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6:45 PM ET, April 21, 2015


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Amy Chozick / New York Times:
A Newcomer to Populism?  Hillary Clinton Campaign Begs to Differ  —  CLAREMONT, N.H. — In her first week as a 2016 presidential candidate, Hillary Rodham Clinton seemed to channel another high-profile Democrat.  “The deck is stacked in their favor,” Mrs. Clinton said of the wealthy and powerful.
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: April 2015  —  Bianca DiJulio, Jamie Firth, and Mollyann Brodie … The Public's Views Of The ACA  —  Closely Divided On The Health Care Law  —  This month's Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds American's opinion of the health care law closely divided …
Caitlin Owens / National Journal:
Poll: More Americans Like Obamacare Than Dislike It
CNN/ORC Poll: Economic optimism hits new peak under Obama
Mike Allen / Politico:
Koch brothers will offer audition to Jeb Bush  —  Charles and David Koch are considering throwing their massive wealth and sophisticated organization into the Republican presidential primary for the first time, a potentially game-changing boost that could make even a second-tier candidate instantly viable.
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
The GOP Needs to Run against the Last 16 Years  —  Had the mathematician Sir Isaac Newton had the chance to devote his life to modern American politics instead of to explaining the elementary rules of physics, the Third Law might have looked a little different.
Discussion: alicublog
Mike Devlin /
Congressman Tells Protester: 'Touch me again, and I'll drop your ass'  —  Anti-immigration protesters were on hand to greet Congressman Steve Knight at the open house for his Simi Valley office last week.  And when one got a little too close, the former LAPD cop was having none of it.
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Congressman To Protester: 'Touch Me Again, I'll Drop Your A**' (VIDEO)
Discussion: Mashable
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate reaches deal to vote on AG nominee Loretta Lynch  —  Senate leaders on Tuesday morning announced a deal on a long-stalled anti-human-trafficking bill, setting up a vote to confirm Loretta Lynch as attorney general later this week.  —  “I'm glad we can say there is a bipartisan proposal …
Kathleen Hunter / Bloomberg Business:
Senate Leaders Reach Deal to Allow Loretta Lynch Confirmation Vote
Discussion: US News
Geoffrey Skelley / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Clinton's Age: It Probably Doesn't Matter  —  History does not show an edge for the younger presidential candidate  —  When Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) announced his presidential run on April 13, his speech made a point of going after ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) — and …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Talented Mr. Rubio  —  Political audiences always …
David Weigel / Bloomberg Business:
Ted Cruz Says President Obama Is an ‘Unmitigated Socialist’  —  After Texas Senator Ted Cruz addressed the First in the Nation summit in Nashua, New Hampshire, on Saturday, he headed to a basement conference room for a conversation with young Republicans.  There was no filming of the speech …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg Business:
Police Can't Extend Stop for Dog Sniff, U.S. Supreme Court Says  —  Police officers violate the Constitution when they extend an otherwise completed traffic stop to allow time for a trained dog to sniff for drugs, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled.  —  The justices, voting 6-3 …
Discussion: Bloomberg View
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Limits Drug-Sniffing Dog Use in Traffic Stops
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Bill O'Reilly: Pity The Poor Rich Man  —  Bill O'Reilly used his Talking Points Memo to whine about how terribly rich people are being treated in America.  —  From Blue Nation Review: Bill O'Reilly Wants You to Feel Bad for Rich People Like Bill O'Reilly: … Transcript via O'Reilly's site: Income Inequality in America:
Discussion: Daily Kos
Taffy Brodesser-Akner / GQ:
Anchorman: The Legend of Don Lemon  —  So maybe he's not Walter Cronkite.  Maybe he's done some famously awkward interviews, gotten his facts wrong, and made CNN the butt of more than a few jokes.  But that won't stop Don Lemon.  Because here's the thing: He can fill hours of nothing with a crisp, news-like something.
David Grimm / Science:
Judge's ruling grants legal right to research chimps  —  In a decision that seems to recognizes chimpanzees as legal persons for the first time, a New York judge today granted a pair of Stony Brook University lab animals the right to have their day in court.
Stephen Deere / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Resignations in tiny Parma, Mo., baffle town's first black mayor  —  PARMA, MO.  • The drugstore is long gone.  So, too, are the bank and the barbershop, the opry house and the hardware store.  —  All that is left of downtown are collapsed awnings, caved-in ceilings and broken windowpanes of century-old buildings.
Committee to Protect Journalists:
10 Most Censored Countries  —  CPJ's list of 10 Most Censored Countries is part of our annual publication, Attacks on the Press, which will be released in full on Monday, April 27, at 11 a.m. EST.  —  Eritrea and North Korea are the first and second most censored countries worldwide …
Kirsten Powers / USA Today:
Christians thrown overboard left to drown by Obama  —  Obama only mentions Christians to lecture them, rather than defend them from persecution.  —  What do you call it when 12 men are drowned at sea for praying to Jesus?  —  Answer: Religious persecution.
Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News:
DEA chief Michele Leonhart expected to resign  —  Shares -  —  Michele Leonhart, the administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), is expected to resign soon, a senior administration official tells CBS News Senior White House Correspondent Bill Plante.
Evan Perez / CNN:
Embattled DEA chief to resign, officials say
Justin Wolfers / New York Times:
Areas with Large Black Populations Have the Smallest Shares of Black Men  —  Why do some places have so many more missing African-American men than others?  —  In a recent article, we detailed a severe demographic imbalance: there are 1.5 million fewer prime-age black men living in their communities than black women, census data show.
Discussion: Hullabaloo, and Gothamist
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Simon Vozick-Levinson / Rolling Stone:
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Miranda Blue / Right Wing Watch:
David Horowitz: ‘Traitor’ Obama Letting Terrorists Bring Nukes Over Southern Border
Discussion: FOX News Radio
James K. Sanborn / Marine Corps Times:
Tough tattoo regs sink stellar Marine's career
Nick Gass / Politico:
Rand Paul: Lindsey Graham, John McCain are ‘lapdogs’ for President Obama's foreign policy
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Clinton campaign faults media for shifting line on gay marriage
Discussion: Mediaite
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Feds seek ‘severe sentence’ for leaker
Jacques Billeaud / Associated Press:
Judge Holds Contempt Of Court Hearing For Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio
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David Martosko / Daily Mail:
Scooby hits the road at 92 MPH! …