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12:05 PM ET, April 18, 2015


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Elliot Smilowitz / The Hill:
Already $40 million behind Rubio, report says  —  Just days after announcing a 2016 run for the White House, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has already received more than $40 million in donations, according to Reuters.  —  Rubio has attended a series of fundraisers since the Monday announcement of his candidacy in Miami.
Michelle Conlin / Reuters:
Marco Rubio: the 2016 presidential campaign's $40 million man  —  (Reuters) - Less than a week after announcing his 2016 campaign for president, Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida doesn't need to worry about money.  —  It's as good as in the bank.  —  “Marco Rubio will have the …
Discussion: SaintPetersBlog
Harrison McClary / Reuters:
U.S. Republican Huckabee to announce 2016 presidential decision May 5
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Obamacare repeal falls off Republicans' to-do list as law takes hold  —  After five years and more than 50 votes in Congress, the Republican campaign to repeal the Affordable Care Act is essentially over.  —  GOP congressional leaders, unable to roll back the law while President Obama remains …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Jordan Smith /
Father Fatally Shoots Teenage Daughter's Boyfriend During Argument  —  1.0 K  —  A 22-year-old man died late Thursday evening in Harris County, Texas, after an altercation between his teenage girlfriend and her parents got out of control.  —  The incident occurred at approximately 10:45p.m …
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Josh Kilburn / Americans Against the Tea Party:
Republicans Pass Tax Cuts for the Rich that Increase Deficit By $270 Billion; Congratulations, Teabaggers, You Built That!  —  And your picture for the day is:  —  The United States House of Representatives ignored the White House veto threat and passed legislation that would repeal the estate tax on Thursday.
Discussion: Liberaland and FOX News Radio
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Paul: Clinton needs one campaign plane just ‘for her baggage’  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) dinged Hillary Clinton during a speech in New Hampshire on Saturday, suggesting the Democratic presidential candidate could face a serious primary challenge.  —  “I'm starting to worry …
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Steve King: Obama ‘importing millions’ of illegal immigrants to boost Dem vote  —  Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) on Thursday said President Obama is using his executive actions to swell the ranks of Democratic voters with illegal immigrants.  —  “To put it simply, the president is importing millions …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Steve King: Obama “Importing...Illegal Aliens” To Create “Massive Electorate” For Democrats Like Civil Rights Act
Discussion: Mediaite and The Hill
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Obama And The Armenian Genocide  —  A full page ad in the Saturday Times from newsmaker Rabbi Shmuley caught my eye.  The Facebook pic is not for the faint of eye but the rabbi also presents his argument at this blog.  —  The gist - why did Obama lie about his willingness to publicly recognize the Armenian genocide?
Sage Gerard / Honey Badger Brigade:
Go Home, Gamer girl: Press release on unjust banishment from Calgary Expo  —  Early this morning, staff (See edit notice at bottom) banned Honey Badger Brigade (HBB) from the Calgary Comics and Entertainment Expo (CalEx).  Security staff approached the HBB booth, ordered us to leave …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
At Global Economic Gathering, U.S. Primacy Is Seen as Ebbing  —  WASHINGTON — As world leaders converge here for their semiannual trek to the capital of what is still the world's most powerful economy, concern is rising in many quarters that the United States is retreating from global economic leadership just when it is needed most.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Jeb Bush Thinks GOP Should Confirm Loretta Lynch, Show ‘Deference’ to Obama  —  President Obama is clearly pissed about how long it's taking for the Republican-led Senate to confirm Loretta Lynch as the next Attorney General.  Harry Reid said yesterday he will force a vote if necessary …
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama calls Senate inaction on attorney general ‘embarrassing’
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 …
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
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.
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:
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).
Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:
Once-Prized Tibetan Mastiffs Are Discarded as Fad Ends in China  —  BEIJING — There once was a time, during the frenzied heights of China's Tibetan mastiff craze, when a droopy-eyed slobbering giant like Nibble might have fetched $200,000 and ended up roaming the landscaped grounds of some coal tycoon's suburban villa.
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Miranda Blue / Right Wing Watch:
Huckabee: Wait To Join Military Until Obama Leaves Office
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New York Times:
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Duane Stanford / Bloomberg Business:
Huckabee Says He Formed 2016 Presidential Exploratory Committee
Discussion: OnPolitics
Kathy Kiely / Bloomberg Business:
Democratic Party Chair Says Clinton Will Get Primary Challenger
ABC News:
What It Was Like at the First Gay Rights Demonstration Outside White House 50 Years Ago
Discussion: Associated Press and Joe. My. God.
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Jewish newspaper switching to tabloid format after 118 years
Discussion: FOX News Radio
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Los Angeles Times:
Brownback signs spectacularly punitive Kansas welfare bill
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
The politics of tipping  —  Do you tip at fast food restaurants?
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Power Line
Naomi Friedman / The Hill:
Saban hints: Clinton opposes the Iran deal
Discussion: Liberal Values and Hot Air
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Pretty Good Partisan Differentiator
Discussion: Hullabaloo