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3:15 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 …
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Mark Hensch / The Hill:
DNC planning primary debates for Hillary  —  Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) says she's still planning for primary debates, in expectation of a challenge to presidential contender Hillary Clinton.  —  “I expect the voters who believe …
Rory Ross / Newsweek:
Hillary Clinton's Big Benefactor Has Trade Links with Iran  —  Enemies of Hillary Clinton waiting to discredit her bid for the White House are likely to seize on news that one of the biggest benefactors to the Clinton Foundation has been trading with Iran and may be in breach of US sanctions imposed on the country.
Danny Vinik / The New Republic:
Martin O'Malley Just Jumped to the Left of Elizabeth Warren. Your Move, Hillary.
Discussion: The Nation and Washington Monthly
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.
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Michelle Conlin / Reuters:
Marco Rubio: the 2016 presidential campaign's $40 million man
Discussion: SaintPetersBlog
Harrison McClary / Reuters:
U.S. Republican Huckabee to announce 2016 presidential decision May 5
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
James Pindell / BostonGlobe.com:
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
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Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
Jeb Bush aims to set self apart from father, brother, rivals in New Hampshire
Discussion: The Reaction
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Jeb Bush Proposes Requiring Medicare End-of-Life Directives
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.
Discussion: Mediaite
Jordan Smith / OpposingViews.com:
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: FOX News Radio and Liberaland
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?
New York Times:
Afghanistan President, Ashraf Ghani, Blames ISIS for Deadly Suicide Bombing at Bank  —  JALALABAD, Afghanistan — The Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, blamed the Islamic State group for a suicide bombing here on Saturday that killed 33 civilians.  If the extremist group's responsibility is confirmed …
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: Booman Tribune, Mediaite and BuzzFeed
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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Miranda Blue / Right Wing Watch:
Huckabee: Wait To Join Military Until Obama Leaves Office
Discussion: Mediaite and FreakOutNation
New York Times:
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Clinton's Real Opponent: Barack Obama
Sage Gerard / Honey Badger Brigade:
Go Home, Gamer girl: Press release on unjust banishment from Calgary Expo
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:
Once-Prized Tibetan Mastiffs Are Discarded as Fad Ends in China
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
At Global Economic Gathering, U.S. Primacy Is Seen as Ebbing
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Richard Johnson / Page Six:
Carly Simon ex pens book about his coming out
Discussion: Liberaland and FOX News Radio
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Limbaugh Links ESPN's Britt McHenry to Hillary: ‘Mean-Spirited Superiorists’
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Jeb Bush Thinks GOP Should Confirm Loretta Lynch, Show ‘Deference’ to Obama
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Daily Mail:
Lucas strikes back - against his neighbors! …