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9:25 AM ET, April 16, 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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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  —  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.
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Cokie Roberts: ‘About 3 People’ Won't Vote for Hillary Because of Email Story
Discussion: neo-neocon
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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Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Clinton represents everything Democrats say they oppose
Discussion: Liberal Values, Hot Air and BuzzFeed
Kirsten Powers / USA Today:
Hillary Clinton owns big security edge
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
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 …
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Richard Engel / NBC News:
New Details on 2012 Kidnapping of NBC News Team in Syria
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 …
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: Political Wire
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Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  April 16, 2015 - New Jersey Voters Say Menendez …
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
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
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.
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
New York Times:
Dean Skelos, New York Senate Leader, and His Son Are Said to Be Focus of Corruption Inquiry  —  Federal prosecutors have begun presenting evidence to a grand jury considering a case against the leader of the New York State Senate, Dean G. Skelos of Long Island, and his son, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
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
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
Susan Davis / USA Today:
100 days of Congress: Stumbles but signs of progress  —  WASHINGTON — Now that the first 100 days of the first GOP-controlled Congress in nearly a decade are in the rearview mirror, Republicans say the party is knocking the dust off its governing playbook for what could be one of the more productive legislative periods in recent years.
Discussion: Political Wire
James Pethokoukis / The Week:
Right-wing hostility to Marco Rubio's tax plan shows the GOP is stuck in the past  —  If voters think the GOP's big economic idea is tax cuts for rich people, the next American president will probably be another Democrat.  —  The American electorate isn't exactly eager to help the wealthy keep more of their money.
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Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
FACT CHECK: Rubio Rhetoric Breaks With Past, but Ideas Don't
Discussion: Hullabaloo
 
 
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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Mayor de Blasio, on Midwest Trip, Seeks to Lead a National Shift to the Left
Discussion: New York Magazine and The Week
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Has Obamacare Turned Voters Against Sharing the Wealth?
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Campaign Finance: Big Money From Super PACs Is Eroding the Power of Parties
Discussion: Washington Post
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
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 Earlier Items: 
Daily Mail:
Campaign staff DROVE ‘ordinary’ Iowans to Hillary's first campaign stop …
Washington Post:
Chief Justice Roberts reports for jury duty in a Maryland court
Discussion: Politico and Bloomberg Business
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Female CEO Says Women Shouldn't Be President; Cites Bible and ‘Hormones’
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Private Company Conspired With Police To Hold Poor People For Ransom, Lawsuit Charges
Andrea Eger / Tulsa World:
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt defends Bible distribution in schools, says ‘religious freedoms are under attack’
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
The Myth of Police Reform
Discussion: Washington Monthly