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9:30 AM ET, April 23, 2014


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New York Times:
Racial Equality Loses at the Court  —  A blinkered view of race in America won out in the Supreme Court on Tuesday when six justices agreed, for various reasons, to allow Michigan voters to ban race-conscious admissions policies in higher education.  —  In 2003, the court upheld such a policy …
Ron Christie / The Daily Beast:
A Lack of Affirmative Action Isn't Why Minority Students Are Suffering  —  The Supreme Court let states ban race as a factor in college admissions.  That's a good first step toward race-blind education that can focus on root problems.  —  Shortly before his assassination President Kennedy addressed …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Court Backs Michigan on Affirmative Action
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Sotomayor Attacks John Roberts' Views On Race As ‘Out Of Touch With Reality’
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 …
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
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Incumbent Southern Democrats Are Less Vulnerable Than You Might Think
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
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: Liberaland
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. "
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Bob Dole is back in Kansas, running for nothing, but running hard  —  LAWRENCE, Kansas — There is no press bus this time, no retinue of advisers trailing in his wake, no public-address system blaring his arrival.  On this tour, Bob Dole makes a quiet entrance — and then the one-liners begin.
Associated Press:
US troops arrive in Poland for exercises across Eastern Europe amid Ukraine crisis  —  April 13, 2014: Pro-Russian protesters escort a man detained in eastern Ukraine.REUTERS  —  WASHINGTON - U.S. Army paratroopers are arriving in Poland to begin a series of military exercises …
Philip Ewing / Politico:   U.S. sending troops to Eastern Europe
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
Brian Walsh / U.S. News:
Elizabeth Warren Glosses Over Native American Controversy in New Book  —  The senator's new memoir glosses over the controversy regarding her Native American minority status.  —  Ducking and dodging.  —  In a new book released today, Massachusetts Democratic senator and potential presidential …
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Elites' Sacrificial Victims
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
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.
Discussion: Guardian, New York Times and Hullabaloo
Jesse Walker / Hit & Run:
Four Great Myths of the McCarthy Era  —  Sixty years ago today, the ABC and DuMont television networks began their live broadcasts of the Army-McCarthy hearings, a two-month Senate soap opera that marked the final stage of the Wisconsin Republican Joseph McCarthy's period of power.
Dave Breitenstein / The News-Press:
Rep. Eagle releases statement after DUI arrest  —  State Rep. Dane Eagle was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence early Monday in Tallahassee, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.  —  Court documents show Tallahassee Police first spotted Eagle (R-Cape Coral) pulling out of a Taco Bell on West Tennessee Street.
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 …
Discussion: Power Line and Real Clear Politics
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
GOP poll defies tide on gay marriage  —  Two conservative groups are pushing back on moves by the GOP to drop opposition to same-sex marriage from party platforms, releasing a poll of base voters taken last month that found in favor of defining marriage “only” as between a man and a woman.
A Public Statement / Real Clear Politics:
Freedom to Marry, Freedom to Dissent: Why We Must Have Both
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Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Toss out abusive college administrators: Column
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Amid Politics, Obama Drifted Away From Kin
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Rick Pearson / Chicago Tribune:
Sen. Rand Paul says lack of experience not always bad
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
Rick Perry Wants New York Jobs — And Debate With Andrew Cuomo
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
ABC News:
Ex-CEO Wins Republican Primary for Radel's Seat
Discussion: Politico
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
White House approves stricter coal dust rule
 Earlier Items: 
Brad Plumer / Vox:
How the world failed on climate change
Discussion: The Verge, Eschaton and Balloon Juice
National Journal:
Not a Single Republican Has Mentioned Earth Day in Congress Since 2010
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Joel Kotkin:
The Spread of ‘Debate is Over’ Syndrome
Discussion: Power Line and The Other McCain
New York Times:
The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World's Richest

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Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Ben Sherwood and Joanna Coles take minority stakes in The Daily Beast; Sherwood will be CEO and publisher, and Coles will be chief creative and content officer

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