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9:25 AM ET, March 31, 2016

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Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
Donald Trump's Muslim Ban Somehow Got Worse  —  Donald Trump told a Wisconsin town hall on Wednesday that his proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States would have an exception for the billionaire's rich friends.  —  “I have actually—believe it or not, I have a lot of friends …
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Bloomberg.com:
Trump Says Women May Need Punishment If Abortion Is Banned
New York Daily News:   Donald, daft & dangerous; Trump is clueless on abortion
Kevin Cirilli / Bloomberg Business:
Trump Says Abortion Ban Should Carry Punishment for Women
Ashley Paredez / KTBC:
Central Texas mother allows children to get tattoos  —  A Central Texas mother was taken into custody after allowing her young children to be tattooed.  Police say the mom was intoxicated at the time and let her boyfriend's brother do the work.  Now the three children each have tattoos on their ankles.
Discussion: Althouse, WNEP-TV and fox8.com
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
GOP nears the breaking point  —  The presidential primary has been a wrenching experience for the GOP so far — and it's about to get even worse.  —  and John Kasich have all backed away from their pledge to support the party's eventual nominee, foreshadowing a fight at the convention …
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T.A. Frank / Vanity Fair:
Is Paul Ryan Prepared to Commit Political Suicide?  —  Why the wunderkind House speaker would have to be crazy to try to steal the Republican nomination.  —  A few minutes ago, I happened to review the U.S. budget and observed that we could go from deficits to surplus by simply eliminating …
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Can Trump become so unpopular that Democrats take back the House?
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
How the GOP loyalty pledge completely fell apart
Tom Sherwood / NBC4 Washington:
Bernie Sanders May Be Off DC Ballot After Democratic Party Filing  —  A hearing is expected as early as next week over the challenge to Sanders' inclusion on the D.C. ballot  —  Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' name is not on the primary ballot in Washington, D.C. …
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Isaac Chotiner / Slate:
Barney Frank Is Not Impressed by Bernie Sanders  —  “Bernie Sanders has been in Congress for 25 years with little to show for it.”  —  Barney Frank, the former Massachusetts Congressman who retired from the House of Representatives in 2013, is perhaps best known for a bill that carries his name …
DID YOU SEE THIS AMAZING VIDEO?? It was:
DID YOU SEE THIS AMAZING VIDEO??  It was taken by visitor Tina Dorschel on the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary boardwalk early Monday morning.  (Please be warned, there is a curse word at the end!)  —  This gorgeous # Floridapanther seems to have unexpectedly found himself cornered while traveling around …
Discussion: WGN-TV and AOL
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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
Robert McCartney / Washington Post:
Metro could shut down entire rail lines to do extended maintenance, board chair says  —  Metro's top officials warned Wednesday that the transit system is in such need of repair that they might shut down entire rail lines for as long as six months for maintenance, potentially snarling thousands …
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Melanie Zanona / The Hill:   DC Metro may shut down entire rail lines for months
Genny McLaren / FOX40:
Seventh Person Dies from Fentanyl Overdose in Sacramento County  —  A seventh person has died of a fentanyl overdose in Sacramento County.  —  Family confirms that Jerome Butler, who was in a coma with liver and kidney failure after taking a fentanyl pill, was taken off life support on Wednesday afternoon.
Oliver Darcy / TheBlaze.com:
Michelle Fields Abandons Apartment Over Safety Concerns After Fox, BuzzFeed Publish Personal Info  —  Ex-Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields said Wednesday she had temporarily moved out of her D.C.-area apartment over safety concerns after Fox News and BuzzFeed accidentally published her address online.
Rina Nakano / FOX40:
Citrus Heights Police Need Help Identifying Serial Peeper, Sex Assault Suspect … It's the police sketch giving Citrus Heights residents the creeps — a man police are looking for in a sexual assault investigation.  —  “I don't know.  He looks really creepy,” resident Brianna Rowland said.
