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5:55 AM ET, April 5, 2015

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Monster Hunter Nation:
Sad Puppies Update: The Nominees Announced and Why I Refused My Nomination  —  The Hugo nominees have been announced.  As you've probably already heard Sad Puppies suggested candidates showed up everywhere.  We got nominations for dozens of talented, deserving people who would normally have been ignored or shunned.
Discussion: BREITBART.COM and Vox Popoli
Con Coughlin / Telegraph:
Iran ‘is intensifying efforts to support Hamas in Gaza’  —  Iran has transferred tens of millions of dollars to Hamas's military wing in Gaza to help it rebuild after last summer's conflict with Israel, intelligence sources state  —  Iran has sent Hamas's military wing tens of millions …
New York Times:
Jeb Bush as Inevitable Choice?  Republicans Say Not So Fast  —  Three months into what allies once confidently described as a “shock and awe” drive to overcome his rivals and dominate the Republican presidential field, Jeb Bush's early campaigning looks like the juggernaut that wasn't.
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
Cracks Appear in Democratic-Jewish Alliance Over Iran Deal, Netanyahu  —  Nuclear pact and White House spat with Israeli prime minister unnerve many Jewish leaders  —  Many U.S. Jewish leaders are unnerved both by the new Iran nuclear agreement and the public falling out between President Barack Obama …
Discussion: Israpundit
WBNS-TV:
Search Underway For Missing 2-Year-Old Boy In Washington Court House  —  WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, Ohio -  —  BREAKING UPDATE:  —  Multiple police departments and rescue crews are searching for a missing 2-year-old boy in southeast Fayette County.  —  Leroy Toppins' family reported …
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
How will Hillary announce?  —  It's no longer a question of will Hillary Clinton run for president.  It's a question of how she'll do it.  —  Clinton is widely expected to announce her second bid for the White House in the next two weeks, which overnight will thrust her nascent political operation into the spotlight.
Discussion: Phantom Public
The Sunday Times:
New York mayor eyes Boris's job  —  HE HAS played polo with Prince Harry, shared a hot dog with David Cameron and was once married to a Yorkshirewoman.  —  Michael Bloomberg, the former three-term mayor of New York, who was last year given an honorary knighthood by the Queen for his …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Daniel Trotta / Reuters:
Fidel Castro appears in public for first time in over a year  —  (Reuters) - Former Cuban President Fidel Castro, 88, appeared in public “full of vitality” for the first time in more than a year on Monday, greeting a delegation of Venezuelans, official media reported on Saturday.
Discussion: Liberaland and The Week
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
A U.S. Concession to Reality in the Battle Against Islamic State  —  WASHINGTON — In the battle to retake Saddam Hussein's hometown, Tikrit, from the Islamic State, the United States and Iran have found a template for fighting the Sunni militancy in other parts of Iraq …
Discussion: Business Insider and The PJ Tatler
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Reuters:
Special Report: After Iraqi forces take Tikrit, a wave of looting and lynching
Discussion: RedState
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Special Editorial: Kill the Deal  —  Commentators have exposed how bad the Iran deal is in various ways; the point, however, is to kill it.  —  Why?  Because the deal can't be fixed.  Even if sanctions relief were somewhat more gradual, even if the number of centrifuges were somewhat lower …
Discussion: New York Sun
WSBT-TV:
Choir sings outside Memories Pizza  —  They call it a message of love.  A choir from South Bend called The Ripple Effect got together to sing songs outside Memories Pizza in Walkerton.  Owners of the pizzeria responded to questions about Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration law which quickly became a national story.
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Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Charles Barkley: America has ‘a homophobic problem’
Discussion: Liberaland
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Ted Cruz's passion play  —  The Texas senator telegraphs how he plans to win the GOP nomination.  —  Ted Cruz's aggressive pursuit of the evangelical vote began with a deliberate choice of venue for his presidential announcement two weeks ago: Liberty University, which bills itself as the largest Christian university in the world.
Wesley Juhl / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Nevada's ‘religious freedom’ legislation declared dead  —  Nevada legislation criticized as giving businesses and corporations a license to discriminate against gay customers appears to have fizzled in light of nationwide outrage over similar “religious freedom” bills in Arkansas and Indiana.
Discussion: Joe. My. God. and Washington Post
The White House:
Statement by the President on the Garissa University College Terrorist Attack  —  Michelle and I join the American people in expressing our horror and sadness at the reports coming out of Garissa, Kenya.  Words cannot adequately condemn the terrorist atrocities that took place at Garissa University College …
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Edith Honan / Reuters:
Somali militants vow to turn Kenyan cities ‘red with blood’
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and The Week
 
 
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Molly Redden / Mother Jones:
Texas Bill Would Name Judges Who Give Minors Permission to Have Abortions
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
New York Times:
An Iran Nuclear Deal Built on Coffee, All-Nighters and Compromise
Timothy Williams / New York Times:
San Francisco Police Officers to Be Dismissed Over Racist Texts
Colbert I. King / Washington Post:
A rising insurrection against Obama
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Daily Mail:
Tea party groups win Round 1 in court as federal judge demands IRS's list of all 298 conservative nonprofits it targeted
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This City Could Become The Next Detroit
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