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7:50 AM ET, April 22, 2014


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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama taps veteran of Clinton investigations for chief counsel  —  President Obama on Monday said he has selected W. Neil Eggleston to become chief counsel, adding the expertise of a veteran attorney who was involved in some of the most heated legal battles of the Clinton administration.
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 …
Discussion: Fox News
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
President Obama picks W. Neil Eggleston as new White House counsel
Discussion: CNN
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Specialist in Oversight Inquiries to Be Named White House Counsel
Andrew Johnson / National Review:
Dem Congressman on Obamacare: The Worst Is Yet to Come, It's ‘Going to Hit the Fan’  —  Massachusetts representative Stephen Lynch isn't just worried about the negative impact Obamacare will have on his party's performance this fall — he also thinks its worst effects on our health-care system are still to come.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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.
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
Justice Department prepares for clemency requests from thousands of inmates
Discussion: Ordered Liberty
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Court: release legal memo on drone killing
Erica Ritz /
The Precious Gift Glenn Beck Regrets Giving Mitt Romney ‘to This Day’  —  Glenn Beck said Monday that he's never regretted giving anybody a gift as much as he regrets what he gave to former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney: an extremely rare, first-edition copy of George Washington's farewell address.
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 …
Nolan Feeney / TIME:
Boy Scouts of America Shuts Down Seattle Troop Over Gay Scoutmaster  —  A group that lobbies against discrimination in the scouting movement says Boy Scouts of America has revoked the charters of a Methodist church for refusing to remove scoutmaster Geoffrey McGrath after he came out as openly gay
Patrick Howley / The Daily Caller:
Calif. moves to ban judges affiliated with Boy Scouts
Brooks Hays / UPI:
Majority of Americans doubt the Big Bang theory  —  According the National Science Foundation: “The public's level of factual knowledge about science has not changed much over the past two decades.”  —  In a new national poll on America's scientific acumen, more than half of respondents said they were …
Sonia Saraiya / The A.V. Club:
Rape of Thrones  —  Why are the Game Of Thrones showrunners rewriting the books into misogyny?  —  Sunday night's episode of Game Of Thrones took an even darker turn than usual: Jaime Lannister, who has transitioned from one of the story's villains to one of its heroes …
Peter May / New York Times:
A Year Later, It's Old Glory in Boston Marathon  —  BOSTON — Something unusual happened when Meb Keflezighi, far ahead of his competitors, began passing some of the elite women who had started before the men on Monday in the Boston Marathon.  As he charged by, many of the women — exhausted and in pain — cheered him on.
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.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and SCOTUSblog
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Louie Gohmert Wants Congress To Arrest Eric Holder  —  In an interview Friday on the Family Research Council's Washington Watch, Rep. Louie Gohmert said that Congress should considering passing a resolution directing the sergeant at arms to arrest Attorney General Eric Holder.
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
There Goes the Sun  —  Like just about everyone who has looked at the numbers on renewable energy, solar power in particular, I was wowed by the progress.  Something really good is in reach.  —  And so, inevitably, the usual suspects are trying to kill it.  —  For the Kochs, it's partly a matter of financial interest.
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg View:
The Angry Republican Foreign-Policy Mess  —  Republican politicians are at war over the world.  —  Representative Peter King of New York says that Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky encourages “paranoia.”  Paul says his critics are distorting his views.  Walter Jones, a North Carolina representative seeking …
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.”
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Andrea Peyser / New York Post:
Dunst receives fury for feminine comments in Bazaar
Discussion: Althouse
New York Times:
Photos Link Masked Men in East Ukraine to Russia
Lachlan Markay / Washington Free Beacon:
The Black Book of Tom Steyer
Mark R. Rank / New York Times:
From Rags to Riches to Rags  —  ST. LOUIS — BY now most of us …
Discussion: Power Line and National Review
Napster billionaire's next mission: Conquer politics
Discussion: CNN and Talking Points Memo
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Heather Haddon / Wall Street Journal:
Christie Campaign Has Spent At Least $314,000 in Legal Fees in Bridge Scandal
Discussion: Daily Kos and Talking Points Memo
Jacob Siegel / The Daily Beast:
The U.S. Military Is a Socialist Paradise
Discussion: National Review and Yahoo! News
Alexander Burns / Politico:
New GOP polling firm to launch
The right's new racial math: How its view of nonwhite voters got so demented
Hadas Gold / Politico:
NBC hired ‘psychological consultant’ for David Gregory