hillary Clinton Commends ‘Incredibly Brave’ Undocumented Immigrant For Revealing Status
Discussion: Liberaland and Weasel Zippers
Lisa Desjardins / CNN:
Harry Reid defends ‘domestic terrorists’ comments  —  The two men appeared Friday afternoon on KSNV's “What's Your Point?” question-and-answer show.  —  The first question went to Reid, about his comments that a few hundred people protesting and blocking federal action against rancher Cliven Bundy are “domestic terrorists.”
Discussion: Informed Comment and Mediaite
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.
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
U.S. ground troops going to Poland, defense minister says  —  Poland and the United States will announce next week the deployment of U.S. ground forces to Poland as part of an expansion of NATO presence in Central and Eastern Europe in response to events in Ukraine.
Matt Stout / Boston Herald:
U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch on Obamacare's election toll: It'll bury Dems  —  Dem sees Obamacare crisis  —  Video of U.S. Rep Stephen Lynch talks ObamaCare on Boston Herald Radio  —  By:  —  U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, the lone member of the Bay State delegation to vote against Obama­care four years ago …
Jason Leopold / Guardian:
James Mitchell: 'I'm just a guy who got asked to do something for his country'  —  Psychologist who designed CIA's post-9/11 torture program insists he has nothing to apologise for - and attacks 'people with a Jack Bauer mentality who don't understand how intel works'
Discussion: RT and Balloon Juice
Jason Leopold / Guardian:
CIA torture architect breaks silence to defend ‘enhanced interrogation’
Discussion: Hullabaloo
This Company Has A 4-Day Work Week, Pays Its Workers A Full Salary And Is Super Successful  —  Ryan Carson and Alan Johnson, co-founders of Treehouse  —  The 70 people who work at Treehouse, an online education company that teaches people about technology, only work four days a week at the same full salary as other tech workers.
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
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.
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
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama signs bill blocking Iranian envoy  —  President Obama on Friday signed legislation aimed at stopping Hamid Aboutalebi, Iran's would-be U.N. ambassador, from entering the United States.  —  The bill, offered by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and passed unanimously in both chambers of Congress …
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
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
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The War On Standards Comes to College Debate  —  Paul has been writing about the war on standards in various aspects of our society, generally as a means of advancing the interests of minorities (or purporting to advance them, anyway).  Now it appears that the decline of standards-indeed …
Discussion: Blazing Cat Fur
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Discussion: National Review
NBC News:
GOP to Obama: We're not moving onWhen President Obama announced …
Discussion: Liberaland
Michael Waldman / The Daily Beast:
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Salvation Gets Cheap
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Clinton files: Hillary, GOP intel and ‘conspiracy’
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 Earlier Items: 
Floyd Norris / New York Times:
Merely Rich and Superrich: The Tax Gap Is Narrowing
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.
First on CNN: Amy Kremer resigns from Tea Party Express
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Politico
Edward Snowden / Guardian:
Vladimir Putin must be called to account on surveillance just like Obama