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2:55 AM ET, April 18, 2015

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Harrison McClary / Reuters:
U.S. Republican Huckabee to announce 2016 presidential decision May 5  —  (Reuters) - Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, a Republican, said on Friday that he will make an announcement on May 5 about whether or not he will run for president in 2016.  —  Huckabee said in an interview …
Discussion: FOX News Radio
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John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Huckabee Bashes Republican Plans to Reform Medicare and Social Security
Duane Stanford / Bloomberg Business:
Huckabee Says He Formed 2016 Presidential Exploratory Committee
Discussion: OnPolitics
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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Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Jeb Bush Thinks GOP Should Confirm Loretta Lynch, Show ‘Deference’ to Obama
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Jeb Bush Proposes Requiring Medicare End-of-Life Directives  —  Jeb Bush, center, mingled at a “Politics and Eggs” event in New Hampshire on Friday.  —  Elise Amendola/Associated Press  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — Jeb Bush, defending his efforts to keep alive Terri Schiavo, a brain-damaged woman …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Balloon Juice
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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
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.
Elise Loehnen / Goop:
My $29 Food Stamp Challenge—and the Recipes (& Brouhaha) That Ensued  —  Last week, chef (and great man) Mario Batali challenged me to raise awareness and money for the Food Bank For New York City by trying to live on $29 dollars for the week (what low income families on SNAP are trying to survive on).
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
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 …
Los Angeles Times:
Brownback signs spectacularly punitive Kansas welfare bill  —  Brownback did it.  —  Not satisfied with cratering his state's economy, cutting education budgets and rescinding long-established job protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender workers, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback …
Daily Mail:
Lucas strikes back - against his neighbors!  Director to build hundreds of affordable homes in millionaire neighborhood after they blocked him from building a studio  — With huge support from low-income community, his neighbors will be hard-pressed to block the proposal
Jamie Burch / KBTX-TV:
Veterinarian Fired After Bragging About Killing Cat with Bow and Arrow (WARNING: Graphic Photo) … BRENHAM, Texas (KBTX) -  —  A Texas veterinarian is at the center of a social media firestorm, and could face charges, after bragging about killing a cat with a bow and arrow.  —  Story Updates:
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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Isabel Coles / Reuters:
Deadly car bomb targets U.S. consulate in Iraq's Erbil
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.
KSHB-TV:
Washburn University frat suspended after ‘sexually vulgar’ texts between members surface  —  ACLU says speech protected by 1st Amendment  —  TOPEKA, Kan. - A Washburn University fraternity has been suspended by its national leadership after sexually vulgar text messages between its members were discovered.
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Kathy Kiely / Bloomberg Business:
Democratic Party Chair Says Clinton Will Get Primary Challenger  —  Wasserman Schultz says she's talking to potential Clinton challengers.  —  Hillary Clinton may be the only Democrat officially in the race for the White House, but the head of her party doesn't expect it to stay that way long.
ABC News:
What It Was Like at the First Gay Rights Demonstration Outside White House 50 Years Ago  —  Paul Kuntzler said that when he and nine other people picketed the White House 50 years ago today, protesting the government's treatment of gays and lesbians, he could not imagine how far the gay rights movement would come in five decades.
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Limbaugh Links ESPN's Britt McHenry to Hillary: ‘Mean-Spirited Superiorists’  —  ESPN's Britt McHenry flipped out on a towing attendant, in video leaked yesterday, in which she drops a number of profanities and gets really angry when her car was reportedly impounded.
Discussion: FOX News Radio and New York Post
Richard Johnson / Page Six:
Carly Simon ex pens book about his coming out  —  Carly Simon and ex-husband James Hart in 2005  —  Carly Simon hasn't got time for the pain.  She's in a race with her second husband, James Hart, to see who can publish an autobiography first.  —  While Carly got a $2 million advance three years ago …
Discussion: FOX News Radio and Liberaland
Naomi Friedman / The Hill:
Saban hints: Clinton opposes the Iran deal  —  Just minutes before Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy for the 2016 presidential election, Israeli Channel One News interviewed Haim Saban, an American-Israeli media magnate and long-time Clinton supporter.
Discussion: Liberal Values and Hot Air
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The Jesuit Post:
This I Believe: Created in God's Image  —  God is Love image courtesy Flickr user Nathan Rupert  —  In a five-part series released the week of March 16th from the National Catholic Reporter, God's Community in the Castro, a parishioner from San Francisco's Most Holy Redeemer parish …
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Advocate and Raw Story
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Steve King: Obama “Importing...Illegal Aliens” To Create “Massive Electorate” For Democrats Like Civil Rights Act  —  “...it creates this massive electorate that will likely vote in large numbers for Barack Obama and his party, just like African Americans have done so after Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act... ”
Discussion: Mediaite
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: Daily Kos
 
 
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Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Trent Franks: Obama Allowing ‘Jihad To Put Their Finger On The Nuclear Button’
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Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Jewish newspaper switching to tabloid format after 118 years
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Liam Stack / New York Times:
Unlicensed Dental Work in the Bronx Leads to Arrest
Discussion: Gothamist and Fox News Insider
David Blood / Guardian:
Cheap coal is a lie - stand up to the industry's cynical fightback
Discussion: BarbWire.com
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Pretty Good Partisan Differentiator
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Michael K. Lavers / Washington Blade:
Mexican Supreme Court rules against marriage ban
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Hadas Gold / Politico:
Judge Carville?  —  The ragin' cajun political consultant James …
Discussion: Mediaite and FishbowlDC
Jun Hongo / Wall Street Journal:
Japan's Maglev Train Hits World Record 590 Kilometers Per Hour
Discussion: The Verge and Eschaton
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
How ‘Negative Partisanship’ Has Transformed American Politics