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7:50 PM ET, April 15, 2015

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Ben Montgomery / Tampa Bay Times:
Ruskin mailman tries flying to Capitol in gyrocopter to deliver campaign reform message to Congress  —  UPDATE 1:33 p.m.: It appears as though Hughes has landed on the lawn of the Capitol.  Tweets from Washington congressional reporters indicate Capitol Police hustled out of the building and confronted Hughes at the gyrocopter.
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The Hill:
Copter lands on Capitol grounds, sparking security concerns  —  A small gyrocopter reportedly piloted by a Florida postal worker landed on the West Lawn of the Capitol on Wednesday, triggering a brief lockdown and raising questions about security on Capitol Hill.
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
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 to marry across the nation …
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Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Was Asked About Email 2 Years Ago
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
You Don't Have to Tell a Clinton Twice
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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 …
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David McCabe / The Hill:
Reid: GOP field a bunch of ‘losers’
Discussion: Hot Air
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
LISTEN: Ted Nugent Talks About Shooting Harry Reid At NRA Meeting
Discussion: Mediaite
David Edwards / Raw Story:
WATCH: Terrified ‘Tea Party Patriot’ realizes he could lose Obamacare if GOP wins in 2016  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  A conservative video blogger with over a million views on YouTube said this week that he would likely vote for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton …
Discussion: Salon, Liberaland and FreakOutNation
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 …
Daily Mail:
Campaign staff DROVE ‘ordinary’ Iowans to Hillary's first campaign stop - including health care ‘lobbyist in training’ who was an Obama campaign intern and Biden chauffeur  — Austin Bird sat for coffee on Tuesday morning in the town of LeClaire, Iowa, chatting with Hillary Clinton as photographers snapped pictures
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James Hohmann / Politico:
GOP insiders applaud Clinton rollout
Discussion: Hot Air, Taylor Marsh and The Reaction
Marko / the munchkin wrangler.:
a statement on my hugo nomination.  —  Dear friends and readers:  —  I have officially withdrawn my acceptance of the Best Novel nomination for “Lines of Departure” at this year's Hugo Awards.  —  It has come to my attention that “Lines of Departure” was one of the nomination suggestions in Vox Day's “Rabid Puppies” campaign.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Hillary's Ungainly Glide  —  I'm off the next two weeks finishing a book, and I can already tell you this is a terrible time to be away from the scene.  Hillary Clinton's announcement followed by her dark-windowed SUV journey into deepest darkest America was the most inept, phony, shallow …
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Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
FACT CHECK: Rubio Rhetoric Breaks With Past, but Ideas Don't
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Private Company Conspired With Police To Hold Poor People For Ransom, Lawsuit Charges  —  Minutes after a court sentenced Adel Edwards to pay a $500 fine for burning leaves in his yard without a permit, the private probation company tasked with supervising his monthly payments told …
David Knowles / Bloomberg Business:
Chipotle Manager: Hillary Clinton Didn't Leave Anything in Tip Jar  —  One of the great political mysteries of the early 2016 presidential campaign has been solved: Hillary Clinton did not leave a tip at the Chipotle franchise she visited during her road trip to Iowa on Sunday.
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh
Dave Boucher / Tennessean.com:
Tennessee House votes Bible as official state book  —  The Holy Bible is the official book of Tennessee in the view of the Tennessee House of Representatives.  —  Despite questions of constitutionality, lawmakers beat back an attempt to make Andrew Jackson's Bible the official book …
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's One-Man Nuclear Deal  —  Congress will get a vote but the President still has a free hand.  —  President Obama says he wants Congress to play a role in approving a nuclear deal with Iran, but his every action suggests the opposite.  After months of resistance …
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Shane Harris / The Daily Beast:
Obama Blinks on Iran Nuke Vote
Discussion: Hot Air
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
The Myth of Police Reform  —  There is a tendency, when examining police shootings, to focus on tactics at the expense of strategy.  One interrogates the actions of the officer in the moment trying to discern their mind-state.  We ask ourselves, “Were they justified in shooting?”
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Christie Is Served a Ribbing at New Hampshire Restaurant  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. - It started with a “Sopranos” joke.  And it went downhill from there.  —  Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey encountered the splendorous spontaneity of the New Hampshire voter on Wednesday morning …
Discussion: Politico, Business Insider and The Week
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Clinton represents everything Democrats say they oppose  —  Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign raises an awkward question: How low is the self-esteem of America's Democrats?  —  Clinton embodies all the things Democrats supposedly reject.  But she's got money and powerful allies in politics …
Ahiza Garcia / Talking Points Memo:
Ann Coulter: US Needs Literacy Tests To Make It ‘More Difficult To Vote’ (VIDEO)  —  Conservative commentator Ann Coulter advocated for the administration of literacy tests as a prerequisite for voting on Wednesday during an appearance on “Fox & Friends.”  —  During a segment …
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.
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: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
Margaret Talev / Bloomberg Business:
Bloomberg Politics National Poll Finds Deep Partisan Split on Israel and Iran  —  Israel has become a deeply partisan issue for ordinary Americans as well as for politicians in Washington, a shift that may represent a watershed moment in foreign policy and carry implications for domestic politics …
 
 
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Ethan Brown / OpposingViews.com:
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Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Female CEO Says Women Shouldn't Be President; Cites Bible and ‘Hormones’
Andrea Eger / Tulsa World:
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt defends Bible distribution in schools, says ‘religious freedoms are under attack’
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