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11:55 PM ET, April 18, 2015


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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:
DNC planning primary debates for Hillary
Jackie Congedo / WLWT-TV:
Officer: ‘I wanted to be absolutely sure before I used deadly force’  —  Kidder says relative gave him body camera to use at work after Ferguson  —  Officer Jesse Kidder has only been on the New Richmond police force for a year, but he did two tours of duty in Iraq as a Marine and he's a Purple Heart recipient.
Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
George Lucas wants to build affordable housing on his land because 'we've got enough millionaires'  —  When George Lucas tried to expand his production company studios in California's wealthy Marin County, the community pushed back.  Then the “Star Wars” creator wanted to sell the land to a developer who would build affordable housing.
Discussion: Raw Story, Balloon Juice and Mashable
NY Daily News:
Donald Trump deletes a Hil of a tweet about Clinton; Alice Cooper and John Varvatos rev up Detroit style  —  After Donald Trump's account retweeted @mplefty67's comment, “If Hillary Clinton can't satisfy her husband what makes her think she can satisfy America?” a rep said Trump was not at fault …
Discussion: Raw Story and FOX News Radio
James N. Mattis / Wall Street Journal:
The Meaning of Their Service  —  A retired four-star Marine Corps general on the clarifying effect of combat experience, the poison of cynicism and how veterans can help revive American optimism.  —  This article was adapted from remarks for the fourth annual salute to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans …
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Iranian ship convoy moves toward Yemen, alarming US officials  —  U.S. military officials are concerned that Iran's support for Houthi rebels in Yemen could spark a confrontation with Saudi Arabia and plunge the region into sectarian war.  —  Iran is sending an armada of seven to nine ships …
Discussion: The Last Refuge
Ahiza Garcia / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Rep: Obamacare Makes America More Like North Korea  —  Rep. David Brat (R-VA) on Thursday, during a conversation with Lars Larson at the “Hold Their Feet To The Fire” conference, blamed Obamacare for moving America away from a free market system and making the country more like North Korea.
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
Marco Rubio-Jeb Bush alliance sours in GOP primary faceoff  —  NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Ties between Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, political allies for more than a decade, are fraying as the Republican presidential campaign picks up.
Ari Phillips / ThinkProgress:
Neil deGrasse Tyson: Politicians Denying Science Is ‘Beginning Of The End Of An Informed Democracy’  —  CREDIT: National Geographic Channels/Scott Gries  —  What will you be doing on Monday, 4/20, at 11 p.m.?  —  Perhaps watching the premiere of acclaimed astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson's new show StarTalk.
Q13 FOX News:
Des Moines city councilwoman, bus driver charged with slapping 6-year-old student in face … SEATAC, Wash. (AP) — A former Washington state judge and current Des Moines city councilwoman who now drives a bus for the Highline School District has been accused of slapping a 6-year-old special needs student.
Discussion: Raw Story and FreakOutNation
Noah Barkin / Reuters:
Thousands in Germany protest against Europe-U.S. trade deal  —  (Reuters) - Thousands of people marched in Berlin, Munich and other German cities on Saturday in protest against a planned free trade deal between Europe and the United States that they fear will erode food, labor and environmental standards.
Discussion: Firedoglake
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
James Pindell /
Big field trying to win support in first primary  —  NASHUA — In the history of the New Hampshire presidential primary, there have never been so many potential Republican presidential candidates — 21 — much less a campaign in which nearly all of them showed up on the same weekend.  —  The result?
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
Jeb Bush aims to set self apart from father, brother, rivals in New Hampshire
Discussion: The Reaction
Gary Hart / TIME:
Dare We Call It Oligarchy?  —  Gary Hart is a former United States Senator.  —  If the presidency were to pass back and forth between two or three families in any Latin American nation we would call it an oligarchy  —  The lobbying/campaign finance/access matrix has corrupted American politics …
Discussion: Moe Lane
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Natan Sharansky / Washington Post:
When did America forget that it's America?
Rory Ross / Newsweek:
Hillary Clinton's Big Benefactor Has Trade Links with Iran
Josh Kilburn / Americans Against the Tea Party:
Republicans Pass Tax Cuts for the Rich that Increase Deficit By $270 Billion; Congratulations …
Discussion: Liberaland and FOX News Radio
Jordan Smith /
Father Fatally Shoots Teenage Daughter's Boyfriend During Argument
Discussion: FOX News Radio
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Obama Urges ‘Creative’ Talks to Bridge Divide With Iran on Sanctions
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Steve King: Obama ‘importing millions’ of illegal immigrants to boost Dem vote
Discussion: Booman Tribune and BuzzFeed
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Obamacare repeal falls off Republicans' to-do list as law takes hold
Sage Gerard / Honey Badger Brigade:
Go Home, Gamer girl: Press release on unjust banishment from Calgary Expo
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Vox Popoli
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Obama And The Armenian Genocide
Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:
Once-Prized Tibetan Mastiffs Are Discarded as Fad Ends in China