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10:20 AM ET, April 17, 2015

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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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The Hill:
House votes to repeal estate tax  —  The House voted Thursday to repeal the estate tax, a longtime priority of Republicans that also spurred Democratic charges that the GOP is in the pockets of the rich.  —  The 240-179 vote broke down largely on partisan lines, with seven Democrats voting …
Discussion: US News and Salon
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.
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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Daily Mail:
Some mixed reactions to Hillary Clinton's 2016 bid
Discussion: VodkaPundit
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
Discussion: Political Wire
Jordan Smith / opposingviews.com/homepage.xml:
Deli Owner Closes Shop After Displaying Controversial White History Sign  —  There was nothing out of the ordinary about Jimbo's Deli on Main Street in Flemington, New Jersey.  That was until owner Jim Boggess posted a sign in his shop window at the beginning of March which declared, “Celebrate your white heritage in March.
Jonathan Allen / Reuters:
Clinton endorses Elizabeth Warren for Time magazine  —  (Reuters) - Hillary Clinton made her most ringing endorsement yet of U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren's efforts to tamp down on “Wall Street's irresponsible risk taking” in a two-paragraph Time magazine article on Thursday.
Discussion: The Reaction and Political Wire
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Phil Mattingly / Bloomberg Business:
EXCLUSIVE: Hillary Clinton Said to Hire Former Wall Street Cop as Campaign CFO
Discussion: Fox News and Washington Post
CNN:
Italian police: Muslim migrants threw Christians overboard  —  Story highlights  —  Rome (CNN)Muslims who were among migrants trying to get from Libya to Italy in a boat this week threw 12 fellow passengers overboard — killing them — because the 12 were Christians, Italian police said Thursday.
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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
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Aurelius / PUNDIT PRESS:
College Apologizes for Serving Mexican Food During Sci-Fi Event  —  Stevenson College is apologizing to its students for serving Mexican food during “Intergalactic” night.  —  In a letter sent out to students, the college apologized for having “a Mexican food buffet,” while also featuring spaceships and aliens.
Discussion: protein wisdom
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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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
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.
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: Hit & Run
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
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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Eun Kyung Kim / TODAY.com:
Tulsa Reserve Deputy Robert Bates apologizes to Eric Harris' family, dismisses false records report  —  Speaking publicly for the first time since he shot and killed an unarmed man during a police raid earlier this month in Oklahoma, 73-year-old reserve deputy Robert Bates apologized to the family …
Frances Robles / New York Times:
Fee to Be Charged for Video of South Carolina Shooting, Publicist Says  —  NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — The video of a North Charleston police officer shooting an unarmed man in the back will now cost news outlets that want to run it $10,000, according to a publicist representing the man who shot it.
 
 
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Rachana Pradhan / Politico:
Rubio-backed insurance market covers 80 people
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Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Less Support for Death Penalty, Especially Among Democrats
Ilya Somin / Washington Post:
How the Constitution protects “free range” parents
Discussion: Hit & Run
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Holocaust Remembrance Day Address by PM Netanyahu at Yad Vashem
Discussion: Power Line and Weekly Standard
Art Swift / Gallup:
Americans' Optimism About Finances at 11-Year High
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Science:
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Daily Mail:
Fuhrer my eyes only!  The embarrassing photographs of Adolf Hitler posing in lederhosen …
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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
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