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8:25 PM ET, April 13, 2015


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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.
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.
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Marco Rubio Is a Polished Performer, but He's Out of Position  —  Marco Rubio, who announced his bid for the presidency on Monday in a call to donors, has been called the “best communicator” in the Republican Party.  Over and over and over again.  —  But he has little to show for it.
Discussion: The Reaction, Advocate and Hot Air
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!
Chris Good / ABC News:
Marco Rubio Would Reopen Gitmo, Reverse Obama Foreign Policy … Sen. Marco Rubio's foreign-policy platform has a theme: undoing some of President Obama's biggest decisions.  —  That would include reopening the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, if Obama succeeds in closing …
Bloomberg Business:
Will the GOP Get Behind Marco Rubio's Immigration Evolution?
Discussion: ABC News and ThinkProgress
Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
Marco Rubio: Hillary Clinton's Ideas ‘Will Not Help Everyday Americans’
He's in: Marco Rubio's presidential challenge
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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama won't automatically endorse Hillary
Discussion: Politico
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
An Unabashedly Liberal Hillary Clinton
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Strategist: I Don't Need Hillary ‘To Drown Me In Estrogen’ (VIDEO)
Discussion: Political Wire
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
What Hillary Clinton's campaign announcement video tells us
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! … FiveThirtyEight founder and statistics guru Nate Silver has accused Ezra Klein's of stealing other people's charts without attribution.  —  “Yo, @voxdotcom: Y'all should probably stop stealing people's charts without proper attribution,” he tweeted Monday.
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.
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.
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
USA Today:
Tulsa reserve deputy charged with manslaughter  —  Authorities say Eric Harris was trying to sell an undercover officer a gun when more officers arrived and he took off.  Police cameras captured the exchange, chase and deadly shooting by a reserve deputy who claims he meant to fire his stun gun.
Detroit News:
Ben Carson to launch bid for presidency from Detroit  —  Detroit native Dr. Ben Carson will officially launch his presidential campaign in Detroit on May 4, officials said Monday.  —  The event at the Detroit Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts will be ticketed, though a time hasn't been set …
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
CNN Host Asks Rand To Reconcile Libertarianism, View On Gay Marriage  —  CNN's Dana Bash on Sunday pushed presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on his views on same-sex marriage, asking him why, as a libertarian, he doesn't believe gay people should have the freedom to marry.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Washington Post:
Four Blackwater guards sentenced in Iraq shootings of 31 unarmed civilians  —  A federal judge in Washington handed down prison terms of 30 years to life behind bars to four Blackwater Worldwide guards convicted in a deadly 2007 shooting that killed 14 unarmed Iraqis and injured others in a Baghdad traffic circle.
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Josh Levs / CNN:
North Carolina college on lockdown after man shot dead
Murtaza Hussain / The Intercept:
UAE Gave $1 Million to NYC Police Foundation; Money Aided ‘Investigations’
Discussion: Gothamist and Prairie Weather
President Obama to deliver 2015 commencement speech at Lake Area Tech
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
US military spending drops as other regions boost defenses
Kelsey Kern / WHNT-TV:
Albertville man goes to the prom for the first time at 80
Patrick M. Gleason / Wall Street Journal:
A Laffer Curve for Smokes
 Earlier Items: 
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
New York Democrats unmoved by Hillary's announcement
Michael Kiefer / USA Today:
Jodi Arias to be sentenced today for 2008 murder
Discussion: The Week
Scott Jaschik / Inside Higher Ed:
U.C.L.A. Faculty Approves Diversity Requirement
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Obama's deceptions on Iran and Cuba
Discussion: VodkaPundit
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