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12:40 PM ET, April 24, 2015


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Steve Coll / New Yorker:
Warren Weinstein and the Long Drone War  —  “As President and Commander-in-Chief, I take full responsibility for all our counterterrorism operations,” President Obama said in a press conference at the White House on Thursday.  Obama was announcing the news that C.I.A. drone strikes in Pakistan …
Tina Nguyen / Mediaite:
Fox's Judge Napolitano: ‘War Crime’ for Obama Drone Strikes to Have Killed American
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Ralph Peters / New York Post:
End the moaning about the ‘morality’ of US drone strikes
Discussion: Hit & Run
The White House:
Statement by the President on the Deaths of Warren Weinstein and Giovanni Lo Porto
Theodore Schleifer / CNN:
Ted Cruz: I still oppose gay marriage  —  Washington (CNN)Ted Cruz was forced to reiterate his stance against same-sex marriage in a Thursday night statement after a news report of comments he made at a fundraising event on Monday in New York City cast some doubt.
Karoli / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Steve King Wants To Bar The Supreme Court From Hearing Marriage Cases
Discussion: Salon and Washington Monthly
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Mike Huckabee Defends Ex-Gay Therapy, Warns Gay Rights Will Outlaw Christianity: ‘God Help Us All’
Discussion: The Week, Politico and Joe. My. God.
New York Times:
Candidate Clinton and the Foundation  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton's determination to reconnect with voters in localized, informative settings is commendable, but is in danger of being overshadowed by questions about the interplay of politics and wealthy foreign donors who support the Clinton Foundation.
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Paleo Diet In and Pizza Out, a Slimmer Jeb Bush Seems Intent on Staying That Way  —  Steak Tips Susanne, the $21 entree at the Hilton Garden Inn in Manchester, N.H., arrived as a carefully composed plate: strips of sirloin, sautéed peppers and caramelized onions atop a bed of linguine with a side of garlic bread.
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Increasing the Social Security Retirement Age Isn't Just Bad Politics  —  It occurred to me today that while I've mocked the political wisdom of Chris Christie and Jeb Bush coming out for an increase in the retirement age for Social Security, I haven't commented on the idea's dubious merits.
Discussion: Eschaton
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Jake Tapper will anchor CNN's State of the Union  —  CNN Sundays are about to change 01:07  —  Story highlights  —  New York (CNN)Jake Tapper is the next anchor of CNN's Sunday morning political interview program “State of the Union.”  —  CNN announced Tapper's promotion on Friday morning.
The Hill:
Republicans debate keeping ObamaCare subsidies until 2017  —  Congressional Republicans are locked in a debate about whether to temporarily keep in place the ObamaCare subsidies that are at risk of being struck down at the Supreme Court.  —  More than a half-dozen competing plans have already …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
How The Great White Freakout Just Got Unleashed At Another University  —  The white freakout over college students grappling with “the problem of whiteness” has just found a new target.  —  TPM previously reported on an Arizona State University course about “the problem of whiteness” …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Katie LaGrone / WPTV:
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Dashcam video shows unarmed man being shot by PBSO deputy  —  Dontrell Stephens had cellphone in his hand  —  PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - Exclusively-obtained dash-cam video shows Dontrell Stephens, 20, talking on a cellphone while riding his bike on a Friday morning in September 2013.
Jonathan Mahler / New York Times:
Once Comcast's Deal Shifted to a Focus on Broadband, Its Ambitions Were Sunk  —  When it was announced a little more than a year ago, it felt to many like a sure thing.  —  After all, government regulators had approved Comcast's acquisition of NBCUniversal in 2011.
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Boehner open to deal to ease spending ceilings  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday he would welcome another spending agreement that would lift the sequestration budget ceilings set to return in October.  —  “If there's a way to reduce mandatory spending in a way that would provide relief …
Jeff Schweers / Local News from The Gainesville Sun:
UF frat insulted wounded war vets, group says  —  A University of Florida fraternity already on conduct probation is under investigation after being accused of disrespecting a group of disabled military veterans by spitting on them and stealing their flags at a Panama City Beach resort last weekend.
Washington Post:
After a ridiculous delay, Loretta Lynch finally gets confirmed  —  SENATORS VOTED Thursday to confirm Loretta Lynch as the next attorney general by an embarrassingly thin margin of 56 to 43.  It was embarrassing not to Ms. Lynch, who clearly deserved confirmation, but to the Republicans …
Discussion: Courier-Journal
Miranda Blue / Right Wing Watch:
Larry Pratt: Obama Only Nominates ‘Ruthless’ People Who Will Steal Elections For Democrats
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and FOX News Radio
Bill Shuster muscled through transportation bill pushed by lobbyist girlfriend  —  New questions emerge about the transportation chairman's advocacy on behalf of the airline industry.  —  Last year, Rep. Bill Shuster approached fellow Republican Rep. Tom Graves with a request.
Paul Rosenberg / Salon:
Scott Walker, forever tarnished: Republican governors have tanked the GOP brand  —  What do Scott Walker, Chris Christie and Bobby Jindal all have in common?  They're all sitting governors who'd like to be president, sure.  But what else?  —  How about being embarrassingly bad at job creation?
Daily Mail:
A hug from the executioner... then two gay men are stoned to death: ISIS murderers stage show of kindness for the cameras before brutal killing  —  Depraved militants fighting for the Islamic State in Syria have brutally stoned two gay men to death only seconds after they were photographed embracing and ‘forgiving’ them.
Tom Cotton prepares for Patriot Act battle  —  Hawks and libertarians are about to square off in Congress over extending surveillance authority for the feds.  —  Sen. Tom Cotton is preparing for battle against Sen. Rand Paul and the GOP's libertarian wing over the USA Patriot Act and the power …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and CBS DC
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David French / National Review:
Cultural Conservatives Have Barely Begun to Fight
Gerry Ricciutti / WKBN-TV:
Straight pride fliers removed from YSU campus
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Young girl who battled cancer dismissed from school over attendance, academic performance
USGS Newsroom:
New Insight on Ground Shaking from Man-Made Earthquakes
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
Focus on the Fundamentals, Not the Scooby Van
Discussion: US News and The Reaction
 Earlier Items: 
Drug suspect foils Chesterfield authorities by putting GPS monitor on cat
Discussion: New York Magazine and CBS DC
J.D. Power:
Facing Cost-Sensitive Shoppers, Health Plan Providers Must Demonstrate Value
Patrick Wintour / Guardian:
Cameron to unveil plans for England-only income tax from 2016
Discussion: Featured Articles and Spectator
Joel Achenbach / Washington Post:
Scientists find missing link in Yellowstone plumbing: This giant volcano is very much alive
Michael Crowley / Politico:
World War O  —  Obama took office vowing to end America's wars.
Tylar Bacome / WGCL-TV:
Atlanta students face charges for fight with gay classmates
Discussion: FreakOutNation and Raw Story
Ashley Goudeau / KVUE-TV:
Video shows DWI suspect knocked unconscious during arrest