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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 09:33
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Writers Of Color Flock To Social Media For A New Way To Use Language

NPR: "How do we enter the poem?" That's the first question poets are asked to consider for their readers. When reworking and formatting, before the line breaks or last word, the poet must find a way into the poem, first, to show the reader how to get there for herself.

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Nancy Pelosi: 'Race Has Something To Do With' Delay On Immigration Reform

HUFFINGTON POST: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) had some harsh words Thursday for Republicans who won't allow a vote on comprehensive immigration reform, saying she believes it would be an easier haul for the GOP if undocumented immigrants were mostly from somewhere like Ireland.

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Republicans could slide further with women, Latinos

LOS ANGELES TIME: As Republicans seek to improve their standing among Latinos and women, fresh controversies in California could further damage the party with both groups. On Monday, a GOP gubernatorial candidate's inflammatory rhetoric likening illegal immigration to war came to light. The previous day, a conservative website on California politics was launched, featuring a raunchy photo-shopped image of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — a depiction that prompted the most powerful Republican congressman from California to remove his column from the site.

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Sebelius exit opens new Obamacare front

POLITICO: Buckle up and get your gavels ready — here comes another round of contentious, high-profile hearings. And they’re coming just in time for campaign season, ahead of what was already going to be a difficult summer of people getting acclimated to their new plans and new insurance rates being announced.

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I Served My Country. Then It Kicked Me Out.

POLITICO: I often think about Friday dinners with my family. Every Friday, no matter what, my wife and I took our two children out to eat; it was a ritual we looked forward to all week. We would sometimes try new restaurants, but my children’s favorite was the Olive Garden. My daughter loved to order Shirley Temples and my son always wanted whatever I was having, so I’d order two of the same meal for us.

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Website fiasco will taint Kathleen Sebelius’ legacy

POLITICO: Website fiasco will taint Kathleen Sebelius’ legacy Kathleen Sebelius waited as long as she could. She waited until the Obamacare enrollment season was over, and the once-broken website was so firmly back on track it held up under the last-minute surge. She even waited for one last high point: her announcement at a Senate Finance Committee hearing Thursday that sign-ups had risen to 7.5 million, thanks to the extra time the Obama administration had granted to people who said they couldn’t finish their enrollments on time.

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Sylvia Mathews Burwell’s next marathon

POLITICO: On a trip to England during the Clinton administration, Sylvia Mathews Burwell accidentally ran a half marathon. Out for a bit of exercise during an otherwise jam-packed trip, Burwell got hopelessly lost. Desperate to get back in time for a meeting, she just kept running until she found her way. She wound up logging 13 miles.

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White House: No deadline on Keystone

THE HILL: White House press secretary Jay Carney attempted to sideline any noise that President Obama would establish a hard deadline for his decision on the Keystone XL pipeline Thursday. "Our position on that process hasn’t changed, which is that it needs to run its appropriate course without interference from the White House or Congress," Carney said to reporters. "It was because of actions taken by Republicans in Congress that one delay was caused in the process already."

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Woman hurls shoe at Hillary in Vegas

THE HILL: Former secretary of State Hillary Clinton had to duck to avoid an object that was thrown at her during a speech Thursday in Las Vegas. According to The Associated Press, a woman, who was taken into custody, said she threw a shoe at the former first lady. The woman did not giver her name or explain why she threw it.

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Bush stands by 'act of love' comments on immigration

THE HILL: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) defended himself against criticism for characterizing illegal immigration as an "act of love" last weekend. During an awards dinner in Stamford, Conn., Bush said Thursday night he was reiterating a position he has held for the better part of four years, according to The Associated Press.

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Democrats defend Holder from GOP

THE HILL: Senate Democrats are rallying to Attorney General Eric Holder’s defense. They argue Republicans are wrong to suggest he is overly partisan, or that he is more uncooperative with Congress compared to past attorneys general.

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6.1 earthquake shakes western Nicaragua

AL JAZEERA: A strong earthquake damaged dozens of houses in western Nicaragua on Thursday, and authorities said that at least 23 people were injured by falling ceilings, beams and walls in one town. The 6.1-magnitude quake caused people to run into the streets in a panic and callers to local radio stations complained that electricity and water services had been disrupted in their areas. In 1972, a 6.2-magnitude earthquake in Managua, Nicaragua, killed at least 5,000 people and left thousands homeless. Rebuilding changed the face of the city, a daily reminder of a large-scale tragedy.

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Senate committee orders review of 'Cuban Twitter'

AL JAZEERA: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee asked the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) on Thursday to turn over all records about the Obama administration's secret Cuban twitter program as part of a broader review of the agency's civil-society efforts worldwide.

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From radio star to part-time mascot: rebuilding a life at age 53

AL JAZEERA: This year, Scott Alan was the Easter Bunny. He’s been a rodeo clown and Santa Claus. Once, when he was dressed in a giant alligator suit, a group of college students threw a milkshake at his head. Recently, he was close to suicide.

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California drought gives boost to anti-fracking movement

AL JAZEERA: California is known for the twin threat of natural disasters from drought and earthquakes, with both phenomena certain to give many residents serious concern. But there is one group that is starting to reap serendipitous marketing ammunition from the state’s current historic drought and the ever-present worry of ground-shaking tremors: the anti-fracking movement.

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Microsoft, Apple diverge on bankrolling big patent buyer

REUTERS: Patent buyer Intellectual Ventures has persuaded Microsoft and Sony to invest in its latest acquisition fund while Apple and Intel, which invested with IV previously, declined to participate, according to people briefed on the fundraising.

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Heartbleed bug puts private web info at risk

REUTERS: There is little users can do to hide from the latest internet bug- a flaw in a security system used by the majority of web sites. Bobbi Rebell reports.

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Health secretary resigns after Obamacare launch woes

REUTERS: U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning after overseeing the botched rollout of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, a White House official said on Thursday. Her departure removes one lightning rod for critics as Obama and nervous Democrats try to retain control of the U.S. Senate in November midterm elections, but Republicans continue to see problems with the Affordable Care Act as a winning issue.

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Safety advocates alarmed by fatal accidents in recalled GM cars

REUTERS: Safety advocates say two recent fatal accidents involving recalled General Motors Co cars provide evidence that the automaker should advise owners to take vehicles off the road until they are repaired. In both incidents airbags failed to deploy, which is one sign of an accident related to the faulty ignition switch behind GM's 2.6 million vehicle recall. Airbags can fail to deploy in other situations depending on the speed and angle of the impact and whether or not the car senses a passenger in the seat.

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JPMorgan profit weaker than expected as trading revenue drops

REUTERS: JPMorgan Chase & Co reported a far weaker-than-expected quarterly profit as revenue from securities trading fell in a climate of uncertainty about the strength of the economic recovery and the Federal Reserve's intentions on interest rates. Net income fell to $5.27 billion, or $1.28 per share, from $6.53 billion, or $1.59 per share, in the same quarter of 2013, the biggest U.S. bank said on Friday.

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