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2:10 PM ET, April 13, 2015


 Top Items: 
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.
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Bill Kristol: If They Get To Nominate Hillary Clinton, Why Don't We Get To Nominate Dick Cheney?  —  Here's Bloody Bill Kristol with the false equivalency of the day when asked who is the most promising Republican candidate not in the race yet by This Week host George Stephanopoulos:
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
Meet the gay couple in Clinton campaign video  —  Nathan Johnson and Jared Milrad were the male same-sex couple in the Hillary Clinton campaign video.  (Photo courtesy of Jared Milrad)  —  Jared Milrad and Nathan Johnson didn't know exactly what they were getting into three weeks ago …
Bill Curry / Salon:
Hillary Clinton just doesn't get it: She's already running a losing campaign
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
What Hillary Clinton's campaign announcement video tells us
Matt Higgins / CBS DC:
Romney: ‘Hillary Clinton Is Just Not Trustworthy’
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Agence France-Presse:
Gay couple overjoyed to feature in Clinton launch video
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
Clinton's decision: The long road to a second campaign
Discussion: Fox News
Steve Kornacki /
Hillary and the Obama factor
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
Marco Rubio Is the Most Disingenuous Republican Running for President  —  He's not a reformer.  He's a fraud.  —  Most of the Republican Party's primary candidates have internalized something that was blindingly obvious to everyone who watched the 2012 elections unfold.
Associated Press:
RUBIO TELLS DONORS HE IS RUNNING FOR WHITE HOUSE  —  MIAMI (AP) — Sen. Marco Rubio on Monday took on Hillary Rodham Clinton in his first words as a presidential candidate, telling top donors he is running for the Republican nomination because the 2016 race for the White House should be about the future, not the past.
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!
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Marco Rubio Announces 2016 Presidential Bid  —  MIAMI — Senator Marco Rubio of Florida told his top donors Monday that he is running for president in 2016, becoming the third Republican to officially enter the contest.  —  Mr. Rubio will make a formal announcement Monday evening …
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.
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.
Jeffrey Young / The Huffington Post:
Uninsured Rate Gets Lower And Lower, Thanks To Obamacare
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Balloon Juice
Tom Kertscher / JSOnline:
Driver, teen shot to death after van hits and kills toddler  —  The van that struck and killed a toddler in the 4600 block of N. 48th St. and the area surrounding it are cordoned off by police tape.  The driver, who stayed at the scene, was fatally shot.  And a 15-year-old at the scene also was fatally shot.
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
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
It Takes a Party  —  So Hillary Clinton is officially running, to nobody's surprise.  And you know what's coming: endless attempts to psychoanalyze the candidate, endless attempts to read significance into what she says or doesn't say about President Obama, endless thumb-sucking about her “positioning” on this or that issue.
Matea Gold / Washington Post:
Wealthy donors on left launch new plan to wrest back control in the states  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A cadre of wealthy liberal donors aims to pour tens of millions of dollars into rebuilding the left's political might in the states, racing to catch up with a decades-old conservative effort that has reshaped statehouses across the country.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Prairie Weather
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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
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters:
Ugly American? Harris-Perry Worries US Tourists Would be ‘Plague’ on Cuba
Ken Thomas / TIME:
Clinton Takes Road Trip to Iowa for First Campaign Event
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
Anti-gay activist testifies against same-sex marriage in Texas: Gays are like ‘murderers and rapists’
Discussion: Addicting Info
Tulsa World:
Reserve deputy who shot, killed man thought he drew his Taser, release says
Elizabeth Harrington / Washington Free Beacon:
Pentagon Deploys ‘May I Kiss You?’ Training
Discussion: BizPac Review
New York Post:
Inspector General report comes down hard on Metro North
Discussion: Associated Press
 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: RedState
Juan Williams / The Hill:
For 2016, a tidal wave of cash
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
5 Things to Know About Congress' Return From a 2-Week Break
Discussion: The Hill, Hot Air and Politico
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
Obama conquered the West for Democrats, but now it's back in play
Discussion: American Power
Maria Abi-Habib / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Widens Role in Saudi-led Campaign Against Houthi Rebels in Yemen