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1:00 PM ET, April 15, 2015


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Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Was Asked About Email 2 Years Ago  —  WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton was directly asked by congressional investigators in a December 2012 letter whether she had used a private email account while serving as secretary of state, according to letters obtained by The New York Times.
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
BREAKING: Clinton urges Supreme Court to rule for marriage equality  —  Hillary Clinton wants the Supreme Court to rule for marriage equality.  Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)  —  Hillary Clinton supports a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court granting the right of same-sex couples …
Joshua Green / Bloomberg Business:
Will Hillary Clinton Be the Agent of Her Campaign's Undoing—Again?  —  She'll have to avoid the infighting that plagued her mismanaged 2008 run for the presidency  —  The last time Hillary Clinton was riding high as a presidential candidate was March 5, 2008.  She had just beaten Barack Obama in the Ohio and Texas primaries.
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
You Don't Have to Tell a Clinton Twice  —  WASHINGTON — When a 35-year-old Bill Clinton, famously the nation's youngest former governor, set out in 1982 to reclaim the job he had lost two years earlier, he began with a remarkable televised confessional.  —  “My daddy never had to whip …
The Hill:
87 Democrats endorsing Hillary  —  Eighty-seven Democratic lawmakers have endorsed Hillary Clinton's 2016 run for president, according to a survey by The Hill.  —  Sixty House lawmakers, just under one-third of the 188 Democrats in the chamber, and 27 senators, nearly 60 percent …
The Times-Tribune:
Gravestone of Hillary Clinton's father toppled in Scranton cemetery  —  SCRANTON — The grave- stone of Hugh Rodham, Hillary Clinton's father, was found toppled over in the Washburn Street Cemetery, police said.  —  Someone in the cemetery reported that the stone was tipped over Tuesday morning, Police Chief Carl Graziano said.
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg View:
Hillary Clinton Isn't Inevitable
Discussion: Daily Kos and Frankly Curious
Daily Mail:
More than 2 MILLION of Hillary Clinton's Twitter followers are fake or never tweet …
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Axelrod calls Clinton on track with authenticity
Discussion: Politico, Mediaite and The Daily Caller
Peggy Lee / WNEP-TV:
Rodham Family Headstone Vandalized?
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
The Hill:
Senate overwhelmingly approves House ‘doc fix’ bill  —  The Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a $200 billion Medicare reform package that will end a two-decade-old headache for Congress known as the “doc fix.”  —  The rare bipartisan bill, which passed 92-8, marks …
Discussion: Fox News
Kathleen Hunter / Bloomberg Business:
Congress Votes Raise for Doctors in U.S. Medicare Payments
Discussion: The Hill and ThinkProgress
Alan Fram / Associated Press:   Finally, Congress OKs Bill Reshaping Medicare Doctors' Fees
Victor Mather / New York Times:
Aaron Hernandez Found Guilty of First-Degree Murder  —  A jury in Fall River, Mass., found Aaron Hernandez guilty of first-degree murder on Wednesday.  —  The crime carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.  Mr. Hernandez was handcuffed immediately after the verdict.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Valerie Jarrett Kisses Reporters Before Interview  —  President Barack Obama's top adviser, Valerie Jarrett, went around the table and kissed reporters before an interview this morning on MNSBC's Morning Joe.  The moment was briefly captured on live television before the network cut away to a commercial break.
Discussion: Progress Pond
Mark Bergen / Re/code:
Here Is Google's Internal Response to the Imminent E.U. Charges (Memo)  —  On Wednesday, the European Union is expected to drop the hammer on Google, charging the company with violating antitrust rules with its search dominance.  It's the tail end of a five-year investigation …
John Harwood / CNBC:
Harry Reid: Stepping down, yes.  Retiring?  Never  —  Sen. Harry Reid speaks candidly to CNBC's Chief Washington Correspondent John Harwood about everyone from Rush Limbaugh and John Boehner to Bill and Hillary Clinton.  —  SEARCHLIGHT, Nev.—Harry Reid is thankful he quit boxing years ago as a young man …
Steven Dennis / Roll Call:
Marco Rubio's Opening Speech Had a Goof (Updated)  —  Marco Rubio's presidential campaign announcement speech included inspirational parts of his life story, the outline of a governing agenda and one flat-out error that appears to be a clumsy Prince reference.
Ed Kilgore / Talking Points Memo:
Marco Rubio's Double Game: Will It Work?
James Hohmann / Politico:
GOP insiders applaud Clinton rollout  —  Most Republicans thought the former secretary of state's announcement was contrived or phony, but they still viewed it as a savvy campaign launch.  —  Hillary Clinton has found a new constituency: Republicans.  —  A significant — and surprising …
Discussion: The Reaction and Hot Air
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Loretta Lynch supporters stage hunger strike to urge confirmation  —  Loretta Lynch is still waiting to be confirmed as attorney general, and her allies are hoping a hunger strike will do the trick.  —  The advocacy group founded by the Rev. Al Sharpton, along with female civil-rights leaders …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and RedState
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
GRAPHIC VIDEO: Dashcam Shows Ariz. Cop Intentionally Run Over Suspect  —  An Arizona police officer rammed into a suspect with his patrol car in February in order to stop the suspect's alleged crime spree, according to two dashcam videos released by police on Tuesday.
Discussion: Liberaland and CNN
Emily Brown / The Liberty Champion:
Former Gov. Jeb Bush to speak at Commencement  —  Liberty University officials announced today that former Florida governor and potential presidential candidate Jeb Bush will speak at the school's 42nd Commencement Saturday, May 9.  —  Bush  —  Jeb Bush, 62, was elected as Florida's 43rd governor in 1998 …
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
Jason Russell / Washington Examiner:
A yearly reminder that the gender wage gap is due to choice, not discrimination  —  Women earn just 77 or 78 cents to the dollar that men earn.  —  That line is thrown around so often it must be true, right?  As with most outrageous statistics, the shock disappears when you do even a bit of research into its background.
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Both parties fired up over vote on estate tax repeal  —  The House is gearing up to vote Thursday on repealing the estate tax, an issue that has energized the base in both parties — and that Democrats and Republicans see as a political winner.  —  Republicans are making the vote the centerpiece …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Boehner rebels replaced on committee
Discussion: Daily Kos
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