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12:10 PM ET, March 31, 2016

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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 …
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.
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Ali Vitali / NBC News:
Trump Advocates Abortion Ban, Walks Back ‘Punishment’ for Women Remark
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 and Althouse
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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Streiff / RedState:
Donald Trump: Sure, I Might Use Nuclear Weapons In Europe. Hell, I Might Use Them In Chicago, Too.
Discussion: National Review
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Says His ‘Rich’ Muslim Friends Could Enter Country Under A Ban
Discussion: The Week
Timothy Hiatt / MSNBC:
FULL TRANSCRIPT: MSNBC Town Hall with Donald Trump Moderated By Chris Matthews
Discussion: Friendly Atheist
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: Washington Post and Political Wire
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Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Greatest Triumph
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Politico
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
GOP launches contested convention website
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
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
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 …
Scott Stump / TODAY.com:
U.S. women's soccer stars on filing equal pay complaint: 'We've proven our worth'  —  Tired of getting paid less than the men's team despite a much higher level of performance, five star soccer players from the U.S. Women's National Team are taking a stand off the field.
Discussion: ThinkProgress, PRI and NPR
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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.
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
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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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
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. …
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.
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.
Discussion: Mother Jones
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
ACLU:
This Map Shows How the Apple-FBI Fight Was About Much More Than One Phone  —  The government insisted that its effort to force Apple to help break into an iPhone as part of the investigation into the 2015 San Bernardino shootings was just about that one case.
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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 …
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 …
USA Today:
Lonely?  This chair will hug you back … There's nothing like coming home and wrapping yourself in the arms of a loved one...or a bizarre-looking chair.  —  Don't have anyone to hold?  No worries.  —  South Korean designer Lee Eun Kyoung created a furry sofa with soft flexible arms …
Daily Mail:
Hillary Clinton's entourage blocks up traffic in New York as she gets $600 haircut at luxury Bergdorf Goodman salon before heading to Harlem on the campaign trail  —  She has been out and about in New York trying to woo voters in Harlem.  —  But before hitting the campaign trail …
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.
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 …
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  —  From Joe Bastardi at WeatherBell: Been warning anyone that will listen for over 2 weeks now about April 1-10.  Check out GFS lows next Wednesday He adds: EURO [forecast model] …
 
 
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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
CNN:
Clinton moves goalposts again; girds for New York battle
Nick Gass / Politico:
N.C. governor calls backlash over state's new LGBT law hypocritical
Susan Decker / Bloomberg Business:
Apple Gets Closer to Knocking Out $533 Million Patent Verdict
Discussion: Engadget
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
 Earlier Items: 
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
What life is like after police ransack your house and take ‘every belonging’ — then the charges are dropped
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
Brandon Cockerham / Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch: Obama Family 2015 Honolulu Christmas Vacation Cost Taxpayers $3,590,313 in Flight Expenses Alone
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Signs of Wisconsin Backlash Against Donald Trump, Who Trails in Poll
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
Justin Gillis / New York Times:
Climate Model Predicts West Antarctic Ice Sheet Could Melt Rapidly