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7:35 AM ET, April 9, 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?
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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, Guardian and Hullabaloo
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 …
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 …
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Rand Paul Goes off on Savannah Guthrie for Saying He's ‘Changed His Positions’
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Rand Paul gets testy with NBC's Savannah Guthrie
CBS News:
“Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer to retire this summer  —  Shares -  —  Bob Schieffer, the anchor of CBS News' “Face the Nation,” announced Wednesday that he will retire this summer after more than 50 years of working in journalism.  —  Schieffer, who is 78, has been with CBS News for 46 years.
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
The ‘Face The Nation’ shortlist: Who's on tap to replace Bob Schieffer?  —  Now that Bob Schieffer has announced his retirement, CBS News is hard at work determining who will become the next host of “Face The Nation.”  —  Network president David Rhodes is a long way from settling on a successor.
Lauren C. Williams / ThinkProgress:
GoFundMe Rejects Campaign To Support South Carolina Officer Charged With Murder  —  Protesters gather outside city hall in North Charleston, S.C. after video of the police shooting death of Walter Scott surfaces.  —  CREDIT: AP Photo  —  The popular crowd-funding site GoFundMe rejected …
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Nick Wing / The Huffington Post:
Here's A News Report We'd Be Reading If Walter Scott's Killing Wasn't On Video
David McCabe / The Hill:
SC lawmakers condemn Walter Scott shooting
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.
Valerie Jarrett / Advocate:
Op-ed: Protecting LGBT Workers Means Protecting All Workers  —  “Because of what they did, the doors of opportunity swung open not just for black folks, but for every American.  Women marched through those doors.  Latinos marched through those doors.  Asian Americans, gay Americans …
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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 …
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
BostonGlobe.com:
Tsarnaev guilty of Marathon bombings
Washington Post:
Secret Service manager put on leave during probe of alleged assault  —  The Secret Service has put a senior supervisor on leave and suspended his security clearance after a female employee accused him of assaulting her after-hours at agency headquarters last week, the agency said Wednesday.
Discussion: Fox News, NPR and Washington Times
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Revealed, the terminally ill man set to be first to undergo the world's first full HEAD transplant pioneered by doctor branded ‘nuts’  —  A man with a fatal medical condition has spoken exclusively to MailOnline about how he is set to become the first person to undergo a head transplant …
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.
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.
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
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
After Wisconsinites vote to amend the state constitution to change how the state supreme court's chief justice is selected, Shirley Abrahamson sues in federal court to keep her position under the old provision.  —  Under the old provision, Abrahamson was entitled to the position because she is the most senior member of the court.
Discussion: Moe Lane
David Knowles / Bloomberg Business:
White House Trolls Netanyahu on Iran with Bomb Graphic  —  Turnabout is fair play.  —  The White House has employed a graphic first used by Benjamin Netanyahu to push its case for a nuclear deal with Iran that the Israeli Prime Minister opposes.  On Wednesday the president's office posted …
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Why do we still tolerate the Supreme Court?  —  In America at the dawn of the 20th century, 25,000 little boys spent 10 hours a day in the living hell known as a coal mine.  Charged with pulling detritus out of coal shipments, boys as young as 8 hunched over an ever-flowing stream of minerals …
 
 
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Norman Lear / New York Times:
Is PBS Neglecting Its Mission?
Discussion: Common Dreams
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
No, Pro-Dem Demographic Groups Not Trending Sharply Towards GOP
Jeremy B. / Sacramento Bee:
Capitol Alert  —  With lawmakers preparing to vote …
Yasmine Taeb / ThinkProgress:
Notorious Islamophobe Who Wants To Ban The Qur'an To Address Members Of Congress
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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
Michael Schaub / Los Angeles Times:
Maya Angelou's new stamp features quote that wasn't hers
Discussion: Vox Popoli and Althouse
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
A warning to Hillary Clinton
Discussion: ABC News
Derek Draplin / The College Fix:
Univ. of Michigan cancels ‘American Sniper’ screening: ‘Made students feel unsafe’