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2:40 PM ET, April 21, 2014


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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
As ‘Meet the Press’ struggles in the ratings, plenty of questions for host David Gregory  —  If “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory were a guest on his own show, he knows the kinds of questions he'd be asked.  —  Why have your ratings been falling?  Is the show in trouble?  Is your job in trouble?
Hadas Gold / Politico:
NBC hired ‘psychological consultant’ for David Gregory  —  NBC News last year hired a “psychological consultant” to interview David Gregory's friends and family, part of an effort to get greater insight into the Meet The Press host's personality, according to a new report.
Mohammed Jamjoom / CNN:
Source: ‘Massive’ attack targets al Qaeda in Yemen  —  (CNN) — An operation targeting al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is under way in Abyan and Shabwa, Yemen, a high-level Yemeni government official who is being briefed on the strikes told CNN on Monday.  —  The official said that the scale …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:   Court: release legal memo on drone killing
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Panel Orders Release of Memo in Targeted Killing of Awlaki
Discussion: The Verge and Lawfare
Will Stewart / Daily Mail:
Six-month pregnant journalist taken to hospital for treatment after pro-Kremlin political leader ordered his aides to ‘violently rape her’ during press conference when she asked about sanctions against Ukraine  — Vladimir Zhironovsky launched foul tirade at a press conference after pregnant reporter asked him about Ukraine sanctions
Discussion: and The Raw Story
Michael J. Totten / Michael J. Totten's blog:   Vladimir Putin's Next Move
William Booth / Washington Post:
Fatal clash at Ukrainian checkpoint shreds cease-fire on Easter Sunday
Jaime Fuller / Washington Post:
With Keystone XL's delay, another controversial issue hits pause before the midterms  —  The State Department announced last week that it was extending the Keystone XL pipeline's five-year stay in purgatory — this time, indefinitely.  A departmental review scheduled to end in May has been pushed …
Pipeline delay gives boost to Obama's political base
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Hot Air
Albert R. Hunt / Bloomberg View:
Obama's Good News Isn't Getting Across
Discussion: VodkaPundit and Washington Post
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Still hope for Democrats in 2014  —  Is there anyway Democrats can win the 17 seats they need to capture the House majority this November?  —  In one word: Yes.  —  Democrats picked up 8 seats two years ago despite widespread predictions of losses.  They lost 12 seats in 2012 by less …
Discussion: National Review and RedState
John Fund / National Review:   The Increasing Desperation of Democrats
Kelly Whiteside / USA Today:
American Meb Keflezighi wins Boston Marathon  —  BOSTON - In one of the most memorable victories in Boston Marathon history, Meb Keflezighi became the first American man since 1983 to wear the laurel wreath.  With the backdrop of so much tragedy, in front of many of those gravely wounded …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Cause for Concern  —  Health-care costs are rising—and the experts aren't sure why  —  Last week's news about Obamacare enrollment was great.  But health care policy wonks have something else on their mind now: the cost of health care.  It's starting to rise more quickly than before.
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Rick Perry's extreme makeover  —  It's impossible to exorcise the memories of 2012.  But Rick Perry is going all out to present a new and improved version of himself — the swaggering big-state governor of old, with a dash of seasoned wise man thrown in.  —  In the early months of 2014 …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Outside the Beltway
Sarah Fruchtnicht / Opposing Views:
Man Shoots 3-Year-Old Girl In Texas Road Rage Attack (Video)  —  A Texas man shot a 3-year-old girl while she was sitting in her car seat during a road rage incident in East Houston Saturday night.  —  The girl's parents saw a car ahead of them on Allen Genoa Road driving erratically …
Ron Fournier /
Obama Handles Russia Like Republicans: Overpromise, Under-Deliver, and Write Off  —  Democratic ally says of Obama: “He's just not a natural leader.”  —  President Obama came to office nursing dreams “of forging a new partnership” with a stubborn rival.  When times got tough …
Clive Crook / Bloomberg View:
The Most Important Book Ever Is All Wrong  —  It's hard to think of another book on economics published in the past several decades that's been praised as lavishly as Thomas Piketty's “Capital in the Twenty-First Century.”  The adulation tells you something, though not mainly about the book's qualities.
Discussion: New York Times, Power Line and Politico
Yahoo! News:
Obama plans clemency for hundreds of drug offenders  —  DUBLIN, Calif—Scrawled on the inside of Barbara Scrivner's left arm is a primitive prison tattoo that says “Time Flies.”  —  If only that were the case.  —  For Scrivner, time has crawled, it's dawdled, and on bad days, it's felt like it's stood completely still.
Noah Shachtman / The Daily Beast:
Snowden's Camp: Staged Putin Q&A Was a Screw-Up  —  Even the NSA leaker's closest advisers now say his appearance on a Kremlin call-in show, which touched off yet another international firestorm, was a mistake.  —  NSA leaker Edward Snowden instantly regretted asking Russian President Vladimir Putin …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Epic Hypocrisy of Tom Steyer  —  Billionaire hedge fund operator and “green” energy magnate Tom Steyer has pledged $100 million in the 2014 election cycle to help Democratic candidates who oppose the Keystone pipeline and who favor “green” energy over fossil fuels.
The right's new racial math: How its view of nonwhite voters got so demented  —  The news is so depressing for conservatives these days.  All the demographic trends are moving against them.With every election showing a large majority of single women, young people and people of color voting for the Democrats …
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Newsmax backs off Chelsea Clinton attack  —  Newsmax says comments by its Internet TV host, Steve Malzberg, on Chelsea Clinton's pregnancy were “clearly inappropriate” and do not reflect the views of the media outlet, according to a report.  —  In a statement to Mediaite …
Dina Cappiello / Associated Press:
STUDY: FUELS FROM CORN WASTE NOT BETTER THAN GAS  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative …
New York Times:   Running Out of Time  —  Next year, in December, delegates …
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David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Cardinal defending Hobby Lobby tells female reporter: Women can get birth control at 7-11
Patrick Howley / The Daily Caller:
Calif. moves to ban judges affiliated with Boy Scouts
Discussion: protein wisdom and National Review
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
George W. Bush surprises on White House records
Kathianne Boniello / New York Post:
Can landlords ban tenants from opening gay bars?
Discussion: Liberaland and Joe. My. God.
Patrick Howley / The Daily Caller:
Obama admin wants to require companies to give workers' numbers, addresses to unions before labor elections
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
DCCC outraises NRCC for first quarter of 2014
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Kevin Begos / Associated Press:
Fracking foes cringe as unions back drilling boom
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Jeb Bush's Rush to Make Money May Be Hurdle
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
O-Care enrollment still growing in several states
Kerry Lester / Daily Journal:
Illinois GOP committee members who sought to oust Brady for backing gay marriage are replaced
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Advocate
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Michelle Nunn Walks A Tightrope On Obamacare In Georgia Senate Race
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Ukraine threatens to undermine Obama's delayed Asia ‘pivot’
Washington Examiner:
Examiner Editorial: Barack Obama and the politics of lies