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5:30 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?
Chris Good / ABC News:
Rand Paul Edges Away From His Father's Foreign Policies
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
David Weigel / Bloomberg Business:
Rand Paul: NRA Was ‘Petty’ in Not Inviting Him to Conference
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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 …
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 …
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
Where Are the Anti-War Democrats on Iran?
Discussion: Common Dreams and Politico
Jose A. DelReal / Washington Post:
Lincoln Chafee exploring bid for Democratic presidential nod in 2016
Discussion: Moe Lane
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 …
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:   Expected Presidential Bid Puts Marco Rubio at Odds With a Mentor, Jeb Bush
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:
‘Draft Biden’ movement imagines vice president in Corvette  —  Those hoping to draw Joe Biden into launching the 2016 presidential race are looking to rev up support by getting others to imagine the 72-year-old former senator driving a Corvette.  —  Organizers behind the Draft Biden 2016 super-PAC …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Clinton Library files show Hillary image polishing
Discussion: ABC News
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
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Dan Maduri /
Bachmann: Obama Has Virtually Guaranteed a World War III  —  WASHINGTON - Former Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann doesn't mince words when discussing President Obama's “pro jihad” and “anti christian” foreign policy.  —  She also evaluates the Republican field for 2016 …
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Michael Paulson / New York Times:
Aboard Flights, Conflicts Over Seat Assignments and Religion
Discussion: Unfogged
Jonathan Lintner / Courier-Journal:
Churchill bans re-entry, selfie sticks
Discussion: and
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
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Almost Everything Barack Obama's Ever Said About Marijuana Over The Years
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
New York Times:
Today in Politics: A Knighted Bloomberg Decrees Bush and Clinton Worthy Candidates
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