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11:20 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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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 …
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 …
Discussion: OnPolitics and Outside the Beltway
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Los Angeles Times:
Column What are the Democrats' alternatives to Clintonland?
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Power Line
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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New York Times:
NBC News Alters Account of Correspondent's Kidnapping in Syria  —  NBC News on Wednesday revised its account of the 2012 kidnapping of its chief foreign correspondent, Richard Engel, saying it was likely that Mr. Engel and his reporting team had been abducted by a Sunni militant group …
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: JustOneMinute, Mediaite and The Week
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 …
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Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Has Obamacare Turned Voters Against Sharing the Wealth?
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
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
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Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  April 16, 2015 - New Jersey Voters Say Menendez …
Discussion: Washington Post
Hillary Clinton / TIME:
The 100 Most Influential People  —  Elizabeth Warren
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 …
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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Ben Montgomery / Tampa Bay Times:
Ruskin mailman tries flying to Capitol in gyrocopter to deliver campaign reform message to Congress
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.
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
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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
Jacqueline Klimas / Washington Times:
U.S. military ‘hostile’ to Christians under Obama; morale, retention devastated … Soon there may only be atheists in the foxholes.  —  Christians are leaving the U.S. military or are discouraged from joining in the first place because of a “hostile work environment” that doesn't let them express …
Discussion: FOX News Radio
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
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 …
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: Daily Kos, Raw Story and The Week
Tim Alberta / National Journal:
Conservative Leaders Plan Two Secret Meetings Aimed at Picking a 2016 Candidate  —  Behind closed doors, a discreet group of right-wing vote-brokers will audition contenders and choose one it thinks can beat the GOP establishment favorite.  —  A secretive group that serves as the umbrella operation …
 
 
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
‘Sustainability’ gone mad on college campuses
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Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Dismembered Protections  —  These new abortion bans may be the most dangerous yet.
Discussion: RedState
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Netanyahu warns of second Holocaust from Iran
New York Times:
Ben Bernanke Will Work With Citadel, a Hedge Fund, as an Adviser
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Mayor de Blasio, on Midwest Trip, Seeks to Lead a National Shift to the Left
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Susan Davis / USA Today:
100 days of Congress: Stumbles but signs of progress
New York Times:
President Vladimir Putin's Dangerous Moves
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Campaign Finance: Big Money From Super PACs Is Eroding the Power of Parties
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 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Dean Skelos, New York Senate Leader, and His Son Are Said to Be Focus of Corruption Inquiry
Discussion: Gothamist and New York Magazine
Alix Culbertson / Daily Express:
Statue of Liberty-sized ASTEROID on collision course to hit EARTH, experts fear
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Cokie Roberts: ‘About 3 People’ Won't Vote for Hillary Because of Email Story
Discussion: neo-neocon
Marko / the munchkin wrangler.:
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Washington Post:
Chief Justice Roberts reports for jury duty in a Maryland court
Discussion: Politico and Bloomberg Business
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Private Company Conspired With Police To Hold Poor People For Ransom, Lawsuit Charges