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5:15 PM ET, April 7, 2015


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Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
Obama To Scott Walker: ‘Bone Up On Foreign Policy’  —  Anyone who thinks President Obama will shy away from presidential politics in 2016, think again.  —  Obama scoffed at Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's suggestion that he would, on Day 1, revoke any nuclear agreement with Iran if he is elected president.
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Rand Paul: ‘I am running for president’  —  Louisville, Kentucky (CNN)For Rand Paul, it's all led to this moment.  —  Since riding the tea party wave into the Senate in 2010, Paul has carefully built a brand of mainstream libertarianism — dogged advocacy of civil liberties combined …
Transcript: President Obama's Full NPR Interview On Iran Nuclear Deal  —  NPR's Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep interviews President Obama at the White House on Monday.  —  NPR's interview with President Obama focuses on the pact the U.S. and allied nations recently negotiated with Iran.
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Rand Paul has a daddy issue  —  The irony of the Kentucky senator's rise: His father, Ron, made it all possible, but now he needs to go away.  —  Lead image by Getty.  —  There's probably no easier layup in Republican politics, no bigger no-brainer to utter without fear of consequence …
David Weigel / Bloomberg Business:
Rand Paul Begins 2016 Presidential Campaign, Aiming at ‘Washington Machine’
Paul Lewis / Guardian:
Rand Paul seeks an awkward balance as he prepares to launch presidential bid
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Politico
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Paul launches 2016 presidential bid ‘to take America back’
Andy Sullivan / Reuters:
Republican candidate Rand Paul tries to broaden libertarian appeal
Vanity Fair:
The Inside Story of the Civil War For the Soul of NBC News  —  Brian Williams's fabrication was just the latest, and worst, of the debacles that have plagued NBC News since NBCUniversal was bought by Comcast in 2011.  Who is to blame?  —  On the afternoon of Wednesday, February 4 …
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Fighting Against ‘Rape Culture’ Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry  —  Rolling Stone's journalistic malpractice is not merely a cautionary tale about “confirmation bias.”  —  The extensive post mortem that Rolling Stone commissioned in the wake of Sabrina Rubin Erdely's now infamous …
David Armstrong / Bloomberg Business:
How an Insurer Is Taking Money From the Fan Beaten at Dodger Stadium  —  First he was assaulted for wearing the wrong team's clothes.  Then he was sucker-punched by the insurance system. … Dave Stow, 71, strains to push the wheelchair carrying his 250-pound son, Bryan …
Discussion: HardballTalk
Associated Press:
NEW BOOK BY DICK CHENEY TAKES ON BARACK OBAMA  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The next book by former Vice President Dick Cheney is aimed directly at President Barack Obama.  —  Cheney's “Exceptional: Why the World Needs a Powerful America” will be published on Sept. 1 by Threshold Editions, the publisher announced Tuesday.
Scott Jaschik / Inside Higher Ed:
Check Before You Hit Send  —  Drexel University is investigating a law professor who thought she was sending her class a link to an article on writing legal briefs, but who actually sent a link to a pornography site's video of a woman using anal beads.  —  “Drexel has been made aware …
Dana Loesch Radio:
New Poll Shows Plurality Of Americans Support Religious Freedom  —  A new poll released by WPA Opinion Research on behalf of the Family Research Councill shows that the vast majority of Americans support religious liberty in the workplace.  Last week saw Governor Mike Pence (R-IN) …
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
ACLU sues over abortion access for immigrants
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Abortion Opponents Are Quietly Going After One Of The Top Medical Schools In The Country  —  One of the most well-respected OB-GYN programs in the country could be forced to stop teaching its students how to perform abortions, if the North Carolina legislature ends up approving a piece of legislation that was introduced this month.
Discussion: Raw Story and RH Reality Check
Sally Kohn / Washington Post:
I'm gay.  And I want my kid to be gay, too.  —  Sally Kohn is an essayist and a CNN political commentator.  —  I live in the liberal bubble of Park Slope, Brooklyn, where no yuppie would ever admit to wanting their kid to be anything in particular, other than happy.
Discussion: RedState
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
A Reminder About Netanyahu, Iraq, and Iran  —  Just a few weeks ago, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looked like a figure with huge influence in American politics.  There he was addressing Congress, with Republicans practically carrying him into the House chamber on their shoulders.
Klara Glowczewska / Town & Country Magazine:
T&C Philanthropy 2015, with Activist-in-Chief Bill Clinton  —  Supporting 3,100 projects in 180 countries, the Clinton Foundation is the most powerful reimagining ever of what post-presidency can be.  But can the fixer-in-chief work his magic on Haiti?  —  I am standing under …
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Anti-Abortion Group's Effort To Defund Family Planning Clinics Backfires Spectacularly  —  Signs of support to counter the right-wing picketers outside the family planning clinic  —  CREDIT: Courtesy of Maine Family Planning  —  This week, a network of family planning clinics …
Discussion: Raw Story and Mike Tipping
Sally Kohn / Talking Points Memo:
Hey, Christian Business Owners: The Government Isn't ‘Forcing’ You To Do Anything  —  You may have heard that the government is forcing businesses not to discriminate.  It isn't.  If you chose to run a business, you have to follow the laws.  If you don't, that's a choice—and you choose to suffer the consequences.
Amanda Andrade-Rhoades /
Doorman Says He Was Fired For Being Too Nice  —  New York City has a reputation for having rude citizens, but Ralph Body, a former doorman at a luxury Long Island City apartment building, said he was fired for being too nice.  —  Body, 41, said he was a devoted doorman for the building …
Discussion: FOX News Radio and Liberaland
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ABC News:
Widespread Power Outage Hits Washington, DC, Area
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Road to 2016: Rand Paul's Challenge: Libertarians Are Still a Small Minority
Discussion: Washington Post
New York Times:
A New Challenge for Mayor Bill de Blasio: Paying for 2 Children in College
Discussion: Hullabaloo and New York Magazine
John Hawkins / John Hawkins' Right Wing News:
Leading Conservatives Call on Apple to Pull Out of Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Iran Until …
Discussion: Power Line
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Schumer sides with GOP on reviewing Iran deal
 Earlier Items: 
Dylan Byers / Politico:
How Hillary Clinton kept them guessing
Discussion: Associated Press
Ben S. Bernanke / Brookings Institute:
Should monetary policy take into account risks to financial stability?
Associated Press:
Don McLean's ‘American Pie’ could bring $1.5M at auction
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Bill Schneider / The Great Debate:
Party politics: Two small tents, with most Americans on the outside
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Naomi Schaefer Riley / New York Post:
Facts matter: Left sticks to ‘narratives,’ evidence be damned
Discussion: Brad R. Torgersen