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8:20 AM ET, May 5, 2016


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Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump Won't Self-Fund General-Election Campaign  —  Presumptive Republican nominee plans to create ‘world-class finance organization’ to back campaign  —  Donald Trump won't self-fund his general-election campaign, and will instead create a “world-class finance organization,” …
Seth Masket / Vox:
We are witnessing the most massive failure of a political party in generations  —  The recent withdrawal of Ted Cruz and John Kasich from the Republican presidential nomination race makes Donald Trump the party's assured nominee for 2016.  This represents the most colossal failure of an American political party in modern history.
Discussion: Politico and Outside the Beltway
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Spoiler: They can't.  —  Suppose the Republican Party's elites could go a year back in time and act with perfect foresight and perfect coordination.  (At the risk of making this hypothetical even more outlandish, let's also grant them functioning strategic brains.)  What would they do to avoid their current predicament?
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Politico
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Trump: I'm open to Cruz as VP  —  on Wednesday said that he would consider making Sen. Ted Cruz  —  (R-Texas) his running mate.  —  “I respect Ted,” he told host Bill O'Reilly on Fox News's “The O'Reilly Factor.”  “He was a very strong competitor.  He really competed hard and tough.
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
Donald Trump Isn't Going to Be President
In Reversal, Donald Trump to Seek Donations to Fund Campaign
Discussion: Hot Air and ABC News
Schuyler Kropf / Post and Courier:
Haley won't be Trump's running mate
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   McConnell will support Trump
CBS News:
What Donald Trump is looking for in vice presidential pick
Discussion: Western Journalism
Rush Limbaugh:
My Gut: Trump Beats Hillary in Landslide  —  RUSH: Hold your horses, Trump supporters.  Hold your horses.  When I say, “We'll examine what went wrong,” come on.  You know exactly what I'm talking about, from the standpoint of Cruz supporters.  They're the ones trying to figure out what went wrong today.
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Trump Blames Hillary for Birtherism, Wolf Blitzer Summarily Fact-Checks Him  —  Original birther Donald Trump today tried to push birtherism on Hillary Clinton, but Wolf Blitzer didn't go to commercial break without fact-checking that little claim.  —  Blitzer brought up a clip of Clinton bringing …
Discussion: Guardian and Raw Story
Mark Krikorian / National Review:
NeverHillary  —  Donald Trump is unfit to be president.
Discussion: Vox and alicublog
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Clinton says ‘whole world’ wants her to beat Trump
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Hillary Calls on Press to Toughen Up on Trump
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Katie Van-Syckle / Variety:
MSNBC's Chris Matthews Caught on Hot Mic Ogling Melania Trump … ‘Hardball’ anchor has long history of sexist comments  —  During the network's coverage of Donald Trump's Indiana primary victory speech, MSNBC's Chris Matthews was caught on a live microphone commenting on the appearance of Melania Trump, the Republican nominee's wife.
Fox News:
Romanian hacker Guccifer: I breached Clinton server, ‘it was easy’  —  Marcel Lazar Lehel, 40, is escorted by masked policemen in Bucharest, after being arrested in Arad, 337 miles west of Bucharest.  (Reuters) (REUTERS/Mediafax/Silviu Matei)  —  EXCLUSIVE: The infamous Romanian hacker known as …
Jordan Rudner / The Texas Tribune:
Bush 41, 43 Have No Plans to Endorse Trump … For the first time since his own presidency, George H.W. Bush is planning to stay silent in the race for the Oval Office — and the younger former president Bush plans to stay silent as well.  —  Bush 41, who enthusiastically endorsed every Republican nominee …
Jim Morrill / The Charlotte Observer:
US Justice Department: HB2 violates federal Civil Rights Act  —  Ruling could ultimately lead to the loss of millions in federal education money  —  RALEIGH  —  U.S. Justice Department officials Wednesday notified Gov. Pat McCrory that House Bill 2 violates the U.S. Civil Rights Act.
Associated Press:
North Carolina Leaders Denounce Federal Threat on LGBT LawNEW!
