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6:45 PM ET, April 9, 2015


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Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
Rand Paul's Petulance With Reporters Will Ruin Him  —  You wouldn't know it based on reputation, but Senator Rand Paul is the most charismatic presidential candidate in the Republican Party.  Senator Marco Rubio generates the most buzz in this arena because he doesn't stumble under questioning …
Dick Morris / The Hill:
Rand Paul can't win  —  In most presidential primaries, there is a candidate who cannot win.  All the other candidates want him to finish second because they are sure that if they can get him one-on-one in a runoff, they will defeat him.  The victim must have enough intense support to be able …
Olivia Nuzzi / The Daily Beast:
Does the NRA Think Rand Paul Is Too Extreme?
David Weigel / Bloomberg Business:
Rand Paul: NRA Was ‘Petty’ in Not Inviting Him to Conference
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Chris Good / ABC News:
Rand Paul Edges Away From His Father's Foreign Policies
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
White House mocks Netanyahu on Twitter  —  The White House on Wednesday took a shot at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by using a cartoon bomb to defend its nuclear deal with Iran.  —  The bomb diagram attached to a White House tweet looked a lot like a chart used by Netanyahu during …
NBC News:
Feidin Santana, Who Recorded Police Shooting Of Walter Scott, Speaks Out  —  Feidin Santana, a barber who immigrated to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic, is at the center of a story that has transfixed the nation.  It was Santana's cell phone video that resulted in Officer Michael Slager …
Jeremy Turnage / WIS-TV:
Authorities release dash cam footage from Michael Slager's patrol car before fatal shooting
Discussion: Business Insider and Raw Story
Hunter Walker / Business Insider:
SOURCE: Hillary Clinton will announce her 2016 campaign this weekend  —  A source with knowledge of Hillary Clinton's plans has confirmed that she will officially announce her 2016 presidential bid on Saturday or Sunday.  This will be imminently followed by campaign travel.
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
‘Draft Biden’ movement imagines vice president in Corvette
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Clinton Library files show Hillary image polishing
Discussion: ABC News
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
The G.O.P. Presidential Field Looks Chaotic.  It's Not.  —  The 2016 Republican candidates can already be sorted into roles that tell us a lot about their chances of winning the nomination.  —  The Republican primary battle has been called a wide-open contest — the “deepest” and “strongest” field in many cycles.
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:   2016 Ambitions Turn Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush Protégé, Into Rival
Vanity Fair:
Get a Rare Glimpse of Dinesh D'Souza's Life After Conviction  —  D'Souza, who spends his nights in a confinement center, reflects on his sense of humor, his conservative bona fides, and what he sees as Obama's wrath.  —  Vanity Fair contributing editor Evgenia Peretz profiles conservative pundit Dinesh D'Souza in the May 2015 issue.
Snejana Farberov For / Daily Mail:
‘America is the real terrorist and my boys are the best’: Boston Marathon bombers' defiant mother rails against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's guilty verdict in bizarre rant as he faces death penalty  — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was emotionless with his head bowed as the verdict was read out in U.S. District Court in Boston on Wednesday afternoon
Russell Berman / The Atlantic Online:
Kansas's Failed Experiment  —  Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas (Orlin Wagner/AP)  —  Surviving a tough reelection race, as Sam Brownback did in Kansas last year, can often be a cleansing experience for a governor.  It should certainly bring relief.  After all, Brownback managed to earn …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and CNN
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Report: Clinton changed stance on trade deal after donations to foundation  —  The Clinton Foundation reportedly accepted millions of dollars from a Colombian oil company head before then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton decided to support a trade deal with Colombia despite worries of human rights violations.
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Most Americans side with gays in religious freedom disputes: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  (Reuters) - A majority of Americans believe businesses should not be allowed to refuse services based on their religious beliefs in the wake of controversies in Indiana and Arkansas over gay rights and religious freedom …
Silent protest, boycott greet Wiccan priestess at Iowa House  —  DES MOINES — What would Jesus do?  —  If he were a member of the Iowa Legislature, Rep. Rob Taylor believes he would peacefully protest the morning prayer by a Wiccan priestess.  —  So the West Des Moines Republican turned …
Michael Paulson / New York Times:
Aboard Flights, Conflicts Over Seat Assignments and Religion  —  Francesca Hogi, 40, had settled into her aisle seat for the flight from New York to London when the man assigned to the adjoining window seat arrived and refused to sit down.  He said his religion prevented him from sitting beside a woman who was not his wife.
Discussion: Unfogged
Scott Mackay / Rhode Island Public Radio:
Lincoln Chafee Considers Run For 2016 Democratic Presidential Nomination  —  Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee is announcing that he is considering a campaign for the 2016 Democratic nomination for president.  —  The 62-year old former U.S. Senator and governor said in an interview …
Jim Puzzanghera / Los Angeles Times:
FCC's net neutrality rules open door to new fee on Internet service  —  Recently adopted net neutrality regulations soon could make your monthly Internet bill more complicated — and potentially more expensive.  —  Every month, consumers pay a small fee on their phone bills for a federal program …
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
South Carolina to SCOTUS: We Can Discriminate Against Women, So Why Not Gays?  —  One key problem with originalism—the theory that the Constitution should be interpreted as its drafters understood it—is that the men who wrote our constitution had some pretty barbaric views about humanity.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Fox News:
University of Michigan reverses decision, will show ‘American Sniper’ as scheduled  —  Bradley Cooper as former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in ‘American Sniper’  —  The University of Michigan said late Wednesday that it will show the film “American Sniper” as originally scheduled after a protest …
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Marc Levy / Associated Press:
Top Dems pushing Montco's Josh Shapiro to run against Joe Sestak for Senate nod
Discussion: Political Wire
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
Where Are the Anti-War Democrats on Iran?
Discussion: Common Dreams and Politico
Jonathan Lintner / Courier-Journal:
Churchill bans re-entry, selfie sticks
Discussion: and
Matt Rogers / Washington Post:
D.C. winter temperature extremes show colder trends for 2000s
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Almost Everything Barack Obama's Ever Said About Marijuana Over The Years
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
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Bachmann: Obama Has Virtually Guaranteed a World War III
Patrick McGeehan / New York Times:
Wall Street Fees Wipe Out $2.5 Billion in New York City Pension Gains
Discussion: Bloomberg View
Peter Holley / Washington Post:
These Texas rebels say the American flag is more racist than the Confederate flag
Discussion: Raw Story and Addicting Info
Elizabeth R. Varon / New York Times:
Lee Surrendered, But His Lieutenants Kept Fighting

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