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2:10 PM ET, April 16, 2015

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CNN:
Lincoln Chafee: 'I'm running' and here's why  —  Former Gov. Chafee: No doubt I'm an underdog 02:15  —  (CNN)Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee said Thursday on CNN that he's running for the Democratic nomination for president, just a week after announcing he formed an exploratory committee …
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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: The Reaction and Betsy's Page
WFAA-TV:
Walmart employee accused of stealing nearly $240K  —  DECATUR — For years, Decatur police knew Nacina Walker to be the helpful employee in Walmart's cash department who would sometimes help them investigate thefts at the store.  —  “She would be the one that would come in and help us and go …
Discussion: FOX31 Denver and KFOR-TV
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Confused Hedge-Fund Manager Cliff Asness Struggles to Express Continued Rage at Obamacare  —  <em>Wall Street Journal</em> gives wealthy, ignorant man op-ed in which to expose himself.  —  Shares … As evidence of Obamacare's success continues to mount, hedge-fund manager …
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Cliff Asness / Wall Street Journal:
In Praising ObamaCare, They Bury It  —  The law's cheerleaders tend to cite two main accomplishments.  Both of them are irrelevant.  —  By  —  In the five years since the passage of ObamaCare, the battle over the law has not abated.  One popular salvo is the supposedly objective …
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Has Obamacare Turned Voters Against Sharing the Wealth?
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
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 …
Hillary Clinton / TIME:
The 100 Most Influential People  —  Elizabeth Warren
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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Elliot Smilowitz / The Hill:
Clinton's statements on family history conflict with public records
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
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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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, JustOneMinute and The Week
Brett LoGiurato / Fusion:
Marco Rubio: I'd attend a gay wedding  —  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida), the newest and youngest official Republican candidate for president, has said he believes marriage should be “traditional”—between a man and a woman.  —  So Fusion's Jorge Ramos asked him: If someone in his family …
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Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Jorge Ramos Corners Rubio: Would You Attend a Gay Wedding?
Discussion: Daily Kos, Raw Story and Shakesville
Ahiza Garcia / Talking Points Memo:
Neo-Nazi: I Hate Gay People ‘With A Passion’ And I've Killed Others  —  Neo-Nazi Kenneth Morgan Stancil III admitted in an interview on Wednesday to killing his gay boss at a North Carolina college and said he hated gay people “with a passion.”  —  During the interview with WRAL reporter Mikaya Thurmond …
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 …
Arlette Saenz / ABC News:
That Time Sen. Pat Robert's ‘Frozen’ Ringtone Interrupted a Senate Hearing … Even senators have embarrassing ringtones on their phones.  —  During a Senate Finance Committee hearing about Congress and U.S. Tariff Policy today, Sen. Pat Roberts' cellphone interrupted Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack while he was speaking.
Discussion: New York Magazine
New York Times:
Ben Bernanke Will Work With Citadel, a Hedge Fund, as an Adviser  —  For eight years, Ben S. Bernanke, the former Federal Reserve chairman, was steward of the world's largest economy.  Now he has signed on to advise one of Wall Street's biggest hedge funds.
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Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Dismembered Protections  —  These new abortion bans may be the most dangerous yet.  —  When we have come to the point that more than 330 abortion restrictions have been introduced in 43 states since January, it's awfully hard to keep track of which are worth worrying about and which are merely variations on old themes.
Steve Dorsey / Fox News:
Mass movement: US Christians don orange in church to honor ISIS victims  —  Men in orange jumpsuits purported to be Egyptian Christians held captive by the Islamic State (IS) are marched by armed men along a beach.  —  A new campaign sweeping through American churches has worshipers wearing orange …
Washington Monthly:
A New Agenda for Political Reform  —  Instead of trying to weaken the pressure of corporate money in Washington, let's try strengthening Congress's capacity to resist it.  —  America's political institutions are suffering from profound decay.  The political parties—especially the Republicans …
Discussion: Washington Post
The Huffington Post:
Hillary Clinton Takes Firm Stance On Driver's Licenses For The Undocumented After Slip-Up In 2008 Race  —  WASHINGTON — Javier Sandoval, a 44-year-old resident of Santa Rosa, California, drives at least 15 miles per day to get to his work as a day laborer.  Until this year …
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Speaking Truth to the Supreme Court  —  Five years ago this month, Justice John Paul Stevens announced that after more than 36 years on the Supreme Court, he planned to retire.  Next Monday, the retired Justice Stevens turns 95.  —  Both those sentences are head-turning: the first …
Discussion: The Agonist
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
A Florida newspaper is along for the ride — and catches flak … If a reporter and his newspaper know in advance — months in advance, as it turns out — that a man intended to undertake a stunt that could sow panic in the nation's capital, are they obligated to alert law-enforcement authorities?
 
 
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Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Legal Battle Begins Over Obama Bid to Curb Greenhouse Gases
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Steve Kraskethe / Kansas City Star:
The Buzz  —  Missouri political consultant Jeff Roe said Wednesday …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
CBS News:
Right-wing extremists blamed for posting top law officials' info
Discussion: Liberaland and Hatewatch
Mark Konkol / DNAinfo Chicago:
Spike Lee Wants a $3 Million Tax Break for Film That Calls Chicago ‘Chiraq’
Howard Blume / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. school district demands iPad refund from Apple
Discussion: Hit & Run, Engadget and PandoDaily
George F. Will / Washington Post:
‘Sustainability’ gone mad on college campuses
Discussion: Cafe Hayek
Jacqueline Klimas / Washington Times:
U.S. military ‘hostile’ to Christians under Obama; morale, retention devastated
Discussion: Liberaland
A.B. Stoddard / The Hill:
Where Clinton must win
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Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Tavis Smiley Battles O'Reilly on Police, Race: ‘How Many Isolated Incidents Equal a Pattern?’
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Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Even in New Hampshire, ‘Bridgegate’ Dogs Christie
Discussion: Mediaite and The Daily Caller
New York Times:
President Vladimir Putin's Dangerous Moves
Margaret Talev / Bloomberg Business:
Bloomberg Politics National Poll Finds Improving Economic Mood
Discussion: The Reaction
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
Alix Culbertson / Daily Express:
Statue of Liberty-sized ASTEROID on collision course to hit EARTH, experts fear
Discussion: FOX News Radio