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4:10 PM ET, April 20, 2015


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Dylan Byers / Politico:
New York Times, Fox News strike deals for anti-Clinton research  —  The New York Times and Fox News have made exclusive agreements with a conservative author for early access to his opposition research on Hillary Clinton, a move that has confounded members of the Clinton campaign and some Times reporters …
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
New Book, ‘Clinton Cash,’ Questions Foreign Donations to Foundation  —  The book does not hit shelves until May 5, but already the Republican Rand Paul has called its findings “big news” that will “shock people” and make voters “question” the candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
NYTimes, Fox News Strike Deal With Conservative Researcher For Clinton Dirt  —  The New York Times and Fox News have both struck agreements with a conservative author for access to his research on Hillary and Bill Clinton.  —  The Times mentioned the deal on Sunday in the middle of an article …
Nick Gass / Politico:
Lindsey Graham: I don't dislike Hillary
Discussion: ABC News and The Reaction
Nick Gass / Politico:
Rand Paul soliciting dirt on Clinton Foundation donations
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and New York Times
David French / National Review:
Wisconsin's Shame: ‘I Thought It Was a Home Invasion’  —  From the May 4, 2015, issue of NR … Cindy Archer, one of the lead architects of Wisconsin's Act 10 — also called the “Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill,” it limited public-employee benefits and altered collective-bargaining rules …
As campaigns launch, poll finds GOP field stays tight  —  GOP 2016 hopefuls take aim at Hillary Clinton 02:34  —  Washington (CNN)With the ranks of declared 2016 presidential candidates growing, a new CNN/ORC poll finds the contests for the Democratic and Republican presidential nominations …
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Exclusive: Republican Jeb Bush to visit Germany, Estonia, Poland in June  —  (Reuters) - Republican Jeb Bush will visit three U.S. allies, Germany, Poland and Estonia, in early June to get a first-hand view of European economic and security challenges as he explores a run …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Marco Rubio's secret weapon  —  Billionaire Norman Braman has a fondness for the Florida senator — and an intense distaste for Jeb Bush.  —  Marco Rubio's campaign is premised on the idea that he's the best-suited candidate to bridge the divide between conservatives and the GOP establishment …
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
De Blasio sets sights on presidential draft candidacy vs. Hillary  —  Despite repeated claims to the contrary, Mayor de Blasio is positioning himself to be the leftist “progressive” alternative to Wall Street-friendly Hillary Rodham Clinton as the Democratic candidate for president, a national party operative told The Post.
Adam McDonald / KMOV-TV:
Memorial tree for Michael Brown cut in half, stone memorial missing  —  FERGUSON, Mo. ( - A memorial tree for Michael Brown was found cut in half and a stone memorial was missing less than 24 hours after being dedicated.  —  The tree was dedicated by the Black Caucus …
Discussion: Raw Story, FreakOutNation and Mashable
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
The Introspective Roger Ailes: Fox News' Chief on Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Brian Williams' Future ("I'd Put Him Back") and His Own  —  Ailes, 74, arguably the most powerful person of the next election, opens up about Rupert Murdoch, his dislikes (Elisabeth Murdoch's “creepy” ex-husband Matthew Freud) …
Michael Eric Dyson / The New Republic:
CORNEL WEST  —  President Obama betrayed him. He's stopped publishing new work. He's alienated his closest friends  —  and allies.  What happened to America's most exciting  —  black scholar?  —  NOR HELL A FURY LIKE A WOMAN SCORNED" is the best-known line from William Congreve's The Mourning Bride.
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: No turning back on gay marriage  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court hears arguments next week in a landmark case on gay marriage, but most Americans already have made up their minds: There's no turning back.  —  In a nationwide USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll, those surveyed …
Susan Cornwell / Reuters:
Seeking Obamacare alternative, Republicans eye tax credits
Nick Gass / Politico:
Chris Christie sinks to new low in New Jersey poll  —  New Jersey voters are giving Chris Christie his lowest marks yet.  —  A majority — 53 percent to 38 percent — thinks the governor knew about the traffic situation on the George Washington Bridge, but most say that he did not personally order it …
Kena Betancur / National Review:
Will Chris Christie Have a Comeback?
Discussion: The Daily Beast and The Week
Zeke J Miller / TIME:
This App Will Flag Your Offensive Tweets Before Your Future Employer Sees Them  —  It was created by a man who lost his dream job with the Jeb Bush campaign.  —  Ethan Czahor's dreams collapsed on the national stage earlier this year.  The 31-year-old age digital whiz had spent years positioning himself …
