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12:05 PM 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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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.”
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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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 …
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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: Daily Kos and ABC News
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Washington Post:
Jeb Bush tells his donors they've helped make history
Discussion: New York Times and Bloomberg View
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 …
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BBC:
Nepal earthquake: Death toll rises above 3,000  —  At least 3,617 people are now known to have died in a massive earthquake which hit Nepal on Saturday, police say.  —  More than 6,500 people have been injured, according to the National Emergency Operation Centre.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Poynter.
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Annie Gowen / Washington Post:
Climbers trapped on Mount Everest ‘are getting desperate’
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
New York Post:
De Blasio: New Yorkers are too mean to me at baseball games  —  Hey Bill, there's a reason it's called a “Bronx cheer.”  —  Mayor Bill de Blasio whined to a crowd of hayseeds in the Midwest about how New Yorkers are too mean to him at baseball games — and said he was jealous of how well his Milwaukee counterpart is greeted by fans.
Discussion: RedState
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
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
 
 
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David Weigel / Bloomberg Business:
Rand Paul Defends Drone Killings of Americans in Al Qaeda
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Adam Entous / Wall Street Journal:
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Stephanie Strom / New York Times:
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ABC News:
Potential Shift in Hostage Policy: Officials to Recommend Families Be Free to Pay Ransom
Discussion: WKRN-TV
Burgess Everett / Politico:
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Democrats must show unions tough love on trade
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Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
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