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8:35 PM ET, March 31, 2016

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Zeke J Miller / TIME:
Trump's Threat on Pledge Could Cost Him South Carolina Delegates  —  Donald Trump's announcement that he no longer stands by a pledge to support the GOP has thrown his hold on South Carolina's 50 delegates in doubt.  —  The Palmetto State was one of several that required candidates to pledge …
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Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
GOP nears the breaking point
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Cruz predicts Trump won't be able to mount a third-party run
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
Jay Caruso / RedState:
Trump Breaking GOP Pledge Could Cost Him Big In South Carolina
Discussion: American Spectator
Wtvrwebstaff / WTVR-TV:
Richmond Greyhound shooting: Trooper, suspect dead; 2 people wounded  —  RICHMOND, Va. - A Virginia State trooper who was shot when a suspect opened fire at a Greyhound bus station in Richmond Thursday afternoon has died, multiple sources told WTVR CBS 6 News.
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Laura Yanez / KDFX-TV:
Pool owners warned of electrocution risk  —  James Tramel, 43, died trying to save his children from a pool in Palm Springs Easter Sunday.  Tramel was electrocuted when he jumped into the pool after seeing his nine-year-old daughter being electrically shocked.  —  “Electricity is invisible.
Discussion: WTKR-TV
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Greatest Triumph  —  He is six months away from destroying both the Republican Party and Reagan's legacy.  —  Barack Obama will retire a happy man.  He is now close to destroying his political enemies—the Republican Party, the American conservative movement and the public-policy legacy of Ronald Reagan.
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney/Ryan Wouldn't be GOP Salvation Against Clinton  —  PPP's newest national poll finds that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan wouldn't exactly be the solution to the GOP's Donald Trump problem, with Romney doing even worse head to head against Hillary Clinton than Trump does.
Discussion: The Bob and Chez Show
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Congressman: If Bernie Or Hillary Is Elected They'll Control Everything, Including When You Wake Up  —  Members of the Republican establishment, especially members of Congress, are in a bind.  —  In general, they don't support Trump or Cruz, the two individuals with a realistic shot of the Republican nomination.
Discussion: Daily Kos and New York Magazine
Dustin Long / NASCAR Talk:
NASCAR driver faces seven charges in biggest tobacco-smuggling bust in North America  —  NASCAR driver/owner Derek White turned himself into authorities Wednesday and faces seven charges in connection to the biggest tobacco-smuggling bust in North American history, NBC Sports has learned.
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Bloomberg Business:
Nascar Driver Derek White Targeted in Tobacco-Smuggling Operation
Discussion: Fox 59 and myfox8.com
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Clinton: 'I'm so sick' of Sanders campaign lying about me  —  's campaign of lying about her in a heated exchange with an environmental activist.  —  “I am so sick of the Sanders campaign lying about me.  I'm sick of it,” the visibly angry Democratic presidential hopeful said …
Discussion: Politico
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Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:
Clinton Unloads: ‘I Am So Sick Of The Sanders Campaign Lying About Me’ (VIDEO)
Discussion: WVEC and Raw Story
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump makes nice with the RNC  —  Donald Trump has broken the Republican Party.  On Thursday, he took his most visible steps to fix it.  —  With a looming loss in Wisconsin vastly increasing the odds of a contested convention, Trump trekked to Capitol Hill to meet with Republican National …
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Scott Wong / The Hill:
Backstage maneuvering begins in wide-open GOP chairman's race
Discussion: Daily Kos
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Hillary Clinton's $600 haircut ties up traffic  —  MORE FROM:  —  Hillary Clinton's entourage — four big black cars plus her top aide Huma Abedin — was spotted outside Bergdorf Goodman on Wednesday morning waiting as the presidential hopeful got her $600 haircut.
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Tom Sherwood / NBC4 Washington:
Bernie Sanders May Be Off DC Ballot After Democratic Party Filing
New York Daily News:
Bill Clinton says he would give Bernie Sanders his superdelegate vote if the Vermont senator wins nomination
David Mitchell / FOX31 Denver:
Strange baby faces popping up around Denver … DENVER — For months little doll faces have been turning heads all over Denver.  —  Many people have shared photos and locations of the faces online, but there still appear to be more questions about these strange faces than answers.
Discussion: FOX40, The Daily Caller and Althouse
Massimo Calabresi / TIME:
Inside the FBI Investigation of Hillary Clinton's E-Mail  —  FBI director Jim Comey first investigated the Clintons 20 years ago  —  Late last summer, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, James Comey, met with John Giacalone, the bureau official responsible for everything …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Daily Wire
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Megan Brilley / fox4kc.com:
KCK officers seek teen who made a small gesture that left a big impact  —  KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The Kansas City, Kansas Police Department posted a picture of a napkin on its Facebook page and it's gotten hundreds of shares.  On the napkin, was a message written to two officers by a KCK teen.
