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11:10 AM ET, April 27, 2015

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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Our Mean-Spirited President Cuts Loose  —  There has been quite a bit of news coverage of this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner.  Don't ask me why.  The annual lovefest between Democratic politicians and Democratic journalists hasn't generated any actual news in a long time.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Balloon Juice
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
At correspondents dinner, Obama lets second-term anger out  —  Depending on your perspective, President Obama's performance at the White House Correspondents Dinner Saturday night was either funny or filled with rage.  Or perhaps it was funny about being filled with rage.
Discussion: Horizons, RedState and CANNONFIRE
Ezra Klein / Vox:
The joke was that Obama wasn't joking  —  The White House Correspondents' Dinner has become a strange event.  It is, ostensibly, an evening when the president and the press can come together to share a few lighthearted laughs.  But it's evolved into a recital of brutal truths — albeit one neither side ever really admits happened.
Josh Rogin / Bloomberg View:
George W. Bush Bashes Obama on Middle East  —  In a closed-door meeting with Jewish Donors Saturday night, former President George W. Bush delivered his harshest public criticisms to date against his successor on foreign policy, saying that President Barack Obama is being naïve about Iran …
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John Fund / National Review:
Are Democratic Insiders Starting to Panic about Hillary?  —  Washington, D.C. — The annual White House Correspondent's Dinner is indeed — as President Obama put it last night — “where Washington celebrates itself.”  Little real news is ever made, but Beltway media, politicians …
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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Gay Businessman Who Hosted Ted Cruz Event Apologizes  —  Ian Reisner, one of the two gay hoteliers facing boycott calls for hosting an event for Senator Ted Cruz, who is adamantly opposed to same-sex marriage, said he had shown “poor judgment.”
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Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
Historic ruling expected as SCOTUS takes up gay marriage  —  The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments this week in a landmark gay marriage case that many legal experts believe will pave the way for same-sex couples to wed in all 50 states.  —  Same sex-marriage has been the subject …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Ted Cruz: ‘Liberal Fascism’ Threatens ‘Religious Freedom’  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Saturday criticized Democrats for attacking religious freedom and alienating Christians in the U.S.  —  “Today's Democratic Party has decided there is no room for Christians in today's Democratic Party,” …
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Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Cruz warns of ‘liberal fascism’ targeting Christians  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Saturday said Democrats had gone to extremes in their persecution of Christians.  —  “Today's Democratic Party has decided there is no room for Christians in today's Democratic Party,” he said at the Iowa Faith …
Washington Post:
Never before have so many people with so much money run for president  —  The 2016 Republican presidential contest, designed to be a tidy affair, is instead shaping up to be a chaotic, drawn-out slog, thanks largely to an expanding pool of rich patrons raining money on a broad field of candidates.
Discussion: msnbc.com and ABC News
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Washington Post:
Jeb Bush tells his donors they've helped make history
Ric Anderson / LasVegasSun.com:
The big lie: Las Vegan watches as his Reid tale takes off  —  A Las Vegas man claims he started a false rumor that the injuries suffered by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid several months ago were the result of an attack by Reid's brother, not an exercise accident.
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Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Man Claims He Concocted Story of Harry Reid Getting Beaten Up to Test Media Gullibility
Jennifer Schuessler / New York Times:
Six PEN Members Decline Gala After Award for Charlie Hebdo  —  The decision by PEN American Center to give its annual Freedom of Expression Courage award to the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo has prompted six writers to withdraw as literary hosts at the group's annual gala on May 5 …
Des Moines Register:
Last Slide  —  When I came to Iowa, I wanted to do something a little different.  No big speeches or rallies.  Just talking directly with everyday Iowans.  Because this campaign isn't going to be about me, it's going to be about Iowans and people across our country who are ready for a better future.
Discussion: Washington Post, Hot Air and Mediaite
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
The Virtual Candidate  —  Elizabeth Warren isn't running, but she's Hillary Clinton's biggest Democratic threat. … “Might I suggest a full-bodied white?”  —  BUY THE PRINT » … “This seems like a lot of work for one lost contact.”  —  BUY THE PRINT »
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
The Plight Of A Christian Professor At An Elite Law School  —  Rod Dreher, The Post-Indiana Future for Christians:  —  I spent a long time on the phone last night with a law professor at one of the country's elite law schools.  This professor is a practicing Christian, deeply closeted in the workplace …
 
 
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