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4:05 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 …
Chris Good / ABC News:
Rand Paul Edges Away From His Father's Foreign Policies
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
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
Sean Cockerham / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Can Rand Paul stand for big military without losing libertarians?
Discussion: FOX News Radio
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 …
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.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Clinton Library files show Hillary image polishing
Discussion: ABC News
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
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Warren: Boston bomber should ‘die in prison’  —  Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) said Thursday that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the 21-year-old who was convicted Wednesday for the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, should not face the death penalty.  —  “My heart goes out to the families here, but I don't support the death penalty.
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 …
NBC News:
Bystander Considered Erasing Footage of Cop Shooting
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
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
David Corn / Mother Jones:
As a Private Lawyer, Ted Cruz Defended Companies Found Guilty of Wrongdoing  —  Two cases Cruz handled before joining the Senate could become an issue during his presidential bid.  —  In his bio on his presidential campaign website, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) boasts of what he did as Texas solicitor general …
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 …
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Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
Where Are the Anti-War Democrats on Iran?
Discussion: Politico and Common Dreams
Vanity Fair:
Get a Rare Glimpse of Dinesh D'Souza's Life After Conviction
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Historic poll: Obama is nearly twice as popular in Cuba as he is in the U.S.
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Most Americans side with gays in religious freedom disputes: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Discussion: Addicting Info and Politico
Matt Rogers / Washington Post:
D.C. winter temperature extremes show colder trends for 2000s
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Lawmaker Says It's Harder To Get A Vasectomy Than An Abortion
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Almost Everything Barack Obama's Ever Said About Marijuana Over The Years
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
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Patrick McGeehan / New York Times:
Wall Street Fees Wipe Out $2.5 Billion in New York City Pension Gains
Peter Holley / Washington Post:
These Texas rebels say the American flag is more racist than the Confederate flag
Discussion: Raw Story and Addicting Info