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6:55 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 …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and The Huffington Post
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
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 …
Ken Kurson / The New York Observer:   Photo Emerges of Marco Rubio Acting Like a High Schooler in High School
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Lawmakers reach deal to move Obama trade agenda  —  Congressional leaders announced Thursday they had reached a deal on legislation that, if approved, would speed consideration of President Obama's trade agenda.  —  The fast-track legislation, formally known as trade promotion authority …
Discussion: Reuters and Firedoglake
Florida to sue over Obamacare Medicaid expansion  —  Republican Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday that Florida will file a lawsuit against the Obama administration for its decision to link the continuation of billions of dollars for the state's health care providers to Obamacare Medicaid expansion.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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.
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 and Politico
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
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
Hillary Clinton / TIME:
The 100 Most Influential People  —  Elizabeth Warren
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 …
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: PUNDIT PRESS and Bloomberg View
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
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.
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Lincoln Chafee is officially running for president. ...  Or is he?  —  Lincoln Chafee is officially running for president.  Well, almost.  —  The former Rhode Island governor, who just formed an exploratory committee last week, on Thursday morning uttered the words, “that's why I'm running,” during an appearance on CNN.
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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
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
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Kate Tummarello / Politico:
Patent reform hits snag with human trafficking standoff
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
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Hillary lifts populist spirits
Discussion: ABC News, Politico and CANNONFIRE
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Confused Hedge-Fund Manager Cliff Asness Struggles to Express Continued Rage at Obamacare