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1:20 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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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  —  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: Guardian, 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 …
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Rand Paul Goes off on Savannah Guthrie for Saying He's ‘Changed His Positions’
Nick Gass / Politico:
Rand Paul clashes with Savannah Guthrie over changing views
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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Sarah Wheaton / Politico:
Latest White House feature: Gender-neutral restroom
Valerie Jarrett / Advocate:
Op-ed: Protecting LGBT Workers Means Protecting All Workers
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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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.
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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BBC:
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: Boston Marathon bomber found guilty
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Adam Goldman / Washington Post:
Tsarnaev found guilty in Boston Marathon bombing trial
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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?
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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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 …
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.
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
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
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 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 …
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.”
Derek Draplin / The College Fix:
Univ. of Michigan cancels ‘American Sniper’ screening: ‘Made students feel unsafe’  —  University: ‘While our intent was to show a film, the impact of the content was harmful, and made students feel unsafe and unwelcome at our program’  —  A scheduled movie screening of “American Sniper” …
 
 
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Norman Lear / New York Times:
Is PBS Neglecting Its Mission?
Discussion: BillMoyers.com
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Why do we still tolerate the Supreme Court?
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
After Wisconsinites vote to amend the state constitution to change how the state supreme court's …
Discussion: Moe Lane
David Knowles / Bloomberg Business:
White House Trolls Netanyahu on Iran with Bomb Graphic
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
No, Pro-Dem Demographic Groups Not Trending Sharply Towards GOP
Naomi Shavin / The New Republic:
Sarah Palin 2.0  —  Carly Fiorina is conservatives' new Queen Bee.
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The Secret Republicans of Silicon Valley
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
Wall Street Journal:
The Iran Deal and Its Consequences