Connor Sheets / al.com:
Bentley bought multiple disposable ‘burner’ cell phones at Tuscaloosa Best Buy, employees say  —  I just remember Governor Bentley coming into Best Buy.  And he purchased one  —  Gov. Robert Bentley personally bought multiple inexpensive, disposable cell phones last year at a Best Buy in Tuscaloosa …
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Trump would be least-popular major-party nominee in modern times … If Donald Trump secures the Republican presidential nomination, he would start the general election campaign as the least-popular candidate to represent either party in modern times.  —  Three-quarters of women view him unfavorably.
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Nightmare nominee: Nobody likes Donald Trump. Not even white men.
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox Business Network Poll: Cruz leads in Wisconsin  —  Ted Cruz leads Donald Trump in the Republican nomination contest in Wisconsin, according to a Fox Business Network Poll released Thursday.  —  Cruz garners 42 percent among Wisconsin likely GOP primary voters, while Trump receives 32 percent.
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Campaign Exposes Fissures Over Issues, Values and How Life Has Changed in the U.S.  —  Just 38% of GOP voters say party would ‘solidly unite’ behind Trump  —  The 2016 presidential campaign has exposed deep disagreements between - and within - the two parties on a range of major policy issues.
GOP.com:
DELEGATE SCOREBOARD  —  Every four years, the Republican Party has a Convention to determine the Party Platform, vote on the rules to govern the Party, and to nominate candidates for President and Vice President.  —  THE DELEGATES  —  Delegates are selected and empowered at the grassroots level …
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Luke O'Neil / Esquire:
Ted Cruz Can't Stop Getting Owned by Internet Teens  —  The kids love a good Zodiac meme.  —  Last summer, we pointed out that this would be the year of the Viral Election.  Meanwhile, both The New York Times and Politico have noted that 2016 is shaping up to be the Selfie Election, and for good reason.
Discussion: Washington Post
Thomas Tracy / New York Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump Hotels executive Nathan Crisp busted for Easter beatdown on mother of two  —  An executive who helps run Donald Trump's hotel chain was arrested for attacking a young mother outside his ritzy downtown Brooklyn condo.  —  Nathan Crisp was charged with misdemeanor assault …
Andrew Das / New York Times:
Top Female Players Accuse U.S. Soccer of Wage Discrimination  —  U.S. Soccer, the governing body for the sport in America, pays the members of the men's and women's national team who represent the United States in international competitions.  The men's team has historically been mediocre.
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Mississippi Same-Sex Adoption Ban Unconstitutional, Federal Judge Rules  —  WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Mississippi on Thursday afternoon halted enforcement of the state's ban on same-sex couples adopting children.  —  Citing the U.S. Supreme Court's 2015 decision ending bans …
Blaine Stewart / WTKR-TV:
35 years later: John Hinkley, Jr., closer to living permanently in Hampton Roads  —  John Hinckley, Jr., may soon accomplish something no other man has.  Never has anyone shot an American president, and then walked the streets, full-time, as a free man.  —  “I don't think anyone who owned …
Discussion: FOX31 Denver
Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Electoral College: The Only Thing That Matters  —  It's a long way to November, but for the moment the GOP is an underdog  —  We live in a post-factual era.  Thanks to the Internet and social media, which mix informed and uninformed views in equal measure, the old rule …
 
 
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Caroline May / Breitbart:
Library of Congress to Eliminate Terms ‘Illegal Alien’ and ‘Alien’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Daily Wire
Josh Barro / Business Insider:
Republicans would be screwed without racist voters
Sandra Phillips / FOX5 San Diego:
Several passengers hurt when Hornblower crashes into dock
Discussion: WGN-TV
Los Angeles Times:
Historic minimum wage measure passes California Assembly
Discussion: FOX5 San Diego and KTLA
Burgess Everett / Politico:
More Republicans agree to meet with Garland
Discussion: Politicus USA
Ryan Skinnell / Washington Monthly:
Why Trump's Promises of Disaster Might Be Part of His Appeal
David Gelles / New York Times:
A $700 Juice Box for the Kitchen That Caught Silicon Valley's Eye
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Nancy A. Youssef / The Daily Beast:
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Associated Press:
Cruz wins citizenship case in Pennsylvania Supreme Court
Discussion: RedState
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
This new anti-Ted Cruz ad is creep-tastic
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Dianne Feinstein Has To Use Google To Look Up Hillary's Senate Accomplishments
Daniel Holloway / Variety:
Fox, A+E Threaten North Carolina Boycott in Response to Anti-LGBT Law
Discussion: The Verge and Talking Points Memo
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