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10:15 AM ET, April 9, 2015

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Sean Cockerham / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Can Rand Paul stand for big military without losing libertarians?  —  WASHINGTON — With an aircraft carrier as his backdrop, Rand Paul will seek Thursday to reassure hawkish Republican voters and donors during his presidential campaign roll-out week that he isn't the same politician who called for cutting defense spending in 2011.
Discussion: FOX News Radio
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Rand Paul Gets the TV Spotlight and Turns It on Interviewers in Testy Encounters  —  NASHUA, N.H. — Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky is spending the week trying to introduce himself to Americans as the sensitive, softer-edged face of the Republican Party.  He talks about how helping his grandmother …
Joan Walsh / Salon:
“No no no no no no no no: Listen!” He-man Rand Paul lectures a lady — again
Discussion: Guardian, The BRAD BLOG and Hullabaloo
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
AP Interview: Paul won't spell out abortion ban exceptions
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Rand Paul: I'm ‘Testy With Both Male And Female Reporters’ (VIDEO)
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Rand Paul Goes off on Savannah Guthrie for Saying He's ‘Changed His Positions’
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
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 …
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.
New York Post:
A killing on camera  —  Protesters gathered outside city hall in North Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday.  —  The Rev. Calvin Butts this week threatened to withhold his electoral support from Mayor de Blasio.  He demands the mayor order Police Commissioner Bill Bratton to fully abandon …
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New York Times:
Officer Who Killed Walter Scott Is Fired, and Police Chief Denounces 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.
Sam Duvall / EHP:
Predictors of Indoor Radon Concentrations in Pennsylvania, 1989-2013  —  1Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, USA; 2Department of Biostatistics, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland …
Mark Mellman / The Hill:
So many candidates, so little love  —  A seemingly interminable flight, blessed with a well-stocked video-on-demand system, afforded me the opportunity to watch Woody Allen's classic “Annie Hall” again after a hiatus of many years.  —  At one point, the star tells a joke about two elderly women …
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
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: The Mahablog
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, Washington Times and NPR
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 …
Julie Bykowicz / Bloomberg Business:
Will Ted Cruz Super-PACs Usher in New Frontier of Donor Influence?  —  Now big donors can go super-PAC shopping.  —  The four super-PACs preparing to give a $31 million boost to the presidential hopes of Texas Senator Ted Cruz represent the latest twist in the infiltration of big money in politics …
Peter Holley / Washington Post:
These Texas rebels say the American flag is more racist than the Confederate flag  —  When people tell the Texas Sons of Confederate Veterans spokesman Marshall Davis that his group's flags are an enduring symbol of the South's savage history of slavery, he has an answer ready for them.
Discussion: Raw Story and Addicting Info
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 …
 
 
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
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Richard A. Epstein / Hoover Institution:
The War Against Religious Liberty
Discussion: The Federalist
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
A warning to Hillary Clinton
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