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8:40 PM ET, April 20, 2015


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Dylan Byers / Politico:
New York Times, Fox News strike deals for anti-Clinton research  —  The New York Times and Fox News have made exclusive agreements with a conservative author for early access to his opposition research on Hillary Clinton, a move that has confounded members of the Clinton campaign and some Times reporters …
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.
Annie Karni / Politico:
Hillary Clinton on GOP field: They only want to talk about me
Discussion: Bloomberg Business and Shakesville
Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg Business:
Hillary Says Clinton Cash Criticisms Are Just ‘Distractions’
Discussion: The Week
ABC News:
White House Won't Comment on Reports of Preferential Treatment for Clinton Foundation Donors
Discussion: Hot Air
Lisa Lerer / Associated Press:
Campaigning Hillary Clinton Says Economy Has ‘Stalled Out’
Discussion: Bloomberg Business and ABC News
Nick Gass / Politico:
Lindsey Graham: I don't dislike Hillary
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 …
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Kochs Signal Support for Scott Walker  —  Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, at a Republican Leadership Summit in Nashua, N.H., on Saturday.Credit: Ian Thomas Jansen-Lonnquist for The New York Times  —  Charles G. and David H. Koch, the influential and big-spending conservative donors …
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 …
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Hillary Clinton Just Took A Shot At GOP Plans To Cut Social Security
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Post
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Exclusive: Republican Jeb Bush to visit Germany, Estonia, Poland in June
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.
Jon Swaine / Guardian:
Death of Baltimore man Freddie Gray in custody sparks call for independent inquiry  —  Family of man who suffered a broken neck after his arrest demand that the inquiry into his death be taken away from the city police  —  The family of a man who died after being arrested in Baltimore …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
Gaby Wood / Telegraph:
Toni Morrison interview: on racism, her new novel and Marlon Brando  —  Age hasn't dimmed the fire in Toni Morrison, 84.  The unwavering voice of black America talks about her latest novel and what it will take for racism to be a thing of the past  —  Toni Morrison is, without a doubt, a world-class novelist.
Discussion: Mediaite, Shakesville and Salon
Oliver Laughland / Guardian:
Toni Morrison: ‘I want to see a white man convicted for raping a black woman’
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
The Introspective Roger Ailes: Fox News' Chief on Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Brian Williams' Future ("I'd Put Him Back") and His Own  —  Ailes, 74, arguably the most powerful person of the next election, opens up about Rupert Murdoch, his dislikes (Elisabeth Murdoch's “creepy” ex-husband Matthew Freud) …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
EXCLUSIVE: Reporters Who Published Story On Okla. Deputy Resign Suddenly From Newspaper  —  Two reporters have resigned from an Oklahoma newspaper after publishing an article that alleged supervisors in the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office were ordered to falsify training records …
Tom Tancredo / WND:
WILL OBAMA ORDER MILITARY ATTACK ON ISRAEL?  —  Exclusive: Tom Tancredo on potential Iran-defending action: ‘Who would stop him?’  —  Tom Tancredo is the founder of the Rocky Mountain Foundation and founder and co-chairman of Team America PAC.  He is also a former five-term congressman and presidential candidate.
Michael Eric Dyson / The New Republic:
CORNEL WEST  —  President Obama betrayed him. He's stopped publishing new work. He's alienated his closest friends  —  and allies.  What happened to America's most exciting  —  black scholar?  —  NOR HELL A FURY LIKE A WOMAN SCORNED" is the best-known line from William Congreve's The Mourning Bride.
David Mack / BuzzFeed:
Pennsylvania High School Students Organize “Anti-Gay Day”  —  A student at McGuffey High School with the words “anti-gay” drawn on his hand.  —  Supplied  —  Students at a Pennsylvania high school held an “Anti-Gay Day” protest on Thursday, wearing coordinated flannel shirts, writing …
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Tim Teeman / The Daily Beast:
Roseanne Barr on Losing Her Sight, Smoking Weed, Rejecting Feminism, and Not Voting For Hillary  —  As a documentary of her 2012 presidential run is released, Roseanne Barr talks about political power, mortality, and why a Hillary Clinton win wouldn't be as symbolic as many hope.
Discussion: Mediaite, and FOX31 Denver
New York Times:
1.5 Million Missing Black Men  —  For every 100 black women not in jail, there are only 83 black men.  The remaining men - 1.5 million of them - are, in a sense, missing.  —  Among cities with sizable black populations, the largest single gap is in Ferguson, Mo.
