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3:25 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.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
George W. Bush surprises on White House records  —  President George W. Bush, whose White House was legendary for its secrecy, seems to have turned over a new leaf in his post-presidency.  —  A previously undisclosed directive Bush signed almost two years after leaving office could result …
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
Julian Zelizer / CNN:   How Obama can avoid lame-duck blues
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Court: release legal memo on drone killing  —  A federal appeals court has ordered the U.S. government to release a redacted copy of a Justice Department memo discussing the legal basis for using deadly drone strikes to kill an American citizen overseas.  —  Ruling on Freedom …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Mohammed Jamjoom / CNN:
Source: ‘Massive’ attack targets al Qaeda in Yemen
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Panel Orders Release of Memo in Targeted Killing of Awlaki
Discussion: The Verge and Lawfare
Robert Shrum / The Daily Beast:
Why the GOP Needs a Return to the Bush Leagues  —  Does anyone really believe Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, or Chris Christie can contend against Hillary Clinton?  At least Jeb, the establishment's establishmentarian, would put up a fight.  —  The GOP may have to return to the Bush leagues.  —  Here's why.
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Jeb Bush's Rush to Make Money May Be Hurdle
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 …
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 …
Albert R. Hunt / Bloomberg View:
Obama's Good News Isn't Getting Across
Discussion: VodkaPundit and Washington Post
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Attkisson: CBS News too “ideologically entrenched” to air stories critical of the Obama administration  —  CNN's Brian Stelter broadcast a two-part interview with former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson to review her accusations of political bias at CBS News — and to take on the critics she has acquired over the last year or so.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
How To Make Yourself Sound Nuts 101
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
David Carr / New York Times:
Aereo Case Will Shape TV's Future  —  Throughout America's business history, the victories and spoils went to the visionaries who made all manner of things — actual things like cars, pharmaceuticals and entertainment.  —  But more and more, many of the splashy business victories …
Andrew Cohen / The Week:   Aereo at the Supreme Court: No matter what, broadcasters lose
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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
Patrick Howley / The Daily Caller:
Calif. moves to ban judges affiliated with Boy Scouts  —  California is proposing to ban members of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) from serving as judges because the Boy Scouts do not allow gay troop leaders, The Daily Caller has learned.  —  In a move with major legal implications …
Discussion: protein wisdom and National Review
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.
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Jacob Siegel / The Daily Beast:
The U.S. Military Is a Socialist Paradise
Discussion: National Review and Yahoo! News
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justice Stevens's Solution for ‘Giant Step in Wrong Direction’
Alexander Burns / Politico:
New GOP polling firm to launch
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Cardinal defending Hobby Lobby tells female reporter: Women can get birth control at 7-11
Ron Fournier /
Obama Handles Russia Like Republicans: Overpromise, Under-Deliver, and Write Off
Michael J. Totten / Michael J. Totten's blog:
Vladimir Putin's Next Move
Dina Cappiello / Associated Press:
Kathianne Boniello / New York Post:
Can landlords ban tenants from opening gay bars?
Discussion: Liberaland and Joe. My. God.
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Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
DCCC outraises NRCC for first quarter of 2014
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Will Stewart / Daily Mail:
Six-month pregnant journalist taken to hospital for treatment after pro-Kremlin political leader …
Discussion: and The Raw Story
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
Washington Examiner:
Examiner Editorial: Barack Obama and the politics of lies