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6:45 PM ET, April 22, 2015

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George Packer / New Yorker:
American Politics: Why the Thrill Is Gone  —  Earlier this month, the Upshot—the Times's “politics and policy vertical,” as it's known in the business—ran a lengthy analysis of the Presidential campaign on the Republican side.  The piece came up with three categories of candidates …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Will 2016 be another slog?
Lisa Riley Roche / Deseret News:   Josh Romney: I won't run against Sen. Mike Lee, but another Republican should
The Hill:
Rand Paul yanks Ray-Bans after complaint  —  Ray-Ban has asked Sen. Rand Paul's presidential campaign to quit selling the brand's Wayfarer sunglasses, which Paul had imprinted with the “Rand” logo.  —  The Rand-Ban sunglasses were for sale for $150 on Paul's website as recently as Tuesday.
Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Carly Fiorina to Launch Presidential Campaign on May 4  —  Former Hewlett-Packard CEO will declare GOP campaign online  —  Carly Fiorina plans to launch her presidential campaign on May 4, in an online announcement that dispenses with the pageantry that has become de rigueur in 2016 White House runs.
Michael E. Miller / Washington Post:
‘Killing Jews is Worship’ posters will soon appear on NYC subways and buses  —  New Yorkers are used to aggressive advertising.  Banners for breast implants.  Billboards for condoms.  But a federal judge's ruling has opened the door for far more controversial posters on buses and subways across the city.
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Bertrand Olotara / Guardian:
I am a cook in the US Senate but I still need food stamps to feed my children  —  I work 70 hours a week doing two jobs but cannot make ends meet.  Presidential hopefuls must make profitable federal contractors pay living wages  —  very day, I serve food to some of the most powerful people on earth …
Discussion: Addicting Info and PoliticusUSA
Nick Fox / The Official Google Blog:
Say hi to Fi: A new way to say hello  —  In today's mobile world, fast and reliable connectivity is almost second nature.  But even in places like the U.S., where mobile connections are nearly ubiquitous, there are still times when you turn to your phone for that split-second answer and don't have fast enough speed.
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Secret Koch memo outlines plans for 2016  —  Documents detail plans to beef up the network's state-of-the-art data system and pay hundreds of staff embedded in local communities across the country.  —  The Koch brothers' political machine is expanding into new states and recruiting new donors …
Caroline May / BREITBART.COM:
Obama Administration Admits Granting Known Gang Member Amnesty  —  The Obama administration is admitting it granted executive amnesty protections to a known gang member — one charged with four counts of murder — and is now reviewing prior approvals to double check that other gang members …
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Fox News:
Gang member facing murder charges was spared deportation under Obama program
Discussion: Hot Air and Allen B. West
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Ted Cruz Showed Eloquence, and Limits, as Debater at Princeton  —  PRINCETON, N.J. — By the time he was a senior at Princeton University in 1992, Ted Cruz had developed an arsenal of rhetorical skills and theatrical gestures that made him one of the most polished performers on the college debate circuit.
Andrew Dugan / Gallup:
Conservative Republicans Alone on Global Warming's Timing  —  Story Highlights  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — While notable majorities of all other political party/ideology groups say the effects of global warming will happen within their lifetime, fewer than four in 10 conservative Republicans …
Jillian Kay Melchior / National Review:
MSNBC's Touré Has the Taxman on His Case  —  The Taxman Cometh for Touré (Michael Loccisano/Getty)
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Marco Rubio's Biggest Problem Isn't Jeb Bush  —  The friends-turned-rivals narrative is salacious, but the numbers show that Rubio should be worried about a different candidate.  —  At first glance, Jeb Bush looks like the biggest obstacle to Marco Rubio's presidential aspirations.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and US News
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Tiffany Craig / KHOU-TV:
Pregnant restaurant worker fired after armed robbery  —  CHANNELVIEW, Texas - A fast food restaurant is robbed and the shift manager says she got fired for refusing to pay the money back.  —  “I told them I'm not paying nothing,” said Marissa Holcomb.  “I just had a gun to me.  I'm not paying the money.”