Discussion: WGN-TV
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KQCA-TV:   Sketch released of Citrus Heights sexual assault suspect
Associated Press:
FBI Agrees to Unlock iPhone, iPod in Arkansas Homicide Case  —  The FBI agreed Wednesday to help an Arkansas prosecutor unlock an iPhone and iPod belonging to two teenagers accused of killing a couple, just days after the federal agency announced it had gained access to an iPhone linked to the gunman in a mass shooting in California.
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Philip Oltermann / Guardian:
Revealed: how Associated Press cooperated with the Nazis  —  German historian shows how news agency retained access in 1930s by promising not to undermine strength of Hitler regime  —  The Associated Press news agency entered a formal cooperation with the Hitler regime in the 1930s …
Justin Gillis / New York Times:
Climate Model Predicts West Antarctic Ice Sheet Could Melt Rapidly  —  For half a century, climate scientists have seen the West Antarctic ice sheet, a remnant of the last ice age, as a sword of Damocles hanging over human civilization.  —  The great ice sheet, larger than Mexico …
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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.
Wilmot Proviso / Conservative Tribune:
Cops Wreck Man's Home Over Anti-Islam Post... But He Has Epic Surprise for Them  —  A British man whose house was trashed by police after he tweeted something that was deemed to be anti-Islamic has an epic surprise for the cops who did it: A lawsuit.  —  According to the U.K. Telegraph …
Barack Obama / Washington Post:
How we can make our vision of a world without nuclear weapons a reality  —  Barack Obama is president of the United States.  —  Of all the threats to global security and peace, the most dangerous is the proliferation and potential use of nuclear weapons.  That's why, seven years ago in Prague …
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Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
Donald Trump Won't Rule Out Using Nuclear Weapons in Europe
Joe Concha / Mediaite:
AJAM's David Shuster Exclusive: Hillary Clinton to be Interviewed by FBI Director Comey in Coming Days  —  Al Jazeera America may be shutting off the lights permanently soon, but that doesn't mean reporters like David Shuster aren't continuing to go about their business until the final gun sounds.
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Signs of Wisconsin Backlash Against Donald Trump, Who Trails in Poll  —  JANESVILLE, Wis. — The danger signs are mounting for Donald J. Trump in Wisconsin: Right-wing radio hosts are flaying him, Gov. Scott Walker and other elected Republicans have endorsed Senator Ted Cruz …
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Trump releases letter confirming tax audit  —  campaign on Wednesday released what appears to be a letter from the Republican presidential front-runner's tax attorneys saying that his tax filings since 2009 are currently being audited.  —  “Your personal tax returns have been under continuous examination …
Nick Gass / Politico:
Kasich defends eating pizza with fork: It was ‘scalding hot, OK?’  —  During a stop at a pizza joint in New York on Wednesday, John Kasich drew the mock ire of locals and reporters on Twitter as he used a fork.  —  On Thursday, Kasich explained himself.  —  “Look, look, the pizza came scalding hot, OK?
 
 
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Kurt Badenhausen / Forbes:
The Highest-Paid Retired Athletes 2016
Discussion: Herald Sun and Mashable
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
What life is like after police ransack your house and take ‘every belonging’ — then the charges are dropped
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Greatest Triumph
Discussion: Politico
Jason Zengerle / GQ:
What's Really Going On Inside Trump's Political Operation?
Matt Bai / Yahoo:
Are we getting the leaders we deserve?
Discussion: Political Wire and New York Times
Anthony Watts / Watts Up With That?:
No April Fools Joke - Arctic blast for Northeast USA to give snow, 10's and 20's to New York, Boston
Brandon Cockerham / Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch: Obama Family 2015 Honolulu Christmas Vacation Cost Taxpayers $3,590,313 in Flight Expenses Alone
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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John Hudson / Foreign Policy:
Erdogan Uses Closed-Door Meeting to Blast Obama Administration
Daily Mail:
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