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8:40 AM ET, April 17, 2015

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Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
The Rise of Rubio  —  A first-term Florida senator sets his sights on the White House  —  Five days before he would take the biggest step of his young political career, Marco Rubio called Bernie Navarro, a Miami real estate investor, to ask for a favor.  Rubio wanted to have a small …
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
Florida poll: Rollout helps Marco Rubio tie Jeb Bush in home state
Discussion: Political Wire
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Marco Rubio would attend a gay wedding. Welcome to the GOP's next (small) evolution.
Ken Kurson / The New York Observer:   Photo Emerges of Marco Rubio Acting Like a High Schooler in High School
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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The United States Senate Committee on Finance:
Hatch, Wyden and Ryan Introduce Trade Promotion Authority Legislation
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Lawmakers reach deal to move Obama trade agenda
Discussion: Reuters and Firedoglake
Paul Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
Clinton Campaign Will Accept Donations From Lobbyists And PACs  —  WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign will accept donations from lobbyists and political action committees, a difference in policy from the man she's hoping to replace, President Barack Obama.
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Daily Mail:
Some mixed reactions to Hillary Clinton's 2016 bid
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
She rides by van: The Hillary Clinton launch
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
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
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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Republican Hopefuls Swarm New Hampshire for Its First Candidate Forum  —  With every major Republican presidential hopeful descending on New Hampshire this weekend for the state's first candidate forum, attention will turn for the moment from Hillary Rodham Clinton's entry into the campaign to the fluid Republican race.
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Discussion: Politico
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Wall Street Journal:
Senate Leader McConnell ‘Optimistic’ GOP Can Hold Senate in 2016
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama immigration orders face major test in federal court  —  President Obama's executive actions on immigration will be tested on Friday when a federal appeals court considers whether to lift an order blocking the actions to allow millions of immigrants without legal status to remain in the United States.
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 …
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.
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.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Why is the 2016 Democratic field so old?  —  Why are the Democrats running for president so old?  Blame the Clintons.  —  There are five Democrats who have either declared or are thinking about running for president.  Three — Joe Biden, Bernard Sanders, and Jim Webb — will be over 70 years old on Inauguration Day 2017.
Discussion: The Week
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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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 …
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
 
 
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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
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Art Swift / Gallup:
Americans' Optimism About Finances at 11-Year High
Discussion: Washington Post and PoliticusUSA
Science:
Gaze into my eyes  —  Humans bond emotionally as we gaze …
Daily Mail:
Fuhrer my eyes only!  The embarrassing photographs of Adolf Hitler posing in lederhosen …
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Tennessee House approves bill to make Bible official state book
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Fox News:
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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
Politico:
Florida to sue over Obamacare Medicaid expansion
Discussion: Shark Tank and The PJ Tatler