Discussion: Gothamist
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Polls Have Been Misleading You About What Americans Actually Believe About Abortion  —  Do you know where most Americans stand on abortion?  Thanks to the way that we've been polling on the issue for the past several decades, probably not.  —  Most media coverage on the subject would lead …
Discussion: Salon, Daily Kos and Shakesville
Max Seddon / BuzzFeed:
Putin's Action Hero: How Steven Seagal Became the Kremlin's Unlikeliest Envoy  —  Vladimir Putin knew his relationship with the United States was nearing breaking point when he met Barack Obama in Lough Erne, a picturesque lakeside golf resort in Northern Ireland, on the sidelines of the G-8 summit in June 2013.
Geoff Ziezulewicz / Chicago Tribune:
Uber driver, licensed to carry gun, shoots gunman in Logan Square  —  Authorities say no charges will be filed against an Uber driver who shot and wounded a gunman who opened fire on a crowd of people in Logan Square over the weekend.  —  The driver had a concealed-carry permit and acted …
Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today:
U.S. carrier moving off coast of Yemen to block Iranian arms shipments  —  WASHINGTON — The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt has moved off the coast of Yemen to prepare to intercept potential shipments of Iranian weapons to the rebels fighting the U.S.-backed government of Yemen, Pentagon officials said Monday.
Discussion: The Week and NPR
Alexandra Robbins / Washington Post:
Nurses make fun of their dying patients.  That's okay.  —  Alexandra Robbins is the author of “The Nurses: A Year of Secrets, Drama, and Miracles With the Heroes of the Hospital,” which was released this week.  —  The laughter of the ER staff echoed down the hall as Lauren, a nurse in Texas …
Discussion: Instapundit and Althouse
Zeke J Miller / TIME:
This App Will Flag Your Offensive Tweets Before Your Future Employer Sees Them  —  It was created by a man who lost his dream job with the Jeb Bush campaign.  —  Ethan Czahor's dreams collapsed on the national stage earlier this year.  The 31-year-old age digital whiz had spent years positioning himself …
Adam McDonald / KMOV-TV:
Memorial tree for Michael Brown cut in half, stone memorial missing  —  FERGUSON, Mo. ( - A memorial tree for Michael Brown was found cut in half and a stone memorial was missing less than 24 hours after being dedicated.  —  The tree was dedicated by the Black Caucus …
Discussion: Raw Story, FreakOutNation and Mashable
Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Republicans assail race disclosures in gun purchases  —  Gun rights advocates in Congress are up in arms over federally mandated racial disclosures in gun purchases.  —  Republican lawmakers are seeking to roll back a controversial Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) …
Discussion: Fox News
Quin Hillyer / National Review:
The IRS Assures an Atheist Group It Will Monitor Churches  —  It was bad enough, as I wrote here last August, that the Internal Revenue Service appeared to reach an agreement to monitor the pulpits of ill-favored churches.  What's worse is that the IRS, directly counter to Freedom of Information Act …
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Dana Somberg / Jerusalem Post:
Rivlin refuses meeting in Israel with former US president Jimmy Carter
Beth Reinhard / Wall Street Journal:
Lindsey Graham on 2016, Immigration and Israel
Discussion: Mediaite and The Pulse 2016
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Republicans look to lift spending caps
Discussion: Daily Kos, The Hill and
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Wildmon: The Left Hates Us Because We 'Represent God's Message Of A Moral Standard Having To Do With Sexuality'
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Whit Richardson / The Portland Press Herald:
Payday at the mill  —  How sophisticated financiers used …
Mireya Navarro / New York Times:
‘Poor Door’ Building Draws 88,000 Applicants for 55 Rental Units
Discussion: Gothamist and New York Magazine
New York Times:
Skip Child Support. Go to Jail. Lose Job. Repeat.
Discussion: Instapundit and Eschaton
Martha McSally / New York Times:
Saving a Plane That Saves Lives
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USA Today:
Atlanta's cheating teachers are not mobsters: Column
Discussion: Hot Air
David W. Dunlap / New York Times:
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ABC News:
Supreme Court Rejects Appeal Over Fish Pedicure Ban
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
John McCormick / Bloomberg Business:
Walker's Frugal Shopping Tale Doesn't Mention Taxpayer Millions
Scott Roxborough / Yahoo! News:
Norway to Become First Country to Switch Off FM Radio in 2017
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Jake Tapper / CNN:
FBI agent testifies in Paula Broadwell cyberstalking case
Discussion: Booman Tribune