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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?
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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 …
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.
Joan Walsh / Salon:
“No no no no no no no no: Listen!”  He-man Rand Paul lectures a lady — again  —  We saw the best of Sen. Rand Paul Tuesday afternoon as he announced his presidential candidacy: thoughtful, in control, strong on civil liberties.  We quickly saw the worst of him again: Mansplaining Randy Paul showed …
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG and Hullabaloo
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Rand Paul: I'm ‘Testy With Both Male And Female Reporters’ (VIDEO)  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) denied on Wednesday afternoon that he has a problem with female journalists, just hours after he got into a testy exchange with NBC anchor Savannah Guthrie.  —  Paul was asked during an interview …
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 …
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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 …
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Adam Goldman / Washington Post:
Tsarnaev found guilty in Boston Marathon bombing trial
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
BBC:
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: Boston Marathon bomber found guilty
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Guardian
Fox News:
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev found guilty in Boston Marathon bombing
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Obama to Call for End to ‘Conversion’ Therapies for Gay and Transgender Youth  —  WASHINGTON — A 17-year-old transgender youth, Leelah Alcorn, stunned her friends and a vast Internet audience in December when she threw herself in front of a tractor-trailer after writing in an online suicide note …
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David Knowles / Bloomberg Business:
White House Trolls Netanyahu on Iran with Bomb Graphic
Sarah Wheaton / Politico:
Latest White House feature: Gender-neutral restroom
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.
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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.”  —  w.soundcloud.com  —  Sen. Tom Cotton says bombing Iran's nuclear facilities …
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.
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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
The White House:
Remarks by the President and the Vice President at Easter Prayer Breakfast  —  THE VICE PRESIDENT: Good morning, everyone, and welcome to the White House.  Religious leaders, lay faithful, it's an honor — it's an honor to join you in a morning of prayer and reflection, and it's a delight to have many of you back.
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Secretary Tom Perez / U.S. Department of Labor Blog:
Another Step Toward Equality for LGBT Workers  —  Today, President Obama's Executive Order on LGBT Workplace Discrimination goes into effect.  It prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
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Valerie Jarrett / Advocate:
Op-ed: Protecting LGBT Workers Means Protecting All Workers
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.
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.”
Sarah Kliff / Vox.com:
ABORTION  —  IT'S NOT SO  —  BLACK  —  WHITE  —  “Abortion is killing a baby.  But I'm not saying it's always wrong.”  —  This was the first thing David King told me when I called him in late March and asked him talk to me about his views on abortion.  —  King and I didn't know each other when I called.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
 
 
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
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Richard A. Epstein / Hoover Institution:
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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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James Warren / Politico:
Rahm the screwup  —  How one of the country's best mayors almost blew …
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Los Angeles Times:
Why the middle class is doing even worse than you think
Stephen Deere / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
High voter turnout in Ferguson adds two black council members, for three total