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3:15 PM ET, April 18, 2016

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David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court appears deadlocked over Obama's immigration plan  —  Supporters of fair immigration reform dance in front of the Supreme Court in Washingtonon Monday.  —  The Supreme Court appeared deadlocked Monday over President Obama's plan to offer work permits to as many as 4 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.
Discussion: Business Insider
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Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
Court appears divided, signaling trouble for Obama on immigration  —  The Supreme Court appeared divided during oral arguments Monday in a crucial case challenging the executive actions on immigration that President Obama took in 2014.  —  Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is typically the court's swing voter …
Wall Street Journal:
‘I Am President.  I Am Not King’  —  The Supreme Court turns to Obama's lawless immigration order.  —  One reason American politics is so polarized is that President Obama has been so cavalier about his constitutional duty to faithfully execute the laws he dislikes.
Richard G. Lugar / New York Times:
On Immigration, Law Is on Obama's Side
Discussion: Hit & Run
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Initial prognosis poor for Obama's immigration program at Supreme Court
Discussion: Politico, CNN, Right Wing Watch and Hot Air
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Unreal. ILLEGAL ALIENS Protest with Mariachi Band Outside Supreme Court - for Amnesty (Video)
Louise Radnofsky / Wall Street Journal:
Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Immigrant Deportation Policy - Live Blog
Discussion: Constitution Daily
Brianna Gurciullo / Politico:
Why Trump may be costing Democrats millions for their convention  —  Republicans have been struggling for months in the shadow of Donald Trump to get corporate sponsors to pony up for their convention.  Now Democratic fundraisers are feeling their pain, too.
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Katie Glueck / Politico:
Cruz: Contested convention could ‘fracture’ GOP
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Nick Gass / Politico:
Sanders on New York: So what if I lose?
Discussion: ABC News
Daily Mail:
Cruz claims he's won ‘landslides over and over’ …
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Pataki on GOP nominee: 'I don't care if they ran for president or not'
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Catey Hill / MarketWatch:
45% of Americans pay no federal income tax  —  Many Americans don't have to worry about giving Uncle Sam part of their hard-earned cash for their income taxes this year.  —  An estimated 45.3% of American households — roughly 77.5 million — will pay no federal individual income tax …
Discussion: Clayton Cramer
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Ali Meyer / Washington Free Beacon:   Americans Earning Six Figures Or More Pay Nearly 80% of Individual Income Taxes
Jeff Poor / Breitbart:
Eric Trump: My Dad Is Going to Go After Hillary in a Way That No One Has Ever Gone After Her Before … Monday on Fox News Channel's “Fox & Friends,” Eric Trump, son of Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, weighed in on Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton's decision …
Janet Reitman / Rolling Stone:
GOP ‘King of Dirty Tricks’ on RNC's Plan to Stop Trump  —  What Roger Stone knows about Trump's strategy (he's winging it), and the efforts to take the candidate down  —  Depending on whom you talk to, Roger Stone, the veteran GOP strategist and consigliere to a long line of Republicans …
Discussion: RedState and Washington Examiner
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
There Is No Bernie Sanders Movement  —  Almost every modern Democratic primary has had a progressive insurgency.  Bernie's isn't anything new.  But it can be.  —  He'd just been declared the winner in the Wisconsin Democratic primary, and now Bernie Sanders, speaking from a stage in Laramie …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Robber Baron Recessions  —  When Verizon workers went on strike last week, they were mainly protesting efforts to outsource work to low-wage, non-union contractors.  But they were also angry about the company's unwillingness to invest in its own business.  In particular, Verizon has shown …
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
GOP group promises ObamaCare replacement plan — soon  —  A group of senior House Republicans is promising to deliver proof that the party is making headway in its six-year struggle to replace ObamaCare.  —  “Give us a little time, another month or so,” House Energy and Commerce Committee …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders keeps saying his average donation is $27, but his own numbers contradict that … By the time Larry David appeared on “Saturday Night Live” to spoof Bernie Sanders in early February, his talking point about his campaign's average donation being $27 was already well known enough to be a punchline.
Stuart Taylor Jr / Wall Street Journal:
The Hollywood Hit-Job on Justice Clarence Thomas  —  I covered the confirmation hearings in 1991.  HBO's movie heavily edits history to favor Anita Hill.  —  By  —  The current battle over President Obama's Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland is child's play compared with the lurid brawl …
Discussion: The Federalist and Mediaite
Julia Hahn / Breitbart:
Revealed: Colorado Lawmakers Who Voted to Scrap Election Are Ted Cruz Delegates  —  Social media posts, along with Cruz's campaign website, reveal that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) supporters in the Colorado Republican Party were responsible for crushing an effort to give Colorado the ability to vote in a state primary.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Matt Krantz / USA Today:
Defaults hit highest level since '09 bust  —  Get ready to step over some landmines, investors.  The number of companies defaulting on their debt is hitting levels not seen since the financial crisis, and it's not just a problem for bondholders.  —  So far this year, 46 companies have defaulted …
Rod Dreher / The American Conservative:
Dictatorship Of The Dimwits  —  Below, an extraordinary short video making the rounds.  A 5'9″ white guy goes onto the University of Washington campus and asks students to explain why he isn't a 6'5″ Chinese female child in first grade.  They can't do it.
Discussion: Hot Air and Power Line
New York Times:
Immigrants, the Poor and Minorities Gain Sharply Under Health Act  —  LOS ANGELES — The first full year of the Affordable Care Act brought historic increases in coverage for low-wage workers and others who have long been left out of the health care system, a New York Times analysis has found.
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Sanders's Practically Unprecedented Success  —  NEW YORK—By steadily increasing his support in national polls to the point where it now essentially equals Hillary Clinton's, Bernie Sanders has crossed a threshold that few other challengers to a heavily favored front-runner have ever reached.
Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:
Texas GOPers Vote To Debate Secession At State Convention  —  A group that advocates for Texas seceding from the United States says at least 22 local Republican conventions passed resolutions last month that called for a vote on secession at the state convention, The Houston Chronicle reported Friday.
Discussion: The Bob and Chez Show
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Gillibrand's tearful plea to Bernie: Give up your guns  —  ALBANY, N.Y. — Bernie Sanders is known for sticking to his guns — literally — and that might be his undoing in big, bullet-strafed states like New York.  —  Sanders, a paragon of political consistency who has almost never flip-flopped …
 
 
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Jayne O'Donnell / USA Today:
More than 900 ‘Democracy Spring’ protesters arrested in D.C. - so far
Discussion: Vox
Sarkis Zeronian / Breitbart:
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Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ari Yashar / Arutz Sheva:
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Discussion: The Right Scoop
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Evelyn Cheng / CNBC:
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Michael Pearson / CNN:
Houston largely shut down amid rain, flooding
Discussion: The Atlantic and USA Today
Andrew O'Hehir / Salon:
Two despised frontrunners, two dying parties and a deeply broken system: How did we get here?
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C. Eugene Emery Jr / @politifact:
George Clooney: Bulk of the money collected at Clinton fundraiser will go to down-ballot Democrats
Discussion: AOL and The Resurgent
Michael Grunwald / Politico:
A new Obama emissions play
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Michelle Innis / New York Times:
Amber Heard Won't Be Jailed Over Bringing 2 Dogs to Australia
Discussion: Mediaite
The Independent:
Meet the man who is setting up a new country in the middle of Europe
Discussion: Sputnik International
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
11 Year-Old ‘Dancing Trumps’ Banned From School Talent Show After Complaints (Video)
Discussion: Fox News Insider and BizPac Review
John Herrman / New York Times:
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