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5:15 PM ET, April 17, 2015

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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama calls Senate inaction on attorney general ‘embarrassing’  —  President Obama on Friday vented his frustration over the delay in confirming his attorney general pick Loretta Lynch, calling the Senate's handling of her nomination “embarrassing.”  —  In his strongest comments to date on the delay …
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
McConnell plays hardball
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
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
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
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.
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 …
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.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
The politics of tipping  —  Do you tip at fast food restaurants?  —  It's an ethical dilemma tailor made for HBO's “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and thrust into the 2016 spotlight when Hillary Clinton left an Ohio Chipotle without leaving a tip.  —  When to tip can be a difficult decision …
Discussion: Power Line
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James Pindell / BostonGlobe.com:
The largest presidential campaign in N.H.? It's not even close.
Discussion: Washington Post and Fox News
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.
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.
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Naomi Friedman / The Hill:
Saban hints: Clinton opposes the Iran deal
Discussion: Hot Air
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
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Lets His Followers Know 'Hillary Clinton Can't Satisfy Her Husband'  —  Real estate mogul Donald Trump might want to check whatever reflex makes him compulsively retweet his supporters' #Trump2016 messages.  —  The potential presidential hopeful on Thursday shared a fan's tweet that read …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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: Washington Post, Politico and Fox News
David Blood / Guardian:
Cheap coal is a lie - stand up to the industry's cynical fightback  —  Vested interests are pushing the dirtiest fossil fuel as the energy solution in poor nations.  In fact, the argument for investing in solar is overwhelming  —  It is becoming increasingly difficult to avoid the reality …
Discussion: BarbWire.com
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Pretty Good Partisan Differentiator  —  So the House went ahead and voted to totally repeal the federal estate tax yesterday.  But something was missing from similar votes back in the day: widespread Democratic defections.  Used to be a standard push-off-the-left Blue Doggy thing to oppose the …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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.
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.
Plain Dealer:
John Kasich preparing to launch national political committee as he ramps up presidential exploration  —  Kasich will return to N.H. and S.C. He's visiting key states while still an undeclared candidate  —  Ohio Gov. John Kasich answers questions during an interview last month in his office.
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
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: Vox, Lawyers, Guns & Money and The Week
Reuters:
Saddam aide, Iraqi insurgent leader al-Douri reported killed  —  (Reuters) - Ezzat Ibrahim al-Douri, former right-hand man to late Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and a leader of Iraq's Sunni insurgency, has been reported killed by Iraqi forces and Shi'ite militias.
 
 
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