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12:55 PM ET, April 16, 2015

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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 …
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?
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  —  Hillary Clinton's statements that all her grandparents immigrated to the U.S. are in conflict with public records, a report says.  —  According to Buzzfeed, Clinton spoke in Norwalk, Iowa, on Wednesday about her family's arrival in the country.
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
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: JustOneMinute, The Week and Mediaite
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: KFOR-TV
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 …
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
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
Mark Konkol / DNAinfo Chicago:
Spike Lee Wants a $3 Million Tax Break for Film That Calls Chicago ‘Chiraq’  —  ENGLEWOOD — If filmmaker Spike Lee plans to call his next movie “Chiraq” — an inner-city tale of black-on-black violence filmed in Englewood — he might want to think twice about asking taxpayers to kick in a multimillion dollar tax break, Ald.
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 …
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
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 …
Steve Kraskethe / Kansas City Star:
The Buzz  —  Missouri political consultant Jeff Roe said Wednesday that he personally paid for a controversial anti-Tom Schweich radio ad.  The former state auditor had said the spot angered him in the final days of his life.  —  In his first interview on the issue, Roe said the ad …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
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?
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: Liberaland
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
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.
 
 
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Right-wing extremists blamed for posting top law officials' info
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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.
Susan Davis / USA Today:
100 days of Congress: Stumbles but signs of progress
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Even in New Hampshire, ‘Bridgegate’ Dogs Christie
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Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Has Obamacare Turned Voters Against Sharing the Wealth?
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Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Campaign Finance: Big Money From Super PACs Is Eroding the Power of Parties
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
Tim Alberta / National Journal:
Conservative Leaders Plan Two Secret Meetings Aimed at Picking a 2016 Candidate
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