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4:55 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 …
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
President Obama picks W. Neil Eggleston as new White House counsel  —  President Barack Obama has chosen W. Neil Eggleston, a Clinton administration veteran with experience representing government officials in oversight investigations, as his next White House counsel, the White House said Monday.
Discussion: CNN
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Specialist in Oversight Inquiries to Be Named White House Counsel
Julian Zelizer / CNN:   How Obama can avoid lame-duck blues
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
How To Make Yourself Sound Nuts 101  —  Sharyl Attkisson is the former CBS News reporter who left the network over what she claimed was liberal bias.  After her computer was allegedly hacked by someone in late 2012 (seemingly confirmed by a network investigation) she hinted …
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  —  An industry born of innovation faces a serious challenge from a new innovator  —  T  —  he United States Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in a case that threatens the television industry as we have known it for generations.
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: Lawfare and The Verge
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.
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 …
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: Washington Post
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Jeb Bush's Rush to Make Money May Be Hurdle
Jacob Siegel / The Daily Beast:
The U.S. Military Is a Socialist Paradise  —  It may come as an unwelcome surprise to conservatives, but America's military has one of the only working models of collective living and social welfare the country has ever known.  —  Every day before dawn, brave men and women of different races …
Discussion: National Review and Yahoo! News
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justice Stevens's Solution for ‘Giant Step in Wrong Direction’  —  WASHINGTON — Justice John Paul Stevens, who turned 94 on Sunday, is a mild man with an even temperament.  He has a reverence for the Supreme Court, on which he served for almost 35 years until his retirement in 2010, and he is fond of his former colleagues.
Steven Aftergood / Secrecy News:
Intelligence Directive Bars Unauthorized Contacts with News Media  —  The Director of National Intelligence has forbidden most intelligence community employees from discussing “intelligence-related information” with a reporter unless they have specific authorization to do so …
Heather Haddon / Wall Street Journal:
Christie Campaign Has Spent At Least $314,000 in Legal Fees in Bridge Scandal  —  Gov. Chris Christie's reelection campaign has been billed for at least $314,000 on legal fees so far in representing itself in regards to the George Washington Bridge lane closure investigations, a total that exceeds the committee's campaign cash on hand.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
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 …
Molly Redden / Mother Jones:
GOP Senate Candidate Endorses a 9/11 Truther's Questions: “Things Like This Have to Be Asked”  —  In 2012, Greg Brannon, who is now a North Carolina Republican Senate candidate, wouldn't say whether he thought the attacks on September 11, 2001, were an inside job—but, he said, “Things like this have to be asked.”
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: RedState and National Review
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.
Alexander Burns / Politico:
New GOP polling firm to launch  —  A small group of top Washington Republicans is teaming up to launch a new polling firm, Vox Populi Polling, that will churn out volumes of survey data ahead of the 2014 midterm elections.  —  The firm plans to produce both public and private polling …
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