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11:55 AM ET, April 23, 2014

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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
An Orwellian dissent from a muddled ruling.  —  You might have heard that the Supreme Court ruled 6-2 today that states have the right to ban racial preferences, euphemistically known as “affirmative action,” in public-university admission, but that's not quite right.
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Ron Christie / The Daily Beast:   A Lack of Affirmative Action Isn't Why Minority Students Are Suffering
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Rick Pearson / Chicago Tribune:
Sen. Rand Paul says lack of experience not always bad
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Edwin Park / cbpp.org:
CBO Finds Health Reform's Medicaid Expansion Is an Even Better Deal for States  —  Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates released last week show that health reform's Medicaid expansion, which many opponents wrongly claim will cripple state budgets, is an even better deal for states than previously thought.
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Landrieu: I'll put GOP foe on defensive on health care  —  Senator Mary Landrieu is one of the most vulnerable of red state Democratic incumbents, and her reelection challenges — like those of other red state Dems — are said to be all about Obamacare.  —  But in an interview today …
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Red States Hatch Plans To Block Obamacare Even If Dems Take Over
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Fox News:
DOJ announces clemency overhaul, allows release for some after 10 years  —  The Justice Department moved Wednesday to significantly expand the number of people eligible for clemency, issuing new guidelines allowing certain prisoners who already have served at least 10 years behind bars to apply for release.
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama drug clemency guidelines issued
Discussion: Mediaite
New York Times:
Poll Shows Tight Senate Races in Four Southern States  —  Four Senate races in the South that will most likely determine control of Congress appear very close, with Republicans benefiting from more partisan intensity but a Democratic incumbent, once seen as highly vulnerable, holding a surprising edge …
David Martosko / Daily Mail:
Benghazi attack could have been prevented if US hadn't ‘switched sides in the War on Terror’ and allowed $500 MILLION of weapons to reach al-Qaeda militants, reveals damning report  — Citizens Committee on Benghazi claims the US government allowed arms to flow to al-Qaeda-linked militants who opposed Muammar Gaddafi
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Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Jihadists Now Control Secretive U.S. Base in Libya
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Free Beacon
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Hannity Unloads on ‘Hack’ Jon Stewart: 'He's Kind of Obsessed' with Me  —  Sean Hannity went after Jon Stewart Tuesday night for mocking him over his support of Cliven Bundy and hypocrisy therewith.  Hannity mused that Stewart is “kind of obsessed” with him, and called the late night comic the …
Richard Kirsch / Politico:
Ted Cruz's Worst Nightmare Is Coming True  —  Obamacare is working.  —  Last August, as conservatives barnstormed the country seeking to build support for a cockamamie plan to shut down the U.S. federal government unless Congress voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Ted Cruz …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Liberaland
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
D'Souza Case Is Political, Lawyer Says  —  When the conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza was charged in January with illegally using straw donors to contribute to a 2012 New York Republican Senate campaign, his lawyer denied that he had acted with any corrupt or criminal intent.
Associated Press:
Call of Duty loser calls in SWAT team hoax on kid who beat him  —  Long Island police dispatched helicopters, emergency vehicles and an army of cops to a home where someone called in a bloody rampage on Tuesday.  —  They arrived with guns drawn and ready for war — only to find out the call …
Discussion: Fox News Insider and The Raw Story
Manu Raju / Politico:
How Lindsey Graham outmaneuvered the tea party  —  Part of an occasional series on the hottest races of the 2014 midterm election.  —  SUMMERVILLE, S.C. — Sen. Lindsey Graham recognized the threat years before it had a chance to form — and knew immediately what he had to do.
Bob Price / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE—TEXAS AG ABBOTT TO BLM: ‘COME AND TAKE IT’  —  After Breitbart Texas reported on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) intent to seize 90,000 acres belonging to Texas landholders along the Texas/Oklahoma line, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott questioned the BLM's authority to take such action.
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Harold Meyerson / American Prospect:
The Revolt of the Cities  —  During the past 20 years, immigrants and young people have transformed the demographics of urban America.  Now, they're transforming its politics and mapping the future of liberalism.  —  Pittsburgh is the perfect urban laboratory," says Bill Peduto, the city's new mayor. "
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Thomas Tracy / NY Daily News:
myNYPD Twitter campaign backfires, promotes photos of police brutality instead of positive encounters with public  —  On Tuesday the NYPD's Twitter page, @NYPDnews, asked users to tweet pictures of positive interactions between the public and city cops, and to use the hashtag #myNYPD.
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Amid Politics, Obama Drifted Away From Kin  —  BOSTON — After Zeituni Onyango, the woman President Obama once called Auntie, died in a South Boston nursing home this month, her closest relatives gathered her belongings at her nearby apartment.  There, framed photographs of her with the president covered the wall.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Rebecca Klein / The Huffington Post:
GOP Candidate Says Christians Must Pull Their Kids Out Of ‘Godless’ Public Schools  —  Home Schooling South Carolina E Ray Moore Home Schooling Ray Moore South Carolina Ray Moore Public Schools Hillary Clinton Ray Moore Lieutenant Governor Separation of Church and State Ray More Godless Public Schools
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Tom Steyer: I'm not the Koch brothers  —  Liberal billionaire Tom Steyer insisted Tuesday that he's not the left's version of the Koch brothers.  —  “That is not something I embrace.  I think there are real distinctions between the Koch brothers and us,” Steyer said in an interview …
 
 
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Gail Sullivan / Washington Post:
IRS gave bonuses to employees who owed back taxes. And that's not all.
Reid Wilson / Washington Post:
Missouri legislature will begin impeachment proceedings against governor
Naomi Klein / Guardian:
Climate change is the fight of our lives yet we can hardly bear to look at it
Roy Spencer, PhD.:
Some Earth Day Cartoons
Discussion: Power Line
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Toss out abusive college administrators: Column
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Associated Press:
US troops arrive in Poland for exercises across Eastern Europe amid Ukraine crisis
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Bob Dole is back in Kansas, running for nothing, but running hard
Discussion: Bloomberg View
Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
Rick Perry Wants New York Jobs — And Debate With Andrew Cuomo
Jesse Walker / Hit & Run:
Four Great Myths of the McCarthy Era
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
ABC News:
Ex-CEO Wins Republican Primary for Radel's Seat
Discussion: Politico
A Public Statement / Real Clear Politics:
Freedom to Marry, Freedom to Dissent: Why We Must Have Both
 

 
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