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8:30 AM ET, March 26, 2016


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The Daily Beast:
Ted Cruz ‘Affair’ Rumors Peddled by Marco Rubio's Allies  —  The senator accused Donald Trump of planting a National Enquirer sex scandal story.  If that's true, Trump wasn't the only Cruz opponent trying to traffic in smears.  —  If you enjoy daydreaming about Ted Cruz's sex life, then today is your lucky day.
Alex Griswold / Mediaite:
Trump Supporter Derails CNN Segment by Accusing Fellow Guest of Having an Affair With Ted Cruz  —  A CNN debate between a Donald Trump supporter and former Ted Cruz communications director Amanda Carpenter went off the rails Friday when the Trump supporter suddenly accused Carpenter of having an illicit affair with her former boss.
Donald J. Trump / Facebook:
I have no idea whether or not the cover story about Ted Cruz in this week's issue of the National Enquirer is true or not, but I had absolutely nothing to do with it, did not know about it, and have not, as yet, read it.  —  Likewise, I have nothing to do with the National Enquirer …
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Lose With Cruz: A Love Story
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Ted Cruz / Facebook:
I want to be crystal clear: these attacks are garbage.
Los Angeles Times:
Businessman arrested in ‘diabolical, premeditated’ killing of Santa Barbara family  —  A view from outside the Santa Barbara County home where three people were found dead this week.  —  Santa Barbara County's sheriff's officials on Friday announced a business associate has been arrested …
Discussion: New York's PIX11
Man Arrested in Triple Killing Case  —  Sheriff Calls Case “Complex” and “Diabolical”  —  KEYT - KCOY - KKFX Newsroom Staff, KEYT - KCOY - KKFX Newsroom Staff ,  —  An Oceanside man was arrested early Friday morning and accused in the killings of a popular Santa Barbara doctor …
Tracy Bloom / KTLA:
Santa Barbara-Area Family Wrapped in Plastic, Duct-Taped in ‘Diabolical’ Killings; Business Associated Arrested  —  A 27-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the “diabolical, premeditated” killings of a doctor, his wife and their 5-year-old daughter, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown announced Friday.
Kaily Cunningham /
Horrific: SUV runs over several people during dispute in Cleveland … WARNING: Some viewers may find parts of this video disturbing  —  CLEVELAND - A Fox 8 viewer captured horrific video of a dispute on Cleveland's east side early Friday morning.  —  The video shows an argument …
Discussion: Fox 59 and WGN-TV
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Trump aide fulfills threat to ‘spill the beans’ on Heidi Cruz  —  on Friday fulfilled the businessman's threat to “spill the beans” on Republican presidential rival Ted Cruz  —  's wife, Heidi.  —  Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson rattled off a list of attacks three days after Trump first made the threat.
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Trump faces daunting gender gap
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Slot
Daniel Trotta /
Rolling Stones take the stage in first-ever show in Cuba  —  The Rolling Stones rocked tens of thousands of Cuban and foreign fans at a free, outdoor concert in Havana on Friday, capping a week of engagement with the West for the Communist-run country that once censored the veteran British band's music.
Sebastian Smith / Agence France-Presse:
Rolling Stones to rock Cuba in historic concert
Discussion: BBC, mirror and TalkLeft
VIDEO: Teacher knocks down special needs student, resigns  —  By WALB News Team  —  Surveillance footage appears to show a teacher knocking down a student in the hallway at school.  —  The special education teacher, identified as Amelia Stripling, has since resigned.
New York Times:
Robert De Niro Defends Screening of Anti-Vaccine Film at Tribeca Festival  —  In a decision that has dredged up the widely debunked link between vaccines and autism, the Tribeca Film Festival plans to screen a film by a discredited former doctor whose research caused widespread alarm about the issue.
