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1:05 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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Week
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
Florida poll: Rollout helps Marco Rubio tie Jeb Bush in home state  —  Sen. Marco Rubio's splashy presidential-campaign announcement and his subsequent media blitz has likely helped him catch up with friend and former mentor Jeb Bush in their home state of Florida, according to a new poll of 400 registered Republican voters.
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 …
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
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: GOP Prospects Gather In New Hampshire Ahead Of Hillary
Discussion: Bloomberg Business and The Hill
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.
Liz Mair / The Daily Beast:
You Deserve Hillary's Bloodless, Condescending Campaign  —  An increasingly shallow and risk-averse America gets the most shallow and risk-averse candidate imaginable.  —  The Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign part deux is less than a week old, and already reporters and opinionators across America are complaining.
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
She rides by van: The Hillary Clinton launch
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Woe of White Men, Again?
Discussion: Bloomberg View and PUNDIT PRESS
Daily Mail:
Some mixed reactions to Hillary Clinton's 2016 bid
Discussion: VodkaPundit and The Anchoress
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.
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
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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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:   Republican Hopefuls Swarm New Hampshire for Its First Candidate Forum
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
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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
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.
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Boehner hoping there's no Iran deal  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Friday said he hopes the Obama administration fails to reach a deal on Iran's nuclear program.  —  Boehner said he did not believe Iran would ever live up to its side of a bargain that would lift U.S. sanctions on Tehran.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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.
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
Jun Hongo / Wall Street Journal:
Japan's Maglev Train Hits World Record 590 Kilometers Per Hour  —  Central Japan Railway Co. said its magnetic levitation bullet train hit 590 kilometers per hour (366 miles per hour) on Thursday and broke the previous speed record set 12 years ago by the company.
Discussion: The Verge and Eschaton
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 …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
How ‘Negative Partisanship’ Has Transformed American Politics  —  A new paper explains Bush, Obama, and Clinton's 2016 prospects.  —  Shares  —  President Obama's approval ratings are hovering a few points below 50 percent, and his party is seeking a third straight term in the White House.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money, The Week and Vox
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
 
 
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Gregg Zoroya / USA Today:
Army morale low despite 6-year, $287M optimism program
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Nicholas Burns / BostonGlobe.com:
The Iran deal's rare achievement
Discussion: The Week
CNN:
Italian police: Muslim migrants threw Christians overboard
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama immigration orders face major test in federal court
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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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Fox News:
ISIS operating base few miles from Texas border, group warns
Hillary Clinton / Guardian:
Martin O'Malley takes shot at Clinton over gay marriage and immigration
Lee Bergquist / JSOnline:
Scott Walker's Wisconsin approval rating drops in latest poll