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6:15 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.
John Parkinson / ABC News:
Gyrocopter Lands on West Front of US Capitol, Pilot Arrested
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
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.
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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 …
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
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.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Hillary Clinton's Big Shift On Same-Sex Marriage
The Hill:
87 Democrats endorsing Hillary
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
You Don't Have to Tell a Clinton Twice
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
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: CBS News and Liberaland
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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: Taylor Marsh, Hot Air and The Reaction
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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
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
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite, Joe. My. God. and WBIR-TV
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.
Jason Howerton / TheBlaze.com:
Bystander Asks Man in Military Uniform Basic Questions About His Service — His Answers Sparked This Explosive Exchange  —  A furious bystander was captured on video accusing a man dressed in uniform of “stolen valor” at a bar in Sunrise, Florida, sparking a heated exchange that appeared to have nearly spun out of control.
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 …
Ted Land / KING-TV:
Seattle CEO to pay employees $70,000 minimum wage  —  SEATTLE — Employees at a Seattle company are still trying to wrap their minds around the news their boss just delivered.  Some of them are getting a raise.  —  A huge one.  —  “You might be making $35,000 a year right now but everyone …
Discussion: The Last Tradition
 
 
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Ahiza Garcia / Talking Points Memo:
Ann Coulter: US Needs Literacy Tests To Make It ‘More Difficult To Vote’ (VIDEO)
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David Edwards / Raw Story:
WATCH: Terrified ‘Tea Party Patriot’ realizes he could lose Obamacare if GOP wins in 2016
Discussion: Liberaland and FreakOutNation
Washington Post:
Chief Justice Roberts reports for jury duty in a Maryland court
Ethan Brown / OpposingViews.com:
New Bernie Sanders Bill Looks To Crack Down On Offshore Tax Havens
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Andrea Eger / Tulsa World:
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt defends Bible distribution in schools, says ‘religious freedoms are under attack’
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Emily Brown / The Liberty Champion:
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The Hill:
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David Shepardson / Reuters:
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