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5:15 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
Danny Vinik / The New Republic:
Martin O'Malley Just Jumped to the Left of Elizabeth Warren. Your Move, Hillary.
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.
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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
James Pindell / BostonGlobe.com:
Big field trying to win support in first primary
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Jeb Bush Proposes Requiring Medicare End-of-Life Directives
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.
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 …
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
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
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
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
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
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
 
 
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Mark Hensch / The Hill:
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Richard Johnson / Page Six:
Carly Simon ex pens book about his coming out
Discussion: Liberaland and FOX News Radio
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Limbaugh Links ESPN's Britt McHenry to Hillary: ‘Mean-Spirited Superiorists’
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