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6:35 PM ET, April 13, 2015


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Harry Enten / FiveThirtyEight:
The Official 2016 GOP Field Gets Its First Real Contender: Marco Rubio  —  Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's campaign, which officially kicks off Monday, has so far attracted paltry support from Republican voters, according to polls in Iowa and New Hampshire, as well as nationally.  He's down near Chris Christie!
Arlette Saenz / ABC News:
Marco Rubio Running For President in 2016: ‘I Can Lead This Country’ (EXCLUSIVE) … Republican Sen. Marco Rubio is running for president in 2016, the Florida senator told ABC News' Chief Anchor and “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview in West Miami on Monday.
Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
Marco Rubio: Hillary Clinton's Ideas ‘Will Not Help Everyday Americans’
Hillary Clinton / Salon:
Dangers of a Hillary Clinton campaign: The disastrous centrism she desperately needs to avoid  —  With the Big Announcement yesterday, Hillary Clinton officially entered the race that everyone assumes she's already won.  Can you feel the excitement?  No?  Well, this shouldn't come as a shock …
This Kid Is Devastated Hillary Clinton Is Running For President Because He Wanted To  —  He still might be crying.  —  This is Zeke.  —  Via Facebook: video.php  —  And according to this video his mom posted on Facebook, Zeke is really, really, really upset that Hillary Clinton is running for president.
Discussion: Mediaite and New York Magazine
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
An Unabashedly Liberal Hillary Clinton  —  Every presidential campaign is a bet on the American mood at a given moment in time.  I watched Hillary Clinton's presidential announcement video alongside the one she issued in 2007, and the speech she gave declaring her senate candidacy in New York in 2000.
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Strategist: I Don't Need Hillary ‘To Drown Me In Estrogen’ (VIDEO)
Discussion: Political Wire
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama won't automatically endorse Hillary  —  President Obama will not automatically endorse Hillary Clinton now that she has formally declared her candidacy for president, the White House said Monday.  —  Press secretary Josh Earnest said that Obama and Clinton have “become friends” …
Discussion: Political Wire
ABC News:
Hillary Clinton Makes Surprise Pit Stop at Chipotle in Ohio During Presidential Roadtrip … Hillary Clinton, who has embarked on a roughly 1,000 mile road trip after formally announcing her presidential bid on Sunday, was spotted at a Chipotle in Maumee, Ohio this afternoon.
First on CNN: Hillary Clinton takes road trip to Iowa  —  (CNN)Iowa or bust.  —  Hillary Clinton is kicking off her second bid for the White House with a road trip, riding from New York to her first campaign stop on Tuesday in Iowa.  She was spotted on Sunday evening chatting with people at a gas station in Pennsylvania.
Hadas Gold / Politico:   Clinton campaign asks WHCA to help organize pools
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
Clinton's decision: The long road to a second campaign
Discussion: Fox News
Jon Swaine / Guardian:
Walter Scott shooting: officer describes adrenaline rush in recording  —  Michael Slager appears to laugh nervously in audio recording as he discusses what will happen next with a senior officer  —  The police officer who killed Walter Scott in South Carolina said afterwards that he was experiencing …
Sundance / The Last Refuge:
Update* Game Changer OR Paradigm Shift ?  - Walter Scott Shooting: Enhanced Video Shows Officer Slager With Taser Darts...  On the first day we saw the North Charleston, South Carolina, shooting video of Walter Scott by Officer Michael Slager we were as shocked as everyone.
Ezra Klein / Vox:
How Vox aggregates  —  I started as a blogger in the pre-social web, when the only way to build an audience was to have other sites quote or link to your work.  Those links didn't drive a ton of traffic back to the original site, but they drove some, and sometimes you would get a new regular reader out of the deal.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Nate Silver to Vox: Stop stealing our charts!
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Mark Kirk Says People Drive Faster Through Black Neighborhoods  —  WASHINGTON — In a little-noticed interview last week, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) described African-American neighborhoods as areas that people in his state try to avoid.  —  The comment, with its racial undertones …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Chicago
Jenna Levy / Gallup:
In U.S., Uninsured Rate Dips to 11.9% in First Quarter  —  Story Highlights  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — The uninsured rate among U.S. adults declined to 11.9% for the first quarter of 2015 — down one percentage point from the previous quarter and 5.2 points since the end of 2013, just before the Affordable Care Act went into effect.
Katie DeLong /
Driver, 15-year-old passenger dead, shot after two-year-old hit by a car & killed  —  MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Milwaukee police say three people are dead in connection with an incident that began as a fatal accident and turned into a double shooting.  —  It happened in the 4600 block of N. 48th Street …
Discussion: KTLA, New York's PIX11, KFOR-TV and
Tom Kertscher / JSOnline:
Driver, teen shot to death after van hits and kills toddler
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
US military spending drops as other regions boost defenses  —  U.S. military spending fell by 6.5 percent last year as other countries increased their spending on defense, according to a report released Monday by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Obama's deceptions on Iran and Cuba  —  Remember Jonathan Gruber, the Obamacare architect who as caught on tape boasting how the president had taken advantage of the “stupidity” of American voters to pass his health-care law?  —  Well it seems, Obama is applying the “Gruber Doctrine” once again — this time to foreign policy.
Discussion: VodkaPundit
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Murtaza Hussain / The Intercept:
UAE Gave $1 Million to NYC Police Foundation; Money Aided ‘Investigations’
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Gothamist
President Obama to deliver 2015 commencement speech at Lake Area Tech
Kelsey Kern / WHNT-TV:
Albertville man goes to the prom for the first time at 80
Washington Post:
Four Blackwater guards sentenced in Iraq shootings of 31 unarmed civilians
Discussion: New York Times and The Week
Patrick M. Gleason / Wall Street Journal:
A Laffer Curve for Smokes
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
New York Democrats unmoved by Hillary's announcement
Scott Jaschik / Inside Higher Ed:
U.C.L.A. Faculty Approves Diversity Requirement
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Stephen Kinzer / New York Times:
Günter Grass, German Novelist and Social Critic, Dies at 87
Discussion: CNN, American Spectator and Mediaite
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
Anti-gay activist testifies against same-sex marriage in Texas: Gays are like ‘murderers and rapists’
Discussion: Addicting Info
Matea Gold / Washington Post:
Wealthy donors on left launch new plan to wrest back control in the states