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4:20 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.
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
AP Interview: Paul won't spell out abortion ban exceptions  —  3 photos  —  NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a newly declared Republican presidential candidate, is dodging a central question about abortion: What exceptions, if any, should be made if the procedure were to be banned?
David Weigel / Bloomberg Business:
Rand Paul: Go Ask the DNC About Abortion  —  MILFORD, N.H.—On his first full day as a presidential candidate, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul sat for an interview that Democrats thought they can use against him.  Associated Press reporter Philip Elliott prodded Paul on abortion …
Discussion: American Spectator and Hot Air
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Rand Paul campaign: He wasn't talking about murder
Discussion: Power Line and National Review
Adam Goldman / Washington Post:
Tsarnaev found guilty in Boston Marathon bombing trial  —  A federal jury Wednesday found 21-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty in the twin bombings of the Boston Marathon two years ago, convicting a young man who had embraced radical Islam and carried out one of the worst acts of terrorism on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Guardian
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Is Guilty in Boston Marathon Bombing Trial  —  BOSTON — After 11 hours of deliberations over two days, a federal jury on Wednesday found Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a failing college student and the youngest child in a dispersed Russian immigrant family, guilty of the 2013 bombings …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and The Verge
Fox News:
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev found guilty in Boston Marathon bombing
Denise Lavoie / Associated Press:
David McCabe / The Hill:
SC lawmakers condemn Walter Scott shooting  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Wednesday called video showing the shooting of Walter Scott in North Charleston, S.C., “deeply troubling.”  —  “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Walter Scott,” Graham, who's mulling a run for president in 2016, said in a statement.
Ali Elkin / Bloomberg Business:   South Carolina Republicans Uniformly Condemn Walter Scott Shooting
New York Times:
South Carolina Officer Is Charged With Murder in Black Man's Death
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Everything The Police Said About Walter Scott's Death Before A Video Showed What Really Happened
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 …
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
Katie Pavlich / The Hill:
The deception of the Obama Department of Justice  —  Throughout Barack Obama's tenure in the White House he's been accused of leading a lawless presidency and cheapening the rule of law through his Department of Justice.  Many say these accusations are simply based in politics …
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Court declines to lift hold on Obama's immigration actions
Eric Roston / Bloomberg Business:
For Some Wisconsin State Workers, ‘Climate Change’ Isn't Something You Can Talk About  —  Even answering e-mails about global warming is out  —  Discussing climate change is out of bounds for workers at a state agency in Wisconsin.  So is any work related to climate change—even responding to e-mails about the topic.
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
A warning to Hillary Clinton  —  As Hillary Clinton begins the most important days of a political career marked by extraordinary experience and pathbreaking accomplishment, CNN spent much of Monday quoting unnamed people rightly or wrongly cited as close to Clinton who suggested the rollout plan …
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 …
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 …
Michael Schaub / Los Angeles Times:
Maya Angelou's new stamp features quote that wasn't hers  —  The United States Postal Service is set to honor Maya Angelou today in a dedication ceremony for a new postage stamp depicting the legendary author, poet and singer.  But there's one problem: The quotation that accompanies Angelou's picture …
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Richard A. Epstein / Hoover Institution:
The War Against Religious Liberty
Stephen Herzog / Springfield News-Leader:
Emotions high as LGBT protections repealed in Springfield
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton hires Google executive to be chief technology officer
Discussion: Reuters, Engadget, Mashable and OnPolitics
Peter Moore / YouGov US Opinion Center News:
Three quarters say Longmont attack is murder
Discussion: and Hot Air
Bloomberg Business:
Shell Will Buy BG Group for $70 Billion in Cash and Shares
Discussion: Bloomberg View and Fuel Fix
James Warren / Politico:
Rahm the screwup  —  How one of the country's best mayors almost blew …
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