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Morning Must Reads: April 8

Mark Wilson—Getty Images The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

Obama to sign executive actions on equal pay Tuesday, Ukrainian troops arrest pro-Russia protesters, Maryland legislature passes minimum wage and marijuana bills, March Madness ends with Connecticut victory, and Vance McAllister asks for forgiveness

  • Next up on Obama’s economic agenda: equal pay [CBS News]
  • “The Republican National Committee, the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee will blast a joint memo Tuesday on how the party supports equal pay for equal work and calling Democrats’ tactics a “desperate political ploy,” ahead of Obama signing two executive actions on equal pay and Senate Democrats’ vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act.” [Politico]
  • MSNBC: “Why the GOP is wrong about the pay gap
  • Democrats push equal pay in midterm elections fight [TIME]
  • U.S. Congressman Vance McAllister apologizes for kissing staffer, asks for forgiveness [Times-Picayune]
  • Democrats seek Obama administration’s help with agency decisions to boost reelection bids [Washington Post]
  • Lindsey Graham Faces Big—But Weak—Field of Challengers [NBC News]
  • The color of Obama’s presidency [New York Magazine]
  • “Maryland lawmakers signed off on a plan Monday to raise the state minimum wage and, before adjourning for the year, acted to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana — legislation that Gov. Martin O’Malley said for the first time that he would sign.” [Washington Post]
  • A telling moment for Martin O’Malley—and his Presidential Ambitions? [National Journal]
  • ” Ukrainian Interior Ministry troops expelled pro-Russian demonstrators from a regional administration building in the eastern city of Kharkiv early on Tuesday, arresting about 70 protesters as the provisional government in Kiev moved to exert control over unrest that the United States and its Western allies fear might lead to a Russian military invasion.” [NYT]
  • What the bridge scandal says about Gov. Chris Christie’s political style and his future [The New Yorker]
  • Hackers lurking in vents and soda machines [NYT]
  • Connecticut wins 4th NCAA title [USA Today]
  • Harry Reid’s Kryptonite [Politico Magazine]
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