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8:10 PM ET, March 29, 2016


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Palm Beach Post:
Trump aide charged with misdemeanor battery vs. ex-Breitbart reporter  —  Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump campaign manager, was charged this morning with misdemeanor battery after allegations of forcefully grabbing a reporter at a Jupiter news conference, town police confirmed this morning.
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Trump threatens to press charges against reporter  —  Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump  —  on Tuesday threatened to press charges against former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields, claiming she grabbed him after a press conference.  —  “Victory press conference was over.
Ben Brody / Bloomberg Business:
Trump Fiercely Defends Campaign Manager Charged With Battery  —  Corey Lewandowski is innocent, the billionaire says: “Look at tapes-nothing there!”  —  Donald Trump's campaign manager was charged with misdemeanor battery against a journalist Tuesday, an accusation the Republican presidential front-runner slammed as meritless.
Trump campaign manager charged with simple battery
Katherine Krueger / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Spox: Campaign Manager Will Stay On Even If Convicted Of Battery
Discussion: Death and Taxes and CBS Philly
Caleb Howe / RedState:
Rush Limbaugh Suggests Corey Lewandowski Arrest Nothing But A Political Attack
Discussion: Mediaite and Hot Air
New York Times:
Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump's Campaign Manager, Is Charged With Battery
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
How To Make Sense Of The Baffling Order The Supreme Court Just Handed Down On Birth Control  —  The biggest birth control case to reach the Supreme Court in 40 years just got a whole lot more confusing.  —  On Tuesday, the Supreme Court handed down an unusual order seeking more briefing in Zubik v. Burwell …
Libby Nelson / Vox:
Public sector unions just avoided a huge defeat at the Supreme Court  —  If Antonin Scalia were alive, things could have turned out very differently.  —  A case that had the potential to weaken public sector unions across the United States ended with a somewhat unexpected victory for unions on Tuesday …
Emily Atkin / ThinkProgress:
Republican Senator: I'm ‘Perplexed’ At Mitch McConnell's Decision To Block Merrick Garland  —  Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) says Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell is “not real happy” with her.  —  That's because Collins is part of a growing group of Republican Senators who have decided …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Kirk rips ‘closed-minded’ GOP on Garland nomination  —  Mark Kirk could have been in Illinois, waging what might be the most difficult reelection campaign in Congress.  Instead, the Republican senator was on Capitol Hill Tuesday drawing national attention for meeting with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Victory for Unions as Supreme Court, Scalia Gone, Ties 4-4
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg Business:
High Court Contraceptive Order Hints at Possible Compromise
Discussion: Politico
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court deadlocks over public employee union case; Calif. teachers must pay dues
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo:
Governor Cuomo Bans Non-Essential State Travel to North Carolina  —  Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed an executive order banning all non-essential state travel to North Carolina.  The order requires all New York State agencies, departments, boards and commissions to immediately review …
Gary Robertson / Associated Press:
North Carolina Attorney General Won't Defend Anti-Gay Law In Court
Discussion: Daily Kos
Ben Jacobs / Guardian:
Donald Trump berates Scott Walker for not raising taxes in Wisconsin  —  After the governor's endorsement of Ted Cruz the Republican frontrunner said Walker had failed to tackle a $2.2bn deficit and ‘the schools were going begging’  —  Donald Trump attacked Wisconsin governor Scott Walker …
By any measure, Donald Trump is unfit to be president  —  No to Donald Trump.  —  No to his bigotry.  —  No to his contempt for women and minorities.  No to his vague, clueless bluster about the problems facing the nation.  —  No to Trumpism, which runs counter to the ideals of this nation …
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Kasich says he's not surprised Scott Walker endorsed Ted Cruz
Discussion: RedState, CNN and Hot Air
David Mitchell / FOX31 Denver:
Widower gets charged $853 ‘rebooking’ fee when wife dies before cruise … LOVELAND, Colo. — A Loveland man had just lost his wife only to be dealt another painful blow.  —  He received an $850 charge from Viking River Cruises because his late wife wasn't going on the prepaid trip.
Discussion: and Consumerist
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Susan Sarandon: Trump Might Be Better for America Than Hillary Clinton  —  If Bernie Sanders fails to get the Democratic nomination, Susan Sarandon isn't sure she'll vote for Hillary Clinton.  She even said Monday that Trump could be the better option.  —  One of the biggest question marks …
Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
The strange silence about Hillarymania: Clinton fires up voters more than Bernie does, so why is no one talking about it?  —  More Clinton supporters are enthusiastic than those backing Sanders, but the media won't tell you that  —  Hillary Clinton suffers from an “enthusiasm gap.”
Discussion: Balloon Juice, Shadowproof and The Week
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
Donald Trump vs. Ted Cruz Creates a Headache for Talk Radio Hosts  —  Even Michael Savage had had enough.  —  As the insults and innuendos over candidates' wives and tabloid reports of suspected affairs dominated the back and forth between Senator Ted Cruz and Donald J. Trump, Mr. Savage …
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Rush Limbaugh's blessing of Trump is killing conservatism
Heather Holeman / KFOR-TV:
Man invents gun that looks exactly like a cell phone  —  Good idea or bad?  —  Kirk Kjellberg from Minnesota says he came up with the “Ideal Conceal” pocket gun, designed to look identical to a smartphone, after a little boy pointed out Kjellberg's own larger, not-so-concealed gun at a restaurant.
Discussion: Q13 FOX News
James T. Mulder / Syracuse Post-Standard:
Nurse who took pics of patients' private parts at Syracuse hospital turns in license  —  SYRACUSE, N.Y. — A nurse who took photos of an unconscious Upstate University Hospital patient's penis with her smart phone has turned in her nursing license.  —  The state Education Department announced …
Andrea Cavallier / New York's PIX11:
New Jersey hospital emergency room becomes first in U.S. to end use of opioid painkillers  —  PATERSON, N.J. — St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center announced it has become the first hospital in the country to implement a program that will manage patients' pain in the emergency room without the use of opioid painkillers.
Discussion: WREG-TV and Fox 59
Liam Stack / New York Times:
James Noble, Absent-Minded Governor on ‘Benson,’ Dies at 94  —  James Noble, the actor best known for his role as the absent-minded governor on the hit 1980s sitcom “Benson,” died on Monday at Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut.  He was 94.  —  His death was confirmed by Douglas Moser …
Discussion: AOL and Deadline
Michael Rothman / ABC News:
Skin Cancer Reminder App  —  This app is designed to aide individuals in a self-examination of their skin.  It is primarily aimed towards anyone concerned about cancerous or precancerous lesions.  Users should examine their body every month to document possible changes and report to their doctor anything suspicious.
Discussion: WSPA-TV
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Alex Weprin / Politico:
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Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
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Warner Todd Huston / Breitbart:
An illegal immigrant has been arrested and charged with raping and impregnating a 12-year-old …
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
This 2014 study explains an enormous amount about Trumpism
Discussion: The Atlantic
Katie Zavadski / The Daily Beast:
The American Anti-Vaccine Mom Turned ISIS Superstar
Discussion: Raw Story
Juliet Perry / CNN:
Real ‘Siberian unicorn’ remains found
Discussion: WGN-TV and The Week
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Trump's popularity nosedives in critical stretch
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos