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6:40 PM ET, April 29, 2016

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Walker Bragman / Salon:
A liberal case for Donald Trump: The lesser of two evils is not at all clear in 2016  —  Is there one?  A Trump presidency needn't be a nightmare for the left.  On many issues, Clinton presidency might be  —  There are perhaps no three words more jarring to liberals than “President Donald Trump.”
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Katie Glueck / Politico:
Insiders: Clinton would crush Trump in November  —  In the swing states that matter most in the presidential race, Donald Trump doesn't have a prayer against Hillary Clinton in the general election.  —  That's according to top operatives, strategists and activists in 10 battleground states …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Wrath of the Conned  —  Maybe we need a new cliché: It ain't over until Carly Fiorina sings.  Anyway, it really is over — definitively on the Democratic side, with high probability on the Republican side.  And the results couldn't be more different.  —  Think about where we were a year ago.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Kristin Salaky / Talking Points Memo:
Clinton On Trump Attacks: I've Dealt With Men Who Are ‘Off The Reservation’
Discussion: CNN
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Trump aide: We're prepared to hit Clinton with Lewinsky
Discussion: Politico and MSNBC
Tampa Bay Times:
Marco Rubio warming up to Donald Trump
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Trump: Clinton ‘dishonest’ and an ‘enabler’
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Politico and BizPac Review
Ruben Vives / Los Angeles Times:
Protests rage outside Trump rally in Orange County; 17 arrested, police car smashed  —  Hundreds of demonstrators filled the street outside the Orange County amphitheater where Donald Trump held a rally Thursday night, stomping on cars, hurling rocks at motorists and forcefully declaring …
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Los Angeles Times:
Live updates from California Republican Party convention: Trump arrives for lunch speech as protests get more intense  —  Welcome to a special edition of Essential Politics, our live feed from the California Republican Party convention in Burlingame.  Here's a quick glance at the agenda.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Nick Carey / Reuters:
From bikers to truckers, pro-Trump groups plan forceful presence in Cleveland
Discussion: NewsBusters
CNN:
Demonstrators gather outside California GOP convention to protest Trump
Discussion: AOL
Tjfang / CBS San Francisco:
Trump Speech At GOP Convention In Burlingame Met With Protests
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Will Ferrell pulls out of Reagan Alzheimer's comedy  —  Will Ferrell has backed out of a comedy about Ronald Reagan's struggle with Alzheimer's disease following outrage from the former president's family.  —  The 48-year-old comic confirmed Friday that while he had seen the script …
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Patti Davis:
AN OPEN LETTER TO WILL FERRELL
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Fiorina rips Trump for touting Mike Tyson endorsement  —  Ted Cruz's vice-presidential pick Carly Fiorina on Friday slammed Donald Trump for boasting of a Mike Tyson endorsement this week.  —  The Republican presidential front-runner told supporters in Indiana on Wednesday that he had the support …
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Alex Griswold / Mediaite:   Trump Supporter Roger Stone: Fiorina is ‘Racist’ For Bringing Up Tyson Rape Conviction
Nick Gass / Politico:
Indiana Gov. Pence offers tepid endorsement of Cruz
ABC News:
The Note: Cruz Goes All-In in Indiana
Discussion: Politico
Katherine Krueger / Talking Points Memo:
Glenn Beck Films Humiliating Video Of Himself Rubbing Face In Cheetos (VIDEO)  —  Can someone check on Glenn Beck?  Is everything alright, buddy?  —  To make some vaguely anti-Donald Trump point, the conservative pundit rounded up some friends to completely and utterly humiliate themselves in front of the whole internet on Friday.
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Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
40 Layoffs as Glenn Beck's Blaze Empire Continues Its Decline and Fall
David Brooks / New York Times:
If Not Trump, What?  —  Donald Trump now looks set to be the Republican presidential nominee.  So for those of us appalled by this prospect — what are we supposed to do?  —  Well, not what the leaders of the Republican Party are doing.  They're going down meekly and hoping for a quiet convention.
President Obama / Facebook:
Today, I want to update you on some important progress we've made to protect our communities from gun violence.  As I said in January, these commonsense steps are not going to prevent every tragedy, but what if they prevented even one?  We should be doing everything we can to save lives …
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama makes move on ‘smart guns’
Discussion: Shakesville
Hadas Gold / Politico:
NRCC blasts ‘60 Minutes’ story, hidden cameras  —  The National Republican Congressional Committee Friday accused “60 Minutes” of broadcasting a piece with “largely false information” and Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.) of spreading lies on the broadcast— the latest salvo in an increasingly bitter Republican …
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Scott Wong / The Hill:
GOP campaign chief: We won't lose the House
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
Kyle Burger / WVTM:
11-year-old protects Talladega home against intruder  —  Chris Gaither, 11, shot a home intruder Wednesday morning  —  Home school student Chris Gaither, 11, was alone Wednesday morning when he heard a noise.  —  Someone had broken into his house and walked upstairs.
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Eric DuVall / UPI:
Obama to attend final White House Correspondents Dinner  —  It is almost time again for the annual gathering of journalists, politicians, athletes and celebrities known inside the Beltway as “nerd prom” — and to the rest of the country as the White House Correspondents Dinner.
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Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
‘Billy on the Street’ dreams of Melania in the White House
Discussion: Gay Star News
The Intercept:
Supreme Court Gives FBI More Hacking Power  —  The Supreme Court on Thursday approved changes that would make it easier for the FBI to hack into computers, including those belonging to victims of cybercrime.  The changes will take effect in December, unless Congress adopts competing legislation.
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Bloomberg:
Unmasking the Men Behind Zero Hedge, Wall Street's Renegade Blog  —  The veil is lifted on a secretive website.  —  Colin Lokey, also known as “Tyler Durden,” is breaking the first rule of Fight Club: You do not talk about Fight Club.  He's also breaking the second rule of Fight Club.
Geoff Brumfiel / NPR:
Weasel Apparently Shuts Down World's Most Powerful Particle Collider  —  A small mammal has sabotaged the world's most powerful scientific instrument.  —  The Large Hadron Collider, a 17-mile superconducting machine designed to smash protons together at close to the speed of light, went offline last night.
Whitney McFerron / Bloomberg:
The U.S. Is Sitting on a Mountain of Cheese  —  Move over bacon, we have a new food glut to deal with.  —  When bacon was abundant it was everywhere: in your jam, on seemingly every burger, even flavoring bourbon.  So if history is any guide, this year's food trend should be extra cheese.
 
 
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Lucas Tomlinson / Fox News:
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Media Matters for America:
Wayne Simmons, Right Wing Media's Benghazi Expert, Pleads Guilty To Fraud
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Ashe Schow / Washington Examiner:
College more dangerous than prison for women AND men when it comes to sexual assault, says Obama admin
Discussion: National Review
Fred Humphries / Microsoft on the Issues:
Microsoft's support for the 2016 Republican and Democratic National Conventions
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
Lorraine Berry / Raw Story:
‘A lot of what he believes, we believe’ — KKK Grand Imperial Wizard endorses Trump
Discussion: WWBT-TV
Scott Johnson / WJXT-TV:
VIDEO: Officer hits woman in handcuffs
Discussion: Raw Story and theGrio
Craig Fehrman / FiveThirtyEight:
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Discussion: The Verge and Engadget
Akoning / Center for Public Interest Polling:
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