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12:45 PM ET, April 19, 2014


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Bill Pennington / New York Times:
In a Hole, Golf Considers Digging a Wider One  —  GREENSBORO, Ga. — Golf holes the size of pizzas.  Soccer balls on the back nine.  A mulligan on every hole.  —  These are some of the measures — some would say gimmicks — that golf courses across the country have experimented with to stop people from quitting the game.
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Obama signs Ted Cruz bill into law, but says he won't enforce it  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL BARACK OBAMA PRESIDENT IRAN TED CRUZ  —  President Obama on Friday signed into law a bill authored by Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz that would bar an Iranian diplomat from entering the United States …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama signs bill blocking Iranian envoy
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
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 …
Patrick Rucker / Reuters:
U.S. extends Keystone XL comment period, delaying final decision
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Daily Kos
Lisa Desjardins / CNN:
Obama administration pushes back Keystone decision
Discussion: Politico
Zeke J Miller / TIME:   Obama Punts On Keystone Pipeline
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, The Daily Beast and Balloon Juice
Jason Leopold / Guardian:
CIA torture architect breaks silence to defend ‘enhanced interrogation’
Discussion: Hullabaloo
John Milburn / Associated Press:
Michelle Obama's Planned High School Commencement Speech Draws Complaints  —  TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — If expanding the guest list to include Michelle Obama at graduation for high school students in the Kansas capital city means fewer seats for friends and family, some students and their parents would prefer the first lady not attend.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Kristen Moulton / Salt Lake Tribune:
Western lawmakers gather in Utah to talk federal land takeover  —  'It's time' » Lawmakers from 9 states gather in Utah, discuss ways to take control of federal lands.  —  | The Salt Lake Tribune  —  It's time for Western states to take control of federal lands within their borders …
Jelani Cobb / News Desk:
The Failure of Desegregation  —  In 1952, an African-American woman named Sarah Bulah filed a lawsuit challenging the segregated education system in her home state of Delaware.  Bulah lived near a spacious, modern, whites-only high school, but her daughter, Shirley, was forced to attend a decrepit, single-room school.
Eric Leonard / Local News:
Early-Release Felon Charged with Kidnapping, Rape, Torture  —  Photo Credit: California Department of Corrections  —  A man on probation as a “non-violent offender” under California's prison realignment program has been charged with kidnapping, raping, and torturing a 16-year-old girl in South Los Angeles …
Discussion: protein wisdom
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.”
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The War On Standards Comes to College Debate [with comment by Paul]  —  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).
Discussion: Blazing Cat Fur
George E. Condon Jr /
The Debate Over Obamacare Is Hardly Over  —  President Obama wanted to end the debate over his health care law, but even he acknowledged GOP opposition could last years.  —  President Obama declares victory, perhaps a bit too prematurely.  (Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla)
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Why Are Feminists So Insecure?  6 Reflections On The Confidence Gap  —  Another day, another feminist grievance in a major media outlet.  The Atlantic features “The Confidence Gap” on its cover, written by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman.  Kay is the lead anchor of BBC World News America …
Dustin Lance Black / Out Magazine:
Dustin Lance Black Hits Back at Alma Mater For Shaming Him  —  ‘I did nothing wrong and I refuse to be shamed for this any longer.’  —  After being invited to be commencement speaker at his alma mater, Pasadena City College, Dustin Lance Black—the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Milk …
Nick Gass / Politico:
Beliebers rejoice, W.H. won't boot Justin  —  The White House has answered the call to deport Justin Bieber, but those hoping for the Canadian pop star to take a long hike up north will be disappointed.  —  More than 270,000 people signed the petition “to deport Justin Bieber and revoke his green card …
Discussion: Liberaland and CNN
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Discussion: Mediaite