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3:55 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.
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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
Erick Erickson / RedState:   “If only President Obama weren't black, maybe he would realize …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
At correspondents dinner, Obama lets second-term anger out
John Culhane / Politico:
There's no real case against gay marriage  —  Opponents rely on dubious warnings of social Armageddon.  —  Lead image by Getty.  —  Marriage equality opponents are having a hard time pointing to any good reason for fencing same-sex couples out of marriage.
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Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
Faith leaders demand that liberal justices sit out gay marriage case  —  Religious leaders are calling on members of the Supreme Court's liberal wing to recuse themselves from the blockbuster gay marriage case that the court will begin considering on Tuesday.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Yahoo Politics:
As arguments near, Justice Ginsburg has already made up her mind …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
Historic ruling expected as SCOTUS takes up gay marriage
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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Ian Reisner / Facebook:
I am shaken to my bones by the e-mails, texts, postings …
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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Liz Sly / Washington Post:
Assad's hold on power looks shakier than ever as rebels advance in Syria
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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Ron Fournier / National Journal:
The Proof of the Clintons' Wrongdoing
Christopher Ruddy / Newsmax:
In Defense of the Clinton Foundation
Discussion: Politico, Liberaland and FOX News Radio
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 …
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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.
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Taegan Goddard / The Week:
Can America's politics be unbundled from America's political parties?
Brigette Paladon / WGNO:
EXCLUSIVE: Watch as strong winds knock over a train in Jefferson Parish  —  ELMWOOD, La. (WGNO) - Nearly a dozen shipping containers and some train cars were blown off elevated tracks in Jefferson Parish Monday.  —  Our cameras were rolling when strong winds knocked over some train cars on the Huey P. Long Bridge.
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 »
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: Mediaite, Hot Air and Washington Post
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: USA Today, Hot Air and The Daily Caller
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BBC:
Nepal earthquake: Death toll rises above 3,000
Discussion: Mashable, The Daily Caller and Poynter.
USA Today:
Let ‘free range’ kids roam home: Our view  —  In Maryland, it's hard to tell exactly where the law stops and parenting begins.  —  Two Sundays ago, Danielle and Alexander Meitiv of Montgomery County, Md., got a call from Child Protective Services.  Police had taken their two children …
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
In 2013, The Clinton Foundation Only Spent 10 Percent Of Its Budget On Charitable Grants  —  After a week of being attacked for shady bookkeeping and questionable expenditures, the Clinton Foundation is fighting back.  In a tweet posted last week, the Clinton Foundation claimed that 88 percent …
 
 
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Chuck Grassley doesn't want to ‘second guess’ police forces
Discussion: ABC News
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Peter Hamby leaving CNN for Snapchat
Colleen McCain Nelson / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Weighs How to Undercut Obama's Climate Talks
Discussion: Horizons
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Conservatives fear GOP leaders giving up on Obamacare repeal
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Numbers / Pew Research Center:
Mixed Views of Impact of Long-Term Decline in Union Membership
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
New York Times:
Think of Undocumented Immigrants as Parents, Not Problems
David Weigel / Bloomberg Business:
Rand Paul Defends Drone Killings of Americans in Al Qaeda
Discussion: Gawker, Hot Air and Balloon Juice
New York Post:
De Blasio: New Yorkers are too mean to me at baseball games
Discussion: The Daily Caller and RedState