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2:15 PM ET, March 31, 2016

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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 …
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
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Rich Lowry / Politico:
Present at the Destruction  —  Donald Trump never ceases to amaze …
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Greatest Triumph
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Politico
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
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  —  The bust in Canada is part of cigarette scheme linked to motorcycle gangs and organized crime.  —  Nascar driver Derek White was among almost 60 people targeted by Quebec and Ontario police in the biggest tobacco-smuggling bust …
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
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.
Discussion: WTKR-TV and Fox News Insider
Streiff / RedState:
Donald Trump: Sure, I Might Use Nuclear Weapons In Europe.  Hell, I Might Use Them In Chicago, Too.  —  Okay.  I made the last half of that up as clickbait.  But the first half is right.  —  Last night on an MSNBC Town Hall, hosted by the strangely lucid Chris Matthews …
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Timothy Hiatt / MSNBC:
FULL TRANSCRIPT: MSNBC Town Hall with Donald Trump Moderated By Chris Matthews
Discussion: Raw Story, Guardian and Death and Taxes
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Says His ‘Rich’ Muslim Friends Could Enter Country Under A Ban
Discussion: The Week
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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Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Campaign Exposes Fissures Over Issues, Values and How Life Has Changed in the U.S.
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
Calily Bien / KXAN-TV:
14-month-old girl dies following dental visit  —  AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas State Board of Dental Examiners is investigating the death of a baby girl who died after receiving dental treatment at Austin Children's Dentistry in Northwest Austin Tuesday.  —  The Travis County Medical Examiner's Office …
Discussion: KTLA, FOX31 Denver, FOX 61 and WGN-TV
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Rachel Robinson / YouCaring:   Every Share Can Raise $37
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 …
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Trump: Women who have abortions should be punished  —  (CNN)Donald Trump said Wednesday that women who undergo abortions should face “some form of punishment” if the procedure were outlawed.  —  Trump, who once supported abortion rights, now favors outlawing the procedure, which he called …
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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
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, fox8.com and FOX31 Denver
Andrew Das / New York Times:
Five Top Female Players Accuse U.S. Soccer of Wage Discrimination  —  Five key members of the United States women's national soccer team, the reigning Women's World Cup and Olympic champion, plan to file a federal complaint Thursday charging U.S. Soccer with wage discrimination.
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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.
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.
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Carson: Trump didn't have time to think about abortion question  —  Ben Carson defended Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump  —  on Wednesday for his proposal to punish women who get illegal abortions, a position he quickly reversed.  —  “Well bear in mind …
Discussion: CNN, National Review and RedState
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Leon H. Wolf / RedState:
Ben Carson's Dumb Defense of Trump Proves that Neither is Fit to be President
Discussion: Hot Air and twitchy.com
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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Discussion: WGN-TV and AOL
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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Daily Mail:
Hillary Clinton's entourage blocks up traffic in New York as she gets $600 haircut at luxury …
Discussion: MichelleMalkin.com
Maria Sciullo / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Anchor Wendy Bell addresses WTAE firing over Facebook posts  —  Wendy Bell, an award-winning journalist with WTAE-TV for 18 years, was fired Wednesday for comments she made on her Facebook page.  —  A statement from Hearst Television, the station's parent company, said, “WTAE has ended its relationship with anchor Wendy Bell.
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Backstage maneuvering begins in wide-open GOP chairman's race  —  There's a race in the Republican Party happening far away from the hot media glare, one that doesn't involve a candidate named Trump or Twitter fights or violent protests.  —  In fact, you've probably never heard of most of the possible leading contenders.
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.
Thomas Toch / Washington Monthly:
How Obama Got Schooled  —  Barack Obama has not been shy about exercising federal power over the states, in areas ranging from health care to the environment.  That's been especially true in elementary and secondary education, where Washington spent $42 billion last year.
 
 
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Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Congressman: If Bernie Or Hillary Is Elected They'll Control Everything, Including When You Wake Up
Bill Allison / Bloomberg Business:
McCain-Linked Nonprofit Received $1 Million From Saudi Arabia
Jim Sensenbrenner / New York Times:
Suppress Votes? I'd Rather Lose My Job
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Sanders leads in Wisconsin; GOP Race Close; VA Privatization Issue Hurts Johnson
USA Today:
Lonely? This chair will hug you back
Andrew Prokop / Vox:
Donald Trump has collapsed in general election polls
Suzanna Andrews / Vanity Fair:
Everything Al Sharpton Has Lived for Is at Stake This November
 Earlier Items: 
CNN:
Clinton moves goalposts again; girds for New York battle
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Cruz jokes about running over Trump with a car
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Haley Townsend / WIAT-TV:
Pickens County Sheriff: Husband, wife arrested on ‘similar’ sex with student charges
Discussion: WCMH-TV and Associated Press
Isaac Chotiner / Slate:
Barney Frank Is Not Impressed by Bernie Sanders
Wilmot Proviso / Conservative Tribune:
Cops Wreck Man's Home Over Anti-Islam Post... But He Has Epic Surprise for Them
Rina Nakano / FOX40:
Citrus Heights Police Need Help Identifying Serial Peeper, Sex Assault Suspect
Discussion: KQCA-TV and WGN-TV