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1:45 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, Jay Bookman 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
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.
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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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
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 …
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John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Huckabee Bashes Republican Plans to Reform Medicare and Social Security
Discussion: Hot Air and FiveThirtyEight
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.
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
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.
Chris Buckley / New York Times:
Chinese Journalist Sentenced to 7 Years on Charges of Leaking State Secrets  —  HONG KONG — Gao Yu, a 71-year-old Chinese journalist who has repeatedly challenged the Communist Party during a decades-long career, was sentenced to seven years in prison on Friday after a court in Beijing found her guilty of leaking state secrets abroad.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
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
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
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.
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
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 and Hot Air
Gregg Zoroya / USA Today:
Army morale low despite 6-year, $287M optimism program  —  More than half of some 770,000 soldiers are pessimistic about their future in the military and nearly as many are unhappy in their jobs, despite a six-year, $287 million campaign to make troops more optimistic and resilient, findings obtained by USA TODAY show.
 
 
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