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7:15 AM ET, April 19, 2014


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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: CNN, Firedoglake, BuzzFeed and Hullabaloo
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
Patrick Rucker / Reuters:
U.S. extends Keystone XL comment period, delaying final decision
Discussion: Daily Kos
Zeke J Miller / TIME:   Obama Punts On Keystone Pipeline
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.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Will Chelsea Clinton's Pregnancy Become Another Right Wing Conspiracy?  UPDATED  —  It's a plot!  —  On Thursday, Chelsea Clinton made the happy announcement that she was with child: … That's wonderful news.  My niece's baby girl Millie just celebrated her first birthday and my sister …
Hillary Rodham Clinton / Hillary Clinton Memoir:
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Politico
Catalina Camia / USA Today:
Baby on board: Chelsea Clinton says she's pregnant
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Clinton files: Hillary, GOP intel and ‘conspiracy’
Discussion: CNN
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Matt Stout / Boston Herald:
U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch on Obamacare's election toll: It'll bury Dems
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
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: CNN
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
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 …
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
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Andrew Pollack / New York Times:
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Discussion: Cafe Hayek and National Review
NBC News:
GOP to Obama: We're not moving onWhen President Obama announced …
Discussion: Liberaland
Michael Waldman / The Daily Beast:
How Obama Can Use Executive Actions to Improve Our Democracy
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama signs bill blocking Iranian envoy
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Salvation Gets Cheap
 Earlier Items: 
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
Princeton Study: U.S. No Longer An Actual Democracy
Discussion: Hullabaloo and ACS Blog
Carol E. Lee / Wall Street Journal:
This Wily Gatecrasher at the White House Is a Red Fox
Floyd Norris / New York Times:
Merely Rich and Superrich: The Tax Gap Is Narrowing
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