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First Draft Focus: At White House, Easter Bunny Is All Ears

President Obama and the first lady welcomed the Easter bunny to the White House on Monday for the Easter egg roll. Full News here – First Draft

Let’s Go to the Video: Rand Paul Stumps for His Dad

Rand Paul gained a lot of experience on the stump in campaign appearances for his father, libertarian icon Ron Paul, who ran for president in 2008 and 2012. His supporters captured many of those appearances on video. Full News here – Washington Wire

Gay Rights Will Continue to Split Republicans

Albert Hunt, BloombergGay rights won’t fade as a political issue. The Republican base won’t let it.Prominent Republicans calculated that if the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage was constitutionally protected, the issue would become settled law and disappear politically. This would be welcome, they reasoned, as the party was on the wrong side of the […]

Edward Snowden Faces Toughest Interview So Far: “The Only Time You Can Be Free From Risk Is In Prison”

JOHN OLIVER: No one cares. They don't give a shit. ED SNOWDEN: We spied on UNICEF — the U.N. Children's Fund. JOHN OLIVER: Sure. What was UNICEF doing? I mean that's the question there, isn't it. ED SNOWDEN: The question is are these programs valuable. Are we going to be safer when we are spying […]

Verbatim: Boehner Shares Iran Concerns With Obama

“Like all of my exchanges with the president, the call was pretty straightforward. He briefed me, walked me through it, I shared some of my concerns, and thanked him for calling.” — Speaker John A. Boehner, recounting his telephone call with President Obama about a prospective nuclear deal with Iran. Full News here – First […]

Former Mossad Chief Efraim Halevy Slams Netanyahu For Nuke Deal Criticism

06 April 2015

The former head of Israel’s intelligence agency harshly critiqued Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rejection of a framework agreement between Iran and six world powers on Tehran’s nuclear program. In a scathing op-ed published on Monday, former Mossad chief Efraim Halevy argued that U.S. President Obama was right to call the agreement with Iran “historic” and […]

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Probable 2016 Republican U.S. presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush speaks at a Horry County Republican Party breakfast in Myrtle Beach

Jeb Bush marked ‘Hispanic’ on Florida voter form: NYT

06 April 2015

Likely Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush, who was popular among Spanish-speaking voters while Florida governor, marked himself as "Hispanic" on a 2009 voter registration application, The New York Times reported on Monday. The newspaper posted a fuzzy copy of the form, which it said it obtained from the Miami-Dade County Elections Department. "My mistake! Don't […]

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Can Obama Keep Democrats Together on Iran?

06 April 2015

First Read: “President Obama faces several obstacles before actually achieving his historic nuclear deal with Iran. There’s a Republican Party willing to fight him every step of the way. There’s an Israeli prime minister vowing to kill it. And there’s the fact that the U.S. and Iran still have to finalize key issues like the […]

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Democrats Rethink Social Security Strategy

06 April 2015

For years, liberal Democrats have fought against proposals to cut Social Security benefits. Now, they’re pushing the party not just to defend benefits but to increase them. Full News here – WSJ.com: Politics And Policy

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Rand Paul’s Campaign Slogan

06 April 2015

Politico says it will be, “Defeat the Washington machine. Unleash the American dream.” “The slogan, beneath the RANDPAC logo of a torch flame, will be unveiled tomorrow as the senator kicks off a five-day, five-state announcement tour – starting in Kentucky and then going to New Hampshire, South Carolina, Iowa and Nevada (plus a Friday […]

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Democrats Lie: Republicans Are Not Bigots

06 April 2015

Ron Christie, The Daily BeastThere used to be a time in the American political landscape when Republicans could forcefully articulate their policy positions to sway public opinion. In the Obama era, facts have given way to spin and message discipline—two areas in which the GOP appears to run upfield into the political headwinds while Democrats […]

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Illinois weighs automatic enrollment under ObamaCare for inmates leaving prison

06 April 2015

Illinois inmates who will soon get out of jail won’t pass “Go” and get $ 200, but they may collect their Medicaid card. Full News here – FOX News

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Chris Christie To Embark On First Major 2016 Tour In New Hampshire

06 April 2015

Though the focus of the Republican presidential race has shifted to other contenders, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) sees a path that could lead him back to the forefront of the 2016 discussion — one that ambles through the quaint and storied old towns of New Hampshire. Christie is set to begin his longest […]

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Hillary Clinton Staff on Alert

06 April 2015

CNN: “The long and winding prelude to her announcement is nearly over, according to aides, and the start of her second bid for the White House is likely only days away. Top Democratic activists in the early-voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire privately say they have been placed on alert that Clinton will soon […]

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Gay Rights Will Continue to Split Republicans

06 April 2015

Albert Hunt, Bloomberg Full News here – RealClearPolitics – Homepage

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