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11:25 AM ET, March 24, 2016


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Justin Sink / Bloomberg Business:
Democrats Evenly Split Over Clinton, Sanders in Bloomberg Poll  —  Sanders trusted on defending middle class, reining in Wall St.  —  Clinton stronger on foreign policy, security experience  —  More than halfway through a nomination race that she entered as the clear favorite …
Eric Fehrnstrom /
Turnout, terror, and tactics favor Trump against Clinton  —  After adding to his delegate lead in Tuesday's GOP contests, Donald Trump remains on track to be the Republican nominee for president.  The question is, can he beat Hillary Clinton?  The answer is, yes.
Bloomberg Business:
Free-Trade Opposition Unites Political Parties in Bloomberg Poll  —  Majority of Americans pick fewer jobs over non-U.S. ownership  —  Trump, Sanders have leveraged U.S. opposition to free trade  —  Opposition to free trade is a unifying concept even in a deeply divided electorate …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
John McCormick / Bloomberg Business:
Republicans in Bloomberg Poll Not Sold on Plan to Stop Trump  —  Trump gets crushed by Clinton in hypothetical match-up  —  Kasich is only Republican left in field who beats Clinton  —  The most committed Republican voters aren't rallying behind efforts to deny Donald Trump the party's nomination …
The Huffington Post:
A Contested Convention Won't Fix The GOP
Nick Gass / Politico:
Sanders ties Clinton in national poll
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and The Week
Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Assessing Trump's Path to 1,237  —  A look at the remaining contests shows how he could get there  —  About a month ago, after Donald Trump won the South Carolina primary and all of its delegates, we headlined a piece “The Hour is Growing Late to Stop Trump.”
Discussion: Washington Post
David Weigel / Washington Post:
‘Stop Trump’ forces see an opportunity in Scott Walker's Wisconsin … PEWAUKEE, Wis. — Tonight, when Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) kicks off his campaign for Wisconsin's April 5 presidential primary, he will head to conservative Waukesha County and talk with a conservative radio host.  There's a reason for that.
Nick Gass / Politico:
Obama's tango ripped on ‘Morning Joe’  —  On Wednesday evening, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama danced the tango at a state dinner in Argentina.  By the next morning, a bipartisan chorus of disapproval of the optics was bursting out on MSNBC's “Morning Joe.”
Laura Wagner / NPR:
WATCH: Obama Dances The Tango During State Dinner In Argentina
Discussion: AOL and New York Times
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Shadow campaign to deny Trump his delegates begins  —  When South Dakota's Republican activists convened in Pierre to pick their delegates to the Republican national convention, they got an unexpected visitor.  —  Merle Madrid, senior aide to Ohio Gov. John Kasich, had flown in from Columbus …
Discussion: ABC News, NBC News, National Review and WND
Tal Kopan / CNN:
North Carolina governor signs controversial transgender bill  —  Washington (CNN)North Carolina's governor on Wednesday signed a controversial bill blocking cities from allowing transgender individuals to use public bathrooms for the sex they identify as — as well as restricting cities from passing nondiscrimination laws more broadly.
Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:
North Carolina passes bill blocking LGBT protections
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Trumpism After Trump  —  There is now no possibility that the Republican Party will survive its rendezvous with Donald Trump unbroken.  —  If Trump is the party's nominee, the best-case scenario — the best case! — for G.O.P. unity probably involves a host of Republican officials withholding …
Camille Paglia / Salon:
This is why Trump's winning, and why I won't vote for Hillary  —  GOP needs to wake up and realize Trump is its fault.  But the Trump/Clinton death match is a national nightmare  —  This week's horrific terrorist attacks on the Brussels airport and metro raised the pressure in the already tight U.S. presidential campaign.
Avianne Tan / ABC News:
Discussion: AOL
Travis Andersen /
Moulton compares Trump's rise to election of Hitler in 1930s  —  Congressman Seth Moulton on Wednesday compared the rise of Republican presidential frontrunner Donald J. Trump to the election of Adolf Hitler and said constituents should warn “that crazy uncle” against voting for the businessman if he wins the GOP nomination.
Discussion: CBS Boston and Politico
New York Times:
In N.F.L., Deeply Flawed Concussion Research and Ties to Big Tobacco  —  The National Football League was on the clock.  —  With several of its marquee players retiring early after a cascade of frightening concussions, the league formed a committee in 1994 that would ultimately issue …
USA Today:
Religious freedom deserves deference: Our view  —  Obamacare didn't have to end up at the Supreme Court because of birth control.  —  If the Obama administration had thought long and hard about the meaning of religious freedom, one of the nation's most fundamental rights …
Discussion: MSNBC
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
SCOTUS Bros Clearly Don't Understand How Women Get Contraceptives
Oliver Darcy /
Hannity Interview With Jorge Ramos Devolves Into Shoutfest: 'I Don't Need Lectures From You, Jorge!'  —  Things quickly went off the rails Wednesday night when Fox News host Sean Hannity welcomed Univision anchor Jorge Ramos onto his program to discuss coverage of Republican front-runner Donald Trump.
