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10:20 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.
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.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hot Air
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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 …
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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
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: The Daily Caller and Rush Limbaugh
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.
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 …
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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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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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
The Official Google Blog:
The Search for Harm  —  In the summer of 2010, Google announced plans to acquire the flight search provider, ITA.  As we said at the time, while many people buy their airline tickets online, finding the right flight at the best price can be a real hassle.  Today Google Flight Search has made that much easier.
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Alix Culbertson / Daily Express:
Statue of Liberty-sized ASTEROID on collision course to hit EARTH, experts fear  —  AN asteroid the size of the Statue of Liberty is on a collision course to hit EARTH, scientists fear.  —  Getty  —  The asteroid has already passed Earth once and could be even closer this time
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Gabor Cselle / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter.com gets a refresh  —  Every month, hundreds of millions of people come to Twitter to see what's happening in the world.  After all, it's often the best place to turn to for information and commentary on live events and breaking news.  —  People who log in get the full experience …
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
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 …
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Chris Christie Changes Vaccine Position During New Hampshire Town Hall  —  At a New Hampshire town hall Wednesday, New Jersey Governor and potential 2016 candidate Chris Christie made a slight change to his previous statement about vaccines: He no longer believes they should be voluntary.
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Female CEO Says Women Shouldn't Be President; Cites Bible and ‘Hormones’  —  And now it's time to play everyone's favorite game: Guess Which Person You've Never Heard of Posted Something Controversial on Social Media That You Should Care About Because Reasons!
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.
 
 
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Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Cokie Roberts: ‘About 3 People’ Won't Vote for Hillary Because of Email Story
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Shane Harris / The Daily Beast:
Obama Blinks on Iran Nuke Vote
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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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Justice Department Charges Former Export-Import Bank Official With Bribery
Anomaly / FreakOutNation:
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Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Both parties fired up over vote on estate tax repeal
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Emily Brown / The Liberty Champion:
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