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6:45 PM ET, April 8, 2015


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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?
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.
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 …
Joan Walsh / Salon:
“No no no no no no no no: Listen!” He-man Rand Paul lectures a lady — again
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG and Hullabaloo
Ann O'Neill / CNN:
Boston (CNN)[Breaking news update, posted at 1:53 p.m.]  —  A verdict has been reached in the Boston Marathon bombing trial.  —  The jury deliberated for 11½ hours before reaching Wednesday's verdict, which is expected to be read soon.  —  Jurors in the trial of accused Boston …
Adam Goldman / Washington Post:
Tsarnaev found guilty in Boston Marathon bombing trial
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Guardian
Denise Lavoie / Associated Press:
Fox News:
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev found guilty in Boston Marathon bombing
Nick Wing / The Huffington Post:
Here's A News Report We'd Be Reading If Walter Scott's Killing Wasn't On Video  —  This article is written as if the alleged murder of Walter Scott had not been captured on video that was made public Tuesday by The New York Times and other outlets.  —  A North Charleston police officer …
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
Sarah Wheaton / Politico:
Latest White House feature: Gender-neutral restroom  —  President Barack Obama's staff and visitors now have the option of using a gender-neutral restroom, a White House spokesman said Wednesday.  —  It's not so much the bully pulpit as the bully commode.  —  Story Continued Below
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Advocate
Valerie Jarrett / Advocate:
Op-ed: Protecting LGBT Workers Means Protecting All Workers
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 …
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 …
Discussion: ABC News
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.
Yasmine Taeb / ThinkProgress:
Notorious Islamophobe Who Wants To Ban The Qur'an To Address Members Of Congress  —  Taeb is an attorney specializing in national security and co-author of the Center for American Progress' report, “Fear, Inc. 2.0: The Islamophobia Network's Efforts to Manufacture Hate in America.”
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 …
Peter Yang / Cosmopolitan:
Chelsea Manning Shares Her Transition to Living as a Woman — Behind Bars  —  For the first time, Chelsea Manning shares the details of her story as an army private who leaked classified documents, went to military prison, and sued for the right to transition into living as a woman in jail.
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Indictments May Be Near in George Washington Bridge Scandal  —  It has been falsely predicted many times in the last year, but now it seems to be true: The federal investigation into the lane closings at the George Washington Bridge appears to be coming to a head, with an announcement of indictments as early as next week.
Rebecca Nelson / National Journal:
The Secret Republicans of Silicon Valley  —  In an industry where only liberal ideas are “allowed,” many libertarians and conservatives keep their political views secret.  —  Deep in Silicon Valley, where the free market reigns and the exchange of ideas is celebrated, a subset of tech workers are hiding their true selves.
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 …
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Discussion: Washington Monthly
Richard A. Epstein / Hoover Institution:
The War Against Religious Liberty
Discussion: protein wisdom
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
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Katie Pavlich / The Hill:
The deception of the Obama Department of Justice
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 …
Discussion: New York Times
Los Angeles Times:
Why the middle class is doing even worse than you think
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
12 years ago today, Donald Rumsfeld sent the greatest memo of all time
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Harry Reid: I'm Blind in One Eye