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7:20 PM ET, April 23, 2015


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New York Times:
Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation as Russians Pressed for Control of Uranium Company  —  The headline in Pravda trumpeted President Vladimir V. Putin's latest coup, its nationalistic fervor recalling an era when the newspaper served as the official mouthpiece of the Kremlin: “Russian Nuclear Energy Conquers the World.”
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Disastrous Clinton Post-Presidency  —  The best-case scenario: They screwed everything up.  —  Shares  —  The qualities of an effective presidency do not seem to transfer onto a post-presidency.  Jimmy Carter was an ineffective president who became an exemplary post-president.
Joshua Green / Bloomberg Business:
Clinton Cash Author Is Targeting Jeb Bush Next  —  The past week can't have been very pleasant for Peter Schweizer.  On Sunday, the New York Times revealed that his forthcoming book, Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich …
Jonathan Allen / Reuters:
Exclusive: Clinton charities will refile tax returns, audit for other errors  —  (Reuters) - Hillary Clinton's family's charities are refiling at least five annual tax returns after a Reuters review found errors in how they reported donations from governments, and said they may audit …
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
5 things we learned about ‘Clinton Cash’ without reading it
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh
ABC News:
Bill Clinton Cashed In When Hillary Became Secretary of State
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
Brian Fallon / Medium:   ‘Clinton Cash’ & NYT Fail to Prove Any Connection Between Hillary Clinton & Russian Purchase of Uranium Assets
Lauren French / Politico:
Trey Gowdy asks Hillary Clinton to appear twice on emails, Benghazi
Discussion: Daily Kos and Liberaland
Nick Gass / Politico:
Hillary Clinton struggles to contain media barrage on foreign cash
Discussion: The Stranger … and ABC News
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton has a baggage problem
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg Business:
Comcast Plans to Drop Time Warner Cable Deal  —  Comcast Corp. is planning to walk away from its proposed takeover of Time Warner Cable Inc., people with knowledge of the matter said, after regulators decided that the deal wouldn't help consumers, making approval unlikely.
New York Times:
David Petraeus Is Sentenced to Probation in Leak Investigation  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A federal judge on Thursday sentenced David H. Petraeus, the highest-profile general from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, to two years' probation for disclosing classified information.
USA Today:
Apologetic Petraeus gets probation for leaking secrets to his mistress
Discussion: Common Dreams and The Week
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
At New York Reception, Ted Cruz Is Said to Strike Different Tone Toward Gays  —  Senator Ted Cruz, the Republican presidential candidate, has positioned himself as a strong opponent to same-sex marriage, urging pastors nationwide to preach in support of marriage as an institution between a man and a woman …
Bobby Jindal / New York Times:
I'm Holding Firm Against Gay Marriage  —  BATON ROUGE, La. — THE debate over religious liberty in America presents conservatives and business leaders with a crucial choice.  —  In Indiana and Arkansas, large corporations recently joined left-wing activists to bully elected officials …
Washington Post:
Poll: Gay-marriage support at record high
Erin Dooley / ABC News:
Obama: ‘I Take Full Responsibility’ For US Operation That Killed Innocent Hostages Held By Al Qaeda … President Obama said today that he takes “full responsibility” for a U.S. government counterterrorism operation that killed two innocent hostages held by al Qaeda.
Adam Entous / Wall Street Journal:
American, Italian Hostages Killed in CIA Drone Strike in January  —  Drone strike kills pair in Pakistan, U.S. officials say; White House orders review of incident  —  A U.S. drone strike in January targeting a suspected al Qaeda compound in Pakistan inadvertently killed an American and Italian …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
2 Qaeda Hostages Were Accidentally Killed in U.S. Strike, White House Says
Vincent Schilling / Indian Country Today Media …:
Native Actors Walk off Set of Adam Sandler Movie After Insults to Women, Elders  —  Approximately a dozen Native actors and actresses, as well as the Native cultural advisor, left the set of Adam Sandler's newest film production, The Ridiculous Six, on Wednesday.
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate votes 56-43 to confirm Lynch as attorney general  —  The Senate confirmed Loretta Lynch's long-delayed nomination Thursday, giving the country its first female African American attorney general.  —  Senators voted 56-43 to confirm Lynch, more than 160 days after she was nominated by President Obama.
Discussion: ABC News
Steve Benen /
Steve King unveils radical court scheme  —  Under the American system of government, elected legislators are responsible for writing laws.  If those statutes are legally controversial, they're challenged in the courts and evaluated by judges.  It's Civics 101.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
‘F*ck this court — I AM Justice’: Woman uncorks berserk legal rant after civil rights suit tossed  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  A self-described “Floridian-American” sovereign citizen submitted a nine-page, profanity-laced tirade against a judge who dismissed a lawsuit she filed on behalf of her husband and son.
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Scott Lively: Only ‘Pitchforks And Torches’ Can Stop Gay Marriage  —  Anti-LGBT pundit Scott Lively argues in a column today that the only way to stop the legalization of gay marriage is to form an “angry mob” that will take to “the streets, pitchforks and torches held aloft …
Mark Halperin / Bloomberg Business:
Boehner Opens Door to House Subpoena of Clinton's E-mail Server  —  In his ceremonial office in the Capitol building, the speaker flared with outrage at Clinton's conduct, asserting she broke the law by failing to use a government e-mail account as secretary of state.  —  t MarkHalperin
Discussion: Political Wire
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Paul Barrett / Bloomberg Business:
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Discussion: CBS DC
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Discussion: New York Times, Mashable and Refinery29
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
The Many Measures of Hillary Clinton
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Senate panel approves trade bill
Discussion: Common Dreams and New Atlanticist
 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: Washington Monthly
Wall Street Journal:
China Says Please Stop Hiring Funeral Strippers
Discussion: VICE, Mediaite and The Week
CBS News:
​Deputy who fired gun instead of taser was investigated in 2009
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
Julia O'Donoghue / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
LSU drafting ‘academic bankruptcy’ plan in response to state budget crisis
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Obamacare, Hands Off My Medicare
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Marco Rubio takes lead in Sheldon Adelson primary