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Charles Hurt / The Hill:
The problem with Ted Cruz  —  has run an outsider's juggernaut campaign, the likes of which nobody has seen in modern politics.  —  Democrats publicly say they are thrilled to face him in the general election.  But, privately, they fret that the master marketer and media maestro …
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Sundance / The Last Refuge:   Internal Poll Numbers Show Cruz Collapsing In Indiana...
Mike Flynn / Breitbart:
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will make a “significant” …
Discussion: Politico
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama makes joke at Cruz's expense
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
ABC News:   The Note: Cruz Goes All-In in Indiana
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Cruz to trounce Trump in Virginia delegate election
Discussion: RedState
Indianapolis Star:
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will endorse Ted Cruz at noon
CNN:   Ted Cruz's Indiana plan: Throw everything at the wall and see what sticks
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 …
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CNN:
Mike Pence to endorse Ted Cruz Friday  —  Indianapolis (CNN)Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is set to endorse Ted Cruz Friday, just days before a primary that could make or break the Texas senator's chances of halting Donald Trump's march to the Republican presidential nomination.
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.
New York Times:
Donald Trump's Gender-Based Attacks on Hillary Clinton Have Calculated Risk
Discussion: Daily Kos
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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Daily Mail:
DONALD TRUMP'S HISTORY OF CONTROVERSIAL COMMENTS ABOUT MEXICANS DURING HIS PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN
Discussion: The Right Scoop and Clayton Cramer
Emily Smith / Page Six:15 minutes ago
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  —  I saw the news bulletin — as did everyone — that you intend to portray my father in the throes of Alzheimer's for a comedy that you are also producing.  Perhaps you have managed to retain some ignorance about Alzheimer's and other versions of dementia.
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Reagan family furious at Will Ferrell for Alzheimer's comedy15 minutes ago
CBS News:
Reagan children outraged over Will Ferrell's “dementia comedy”
Discussion: Raw Story and CBS Boston
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’  —  President Obama on Friday announced new efforts to speed up development of so-called smart guns, the latest step in his final-year push to reduce gun violence.  —  Smart guns are weapons that use technological safety features designed to prevent accidental shootings …
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.
Kristin Salaky / Talking Points Memo:
Megyn Kelly Grills North Carolina Guv Over Anti-LGBT Law (VIDEO)  —  During a conversation with North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) Thursday night, Fox News host Megyn Kelly pressed him on the merits of his state's controversial new anti-LGBT law.  —  Kelly drilled McCrory on her show …
Discussion: The Week
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Arturo Garcia / Raw Story:
DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  North Carolina … 20 minutes ago
Discussion: liberalamerica.org
Alex Griswold / Mediaite:
Trump Supporter Roger Stone: Fiorina is ‘Racist’ For Bringing Up Tyson Rape Conviction  —  Former Donald Trump campaign advisor Roger Stone sure is politically correct.  —  The former Nixon staffer who now serves as a pro-Trump pundit was not happy that Carly Fiorina attacked Trump's endorsement …
Don Thompson / Associated Press:
Lawmakers reject John Wayne Day over racism concerns  —  SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — What a California lawmaker intended as a benign resolution honoring a late, world-renowned movie icon exploded into an emotional debate over decades-old racist comments.  —  The state Assembly defeated …
Lucas Tomlinson / Fox News:
Army retains decorated Green Beret it planned to kick out over confronting Afghan child rapist  —  EXCLUSIVE: In a stunning reversal, the U.S. Army decided late Thursday to retain a decorated Green Beret it had planned to kick out after he physically confronted a local Afghan commander accused …
Centers for Disease Control:
Reduced Disparities in Birth Rates Among Teens Aged 15-19 Years — United States, 2006-2007 and 2013-2014  —  Lisa Romero, DrPH1; Karen Pazol, PhD1; Lee Warner, PhD1; Shanna Cox, MSPH1; Charlan Kroelinger, PhD1; Ghenet Besera, MPH1; Anna Brittain, MHS1; Taleria R. Fuller, PhD1; Emilia Koumans …
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Jennifer Ludden / NPR:
Teen Birth Rates Plummet For Hispanic And Black Girls
Naomi Jagoda / The Hill:
House panel moves bill to ban IRS from tracking donors to tax-exempt groups  —  The House Ways and Means Committee approved three bills Thursday it says are aimed at protecting taxpayers and children.  —  “Simply put, these proposals put the best interests of children and taxpayers first,” Chairman Kevin Brady
Discussion: taxpolicycenter.org
 
 
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Will Ferrell pulls out of Reagan Alzheimer's comedy   Find
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Reagan family furious at Will Ferrell for Alzheimer's comedy   Find
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Arturo Garcia / Raw Story:
DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  North Carolina …   Find
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Alexander Burns / New York Times:
James Mattis, Retired General, Decides Against Independent Presidential Bid   Find
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James Hibberd / EW.com:
MARVEL'S THE PUNISHER SPIN-OFF ORDERED BY NETFLIX   Find
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
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Alexander Burns / New York Times:
James Mattis, Retired General, Decides Against Independent Presidential Bid
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First US Zika death reported in Puerto Rico
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Akoning / Center for Public Interest Polling:
CHRISTIE'S NJ RATINGS HIT NEW ALL-TIME LOWS POST-TRUMP SUPPORT, BUT VOTERS CITE GOV.'S ATTITUDE …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Meet Harvey Nichols's 100-Year-Old Star
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 Earlier Items: 
Daily Mail:
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KRGV-TV:
Consistent Surge of People Crossing Illegally
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Anti-Defamation League wants Trump to ditch new slogan
Sam Reisman / Mediaite:
Trump Repeats Hoax Story About Shooting Muslims With Pigs Blood to Rapturous Applause
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Trump opens Calif. rally with families of people killed by illegal immigrants
Discussion: Talking Points Memo