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3:20 PM ET, April 14, 2015


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Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
A Modest Proposal: Barack Obama Should Be Hillary Clinton's Running Mate  —  Because Hillary Clinton is white and no longer young, a strain of political thought holds that she might lack Barack Obama's inherent appeal to new and minority voters and thus that she won't be able to ride …
Eli Stokols / Politico:
The GOP's plan to turn Hillary into Mitt Romney  —  Republicans are readying a familiar template: The out-of-touch plutocrat who lives in a world of private planes, chauffeured vehicles and million-dollar homes.  —  Forget about the Arkansas days, the small-bore scandals, her health care plan, and most everything else from the 1990s.
Kevin Quealy / New York Times:
Less essential analysis: Hillary Clinton's Chipotle Order: Above Average  —  Hillary Clinton's Chipotle Order: Above Average  —  On Monday, Hillary Rodham Clinton ordered a burrito bowl at a Chipotle outside Toledo, Ohio.  —  Let others deconstruct her apparent anonymity or how her visit compared with President Obama's.
Sam Wang / Princeton Election Consortium:
The Real Problem With That Chart  —  In today's dustup between FiveThirtyEight and Vox, the press is missing the point.  This is often the case, since most reporters understand mud-throwing better than they understand data.  —  I am not interested in squabbles over whether it is kosher to show someone else's graphic.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Hillary Clinton's first-lady-era road trip guide  —  For Hillary Clinton, there was once a time when the Scooby Van just didn't cut it.  —  As Clinton launched what aides are portraying as a stripped-down, no-frills presidential campaign with a road trip from New York to Iowa …
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
Don Feder /
Top Ten Reasons Why Hitlery Will Never Be President  —  GrassTopsUSA Exclusive Commentary  —  Think Evita after Botox treatments.  Think Madame Defarge on a bad hair day.  Think Lady Macbeth with serious issues ("Out, out, damned bimbo!").  —  To listen to the babbling heads …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Inside Hillary's ‘Very Luxurious’ Van: A Bed, TV, and Lots of Leather
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and CNN
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton, Just an Unrecognized Burrito Bowl Fan at Chipotle
Stephen A. Nuño / Talking Points Memo:
Marco Rubio Is The Lipstick, The GOP Is The Pig  —  The media is in a frenzy over the entry of Marco Rubio into the presidential race.  He's young, handsome, well-spoken in English and Spanish, he's got an immigrant history.  He is a genuine American success story.
Erick Erickson / Fox News:
Why Marco Rubio has a real shot at 2016 Republican nomination  —  Feb. 27, 2015: Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. speaks in National Harbor, Md. (AP)  —  Ted Cruz remains a conservative favorite in 2016.  In 2012, the establishment backed his Senate opponent in Texas, then Lt. Governor David Dewhurst.
David McCabe / The Hill:
Rubio: I'm more experienced than Barack Obama was in 2008
Matt Higgins / CBS Cleveland:
Gov. Kasich: ‘I Am Seriously Considering’ Presidential Run
Discussion: CBS DC and FOX News Radio
Yahoo Politics:
Chris Christie bets on bold  —  Chris Christie sat impassively at the round mahogany table in his family kitchen Monday as I recounted some of the data that suggested he was too damaged to run for president.  A recent CBS News poll found that 42 percent of Republican voters wouldn't even consider voting …
Heather Haddon / Wall Street Journal:
Chris Christie Calls for Raising Age for Social Security, Cutting Benefit for Some Seniors  —  In New Hampshire speech, New Jersey governor proposes overhaul of Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare  —  MANCHESTER, N.H.—New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is expected to call …
Patricia Cohen / New York Times:
One Company's New Minimum Wage: $70,000 a Year  —  The idea began percolating, said Dan Price, the founder of Gravity Payments, after he read an article on happiness.  It showed that, for people who earn less than about $70,000, extra money makes a big difference in their lives.
