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2:00 PM ET, April 8, 2015


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Nick Gass / Politico:
Rand Paul clashes with Savannah Guthrie over changing views  —  Rand Paul clashed with Today Show host Savannah Guthrie over her line of questioning during an interview Wednesday morning, criticizing her for editorializing over perceived changes in his political views since his election to the Senate.
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Rand Paul gets testy with NBC's Savannah Guthrie  —  Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy  —  An interview with Sen. Rand Paul (R) on Wednesday got testy as the libertarian-leaning Kentucky senator, fresh off launching his presidential campaign …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Rand Paul campaign: He wasn't talking about murder
Discussion: Power Line and National Review
John Podhoretz / New York Post:   The Rand Paul test: Clues to future of GOP
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Sean Hannity shows his influence
Discussion: The Hill, Hot Air and TVNewser
New York Times:
South Carolina Officer Is Charged With Murder in Black Man's Death  —  WASHINGTON — A white police officer in North Charleston, S.C., was charged with murder on Tuesday after a video surfaced showing him shooting and killing an apparently unarmed black man in the back while he ran away.
S. Carolina cop charged with murder for shooting black man; protesters gather  —  Video shows cop shoot unarmed man in the back 03:04  —  Story highlights (CNN)New developments:  —  • 11:33 a.m.: The police chief of North Charleston, a chaplain and the mayor of North Charleston …
Discussion: Raw Story and American Spectator
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Everything The Police Said About Walter Scott's Death Before A Video Showed What Really Happened  —  CREDIT: Charleston County Police Department  —  On Tuesday, South Carolina police officer Michael Thomas Slager was charged with first-degree murder for the shooting death of Walter Scott.
Andrew Knapp / Post and Courier:
North Charleston officer faces murder charge after video shows him shooting man in back
ABC News:
Video Cited By Police in Murder Charges Shows Officer Shooting Driver
Discussion: Hit & Run
Mark Halperin / Bloomberg Business:
Exclusive: New Ted Cruz Super-PACs Take in Record Haul  —  Ted Cruz's presidential effort is getting into the shock-and-awe fundraising business.  —  An associate of the Texas senator, a recently announced presidential candidate, tells Bloomberg that a cluster of affiliated super-political action committees …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Morning Plum: When it comes to war, Congress has a double standard
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Dems waver on Iran bill
Discussion: Washington Post
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Tom Cotton: Bombing Iran Would Take “Several Days,” Be Nothing Like Iraq War  —  “All we're asking is that the president simply be as tough as in the protection of America's national security interest as Bill Clinton was.”  —  —  Sen. Tom Cotton says bombing Iran's nuclear facilities …
Derek Draplin / The College Fix:
Univ. of Michigan cancels ‘American Sniper’ screening: ‘Made students feel unsafe’  —  University: ‘While our intent was to show a film, the impact of the content was harmful, and made students feel unsafe and unwelcome at our program’  —  A scheduled movie screening of “American Sniper” …
Stephen Deere / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
High voter turnout in Ferguson adds two black council members, for three total  —  FERGUSON  • For the first time in Ferguson's 120-year history, the City Council will have three African-American members, but even so, Tuesday's election was less than a clear victory for the throngs …
Nick Gass / Politico:
Dick Cheney calls Obama ‘worst president’ on foreign policy  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney says President Barack Obama is the worst commander in chief the United States has ever had, in view of the recent Iranian nuclear agreement.  —  Asked about the deal by Hugh Hewitt on Tuesday …
Fox News:
Federal judge denies request to lift hold on Obama immigration action  —  A federal judge in Texas denied a Justice Department request Tuesday to lift his temporary hold on President Obama's executive action preventing the deportation of millions of illegal immigrants.
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Court declines to lift hold on Obama's immigration actions
James Warren / Politico:
Rahm the Screwup  —  How one of the country's best mayors almost blew his chances for a second term.  —  Lead image by AP Photo.  —  Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday survived a political near-death experience entirely of his own making.  —  America's most compelling, and exhausting …
Discussion: New York Times
Chicago Tribune:
‘Second chance.’ Emanuel says he's ‘humbled’ by victory
Los Angeles Times:
Why the middle class is doing even worse than you think  —  One of the great mysteries about the U.S. economy today is the discrepancy between the objective and subjective pictures we have of the middle class.  The numbers say that the middle class is doing OK or even improving its lot …
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
12 years ago today, Donald Rumsfeld sent the greatest memo of all time  —  Today is Vox's first anniversary, but it is also the 12th anniversary of former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld sending what was perhaps the greatest memo ever written.  Titled “issues with various countries,” …
New York Times:
Israel's Unworkable Demands on Iran  —  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has gone into overdrive against a nuclear agreement with Iran.  On Monday, his government made new demands that it claimed would ensure a better deal than the preliminary one that Iran, President Obama …
Hollywood Reporter:
Roger Ailes … WHY HE MATTERS The dominant cable news network for more than a decade, Ailes' Fox News funnels billions into the coffers of Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox.  SNL Kagan estimates the channel will earn $2.18 billion this year, the bulk of it from ad revenue and subscriber fees …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
How the U.S. thinks Russians hacked the White House  —  Washington (CNN)Russian hackers behind the damaging cyber intrusion of the State Department in recent months used that perch to penetrate sensitive parts of the White House computer system, according to U.S. officials briefed on the investigation.
J. Michael Waller / Investor's Business Daily:
Hillary Clinton's Private Server A Foreign Spy Magnet
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Ed Driscoll
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Harry Reid: I'm Blind in One Eye
Heather Haddon / Wall Street Journal:
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Defends Blunt Style
Discussion: Phantom Public
Wall Street Journal:
The Iran Deal and Its Consequences
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
Joshua Spivak / The Hill:
New York's political resurgence
Bloomberg Business:
U.S. Dot-Com Bubble Was Nothing Compared to Today's China Prices
Discussion: USA Today and FT Alphaville
 Earlier Items: 
Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Foreign Policy Factions Tussle for Sway in Jeb Bush Campaign Team
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Washington Post
James Aitchison / Reviewed:
Let Them Eat Waste: Chefs Turn Trash Into Haute Cuisine
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Democrats Have an Identity-Politics Problem