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9:55 AM ET, April 16, 2015

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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 …
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David Knowles / Bloomberg Business:
Chipotle Manager: Hillary Clinton Didn't Leave Anything in Tip Jar
Los Angeles Times:
Column What are the Democrats' alternatives to Clintonland?  —  Don't despair, political junkies.  There's still going to be a vigorous debate in the Democratic presidential primary campaign — even though it won't really be about who the nominee should be.
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Power Line
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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: The Reaction and Political Wire
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Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  April 16, 2015 - New Jersey Voters Say Menendez …
Discussion: Washington Post
Leon Hendrix / WOOD-TV:
Shop owner will deny ‘openly gay’ customers  —  GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — The owner of a Grandville auto repair shop says he won't hesitate “to refuse service to an openly gay person or persons.”  —  Brian Klawiter, the owner of Dieseltec on Ottawa Avenue in Grandville …
Discussion: Raw Story, Liberaland and Joe. My. God.
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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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
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 …
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.
Tulsa World:
Sources: Supervisors told to falsify reserve deputy's training records; department announces internal investigation  —  Supervisors ordered to credit reserve deputy with proper papers.  —  Image (2)  —  VIDEO: Tulsa World writers appear on CNN to discuss reserve deputy fatal shooting case
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
Antonin Scalia / TIME:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg  —  The high Court's counterweight  —  Ruth Bader Ginsburg has had two distinguished legal careers, either one of which would alone entitle her to be one of TIME's 100.  When she was a law professor at Rutgers and later Columbia, she became the leading (and very successful) …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Week
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 …
A.B. Stoddard / The Hill:
Where Clinton must win  —  Hillary Clinton may be one of the most famous people in the world, and most people have already decided whether her chance to become our first woman president tops everything else they know of her.  But there is a pocket of the electorate left for her to penetrate.
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Jorge Ramos Corners Rubio: Would You Attend a Gay Wedding?  —  One day after he confirmed to CNN's Jake Tapper that he believes marriage should be between one man and one woman, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) went on Jorge Ramos' Fusion show where the host confronted him on the issue using a new angle.
Discussion: Raw Story
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Tavis Smiley Battles O'Reilly on Police, Race: ‘How Many Isolated Incidents Equal a Pattern?’  —  Bill O'Reilly tonight went off on “cop haters” who he believes are trying to demonize all cops, when the reality is most cops aren't bad.  Of course, O'Reilly said, what Officer Michael Slager …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Mayor de Blasio, on Midwest Trip, Seeks to Lead a National Shift to the Left  —  OMAHA — Mayor Bill de Blasio, dismayed by a Democratic Party that he believes has moved too slowly to embrace a populist platform, arrived in the Midwest on Wednesday with an audacious mission: leading the nation leftward.
Discussion: Hot Air, New York Magazine and The Week
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
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
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Has Obamacare Turned Voters Against Sharing the Wealth?  —  With the advent of the Affordable Care Act, the share of Americans convinced that health care is a right shrank from a majority to a minority.  —  This shift in public opinion is a major victory for the Republican Party.
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
 
 
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Susan Davis / USA Today:
100 days of Congress: Stumbles but signs of progress
Discussion: Political Wire
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Campaign Finance: Big Money From Super PACs Is Eroding the Power of Parties
Discussion: Washington Post
New York Times:
Dean Skelos, New York Senate Leader, and His Son Are Said to Be Focus of Corruption Inquiry
Tim Alberta / National Journal:
Conservative Leaders Plan Two Secret Meetings Aimed at Picking a 2016 Candidate
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Cokie Roberts: ‘About 3 People’ Won't Vote for Hillary Because of Email Story
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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
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Private Company Conspired With Police To Hold Poor People For Ransom, Lawsuit Charges
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
 

 
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Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
A preview of the NetChoice cases to be argued at SCOTUS on February 26, about the constitutionality of Texas and Florida laws regulating social media content

Sara Fischer / Axios:
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