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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 […]

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Supporters Raise More Than $94,000 For Florist Who Refused To Sell Flowers For Same-Sex Wedding

06 April 2015

Thousands of dollars have been raised for a Washington florist after she was fined $ 1,000 for refusing to provide flowers for a gay couple’s wedding. Supporters of Barronelle Stutzman, a 70-year-old florist in Richland, Washington, have donated more than $ 94,000 to a GoFundMe campaign that seeks “to protect Barronelle and her livelihood.” Stutzman, […]

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Age of intolerance: What the Indiana pizza attacks tell us about free speech

06 April 2015

The Indiana pizza uproar is still giving me indigestion. Full News here – FOX News

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Ayotte Aide Resigns in Prostitution Sting

06 April 2015

A senior aide to Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) resigned his position after he was arrested and charged with soliciting a prostitute, the Boston Globe reports. Said Ayotte: “I am shocked and deeply saddened that David Wihby, my state director and a friend for many years, has been arrested under these circumstances. David obviously cannot continue […]

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Istanbul Journal: Old Haunt of U.S. Spies Becomes a Playground for Istanbul’s Elite

06 April 2015

The United States has become the landlord to the private club empire Soho House, as part of a deal initially intended to keep a historic building as a space to foster relations with the Middle East. Full News here – NYT > Politics

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Paul Blurs His Positions Ahead of GOP Primary

06 April 2015

“When the presidential buzz began building around Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) a couple of years ago, the expectation was that his libertarian ideas could make him the most unusual and intriguing voice among the major contenders in the 2016 field,” the Washington Post reports. “But now, as he prepares to make his formal announcement Tuesday, […]

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Netanyahu on Iran Deal: “This Is Not A Personal Issue” With Obama; “It’s My Obligation To Speak Out”

06 April 2015

JIM ACOSTA, CNN: And how much is your very tense and, let's frank — let's be frank here, uncomfortable relationship with the president driving your opposition to this? ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU: Not at all. And I don't think this is a personal issue, not between me and the president, or the president and […]

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Obama Defends Nuclear Deal

06 April 2015

President Obama “strongly defended last week’s preliminary agreement with Iran as a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ to curb the spread of nuclear weapons in a dangerous region while reassuring critics that he would keep all options available if Tehran ultimately cheated,” the New York Times reports. Huffington Post: Obama’s hard sell on Iran begins […]

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Rand Paul’s Challenge: Charting Own Course

06 April 2015

The Kentucky senator, as he readies a presidential run, has the tricky task of presenting a political profile distinct from his father’s without jeopardizing the support of Ron Paul voters. Full News here – WSJ.com: Politics And Policy

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Letter From Washington: Gay Rights Still an Issue for G.O.P. Base

06 April 2015

Heading into a presidential election, the powerful conservative right can be expected to set litmus tests for Republican candidates, Albert R. Hunt writes. Full News here – NYT > Politics

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Political Battle Ramps Up Over Iran

06 April 2015

President Barack Obama’s bet on a diplomatic agreement to deter Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon faces an immediate test at home, where he must overcome the politics of skeptical Republicans as well as some Democrats in Congress. Full News here – WSJ.com: Politics And Policy

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