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Tom Brokaw addresses Brian Williams controversy: ‘really, really serious’  —  As speculation swirls about Brian Williams' fate at NBC, his predecessor is calling for patience.  —  In his first extensive public comments on the matter, Tom Brokaw, who held the anchor chair at “NBC Nightly News” …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
A decision on Brian Williams's future at NBC could be coming soon  —  Andrew Lack, the former and current head of NBC News, started his old job anew last week staring at a monumental dilemma: What to do about Brian Williams?  —  The anchorman who was the face of NBC News and its signature …
Nick Gass / Politico:
Bob Corker says bipartisan deal has been reached on Iran bill  —  The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said Tuesday that a bipartisan agreement has been reached on legislation that would allow Congress to review any nuclear agreement with Iran.
The Hill:
Senate deal sets up Iran vote
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Senate Panel Deal Paves Way for Vote on Iran Nuclear Bill
Discussion: Reuters and The Week
Matthewjbuettner / CBS Denver:
CBS4 Investigation: TSA Screeners At DIA Manipulated System To Grope Men's Genitals  —  DENVER (CBS4) - A CBS4 investigation has learned that two Transportation Security Administration screeners at Denver International Airport have been fired after they were discovered manipulating passenger screening systems …
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Mashable and The Week
R&B singer Percy Sledge dies at 73  —  People we lost in 2015 46 photos  —  Click through to see people who died in 2015.  —  People we lost in 2015 46 photos  —  Percy Sledge, known for the single “When a Man Loves a Woman,” died Tuesday, April 14, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana …
Ian Auzenne / KATC-TV:
Soul singer Percy Sledge dead at 73
Discussion: The Week
Jon Swaine / Guardian:
Michael Slager and ‘bad, corrupt cops’ sued by black man who says he was tased  —  Police officer who killed Walter Scott is one of three patrolmen named in lawsuit filed by Julius Wilson, who says Slager used a stun gun on him  —  The police officer who killed Walter Scott in South Carolina …
Kira Lerner / ThinkProgress:
Islamic Extremists Have Seized Control Of U.S. Cities, Says NRA Seminar  —  National Rifle Association members hold hands during the opening prayer at the annual meeting of members at the NRA convention Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn.  —  CREDIT: AP Photo/Mark Humphrey
Jack Jenkins / ThinkProgress:
Why This Pastor Who Tried To Assassinate Hitler Has Become A Hero To The Anti-LGBT Movement  —  CREDIT: í™", via wikimedia commons  —  It's no secret that conservative Christians who oppose marriage equality are using increasingly hyperbolic language to describe their campaign against LGBT rights.
Discussion: Raw Story
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Lost Language of Privacy  —  Like a lot of people, I've come to believe that it would be a good idea to put body-mounted cameras on police officers.  I now believe this for several reasons.  —  First, there have been too many cases in which police officers have abused their authority and then covered it up.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and alicublog
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John Boyle / Citizen Times:
Senate gun bill allows unrestricted concealed carry
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Bearing Arms
The Hill:
Senate tees up votes on $200B Medicare deal
Discussion: Daily Kos and National Journal
Irene / Judicial Watch:
ISIS Camp a Few Miles from Texas, Mexican Authorities Confirm
David Shepardson / Detroit News:
Biden ‘not ready’ to decide on presidential run
Los Angeles Times:
P-22 mountain lion is no longer under house, wildlife officials say
Marco Rubio / USA Today:
Revive Lincoln's ‘One Country, One Destiny’
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GOP: Obama war request is dead
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Ex-Governor Will Lead New Fund at Bain Capital
Ashley Edwards / New York's PIX11:
EXCLUSIVE: Woman says Harlem tattoo parlor behind ‘Black Ink’ left her disfigured
Discussion: FOX31 Denver
Michael Quander / WREG-TV:
Brutal attack at Memphis gas station caught on camera
Discussion: The Last Tradition and KFOR-TV