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People.com:
The Duggars Respond to Reports That Josh Duggar Was Accused of Child Molestation  —  In an exclusive statement to PEOPLE, Josh Duggar, his wife Anna, and his parents Jim Bob and Michelle are speaking out in response to reports that Josh was once accused of molesting five underage girls as a teen.
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Another reason why Hillary Clinton does not deserve to be president  —  Anti-Hillary Clinton political ads are writing themselves on a weekly basis.  The latest source is this New York Times report that Hillary's private email account contained sensitive information.
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Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast:
50 Cent Backs Hillary Clinton For President: 'It's Hillary Time!'
Discussion: Politico, Business Insider and CBS DC
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
A Closer Look at Hillary Clinton's Emails on Benghazi
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
First Batch of Hillary Clinton Emails Captures Concerns Over Libya
Nick Gass / Politico:
Blumenthal blamed Benghazi attack on protesters in email to Clinton
Discussion: Power Line and Fox News
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic:
'Look ... It's My Name on This': Obama Defends the Iran Nuclear Deal  —  On Tuesday afternoon, as President Obama was bringing an occasionally contentious but often illuminating hour-long conversation about the Middle East to an end, I brought up a persistent worry.
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Michael Wilner / Jerusalem Post:
Obama rejects ‘rubber stamp’ of Israel policies
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
Obama's Game of Chicken with the Supreme Court  —  Sometime next month, the Supreme Court will decide King v. Burwell, and the conventional wisdom about the stakes in the case appears to have shifted.  The case represents a challenge to the core of the Affordable Care Act.
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Federal Judge Expands Alabama Marriage Ruling Statewide, But Puts Order On Hold
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Elise Young / Bloomberg Business:
Christie Gets Candid, Profane With N.J. Reporters After Roast  —  Chris Christie gave an expletive-laced speech at an annual New Jersey media roast Wednesday, taking aim at reporters who had mocked him for the George Washington Bridge scandal, his travels and the state's finances.
Juliet Linderman / Associated Press:
Prosecutor: 6 Officers Indicted in Death of Freddie Gray  —  All six officers charged in the police-custody death of Freddie Gray were indicted by a grand jury, a prosecutor said Thursday.  —  The indictments were very similar to the charges Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced about three weeks ago.
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WMAR:
6 Baltimore Police officers in Freddie Gray case indicted
Discussion: The Atlantic, Daily Kos and Raw Story
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
This Time, Senate Votes to Advance Trade Pact  —  WASHINGTON — A flurry of last-minute deal-making on the Senate floor Thursday rescued President Obama's ambitious trade agenda from defeat, advancing legislation that would empower the president to complete a sweeping, 12-nation Pacific trade accord.
Discussion: Moe Lane and The Week
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Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Maggie Gyllenhaal on Hollywood Ageism: I Was Told 37 Is ‘Too Old’ for a 55-Year-Old Love Interest  —  “It made me feel bad, and then it made me feel angry, and then it made me laugh,” the actress tells TheWrap  —  Every time we think things are getting better for women in Hollywood, something comes along to remind us — naaah.
Max Ehrenfreund / Washington Post:
Kansas has found the ultimate way to punish the poor  —  A dollar bill is a special kind of thing.  You can keep it as long as you like.  You can pay for things with it.  No one will ever charge you a fee.  No one will ask any questions about your credit history.
New York Post:
CBS throws Letterman set into Dumpster  —  Robert Miller Robert Miller Robert Miller Robert Miller Robert Miller Robert Miller Robert Miller Robert Miller Robert Miller Robert Miller Robert Miller  —  CBS wasted no time in kicking David Letterman to the curb.
Discussion: BREITBART.COM, Ed Driscoll and CNNMoney
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Boy Scouts' President Calls for End to Ban on Gay Leaders  —  The president of the Boy Scouts of America on Thursday called for an end to the group's blanket ban on gay adult leaders, warning Scout executives that “we must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be,” and that …
Politico:
Warren was paid up to $90,000 as witness in 2000 trade case  —  The senator who wants to keep an investor dispute process out of the Pacific trade deal was an expert witness in the same kind of case 15 years ago.  —  Elizabeth Warren is trying to kill President Barack Obama's trade agenda …
Discussion: Seeing the Forest
William Kristol / USA Today:
We were right to fight in Iraq  —  Obama threw away hard-earned gains.  —  We were right to invade Iraq in 2003 to remove Saddam Hussein, and to complete the job we should have finished in 1991.  —  Even with the absence of caches of weapons of mass destruction, and the mistakes …
Discussion: The Daily Banter
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The Atlantic:
The Middle East Interview
The Huffington Post:
Jeb Bush: It's ‘Intellectual Arrogance’ To Agree With Scientists About Humans Driving Climate Change  —  WASHINGTON — Likely Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Wednesday that while he acknowledges “the climate is changing,” he's not clear on the extent to which human activity may be causing those changes.
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Michelle Conlin / Reuters:
Paid late, some ex-staffers of White House hopeful Fiorina won't sign on again  —  Politics has a well-known revolving door, with candidates often rehiring consultants, strategists and vendors as they move from one campaign to the next.  But for Republican presidential contender Carly Fiorina, that might not be so easy.
ABC News:
Mansion Fire: DNA on Pizza Crust Led Authorities to DC Murder Suspect, Sources Say … Authorities searched a Maryland home overnight in the investigation of a deadly mansion murder, going through the trash and removing bags of evidence — but in the end it was a piece of pizza crust that could lead to the suspect's arrest.
Discussion: abc11.com
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Washington Post:
Suspect in 4 D.C. killings identified after DNA is found on pizza sent to burned home
Gillian Mohney / ABC News:
This Is What the California Oil Spill Looks Like Up Close … Two days after a ruptured pipeline leaked an estimated 21,000 gallons of oil off the California shore, wildlife — including pelicans — have been found coated in oil with one bird found dead on the beach.
Discussion: Common Dreams and abc11.com
 
 
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Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Bin Laden had the book on Obama
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Tim Alberta / National Journal:
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Chris Strohm / Bloomberg Business:
White House Makes Final Lobbying Push to Pass NSA Bill in Senate
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
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Ryan Gallagher / The Intercept:
NSA Planned to Hijack Google App Store to Hack Smartphones