Peter Lee / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Learning from Tay's introduction  —  As many of you know by now, on Wednesday we launched a chatbot called Tay.  We are deeply sorry for the unintended offensive and hurtful tweets from Tay, which do not represent who we are or what we stand for, nor how we designed Tay.
Ben Poston / Los Angeles Times:
Marina del Rey dog drowning case comes to a bizarre end  —  When a dog appeared to have been purposely drowned at Mother's Beach in Marina del Rey recently, the reported crime sparked outrage and triggered an investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
Discussion: Althouse
Tim Hains / RealClearPolitics:
Obama: Forget The Difference Between Capitalism And Communism, “Just Decide What Works”  —  “So often in the past there has been a division between left and right, between capitalists and communists or socialists, and especially in the Americas, that's been a big debate,” Obama said during a visit to Argentina Thursday.
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Cruz campaign to Trump: Ever had a psych eval?  —  's White House campaign manager took to Twitter on Friday to attack Republican front-runner Donald Trump  —  , calling him “Sleazy Donald” and questioning his mental health.  —  “Why no events in 4 days; none planned for 8,” Jeff Roe tweeted, mimicking Trump's social media style.
Bethania Palma Markus / Raw Story:
Thousands want GOP to let angry voters bring guns to Republican convention in case of ISIS attack  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  Having weapons at a hotly contested and potentially violent political event may sound like the mother of all bad ideas, but that hasn't stopped …
Samantha Allen / The Daily Beast:
Michigan Satanists Defend Planned Parenthood on Good Friday  —  A counter to a “Ways of the Cross” performance by an anti-abortion group.  —  It was a showdown that can only be described as biblical: The Satanic Temple of Detroit versus the Pro-Life Action League outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic on Good Friday.
Discussion: The Other McCain, Raw Story and WND
Tom Morgan / Telegraph:
Muslim shopkeeper murdered in suspected ‘religiously prejudiced’ attack after posting on Facebook of love for Christians  —  Detectives arrest 32-year-old Muslim man after Pakistani-born Asad Shah, 40, repeatedly stabbed in savage attack  —  A popular shopkeeper was stabbed to death by another Muslim in a …
Discussion: Power Line and The Right Scoop
Jose A. DelReal / Washington Post:
For one week, at least, Trump is running a ‘low-energy’ campaign … Scan the headlines this week, and Donald Trump is everywhere.  Scan his campaign schedule, and he is...nowhere.  —  The GOP presidential front runner has barreled through the last few months at a breakneck pace …
Brussels stories: Grief for the lost, hope for the missing  —  (CNN)Two siblings flying to New York.  A Peruvian chef.  A Belgian law student.  —  These are some of the dead and missing in Tuesday's terror attacks in Brussels.  —  At least 31 people were killed and 300 wounded …
Discussion: WAVY-TV and The Week
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Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
Why Young People Are Right About Hillary Clinton
Discussion: Mother Jones
New York Times:
CAIR Scrambles to Register Millions of Muslim Voters to Stop Trump Movement
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
The Inside Story of Donald Trump's Strategy to Protect His Delegates
EXCLUSIVE - Top Jihadist Claims Islamic State Has Agents Working in Western Airports
Discussion: WND
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Stormfront Founder Urged Listeners To Vote For Trump
Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
West Virginia's Joe Manchin Shaken by Hillary Clinton's ‘Horrific’ Coal Comment
 Earlier Items: 
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Sanders campaign blasts Clinton over Clooney dinner
Ralph Nader / Washington Post:
Why Bernie Sanders was right to run as a Democrat
Joe McGovern /
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Bailey Bumgardner / WSPA-TV:
Woman accused of having sex with dog in Cherokee Co.
Justin Wolfers / New York Times:
Growing Up in a Bad Neighborhood Does More Harm Than We Thought
Discussion: Mother Jones
Samtata / New York's PIX11:
Photo of girls holding hands during nap time melts hearts
Discussion: WTKR-TV, FOX31 Denver and Althouse