Jodi Schwan / Argus Leader:
‘You can die on Mars.  Or you can live in South Dakota.’  —  SCHWAN: S.D. FIGHTS ‘BARREN WASTELAND’ PERCEPTION  —  Someone sitting in a focus group in Minneapolis was asked to describe what it would be like living in South Dakota.  —  The response is not the stuff economic developers dream about.
Quin Hillyer / National Review:
The IRS Assures an Atheist Group It Will Monitor Churches  —  It was bad enough, as I wrote here last August, that the Internal Revenue Service appeared to reach an agreement to monitor the pulpits of ill-favored churches.  What's worse is that the IRS, directly counter to Freedom of Information Act …
Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Republicans assail race disclosures in gun purchases  —  Gun rights advocates in Congress are up in arms over federally mandated racial disclosures in gun purchases.  —  Republican lawmakers are seeking to roll back a controversial Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) …
Discussion: Fox News
Jake Tapper / CNN:
FBI agent testifies in Paula Broadwell cyberstalking case  —  Convicted leaker Petraeus still advising White House 04:26  —  (CNN)The FBI special agent who brought the David Petraeus-Paula Broadwell cyberstalking case to the attention of law enforcement recently testified that the FBI handled …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
David W. Dunlap / New York Times:
On Time-Lapse Rocket Ride to Trade Center's Top, Glimpse of Doomed Tower  —  An imposingly realistic vision of 2 World Trade Center, the ultimately doomed south tower, will begin appearing next month in a most unlikely place: the five special elevators servicing the observatory atop the new 1 World Trade Center.
Scott Roxborough / Yahoo! News:
Norway to Become First Country to Switch Off FM Radio in 2017  —  Steely Dan, the jazz-rockers who scored a hit in 1978 with their single FM (No Static At All), would not be pleased.  —  In what will likely be the first of a global transition to digital radio, Norway has announced …
Discussion: FOX News Radio
USA Today:
Atlanta's cheating teachers are not mobsters: Column  —  Our out of control criminal justice system has forgotten about justice.  —  Last Tuesday, eight Atlanta Public Schools employees were sentenced to prison in one of the largest school cheating scandals in American history.
Discussion: Hot Air
Martha McSally / New York Times:
Saving a Plane That Saves Lives  —  WASHINGTON — WHEN American troops find themselves fighting for their lives, there is no better sound than an A-10, a plane officially nicknamed the Thunderbolt II but known affectionately by the troops as the Warthog, firing its enormous 30-millimeter gun at the enemy.
Carol Morello / Washington Post:
Post reporter jailed in Iran faces 4 charges including espionage  —  Iranian authorities are charging The Washington Post's Tehran bureau chief, Jason Rezaian, with espionage and three other serious crimes, including “collaborating with hostile governments” and “propaganda against the establishment,” according to his lawyer in Tehran.
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Oliver Laughland / Guardian:
Toni Morrison: ‘I want to see a white man convicted for raping a black woman’
Discussion: Telegraph and FOX News Radio
Maria L. La Ganga / Los Angeles Times:
Abortion restrictions relying on ‘junk science,’ rights advocates say
Discussion: FOX News Radio and Liberaland
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Defense hawks pressure Boehner on Pentagon spending
Discussion: Politico and
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Polls Have Been Misleading You About What Americans Actually Believe About Abortion
Discussion: Salon and Shakesville
CBS News:
Poll: Support for legal marijuana use reaches all-time high
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Chafee won't let Clinton forget Iraq
Discussion: Fox News and The Moderate Voice
ABC News:
Supreme Court Rejects Appeal Over Fish Pedicure Ban
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
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Discussion: CBS Baltimore and FOX News Radio
Liza Mundy / Politico:
The Secret History of Women in the Senate
James Hohmann / Politico:
Cruz takes Second Amendment fight to military bases
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and The Week
Steve Coll / New Yorker:
Dangerous Gamesmanship  —  During the early nineteen-thirties …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Hillary's Shelved Crown
Discussion: Althouse
Joshua Roberts / Reuters:
Poland summons U.S. ambassador over FBI head's Holocaust remarks
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Raffaele Huang / Wall Street Journal:
Apple removes WhatsApp and Threads from its App Store in China, saying it was ordered to do so by China's cyberspace officials citing national security concerns

Ryan Morrison / Tom's Guide:
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Zaheer Kachwala / Reuters:
Google says it will consolidate teams that focus on building AI models across Research and DeepMind, and move its Responsible AI teams from Research to DeepMind

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