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8:00 AM ET, April 17, 2015

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Lee Bergquist / JSOnline:
Scott Walker's Wisconsin approval rating drops in latest poll  —  By Lee Bergquist and Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel  —  As Gov. Scott Walker moves closer to a formal announcement that he will run for president, the latest Marquette University Law School poll shows Walker's job …
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James Hohmann / Politico:   Scott Walker aides will run his super PAC
Charles Franklin / Marquette Law School Poll:
Marquette Law School Poll finds Walker job approval down
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
New Poll Finds Russ Feingold Beating Sen. Johnson By Double Digits
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
She rides by van: The Hillary Clinton launch  —  See Hillary ride in a van!  Watch her meet everyday Americans!  Witness her ordering a burrito bowl at Chipotle!  Which she did wearing shades, as did her chief aide Huma Abedin, yielding security-camera pictures that made them look …
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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Deal Reached on Fast-Track Authority for Obama on Trade Accord  —  WASHINGTON — Key congressional leaders agreed on Thursday on legislation to give President Obama special authority to finish negotiating one of the world's largest trade accords, opening a rare battle that aligns the president …
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Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Lawmakers reach deal to move Obama trade agenda
Discussion: Reuters and Firedoglake
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
McConnell plays hardball  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has dug in on Loretta Lynch's nomination to be attorney general, highlighting his willingness to play hard ball with the Democratic minority.  —  His maneuvers on Lynch shed light on how he will lead the upper chamber …
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Kate Tummarello / Politico:
Patent reform hits snag with human trafficking standoff
Politico:
Bill Shuster admits ‘private and personal relationship’ with airline lobbyist  —  She “doesn't lobby my office,” Transportation chairman says.  —  Nick Calio, Bill Shuster, Sandra DePoy, Annie Keech, Gil Keech, Valerie Nelson, Shelley Rubino and Marty DePoy are shown at the Heart's Delight Vintner's Dinner …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Marco Rubio would attend a gay wedding.  Welcome to the GOP's next (small) evolution.  —  The Republican Party is still slowly warming to the idea of gay marriage — very slowly.  —  The latest evolution: Presidential candidate and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said in an interview …
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Ken Kurson / The New York Observer:   Photo Emerges of Marco Rubio Acting Like a High Schooler in High School
James Pindell / BostonGlobe.com:
The largest presidential campaign in N.H.?  It's not even close.  —  For nearly two years, potential Republican presidential candidates have visited New Hampshire to meet with activists, interview with local media, and speak at party functions.  If they're lucky, these White House hopefuls …
Discussion: Washington Post
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Why We've Decided to Organize  —  Some of us on the Gawker Media editorial staff have decided to try to unionize.  Here's a brief explanation.  —  I will say first of all that I'd prefer not to be writing this story yet, because the organizing effort is still in the early stages.
ABC News:
Jeb Bush Takes Jab at Hillary Clinton: 'I Don't Need to Go to Chipotle' … CONCORD, N.H. - When it comes to chipotle, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush cooks it himself.  —  “I actually cook it at home.  I don't need to go to Chipotle,” Bush said at a Republican gathering at the Snow Shoe Club …
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
The world according to Jeb Bush  —  If Jeb Bush is elected president, the United States won't be on speaking terms with Cuba and will partner more closely with Israel.  He'll tighten sanctions on Iran and urge NATO to deploy more troops in Eastern Europe to counter Vladimir Putin.
Peter Cluskey / The Irish Times:
Woman fired for being a prostitute by Dutch central bank  —  Employee said to have charged €450 an hour as prostitute specialising in sadomasochism  —  Just when it seemed the image of bankers couldn't get any more battered or bizarre, the Dutch central bank has fired …
Discussion: LewRockwell
Associated Press:
Police: Muslims threw Christians overboard during Med voyage  —  Raw: 400 Migrants Believed Drowned Off Libya  —  ROME (AP) — Italy's migration crisis took on a deadly new twist Thursday as police in Sicily reported that Muslim migrants had thrown 12 Christians overboard during a recent crossing …
Discussion: Guardian, The Week and The Anchoress
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Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Woe of White Men, Again?  —  Hillary Clinton's entry into the race for the presidency has goosed the egos of some conservative ganders.  —  Wayne LaPierre, the C.E.O. and executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, on the eve of Clinton's announcement said of President Obama …
Discussion: Bloomberg View and PUNDIT PRESS
Science:
Gaze into my eyes  —  Humans bond emotionally as we gaze into each other's eyes—a process mediated by the hormone oxytocin.  Nagasawa et al. show that such gaze-mediated bonding also exists between us and our closest animal companions, dogs (see the Perspective by MacLean and Hare).
Art Swift / Gallup:
Americans' Optimism About Finances at 11-Year High  —  Story Highlights  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — A majority of Americans, 52%, say their financial situation is “getting better,” the highest percentage to say this since 2004.  It is also the first time since the recession that this sentiment has reached the majority level.
Discussion: Washington Post and PoliticusUSA
Hillary Clinton / Guardian:
Martin O'Malley takes shot at Clinton over gay marriage and immigration  —  'I'm glad Secretary Clinton's come around to the right positions on these issues,' top potential challenger says in response to Guardian question  —  Hillary Clinton's top potential challenger for the Democratic …
Heather / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Jon Stewart Rips Apart Dick Cheney For Aiding And Abetting The Iranians  —  After former vice president and war criminal Dick Cheney actually had the gall to go on right-wing hate talker Hugh Hewitt's show and accuse President Obama of being the “worst president ever” and wanting to …
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
 
 
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
Florida poll: Rollout helps Marco Rubio tie Jeb Bush in home state
Discussion: Political Wire
Phil Mattingly / Bloomberg Business:
EXCLUSIVE: Hillary Clinton Said to Hire Former Wall Street Cop as Campaign CFO
Aurelius / PUNDIT PRESS:
College Apologizes for Serving Mexican Food During Sci-Fi Event
Discussion: protein wisdom
Daily Mail:
Fuhrer my eyes only!  The embarrassing photographs of Adolf Hitler posing in lederhosen …
Discussion: LewRockwell
Tim Ghianni / Reuters:
Tennessee House approves bill to make Bible official state book
David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
Meet The Real Abortion Extremists
Fox News:
ISIS operating base few miles from Texas border, group warns
Discussion: PUNDIT PRESS and VodkaPundit
Associated Press:
Al Qaeda captures major airport, seaport and oil terminal in southern Yemen
Discussion: The Last Refuge and Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
The right finds a fresh voice on same-sex marriage
Discussion: RedState
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
A Fundamental For 2016 Getting Stronger For Dems
Politico:
Florida to sue over Obamacare Medicaid expansion
Discussion: Shark Tank and The PJ Tatler
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Hillary Parks in Handicap Spot
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Daniel Lapin: Liberals Want To Have Sex With Islamic Extremists
Discussion: Raw Story