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5:20 PM ET, April 27, 2015

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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
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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.
Yahoo Politics:
As arguments near, Justice Ginsburg has already made up her mind on gay marriage Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the West conference room at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post via Getty) Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the 82-year-old leader …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
Historic ruling expected as SCOTUS takes up gay marriage
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
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Taylor Marsh
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
Ron Fournier / National Journal:
The Proof of the Clintons' Wrongdoing  —  Her campaign and the media are misreading the scandals.  —  Let's remember what this story is about.  Hillary and Bill Clinton want it to be about a “conservative author” who catalogued their conflicts of interest.
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John Fund / National Review:
Are Democratic Insiders Starting to Panic about Hillary?
Christopher Ruddy / Newsmax:
In Defense of the Clinton Foundation
Discussion: Politico, Liberaland and FOX News Radio
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
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.
Baltimore Sun:
Seven police officers injured in violent clash near Mondawmin Mall  —  Seven police officers were injured Monday afternoon in a violent clash with demonstrators that began near Mondawmin Mall and spread across West Baltimore.  One officer was unresponsive and others suffered broken bones, police spokesman Eric Kowalczyk said.
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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: Hit & Run, Common Dreams and Mediaite
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Conservatives fear GOP leaders giving up on Obamacare repeal  —  They're intent on using a fast-track process to get a repeal bill on the president's desk.  —  Many House conservatives backed the budget last month and spared GOP leaders another showdown with their right flank for one big reason …
Discussion: Daily Kos and The PJ Tatler
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Nobody Said That  —  Imagine yourself as a regular commentator …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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.
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 …
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 »
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 …
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
That Time Pizza Hut Made Fun Of Hillary Clinton For Being A Carpetbagger  —  “How do I know so much about New York pizza?  Cause New York, I want to be your next senator!”  —  youtube.com  —  When Hillary Clinton first ran for Senate in 2000 in New York, a state she never had residency in, critics called her a carpetbagger.
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
 
 
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Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
New Amendments Imperil Measure on Iran in Congress
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CNN:
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Carl Campanile / New York Post:
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Chuck Grassley doesn't want to ‘second guess’ police forces
Discussion: ABC News
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
In 2013, The Clinton Foundation Only Spent 10 Percent Of Its Budget On Charitable Grants
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 Earlier Items: 
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
CBS News:
Race to rescue climbers trapped on Everest
Discussion: USA Today, Hot Air and The Daily Caller
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