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2:45 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?
Sean Cockerham / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Can Rand Paul stand for big military without losing libertarians?
Discussion: FOX News Radio
NBC News:
Bystander Considered Erasing Footage of Cop Shooting  —  Feidin Santana said there was a struggle between the unarmed man and the officer, but the officer had control of the situation before opening fire.
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 …
Parisa Hafezi / Reuters:
Iran will only sign nuclear deal if sanctions lifted ‘same day’: Rouhani
Discussion: Reuters, Shakesville and Politico
Jane Onyanga-Omara / USA Today:
Iran: No final nuke deal if sanctions not lifted immediately
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.
Matthew Cunningham-Cook / International Business Times:
As Colombian Oil Money Flowed To Clintons, State Department Took No Action To Prevent Labor Violations  —  For union organizers in Colombia, the dangers of their trade were intensifying.  When workers at the country's largest independent oil company staged a strike in 2011 …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Clinton Library files show Hillary image polishing
Discussion: ABC News
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 …
Ali Elkin / Bloomberg Business:
Lincoln Chafee Considering Presidential Bid
Discussion: Politico
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.
Mark Mellman / The Hill:   So many candidates, so little love
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 …
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
John Harwood / CNBC:
10 questions for Ted Cruz  —  Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas grew famous nationally through his zealous attacks on President Obama's health law.  Shortly after entering the 2016 Republican presidential race, Cruz sat down with me at Ninfa's, one of his favorite Tex-Mex restaurants in Houston.
Jonathan Lintner / Courier-Journal:
Churchill bans re-entry, selfie sticks  —  In heightening security measures leading up to the 2015 Kentucky Derby and Oaks, Churchill Downs on Thursday announced it will no longer allow re-entry to ticketed guests on those days.  —  Additionally, Churchill added a pair of new technologies …
Discussion: and
Matt Rogers / Washington Post:
D.C. winter temperature extremes show colder trends for 2000s  —  The temperature in Washington, D.C., bottomed out at a frigid 5 degrees at Reagan National Airport this past winter — quite impressive, as it was the coldest temperature we've seen since the middle 1990s.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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: Raw Story
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Obama Comes Out Against Gay Conversion Therapy, Will Seek State Bans  —  The White House made it clear today that President Obama is officially coming out against gay conversion therapy and will seek state bans against the practice.  —  Back in December, a transgender teenager named Leelah …
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Obama to Call for End to ‘Conversion’ Therapies for Gay and Transgender Youth
Elizabeth R. Varon / New York Times:
Lee Surrendered, But His Lieutenants Kept Fighting  —  “If the programme which our people saw set on foot at Appomattox Court-House had been carried out ... we would have no disturbance in the South,” testified the former Confederate general (and future senator) John Brown Gordon in 1871.
Discussion: Horizons and The Mahablog
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.
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Steve Holland / Reuters:
Most Americans side with gays in religious freedom disputes: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Discussion: Politico
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Lawmaker Says It's Harder To Get A Vasectomy Than An Abortion
David Corn / Mother Jones:
As a Private Lawyer, Ted Cruz Defended Companies Found Guilty of Wrongdoing
Discussion: American Spectator and Hot Air
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Almost Everything Barack Obama's Ever Said About Marijuana Over The Years
Discussion: Politico
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Peter Holley / Washington Post:
These Texas rebels say the American flag is more racist than the Confederate flag
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Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
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