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8:30 AM ET, April 19, 2015

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Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
FBI overstated forensic hair matches in nearly all trials before 2000  —  The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000.
Discussion: Fox News and Instapundit
Jackie Congedo / WLWT-TV:
Officer: ‘I wanted to be absolutely sure before I used deadly force’  —  Kidder says relative gave him body camera to use at work after Ferguson  —  Officer Jesse Kidder has only been on the New Richmond police force for a year, but he did two tours of duty in Iraq as a Marine and he's a Purple Heart recipient.
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Paul: Clinton needs one campaign plane just ‘for her baggage’  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) dinged Hillary Clinton during a speech in New Hampshire on Saturday, suggesting the Democratic presidential candidate could face a serious primary challenge.  —  “I'm starting to worry …
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Mark Hensch / The Hill:
DNC planning primary debates for Hillary
Rory Ross / Newsweek:
Hillary Clinton's Big Benefactor Has Trade Links with Iran
Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
George Lucas wants to build affordable housing on his land because 'we've got enough millionaires'  —  When George Lucas tried to expand his production company studios in California's wealthy Marin County, the community pushed back.  Then the “Star Wars” creator wanted to sell the land to a developer who would build affordable housing.
Discussion: Raw Story, Balloon Juice and Mashable
NY Daily News:
Donald Trump deletes a Hil of a tweet about Clinton; Alice Cooper and John Varvatos rev up Detroit style  —  After Donald Trump's account retweeted @mplefty67's comment, “If Hillary Clinton can't satisfy her husband what makes her think she can satisfy America?” a rep said Trump was not at fault …
Discussion: Raw Story and FOX News Radio
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Iranian ship convoy moves toward Yemen, alarming US officials  —  U.S. military officials are concerned that Iran's support for Houthi rebels in Yemen could spark a confrontation with Saudi Arabia and plunge the region into sectarian war.  —  Iran is sending an armada of seven to nine ships …
Ahiza Garcia / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Rep: Obamacare Makes America More Like North Korea  —  Rep. David Brat (R-VA) on Thursday, during a conversation with Lars Larson at the “Hold Their Feet To The Fire” conference, blamed Obamacare for moving America away from a free market system and making the country more like North Korea.
Nicholas Garcia / Chalkbeat Colorado:
Jeffco board member apologizes for sharing link to “hate group” on Facebook  —  Jefferson County school board member Julie Williams said late Friday that she was “sincerely sorry” and that she would remove a link on her personal Facebook page that she shared that encouraged families to keep …
Discussion: FOX31 Denver and Raw Story
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
Marco Rubio-Jeb Bush alliance sours in GOP primary faceoff  —  NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Ties between Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, political allies for more than a decade, are fraying as the Republican presidential campaign picks up.
Noah Barkin / Reuters:
Thousands in Germany protest against Europe-U.S. trade deal  —  (Reuters) - Thousands of people marched in Berlin, Munich and other German cities on Saturday in protest against a planned free trade deal between Europe and the United States that they fear will erode food, labor and environmental standards.
Discussion: Common Dreams
Ari Phillips / ThinkProgress:
Neil deGrasse Tyson: Politicians Denying Science Is ‘Beginning Of The End Of An Informed Democracy’  —  CREDIT: National Geographic Channels/Scott Gries  —  What will you be doing on Monday, 4/20, at 11 p.m.?  —  Perhaps watching the premiere of acclaimed astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson's new show StarTalk.
Q13 FOX News:
Des Moines city councilwoman, bus driver charged with slapping 6-year-old student in face … SEATAC, Wash. (AP) — A former Washington state judge and current Des Moines city councilwoman who now drives a bus for the Highline School District has been accused of slapping a 6-year-old special needs student.
Discussion: Raw Story and FreakOutNation
James Pindell / BostonGlobe.com:
Big field trying to win support in first primary  —  NASHUA — In the history of the New Hampshire presidential primary, there have never been so many potential Republican presidential candidates — 21 — much less a campaign in which nearly all of them showed up on the same weekend.  —  The result?
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
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Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
Jeb Bush aims to set self apart from father, brother, rivals in New Hampshire
Discussion: The Reaction
Elliot Smilowitz / The Hill:
Already $40 million behind Rubio, report says  —  Just days after announcing a 2016 run for the White House, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has already received more than $40 million in donations, according to Reuters.  —  Rubio has attended a series of fundraisers since the Monday announcement of his candidacy in Miami.
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Michelle Conlin / Reuters:   Marco Rubio: the 2016 presidential campaign's $40 million man
 
 
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Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
FBI overstated forensic hair matches in nearly all trials before 2000   Find
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Nicholas Garcia / Chalkbeat Colorado:
Jeffco board member apologizes for sharing link to “hate group” on Facebook   Find
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Natan Sharansky / Washington Post:
When did America forget that it's America?   Find
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Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Iranian ship convoy moves toward Yemen, alarming US officials   Find
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Noah Barkin / Reuters:
Thousands in Germany protest against Europe-U.S. trade deal   Find
 
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Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
Race creeps into debate over stalled nomination for attorney generalNEW!
Discussion: American Thinker and Instapundit
Natan Sharansky / Washington Post:
When did America forget that it's America?
Gary Hart / TIME:
Dare We Call It Oligarchy?
Discussion: Moe Lane
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Josh Kilburn / Americans Against the Tea Party:
Republicans Pass Tax Cuts for the Rich that Increase Deficit By $270 Billion; Congratulations …
Discussion: Liberaland and FOX News Radio
Jordan Smith / OpposingViews.com:
Father Fatally Shoots Teenage Daughter's Boyfriend During Argument
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Obamacare repeal falls off Republicans' to-do list as law takes hold