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9:30 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 …
Tarini Parti / Politico:
George Soros' son builds a PAC for Jewish voters  —  The son of Democratic mega-donor George Soros is gearing up to play a more active role in the 2016 election with the launch of new political action committee focused on representing the views of Jewish Americans — beyond foreign policy.
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
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
New Book, ‘Clinton Cash,’ Questions Foreign Donations to Foundation
Lisa Lerer / Associated Press:
Campaigning Hillary Clinton Says Economy Has ‘Stalled Out’
Discussion: Bloomberg Business and ABC News
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 …
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 …
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.
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
Baltimore Sun:
Police report says Freddie Gray had knife, arrested ‘without incident’  —  City police wrote in court documents that Freddie Gray was arrested “without force or incident” for having a switchblade knife and suffered a medical emergency during transport.  —  The documents provide the first account …
Jon Swaine / Guardian:
Death of Baltimore man Freddie Gray in custody sparks call for independent inquiry
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) …
Kurt Schlichter /
Sexy Conservatives Will Out-Breed Barren Liberals  —  The last time some Twitter leftist sneered at me and called me a “breeder,” I wondered whether this collectivist genius considered not reproducing to be a wise long-term strategy.  The fact is that in America, most of the time it's the traditional …
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
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.
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.
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
Dana Somberg / Jerusalem Post:
Rivlin refuses meeting in Israel with former US president Jimmy Carter … Diplomatic sources says Foreign Ministry recommended president not meet with Carter in light of his “anti-Israel” positions in recent years.  —  President Reuven Rivlin has refused to meet with former US president Jimmy Carter during …
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
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
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Republicans look to lift spending caps  —  The GOP is already talking about another big spending deal to ease budget caps.  Call it Ryan-Murray 2.0?  —  GOP congressional leaders are racing to approve a budget blueprint for the coming year that abides by strict spending limits …
Discussion: Daily Kos, The Hill and
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.
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
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
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
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Beth Reinhard / Wall Street Journal:
Lindsey Graham on 2016, Immigration and Israel
Discussion: Mediaite and The Pulse 2016
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
Alexandra Robbins / Washington Post:
Nurses make fun of their dying patients. That's okay.
Discussion: Instapundit and Althouse
Quin Hillyer / National Review:
The IRS Assures an Atheist Group It Will Monitor Churches
 Earlier Items: 
Martha McSally / New York Times:
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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