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11:40 AM ET, April 20, 2015


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Amy Chozick / New York Times:
New Book, ‘Clinton Cash,’ Questions Foreign Donations to Foundation  —  The book does not hit shelves until May 5, but already the Republican Rand Paul has called its findings “big news” that will “shock people” and make voters “question” the candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
De Blasio sets sights on presidential draft candidacy vs. Hillary  —  Despite repeated claims to the contrary, Mayor de Blasio is positioning himself to be the leftist “progressive” alternative to Wall Street-friendly Hillary Rodham Clinton as the Democratic candidate for president, a national party operative told The Post.
Nick Gass / Politico:
Rand Paul soliciting dirt on Clinton Foundation donations  —  Rand Paul is soliciting information regarding the Clinton Foundation's acceptance of contributions from foreign governments in his latest move to cast doubt on the former secretary of state's candidacy.
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and New York Times
Nick Gass / Politico:
Lindsey Graham: I don't dislike Hillary  —  Lindsey Graham says his friendliness with the Clintons should not deter Republicans from considering him for the Republican presidential nomination.  —  For one, Graham said, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush seems to get along pretty well with former President Bill Clinton.
Matt Lewis / Telegraph:
Why satire not scandal could derail Hillary Clinton's campaign
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Moe Lane
As campaigns launch, poll finds GOP field stays tight  —  GOP 2016 hopefuls take aim at Hillary Clinton 02:34  —  Washington (CNN)With the ranks of declared 2016 presidential candidates growing, a new CNN/ORC poll finds the contests for the Democratic and Republican presidential nominations …
Nick Gass / Politico:
Chris Christie sinks to new low in New Jersey poll  —  New Jersey voters are giving Chris Christie his lowest marks yet.  —  A majority — 53 percent to 38 percent — thinks the governor knew about the traffic situation on the George Washington Bridge, but most say that he did not personally order it …
Kena Betancur / National Review:   Will Chris Christie Have a Comeback?
The New Hampshire GOP summit: 6 takeaways
Discussion: The Daily Banter
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Marco Rubio's secret weapon  —  Billionaire Norman Braman has a fondness for the Florida senator — and an intense distaste for Jeb Bush.  —  Marco Rubio's campaign is premised on the idea that he's the best-suited candidate to bridge the divide between conservatives and the GOP establishment …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Week
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: No turning back on gay marriage  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court hears arguments next week in a landmark case on gay marriage, but most Americans already have made up their minds: There's no turning back.  —  In a nationwide USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll, those surveyed …
Discussion: Joe. My. God. and The Week
Kasie Hunt /
Scott Walker has attended gay wedding reception
Discussion: Joe. My. God. and Yahoo Politics
Liza Mundy / Politico:
The Secret History of Women in the Senate  —  Kay Hagan just wanted to swim.  It was late 2008, and the Democrat was newly arrived on Capitol Hill as North Carolina's junior senator-elect.  But Hagan was told that the Senate pool was males-only.  Why?  Because some of the male senators liked to swim naked.
Steve Coll / New Yorker:
Dangerous Gamesmanship  —  During the early nineteen-thirties, Bolivia and Paraguay fought a war over an arid borderland called Chaco Boreal.  Congress passed a resolution permitting President Franklin Roosevelt to impose an embargo on arms shipments to both countries, and he did.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Juan Williams / The Hill:   On foreign policy, will Dems run from Obama?
David French / National Review:
Wisconsin's Shame: ‘I Thought It Was a Home Invasion’  —  From the May 4, 2015, issue of NR … Cindy Archer, one of the lead architects of Wisconsin's Act 10 — also called the “Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill,” it limited public-employee benefits and altered collective-bargaining rules …
Scott Roxborough / Yahoo! News:
Norway to Become First Country to Switch Off FM Radio in 2017  —  Steely Dan, the jazz-rockers who scored a hit in 1978 with their single FM (No Static At All), would not be pleased.  —  In what will likely be the first of a global transition to digital radio, Norway has announced …
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Ashlee Vance / Bloomberg Business:
Elon Musk Had a Deal to Sell Tesla to Google in 2013  —  On the verge of bankruptcy, the company sought a savior in Larry Page  —  This story is excerpted and adapted from Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, due out May 19 from Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins.
Laura Yuen /
FBI makes arrests in MN, CA in counterterrorism action  —  The FBI arrested several people in Minneapolis and San Diego on Sunday as part of a joint terrorism task force investigation, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger confirmed Sunday evening.  —  A Somali woman who said she was the mother …
Scott Pelley / CBS News:
A Crime Against Humanity  —  Scott Pelley reports on the 2013 sarin gas attack in Syria that U.S. intelligence estimates killed more than 1,400 civilians  —  The following script is from “A Crime Against Humanity” which aired on April 19, 2015.  Scott Pelley is the correspondent.
Joshua Roberts / Reuters:
Poland summons U.S. ambassador over FBI head's Holocaust remarks  —  (Reuters) - Poland has summoned the United States' ambassador in Warsaw over an article written by a top U.S. intelligence official on Poland's alleged responsibility for the Holocaust during World War Two, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Sunday.
James Hohmann / Politico:
Cruz takes Second Amendment fight to military bases  —  LITCHFIELD, N.H.—Appealing to New Hampshire's powerful gun culture, Sen. Ted Cruz said Sunday that he's “pressing” Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain to hold hearings on whether soldiers should be allowed to carry their own concealed firearms onto military bases.
Discussion: The Week
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Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Baltimore Man Dies after Spine ‘Virtually Severed’ While in Police Custody
Discussion: CBS Baltimore and FOX News Radio
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Nokia Plots 2016 Return to Phone Market
Discussion: Mashable and The Verge
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Hillary's Shelved Crown
Discussion: Althouse
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Joe Manchin won't run for West Virginia governor
Discussion: Daily Kos and Outside the Beltway
Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg Business:
Hillary Clinton's Calculated, Low-Key Campaign Rolls On
Wall Street Journal:
Republican Presidential Candidates Spar Over Party's Future
Discussion: Reuters and Washington Post
 Earlier Items: 
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Quiet, please. Hillary's running.
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and FishbowlDC
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Oversight chairman: Capital's ‘aura of invincibility’ has disappeared
Discussion: Instapundit, ABC News and Politico
Jake Tapper / CNN:
FBI agent testifies in Paula Broadwell cyberstalking case
Los Angeles Times:
Column Democrats' hunt for the white working-class male voter
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Ally defends Clinton's ‘dead broke’ comments
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Kasich awaits signal from God on presidential bid
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Matea Gold / Washington Post:
Big money in politics emerges as a rising issue in 2016 campaign
Washington Post:
‘Free-range’ flap fans the flames of a national debate on parenting