Discussion: Addicting Info and Raw Story
Rory Carroll / Guardian:
NSA surveillance needed to prevent Isis attack, claims former intelligence chair  —  Mike Rogers, former chairman of the House intelligence committee, says the NSA needs to preserve its wide powers in case of an attack on US homeland  —  Mass surveillance should be retained because of the prospect …
Discussion: The Hill and Common Dreams
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Dustin Volz / National Journal:
McConnell Introduces Bill to Reauthorize Patriot Act Until 2020
Discussion: Common Dreams and Hit & Run
Steve Holland / Reuters:
On the hunt for the presidency, Jeb Bush adopts a ‘caveman’ diet  —  (Reuters) - Jeb Bush is eating like a caveman, and he has literally shrunk in size.  —  The former Florida governor, expected to seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, is on the popular Paleo diet …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jessica Roake / Slate:
What is it like to be the neighbor of a “free-range kid”?  —  The Meitiv family of Maryland—scientists Danielle and Alexander, their 10-year-old son, and their 6-year-old daughter—became the national faces of the “free-range parenting” movement in December.
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Lindsey Graham, John McCain bite back at Paul over ‘lapdog’ diss  —  The Senate's Two Amigos are firing back at Rand Paul's “lapdog” diss.  —  Paul, the 2016 GOP presidential contender who's tussled with Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain over foreign policy, took aim at the hawkish duo …
David Koon / Arkansas Blog, Arkansas Times:
Eureka Springs pastor in Repeal 2223 video is a convicted serial rapist  —  The Arkansas Times has confirmed that a Baptist preacher in Eureka Springs who features prominently in a new video urging repeal of the city's Ordinance 2223, which protects LGBT people from discrimination …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
U-Va. Associate Dean Nicole Eramo blasts Rolling Stone in open letter  —  This month, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism issued a widely read report citing a number of lapses in Rolling Stone's execution of “A Rape on Campus,” the deeply flawed and ultimately retracted story …
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Rand Paul Says It's ‘Sexist’ To Think He Was Being Sexist With Female Reporters  —  In an interview with Iowa talk radio host Simon Conway yesterday, Sen. Rand Paul pushed back against claims that he has a pattern of interrupting and acting rudely towards female reporters …
Discussion: WHO Radio, Hullabaloo and Progress Pond
Mark J. Perry / AEI:
18 spectacularly wrong apocalyptic predictions made around the time of the first Earth Day in 1970, expect more this year  —  In the May 2000 issue of Reason Magazine, award-winning science correspondent Ronald Bailey wrote an excellent article titled “Earth Day, Then and Now” …
Discussion: Power Line and BarbWire.com
Lee Bergquist / JSOnline:
Fifty-seven DNR staff receive layoff notices amid talk of budget cuts  —  Fifty-seven employees of the state Department of Natural Resources began receiving formal notices this week that they might face layoff as part of Gov. Scott Walker's budget for the next two fiscal years.
Natalie Andrews / Wall Street Journal:
Hillary Clinton Flies First Class Back to Washington  —  With her first campaign trip drawing to a close, Hillary Clinton traded the Scooby road-trip van for a first-class airplane seat to make the trip back to Washington.  —  The Democratic presidential candidate flew from Boston's Logan Airport …
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate passes trafficking bill 99-0, ending long abortion fight  —  The Senate on Wednesday passed legislation aimed at curbing human trafficking, ending a monthlong fight over abortion that bitterly divided the parties and held up attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Daily Kos
Billy House / Bloomberg Business:
Release of Benghazi Report on Hillary Clinton Likely Pushed to Election Season  —  The findings of a Republican-led committee investigating Hillary Clinton's response to the deadly 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, likely will not be released until next year, just months before the 2016 presidential election.
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Perino: Reid ‘absolutely poisonous’  —  Dana Perino, the White House press secretary under President George W. Bush, on Tuesday excoriated Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), calling him “poisonous.”  —  “He's an absolutely poisonous figure in Washington, D.C., he's been a disaster for the country …
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Reaction
Henry / Crooked Timber:
Krautmas came two weeks early this year … We've had five months and five months and five months and five months and five months and five months and five months and five months and five months and five months and five months and five months and five months and five months and five months …
Jeb Bush / Medium:
Hillary Clinton's Politically Motivated Flip Flop on TPP is Wrong  —  It Should Move Forward  —  Back in 2012, while she was serving as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton called an emerging economic partnership with 11 Pacific Nations the “Gold Standard in trade agreements.”
 
 
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Caroline Bologna / The Huffington Post:
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Ken Belson / New York Times:
N.F.L. Concussion Settlement Is Given Final Approval
Discussion: NPR and The Week
Fox News:
House report: Cash-strapped IRS prioritized bonuses, union activity over helping taxpayers
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
White House takes issue with Clinton remarks on economic growth
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
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Discussion: NPR, The Week and Eschaton
Doug Sosnik / Politico:
Mitch McConnell Shouldn't Get Comfortable
Discussion: Addicting Info and The Reaction
M.D. Kittle / Watchdog.org:
Who was the reporter outside Cindy Archer's house?
Discussion: Althouse