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7:20 AM ET, April 16, 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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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.
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Hillary Clinton Wrong On Family's Immigration History, Records Show  —  “Her grandparents always spoke about the immigrant experience and, as a result she has always thought of them as immigrants,” a spokesperson says.  “As has been correctly pointed out, while her grandfather was an immigrant …
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Cokie Roberts: ‘About 3 People’ Won't Vote for Hillary Because of Email Story
Discussion: neo-neocon and New York Times
James V. Grimaldi / Wall Street Journal:
Clinton Foundation to Keep Foreign Donors  —  Board's decision to continue accepting funding from some countries could become 2016 campaign issue  —  The board of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation has decided to continue accepting donations from foreign governments …
Margaret Talev / Bloomberg Business:
Bloomberg Politics National Poll Finds Improving Economic Mood  —  Hillary Clinton's presidential hopes may be buoyed by a more optimistic feeling about President Barack Obama and the economy seen in a new Bloomberg Politics poll.  —  Americans are becoming more optimistic …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Margaret Talev / Bloomberg Business:
Bloomberg Politics National Poll Finds Deep Partisan Split on Israel and Iran
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, FreakOutNation and Liberaland
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
FACT CHECK: Rubio Rhetoric Breaks With Past, but Ideas Don't  —  Florida Sen. Marco Rubio launched a Republican presidential campaign this week with a promise to reject “the leaders and ideas of the past.”  —  It was a not-so-subtle jab from a 43-year-old fresh-faced, senator at his likely 2016 competitors …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Wall Street Journal:
Hillary's Ungainly Glide
Discussion: The Anchoress
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Big Money From Super PACs Is Eroding the Power of Parties  —  Six months ago, I would have told you that April 15, the date when campaigns report their first-quarter fund-raising tallies, could be one of the most interesting early milestones of the Republican primary season.
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 …
Discussion: Liberal Values
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Kirsten Powers / USA Today:
Hillary Clinton owns big security edge
Washington Post:
Chief Justice Roberts reports for jury duty in a Maryland court  —  One potential juror who was considered for a civil trial in Montgomery County on Wednesday morning could have brought a lot to the jury room.  He's the chief justice of the United States.  —  John G. Roberts Jr. showed …
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 …
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
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.
New York Times:
Dean Skelos, New York Senate Leader, and His Son Are Said to Be Focus of Corruption Inquiry  —  Federal prosecutors have begun presenting evidence to a grand jury considering a case against the leader of the New York State Senate, Dean G. Skelos of Long Island, and his son, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
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 McCabe / The Hill:
Reid: GOP field a bunch of ‘losers’  —  Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called the GOP presidential field “losers” and compared Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to a “lump of coal” in a Wednesday interview.  —  Reid said he wasn't worried that Hillary Clinton doesn't have a significant challenger in the Democratic primary.
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
LISTEN: Ted Nugent Talks About Shooting Harry Reid At NRA Meeting
Discussion: Mediaite
Richard Engel / NBC News:
New Details on 2012 Kidnapping of NBC News Team in Syria  —  Here is what we found based on facts gathered from dozens of sources inside and outside of Syria.
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 …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Hillary Clinton's Big Shift On Same-Sex Marriage  —  WASHINGTON — Last summer, Hillary Clinton gave a tense interview to NPR where she was pressed on same-sex marriage.  Her position then?  Leave it up to the states.  —  “For me, marriage had always been a matter left to the states.
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Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Chris Christie Changes Vaccine Position During New Hampshire Town Hall
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Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
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Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Female CEO Says Women Shouldn't Be President; Cites Bible and ‘Hormones’
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
The Myth of Police Reform
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Talking Points Memo:
Remembering Lincoln and the War After the Civil War
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Jason Howerton / TheBlaze.com:
Bystander Asks Man in Military Uniform Basic Questions About His Service — His Answers Sparked This Explosive Exchange
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Both parties fired up over vote on estate tax repeal