Discussion: Towleroad and ABC News
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Trump is the Nominee, What Now?  Legal Insurrection Authors Debate  —  #NeverTrump, #FineWithTrump, and everything in between  —  Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee.  Presumably he will face off against Hillary Clinton.  —  Given the intense feelings and turmoil resulting …
Los Angeles Times:
San Andreas fault ‘locked, loaded and ready to roll’ with big earthquake, expert says  —  This simulation by the Southern California Earthquake Center shows the shaking that could be felt by Los Angeles during a possible magnitude 8 earthquake on the San Andreas fault.
Exclusive: President Fox Apologizes, Invites Trump to Mexico  —  SANTA MONICA, California — During an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, former Mexican President Vicente Fox apologized Wednesday for the vulgar language he has used regarding GOP frontrunner Donald Trump's proposal …
Discussion: Hot Air and BizPac Review
Dana Rose Falcone / Us Weekly:
Caitlyn Jenner to Pose Naked With Gold Medal for ‘Sports Illustrated’  —  Now that's a patriotic streak!  —  Caitlyn Jenner will appear on a summer cover of Sports Illustrated wearing “nothing but an American flag and her Olympic medal,” a source reveals in the latest issue of Us Weekly.
New York Times:
Donald Trump Reaches Out, Quietly, to Republican Establishment  —  Donald J. Trump, turning his attention to the general election, has begun quietly reaching out to key elements of the Republican establishment as he seeks to unite the party behind his candidacy before his anticipated battle against Hillary Clinton.
Discussion: Political Wire
Ana Marie Cox / New York Times:
Milo Yiannopoulos Doesn't Have Feelings  —  You're one of the loudest, most provocative voices at Breitbart News, and you're currently on a speaking tour of college campuses, railing against “P.C. culture.”  You once admitted in a profile that your public persona started out as a comedy character …
Ben Sasse / Facebook:
AN OPEN LETTER TO MAJORITY AMERICA  —  TO: Those who think both leading presidential candidates are dishonest and have little chance of leading America forward:  —  (...or, stated more simply)  —  TO: The majority of America:  —  Note: If you are one of those rare souls …
Discussion: Politico
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
McCain on tape: Trump damages my reelection hopes  —  Publicly, John McCain insists Donald Trump will have a negligible effect on his campaign for reelection.  But behind closed doors at a fundraiser in Arizona last month, the Republican senator and two-time presidential hopeful offered a far more dire assessment to his supporters.
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:20 minutes ago
The Republican Horse Race Is Over, and Journalism Lost  —  Wrong, wrong, wrong — to the very end, we got it wrong.  —  Just a couple of weeks ago, political prognosticators in television and print media were describing Indiana as the “most important test” for Donald J. Trump and a “firewall” where Ted Cruz “should do well.”
Luciana Lopez / Reuters:15 minutes ago
Trump's deportation plan could slice 2 percent off U.S. GDP: study  —  Donald Trump's vow to round up and deport all of America's undocumented immigrants if he is elected president could shrink the economy by around 2 percent, according to a study to be released on Thursday by conservative think tank the American Action Forum.
Discussion: The Week
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Trump's deportation plan could slice 2 percent off U.S. GDP: study   Find
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Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
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Nick Gass / Politico:
The 9 worst predictions about Trump's rise to the top   Find
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Michael A. Cohen /
RIP, GOP  —  On Tuesday night the Republican voters …   Find
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Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Chris Matthews' Melania Trump remarks caught on hot mic   Find
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Nick Gass / Politico:
The 9 worst predictions about Trump's rise to the top
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Public Uncertain, Divided Over America's Place in the World
Discussion: Pew Research Center
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Mashable and The Verge
Rolling Stones Ask Donald Trump to Stop Using Their Music
Discussion: Mediaite and The Daily Caller
Fred Imbert / CNBC:
How bad is it in Venezuela? Soldiers are stealing goats
 Earlier Items: 
Los Angeles Times:
LAPD hacked into iPhone of slain wife of ‘Shield’ actor, documents show
Jonathan Rodriguez / WNCN:
NC man among some joining groups in US to patrol border with Mexico
CBC News:
Fort McMurray wildfire remains out of control after city evacuated
Discussion: NBC News and Washington Post
Krissah Thompson / Washington Post:
Larry Wilmore on his WHCA dinner speech: ‘I know I lost the room early’
David Chanen / Star Tribune:
Prince died amid frantic plans for drug addiction treatment
New York Times:
Donald Trump Discusses How He'll Select a Running Mate