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6:25 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 …
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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.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Inside Hillary's ‘Very Luxurious’ Van: A Bed, TV, and Lots of Leather  —  Hillary Clinton has arrived at her first campaign stop, completing the 965 mile trip from Chappaqua, New York to Le Claire, Iowa in about two days time.  Her choice of transportation?  A Secret Service owned and operated van.
Discussion: CNN and The Gateway Pundit
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.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Hillary Clinton's first-lady-era road trip guide
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
Kristen Desilva / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Is Hillary Clinton the democrats' Mitt Romney?
Discussion: Moe Lane and Betsy's Page
New York Times:
Senate Panel Passes Bill on Iran Nuclear Deal; Obama Indicates He'll Sign It  —  WASHINGTON — WASHINGTON — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously approved legislation granting Congress a voice in negotiations on the Iran nuclear accord, sending the once-controversial legislation …
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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 …
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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 …
New York Times:
Obama Endorses Removing Cuba From Terrorism List  —  MEXICO CITY — The White House announced on Tuesday that President Obama intends to remove Cuba from the American government's list of nations that sponsor terrorism, eliminating a major obstacle to the restoration of diplomatic relations after decades of hostilities.
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Julie Pace / Associated Press:
Obama to remove Cuba from state sponsor of terror list
Raymond Colitt / Bloomberg Business:   After Historic Cuba Meeting, Obama Has Hurdle of Delivering
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.
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Angelamartincbs / CBS Dallas:
Dallas Woman Posts On Facebook “A Female Shouldn't Be President”  —  DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - “A female shouldn't be President,” is a direct quote from a Dallas woman's Facebook page.  —  As you might imagine, the post has attracted quite a bit of attention from people across the country.
Discussion: Hot Air, Raw Story and Ed Driscoll
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” …
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
A decision on Brian Williams's future at NBC could be coming soon
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
Discussion: Addicting Info
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: Mashable, The Daily Caller and The Week
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.
Don Feder / GrasstopsUSA.com:
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 …
Irene / Judicial Watch:
ISIS Camp a Few Miles from Texas, Mexican Authorities Confirm  —  ISIS is operating a camp just a few miles from El Paso, Texas, according to Judicial Watch sources that include a Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector.  —  The exact location where the terrorist group …
Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg Business:
Hillary Clinton Comes Out Swinging at CEOs and Hedge Fund Managers  —  MONTICELLO, Iowa—Hillary Clinton launched her presidential campaign here Tuesday with aggressive attacks on the financial system as she offered broad strokes of her case for running at her first formal event.
Discussion: ABC News
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: Hit & Run, alicublog and Balloon Juice
CNN:
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 …
 
 
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Deepak Saini / WGNO:
Lawsuit: Transgender man fired because he refused to wear a dress
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Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Obama's trade pitch falling flat with Dems
Myra Sanchick / FOX6Now.com:
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Discussion: JSOnline and WGNO
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
In Debate Over Legalizing Marijuana, Disagreement Over Drug's Dangers
Pete Kasperowicz / TheBlaze.com:
Shock Testimony: VA Officials Retaliate Against Whistleblowers by Illegally Accessing Their Medical Records
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Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Dem: ‘It feels like open season on black men’
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Probing the Heart of French Malaise
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John Boyle / Citizen Times:
Senate gun bill allows unrestricted concealed carry
Discussion: Bearing Arms and The Daily Caller
The Hill:
Senate tees up votes on $200B Medicare deal
Discussion: National Journal and Daily Kos
Marco Rubio / USA Today:
Revive Lincoln's ‘One Country, One Destiny’
Jack Jenkins / ThinkProgress:
Why This Pastor Who Tried To Assassinate Hitler Has Become A Hero To The Anti-LGBT Movement
Discussion: Raw Story