Discussion: Raw Story
Sandra Phillips / FOX5 San Diego:
Cross-border drug tunnel linked restaurant to home  —  CALEXICO, Calif. - For the first time in a decade, federal agents uncovered a completed drug tunnel in Calexico, a border city about 100 miles east of San Diego.  —  The opening of a drug tunnel was found in a fairly new home in Calexico …
EndPlay / WSOC-TV:
Concord man arrested for not returning VHS rental 14 years later  —  CONCORD, N.C. —  A Concord man was arrested for failing to return a 2002 VHS rental movie, “Freddy Got Fingered.”  —  James Meyers showed Channel 9 the arrest warrant Wednesday.  It shows Meyers is charged with failure to return rental property, a misdemeanor.
Hope King / CNNMoney:
Self-cleaning laundry may be on the way  —  Imagine doing laundry in a flash — just by hanging your clothes outside.  Or what if you could get rid of that coffee stain just by standing under a bright light?  —  Researchers in Australia say they have found a way to alter fabric …
Andrew Prokop / Vox:
The GOP's nuclear option: how Trump could be denied the nomination even with a majority  —  You probably know by now that if Donald Trump doesn't win over a majority of Republican delegates, he'll fail to clinch the party's nomination on the first ballot, and a contested convention will ensue.
Eleanor Ainge Roy / Guardian:
New Zealand votes to keep its flag after 56.6% back the status quo  —  After a lengthy campaign, voters have decided by a margin of more than 10 points to retain the flag with its strong links to the United Kingdom  —  New Zealand has voted to keep its traditional flag in a snub to the prime minister, John Key.
Discussion: The Atlantic
Chris Williams / The Register:
How one developer just broke Node, Babel and thousands of projects in 11 lines of JavaScript  —  Code pulled from NPM - which everyone was using  —  Updated Programmers were left staring at broken builds and failed installations on Tuesday after someone toppled the Jenga tower of JavaScript.
Discussion: The Next Web and Scripting News
Tucson News Now:
Loughner lawsuit against Giffords, federal government could be hoax  —  A lawsuit allegedly filed by Jared Lee Loughner, the man who carried out the mass shooting in Tucson in 2011, against one of the victims as well as the federal government, could be a hoax.
The Huffington Post:
North Korea Proves Your White Male Privilege Is Not Universal  —  Writer, know-it-all, goofball, revolutionary!  —  On the Revocation of White Privilege in North Korea  —  “That's what the hell he gets.  Good for him!”  My mother had uttered those words in her typical matter-of-fact tone one morning as she watched the news.
Associated Press:
IS TRAINS 400 FIGHTERS TO ATTACK EUROPE IN WAVE OF BLOODSHED  —  PARIS (AP) — The Islamic State group has trained at least 400 fighters to target Europe in deadly waves of attacks, deploying interlocking terror cells like the ones that struck Brussels and Paris with orders to choose the time …
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Kathryn Watson / The Daily Caller:
Obama Is Prosecuting Fewer Government Crooks Than Bush, Clinton
Discussion: BizPac Review
Erick Erickson / The Resurgent:
There May Be One Major Reason Why a Third Party Is a Terrible Idea to Stop Trump
Discussion: RedState
Stacey Delikat / WNYW-TV:
App lets you ‘borrow’ a dog
Len Ramirez / CBS San Francisco:
$250K Per Year Salary Could Qualify For Subsidized Housing Under New Palo Alto Proposal
Discussion: WND, Infowars and Liberty Blitzkrieg
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
DOL issues union ‘persuader rule’
Discussion: Slantpoint and The Huffington Post
Gina Cherelus / Reuters:
Man nested in Seattle's landmark giant sequoia tree, draws coos, boos
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Sen.: ‘Not Fair’ Of GOPers To Block Any SCOTUS Nominee
Discussion: and The Week
Sinan Salaheddin / Associated Press:
Iraq says it's launched offensive to recapture IS-held Mosul
Discussion: Hot Air and The Week
 Earlier Items: 
Monica Showalter / Investor's Business Daily:
No, Mr. President, 1776 Wasn't Anything Like Castro's 1959 Putsch
Matea Gold / Washington Post:
The GOP — and its big funders — scramble to insulate Congress from Trump
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Eli Lake / Bloomberg Gadfly:
The Trump-Cruz Police State Exists. It's Called France.
Tim Mak / The Daily Beast:
Revealed: Newt Gingrich's Secret Campaign for Donald Trump
Michael Patrick Leahy / Breitbart:
Robert Jeffress Rebukes Glenn Beck for Criticism of Southern Evangelicals
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and PunditGuy
Amy Maxmen / Science:
Why watching comb jellies poop has stunned evolutionary biologists