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11:00 AM ET, April 15, 2015

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Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Was Asked About Email 2 Years Ago  —  WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton was directly asked by congressional investigators in a December 2012 letter whether she had used a private email account while serving as secretary of state, according to letters obtained by The New York Times.
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James Hohmann / Politico:
GOP insiders applaud Clinton rollout  —  Most Republicans thought the former secretary of state's announcement was contrived or phony, but they still viewed it as a savvy campaign launch.  —  Hillary Clinton has found a new constituency: Republicans.  —  A significant — and surprising …
Joshua Green / Bloomberg Business:
Will Hillary Clinton Be the Agent of Her Campaign's Undoing—Again?  —  She'll have to avoid the infighting that plagued her mismanaged 2008 run for the presidency  —  The last time Hillary Clinton was riding high as a presidential candidate was March 5, 2008.  She had just beaten Barack Obama in the Ohio and Texas primaries.
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg View:
Hillary Clinton Isn't Inevitable  —  Seemingly alone among commentators, I am bearish on Hillary Clinton.  Not “she can't win” bearish, but “something less than a 50 percent chance of winning” bearish.  Why is everyone else convinced she's a lock?  —  If you believe the “wisdom of crowds” …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Frankly Curious
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
You Don't Have to Tell a Clinton Twice  —  WASHINGTON — When a 35-year-old Bill Clinton, famously the nation's youngest former governor, set out in 1982 to reclaim the job he had lost two years earlier, he began with a remarkable televised confessional.  —  “My daddy never had to whip …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Darrell Issa asked Hillary Clinton about her personal email use in 2012
Discussion: Hot Air and The Daily Caller
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Axelrod calls Clinton on track with authenticity
Discussion: Politico, Mediaite and The Daily Caller
David Nather / Politico:   Hillary Clinton names top three wonks for campaign
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Hillary Clinton Hasn't Said How She Thinks The Supreme Court Marriage Cases Should Turn Out
Discussion: Joe. My. God. and SCOTUSblog
Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg Business:
Hillary Clinton Comes Out Swinging at CEOs and Hedge Fund Managers
Discussion: ABC News
The Times-Tribune:
Gravestone of Hillary Clinton's father toppled in Scranton cemetery  —  SCRANTON — The grave- stone of Hugh Rodham, Hillary Clinton's father, was found toppled over in the Washburn Street Cemetery, police said.  —  Someone in the cemetery reported that the stone was tipped over Tuesday morning, Police Chief Carl Graziano said.
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Peggy Lee / WNEP-TV:
Hugh Rodham Headstone Vandalized? … SCRANTON — Presidential politics may be what's behind an incident on Scranton's west side.  —  Police are looking into a report that the headstone of Hillary Clinton's father may have been hit by vandals.  —  Caretakers found the headstone knocked off …
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
New York Times:
A Reckless Act in the Senate on Iran  —  Congress has formally muscled its way into President Obama's negotiations with Iran, creating new and potentially dangerous uncertainties for an agreement that offers the best chance of restraining that country's nuclear program.
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:   House Dems jump to support new Iran bill
John Harwood / CNBC:
Harry Reid: Stepping down, yes.  Retiring?  Never  —  Sen. Harry Reid speaks candidly to CNBC's Chief Washington Correspondent John Harwood about everyone from Rush Limbaugh and John Boehner to Bill and Hillary Clinton.  —  SEARCHLIGHT, Nev.—Harry Reid is thankful he quit boxing years ago as a young man …
Jason Russell / Washington Examiner:
A yearly reminder that the gender wage gap is due to choice, not discrimination  —  Women earn just 77 or 78 cents to the dollar that men earn.  —  That line is thrown around so often it must be true, right?  As with most outrageous statistics, the shock disappears when you do even a bit of research into its background.
Discussion: Hot Air, Balloon Juice and Slate
Kathleen Hunter / Bloomberg Business:
Congress Votes Raise for Doctors in U.S. Medicare Payments  —  It came just hours before reductions would start affecting physicians.  —  The Senate passed and sent to President Barack Obama legislation to avert a pay cut for doctors who treat Medicare patients, just hours before reductions would start affecting physicians.
Discussion: The Hill and ThinkProgress
David Hochman / Playboy:
PLAYBOY INTERVIEW: BILL MAHER  —  Inside Bill Maher's office in Los Angeles, you don't need a poli-sci degree to know which way the political winds are blowing.  There's a (fake) Zagat guide to marijuana dispensaries, a bumper sticker that reads HONK IF YOU HATE AMERICA …
Ed Kilgore / Talking Points Memo:
Marco Rubio's Double Game: Will It Work?  —  You know what the Republican Party could really, really use in 2016?  A presidential candidate who doesn't come across like a time-traveling ambassador from the 1950s.  Someone who can rid the GOP of its self-imposed bondage to Reaganomics …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Murray, Durbin hit the phones  —  Sens. Patty Murray and Dick Durbin placed calls to Democratic senators over the April recess, intensifying speculation about a possible leadership contest between the senior Democrats.  —  Murray (Wash.) has not specifically mentioned running for Senate Democratic whip …
Discussion: Chicago
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Loretta Lynch supporters stage hunger strike to urge confirmation  —  Loretta Lynch is still waiting to be confirmed as attorney general, and her allies are hoping a hunger strike will do the trick.  —  The advocacy group founded by the Rev. Al Sharpton, along with female civil-rights leaders …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Valerie Jarrett Kisses Reporters Before Interview  —  President Barack Obama's top adviser, Valerie Jarrett, went around the table and kissed reporters before an interview this morning on MNSBC's Morning Joe.  The moment was briefly captured on live television before the network cut away to a commercial break.
Politico:
Is the tea party afraid of John McCain?  —  The senator's hardball tactics seem to spook would-be challengers.  —  He's served in the Senate three decades, cutting deals with Democrats, leading the charge on immigration reform — and infuriating the tea party along the way.
Discussion: Political Wire
Daily Mail:
More than 2 MILLION of Hillary Clinton's Twitter followers are fake or never tweet - and she's already under fire for ‘buying’ fake Facebook fans  — Two different online audit tools say no more than 44 per cent of Hillary's 3.6 million Twitter fans are real people who participate in the platform
Oliver Darcy / TheBlaze.com:
Fox News Producer Asks People on the Street to Name an Obama Accomplishment, Gets These Answers Back  —  Fox News producer Jesse Watters hit the streets of Baltimore recently, asking individuals to name a single accomplishment from President Barack Obama.  —  The answers were wide-ranging.
Ashley Fantz / CNN:
Prison time for some Atlanta school educators in cheating scandal  —  Story highlights  —  (CNN)There was nothing routine about a sentencing hearing Tuesday in Atlanta that wrote the final legal chapter of one of the most massive school cheating scandals in the country.
Som Lisaius / Tucson News Now:
Marana police video shows cruiser ram crime spree suspect  —  TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Police released dash cam video showing how a police officer used his cruiser to put an end to a crime spree in February that stretched from Tucson to Marana.  —  In the video, an apparent gunshot …
 
 
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The Huffington Post:
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