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3:40 PM ET, April 17, 2015

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Rachana Pradhan / Politico:
Rubio-backed insurance market covers 80 people  —  Obamacare, which Rubio wants to repeal, covers 1.6 million in Florida alone.  —  In 2008, while Democrats were declaring that the time was right for national health care reform, Marco Rubio, the speaker of the Florida House, had a ready response …
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Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Jeb Bush on Terri Schiavo: 'I don't think I would have changed anything'
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
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: Washington Post and Politico
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The Hill:
House votes to repeal estate tax
Discussion: US News, Hullabaloo and Salon
Stephen Stromberg / Washington Post:
Blame Mitch McConnell for the Loretta Lynch gridlock
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Clashes Intensify Over Stalled Nomination of Loretta Lynch
Discussion: The Week
BostonGlobe.com:
To end the anguish, drop the death penalty  —  In Bill and Denise Richard's own words  —  The past two years have been the most trying of our lives.  Our family has grieved, buried our young son, battled injuries, and endured numerous surgeries — all while trying to rebuild lives that will never be the same.
Nick Gass / Politico:
Scott Brown: Hillary Clinton ‘will make a better president’ than Barack Obama  —  Hillary Clinton “will make a better president than Barack Obama,” former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown says, but Mitt Romney would have made a better president than both of them put together.
Discussion: Boston Herald and The PJ Tatler
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Naomi Friedman / The Hill:
Saban hints: Clinton opposes the Iran deal
Discussion: Hot Air
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: Fox News and Washington Post
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Why is the 2016 Democratic field so old?
Discussion: Hit & Run and Hot Air
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: GOP Prospects Gather In New Hampshire Ahead Of Hillary
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Huckabee Bashes Republican Plans to Reform Medicare and Social Security  —  As he gears up for another presidential campaign, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is making a big break with the Republican party on the issue of entitlement reform.  Meeting with reporters at a hotel in Washington …
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Shane Goldmacher / National Journal:
Jeb Bush Backs Hike in Social Security Retirement Age  —  The Republican charges into one of the more controversial issues in American politics.  —  MANCHESTER, NH—Jeb Bush grabbed one of the third rails of American politics on Friday, declaring that the retirement age for Social Security …
Maggie Gallagher / National Review:
Why I, Unlike Senator Rubio, Would Not Attend a Gay Wedding  —  On your happy day you should be surrounded by people who can honor your vow and help you keep it.  I can't do that.  —  Senator Marco Rubio, one of our most attractive and charismatic leaders in the rising generation, just announced he's running for president.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Senator Explains GOP's Biggest Fear If Obamacare Goes Down In Court  —  In a little-noticed radio interview, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) articulated the GOP's biggest fear if the Supreme Court wipes out Obamacare tax credits for millions of Americans who buy insurance from the federal HealthCare.gov exchange.
Discussion: Jay Bookman
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Ted Cruz's Favorite ‘Simpsons’ Episodes  —  Republican senator and Presidential candidate Ted Cruz plays TV critic and opines about his favorite ‘Simpsons’ episodes.  —  Ted Cruz is many things.  He's the star of his very own patriotic coloring book.  He's a Republican senator from Texas.
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The Federalist:
Ted Cruz's Favorite Simpsons Episodes May Surprise You
Discussion: Politico, Washington Post and Fox News
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.
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.
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Judge Carville?  —  The ragin' cajun political consultant James Carville filmed a pilot for a Judge Judy-style courtroom show called “Carville's Court,” the On Media blog has learned.  —  The reality show featured the former Bill Cinton campaign strategist presiding over small claims cases …
Discussion: Mediaite and FishbowlDC
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 …
David McLaughlin / Bloomberg Business:
U.S. Antitrust Lawyers Said to Be Leaning Against Comcast Merger … Staff attorneys at the Justice Department's antitrust division are nearing a recommendation to block Comcast Corp.'s bid to buy Time Warner Cable Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.
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.
Vanessa Peng / KCCI-TV:
Town shocked by exorcism, bartered sex for services case  —  According to documents released by the Iowa Board of Chiropractic on Wednesday, the license of a chiropractor has been suspended for “engaging in sexual contact with several patients.”  —  Watch video
Discussion: Raw Story and FreakOutNation
 
 
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Isabel Coles / Reuters:
Deadly car bomb targets U.S. consulate in Iraq's Erbil
Discussion: BarbWire.com
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Pretty Good Partisan Differentiator
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Michael K. Lavers / Washington Blade:
Mexican Supreme Court rules against marriage ban
Jun Hongo / Wall Street Journal:
Japan's Maglev Train Hits World Record 590 Kilometers Per Hour
Discussion: The Verge and Eschaton
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Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Boehner hoping there's no Iran deal
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
How ‘Negative Partisanship’ Has Transformed American Politics
Discussion: Vox, The Week and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Gregg Zoroya / USA Today:
Army morale low despite 6-year, $287M optimism program
Jonathan Allen / Reuters:
Clinton endorses Elizabeth Warren for Time magazine
Discussion: The Reaction
Peter Cluskey / The Irish Times:
Woman fired for being a prostitute by Dutch central bank
Discussion: LewRockwell