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8:40 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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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 …
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Los Angeles Times:
Column What are the Democrats' alternatives to Clintonland?
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Power Line
Kirsten Powers / USA Today:
Hillary Clinton owns big security edge
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 …
Discussion: New York Post and The PJ Tatler
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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.
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Cokie Roberts: ‘About 3 People’ Won't Vote for Hillary Because of Email Story
Discussion: neo-neocon and New York Times
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Even in New Hampshire, ‘Bridgegate’ Dogs Christie  —  LONDONDERRY, N.H. — Chris Christie's name has tumbled off the list of top-tier presidential candidates.  He is sagging in the polls.  And in the kind of indignity that creeps up on him with agonizing regularity, a stranger …
Discussion: Mediaite and Political Wire
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Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Christie Is Served a Ribbing at New Hampshire Restaurant
Discussion: Politico, Business Insider and The Week
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Chris Christie Changes Vaccine Position During New Hampshire Town Hall
Discussion: FOX News Radio and Liberaland
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.
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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
New York Times:
President Vladimir Putin's Dangerous Moves  —  President Vladimir Putin of Russia has added new, chilling nuclear threats to his aggression in Ukraine, where 6,000 people have been killed in a war with Russian-backed separatists.  Mr. Putin wants to expand his country's influence and standing …
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Leonid Bershidsky / Bloomberg View:
Putin's Iran Game Bests Obama
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Arthur Allen / Politico:
George W. Bush: Jeb has a problem: ‘Me’  —  CHICAGO — Jeb Bush's candidacy has a problem, says brother George.  —  “Me.”  —  Story Continued Below  —  “It's an easy line to say, 'Haven't we had enough Bushes?'  After all, even my mother said, ‘Yes,’” the former president told an audience …
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
James Pethokoukis / The Week:
Right-wing hostility to Marco Rubio's tax plan shows the GOP is stuck in the past  —  If voters think the GOP's big economic idea is tax cuts for rich people, the next American president will probably be another Democrat.  —  The American electorate isn't exactly eager to help the wealthy keep more of their money.
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Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
FACT CHECK: Rubio Rhetoric Breaks With Past, but Ideas Don't
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Wall Street Journal:
Hillary's Ungainly Glide
Discussion: The Anchoress
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
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
 
 
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Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Jorge Ramos Corners Rubio: Would You Attend a Gay Wedding?
Discussion: Raw Story
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Has Obamacare Turned Voters Against Sharing the Wealth?
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Campaign Finance: Big Money From Super PACs Is Eroding the Power of Parties
Tim Alberta / National Journal:
Conservative Leaders Plan Two Secret Meetings Aimed at Picking a 2016 Candidate
Alix Culbertson / Daily Express:
Statue of Liberty-sized ASTEROID on collision course to hit EARTH, experts fear
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Clinton represents everything Democrats say they oppose
Discussion: Liberal Values, Hot Air and BuzzFeed
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Chief Justice Roberts reports for jury duty in a Maryland court
Discussion: Politico and Bloomberg Business
Shane Harris / The Daily Beast:
Obama Blinks on Iran Nuke Vote
Discussion: Hot Air
Ethan Brown / OpposingViews.com:
New Bernie Sanders Bill Looks To Crack Down On Offshore Tax Havens
Discussion: FOX News Radio
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
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jason Howerton / TheBlaze.com:
Bystander Asks Man in Military Uniform Basic Questions About His Service — His Answers Sparked This Explosive Exchange