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1:40 PM ET, April 27, 2015


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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.
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.
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.
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 …
New York Times:
George W. Bush Opens Up About 2016 Race
Discussion: The Week and Hot Air
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
CBS News:
Race to rescue climbers trapped on Everest  —  Shares -  —  First the earth heaved and shook, then a huge avalanche thundered toward the sprawling Mount Everest base camp.  —  German climber Jost Kobusch and his companions managed to take cover, capturing the harrowing incident on video, but at least 17 others died.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Daily Caller
Nepal earthquake: Death toll rises above 3,000
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Poynter.
USA Today:
Mount Everest avalanche survivor: ‘I had to survive’
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 …
Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
Read the Letters and Comments of PEN Writers Protesting the Charlie Hebdo Award
Discussion: Common Dreams, Hit & Run and Mediaite
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.
Taegan Goddard / The Week:
Can America's politics be unbundled from America's political parties?
Washington Post:
Jeb Bush tells his donors they've helped make history
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
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,” …
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 »
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: The Daily Caller and RedState
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, Mediaite and Hot Air
Numbers / Pew Research Center:
Mixed Views of Impact of Long-Term Decline in Union Membership  —  Public Says Workers in Many Sectors Should Be Able to Unionize  —  Over the past three decades, the share of wage and salary workers in the United States who belong to labor unions has fallen by about half.
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
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Think of Undocumented Immigrants as Parents, Not Problems
Freeman Klopott / Bloomberg Business:
Andrew Cuomo Signals He'll Probably Seek Third Term as New York Governor
David Weigel / Bloomberg Business:
Rand Paul Defends Drone Killings of Americans in Al Qaeda
Discussion: Gawker, Hot Air and Balloon Juice
Adam Entous / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Kept Looser Rules for Drones in Pakistan
Stephanie Strom / New York Times:
Chipotle to Stop Serving Genetically Altered Food
Discussion: CNNMoney, Gothamist, The Verge and The Week
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ABC News:
Potential Shift in Hostage Policy: Officials to Recommend Families Be Free to Pay Ransom
Discussion: WKRN-TV and The Week
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Foes of Iran deal take aim in Senate
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Democrats must show unions tough love on trade
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
The Plight Of A Christian Professor At An Elite Law School
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
George Washington University's Swastika Problem
Discussion: Hot Air and Instapundit