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12:55 PM ET, April 19, 2015


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Fox News:
Graham says he's ‘91 percent sure’ he'll get in 2016 GOP presidential primary but needs campaign cash  —  FILE: Jan. 28, 2015: Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (AP)  —  South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday that he's “91 percent sure” …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Lindsey Graham eyes May presidential announcement  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday there's a better than 90 percent chance he'll run for president, saying he'll decide in May.  —  “If I can raise the money, I'll do it,” the South Carolina Republican said on “Fox News Sunday.”  —  Story Continued Below
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Walker Shines in New Hampshire  —  Nashua, N.H.  —  Scott Walker was feeling it.  —  He'd been speaking for a little more than ten minutes, telling stories about his battles in Wisconsin to a crowd of Republicans nodding their heads in enthusiastic agreement.
Washington Post:
GOP contenders audition their attack lines on Clinton  —  NASHUA, N.H. — As Hillary Rodham Clinton prepared to bring her week-old presidential campaign to this state on Monday, an array of Republicans vying to be their party's pick spent the weekend offering a preview of how they would take her on.
Discussion: The Week
Joel Kotkin / The Daily Beast:
Big Idea: California Is So Over  —  California's drought and how it's handled show just what kind of place the Golden State is becoming: feudal, super-affluent and with an impoverished interior.  —  California has met the future, and it really doesn't work.
Discussion: Never Yet Melted and The PJ Tatler
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Granny Get Your Gun  —  WASHINGTON — THE most famous woman on the planet has a confounding problem.  She can't figure out how to campaign as a woman.  —  In 2008, Hillary Clinton took advice from two men — Bill Clinton and Mark Penn — and campaigned like a man.
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
FBI overstated forensic hair matches in nearly all trials before 2000  —  The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000.
Betsy Hiel / Associated Press:
Reagan shooter Hinckley closer to permanent freedom  —  The last man to shoot an American president spends most of the year in a house overlooking the 13th hole of a golf course in a gated community.  —  He likes taking walks, plays guitar and paints, eats at Wendy's and drives around in a Toyota.
New York Times:
Voting Rights, by the Numbers  —  When the Supreme Court struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act in 2013, its main argument was that the law was outdated.  —  Discrimination against minority voters may have been pervasive in the 1960s when the law was passed, Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. wrote …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Diane Cardwell / New York Times:
Solar Power Battle Puts Hawaii at Forefront of Worldwide Changes  —  Utility vs. Homeowners Over Solar Power Utility vs. Homeowners Over Solar Power  —  In Hawaii, where 12 percent of the homes have solar panels, handling the surplus power is putting pressure on the state's biggest utility …
Plain Dealer:
Ohio principal dumps school's Muslim headscarf day after online backlash  —  Mindy McCarty-Stewart, principal of Mason High School in Mason, Ohio, Thursday, April 16, 2015, canceled a student-led event in which girls planned to celebrate diversity by spending a day wearing a Muslim headscarf.
Zach Noble /
When This Female Air Force Vet Saw Protesters Stepping on the Flag, She Took Action.  It Took Four Cops to Bring Her Down.  —  When she saw protesters disrespecting the flag, she took matters into her own hands.  —  She didn't let up even when the cops got involved.
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