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3:05 PM ET, April 24, 2015


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Heidi Przybyla / Bloomberg Business:
Ted Cruz Introduces Bills to Stop Gay Marriage  —  Days before the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on same-sex marriage, Senator Ted Cruz has filed two bills to protect states that bar gay couples from marrying.  —  Cruz's legislation would establish a constitutional amendment shielding states …
Theodore Schleifer / CNN:
Ted Cruz: I still oppose gay marriage
Karoli / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Steve King Wants To Bar The Supreme Court From Hearing Marriage Cases
Discussion: Salon and Congressman Steve King
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Mike Huckabee Defends Ex-Gay Therapy, Warns Gay Rights Will Outlaw Christianity: ‘God Help Us All’
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
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Drone Strikes Reveal Uncomfortable Truth: U.S. Is Often Unsure About Who Will Die
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.
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.
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.
Harry Enten / FiveThirtyEight:
Marco Rubio Is A Strong Candidate — Despite His Polling Surge  —  Marco Rubio is surging!  —  For the first time since the 2014 midterm elections, Rubio is leading the 2016 GOP field, according to polls by Fox News and Quinnipiac University.  Rubio is a serious contender for the Republican nomination …
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
David French / National Review:
Cultural Conservatives Have Barely Begun to Fight  —  A response to Rod Dreher's “Benedict Option”  —  An atmosphere of gloom and despair pervades some cultural-conservative circles, and, at first glance, it's easy to understand why.  There's no question that hysterical public assaults …
Todd Starnes / Fox News:
University of Maryland cancels ‘American Sniper’ after Muslim students complain  —  The University of Maryland announced it will postpone indefinitely an upcoming screening of “American Sniper” after Muslim students protested - calling the film Islamophobic, racist and nationalistic.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
A.J. Higgins /
Maine Democrats Bending to Public Pressure for Welfare Reform … AUGUSTA, Maine - Democratic lawmakers may be feeling some pressure to take a harder line against welfare fraud following an election cycle that saw Republicans advance in the House and Senate after campaigning on welfare reform.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Religious freedom laws suffer another blow — in public opinion  —  One of the apparent side effects of the religious freedom controversies in Indiana and (to a lesser extent) Arkansas: More Americans now oppose such laws than before.  —  While a Pew Research Center poll conducted …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Political Wire
Kerry Picket / The Daily Caller:
Hillary On Abortion: ‘Deep-Seated Cultural Codes, Religious Beliefs And Structural Biases Have To Be Changed’  —  NEW YORK, N.Y. — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took a feminist tone on Thursday.  She told attendees at the sixth annual Women in The World Summit that …
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Accused of Rape, a Student Sues Columbia Over Bias  —  A Columbia University student who was accused of rape by a fellow student, who then targeted him in a very public campus action, filed a federal discrimination lawsuit on Thursday against the school; its president, Lee C. Bollinger; and one of its professors.
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
Dog The Bounty Hunter Goes Rogue On Fox News, Defends Hillary (VIDEO)  —  Of the five panelists sitting on the “Outnumbered” couch on Friday, the only one defending Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was the show's grizzled guest, celebrity bounty hunter Duane “Dog” Chapman.
Discussion: Mediaite
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?
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Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg Business:
Hillary Clinton Campaign Rallies Supporters Over Clinton Cash
Discussion: Hot Air
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Clinton Rules  —  So there's a lot of buzz about alleged …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Elizabeth A. Harris / New York Times:
Only Alternative for Some Students Sitting Out Standardized Tests: Do Nothing
Discussion: Diane Ravitch's blog and Althouse
Wbastone / The Smoking Gun:
Cops: Robber Made Getaway On Wheelchair
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Ed Schultz Explodes at Obama: 'Go Face to Face with Me... I'm Ready!'
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
Ecosystem services lost to oil and gas in North America
Young girl who battled cancer dismissed from school over attendance, academic performance
 Earlier Items: 
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Once Comcast's Deal Shifted to a Focus on Broadband, Its Ambitions Were Sunk
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Boehner open to deal to ease spending ceilings
Bill Shuster muscled through transportation bill pushed by lobbyist girlfriend
The Hill:
Republicans debate keeping ObamaCare subsidies until 2017
J.D. Power:
Facing Cost-Sensitive Shoppers, Health Plan Providers Must Demonstrate Value
Joel Achenbach / Washington Post:
Scientists find missing link in Yellowstone plumbing: This giant volcano is very much alive
Discussion: Watts Up With That?