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8:05 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 …
Trump Says Women May Need Punishment If Abortion Is Banned  —  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says there would “have to be some form of punishment” for women who have abortions if it were outlawed in the U.S.  — Trump speaks at taping of MSNBC town hall to be aired later
Donald J Trump for President:
DONALD J. TRUMP STATEMENT REGARDING ABORTION  —  If Congress were to pass legislation making abortion illegal and the federal courts upheld this legislation, or any state were permitted to ban abortion under state and federal law, the doctor or any other person performing this illegal act upon …
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: WNEP-TV and
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 /
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
Sketch released of Citrus Heights sexual assault suspect  —  Man seen around apartment complex since January  —  Citrus Heights police released a sketch Monday of a man wanted in connection with a sexual assault at a Citrus Heights apartment complex, along with several other suspicious encounters.
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 …
Discussion: New York Times and The Week
Melanie Zanona / The Hill:
DC Metro may shut down entire rail lines for months  —  Entire rail lines in Washington's Metrorail subway system could be shut down for months at a time to conduct repairs, the transit system's leaders acknowledged Wednesday.  —  Board of directors Chairman Jack Evans raised the possibility during …
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
Donald Trump Won't Rule Out Using Nuclear Weapons in Europe
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Can Trump become so unpopular that Democrats take back the House? … It's one of the most controversial things to say on Capitol Hill, sparking looks of shock and disbelief: The House majority is in play this fall.  —  For almost five years, ever since state legislatures and commissions finished drawing …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
How the GOP loyalty pledge completely fell apart
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
The Pew Charitable Trusts:
Household Expenditures and Income  —  Expenditures are a key but often overlooked element of family balance sheets.  In measuring household financial security, significant attention is typically paid to income, but much less to whether those resources are sufficient to cover expenses.
New York Times:
Marching Toward a $15 Minimum Wage  —  Gov. Andrew Cuomo clearly wants New York to be the first state to enact a statewide minimum wage of $15, but if so, he and the State Legislature will have to move fast to beat California, where on Monday state lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown reached a deal on a higher minimum.
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 …
John Hudson / Foreign Policy:
Erdogan Uses Closed-Door Meeting to Blast Obama Administration  —  The Turkish president told a gathering of academics and former government officials that the White House was wrong to back the Kurds in the fight against the Islamic State.  —  Facing a high-profile snub from the White House …
Tom Cahill / U.S. Uncut:
A Bernie Sanders Supporter Confronted a Superdelegate — Then Leaked Their Private Conversation  —  One superdelegate casually admitted to a Bernie Sanders supporter that she'll vote to nominate Hillary Clinton, despite 81.6 percent of her state voting for Sanders.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Slantpoint
Wall Street Journal:
Pentagon Readies More Robust U.S. Military Presence in Eastern Europe  —  Move aims to reassure NATO allies and send message to Russia  —  The Pentagon has drawn up plans to position American troops, tanks and other armored vehicles full time along NATO's eastern borders to deter Russian aggression …
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Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Here Are All of Donald Trump's Flip-Flops on Big Issues
Chris Tomlinson / Breitbart:
Government Handing Cash To Mosques, Not Schools, To Teach Migrants To Read
Discussion: Infowars
Daily Mail:
Could a HERB be the secret to living to 100? …
Associated Press:
Obama Shortens Prison Sentences for 61 Drug Offenders
Julia Manchester / CNN:
Stricken ex-beauty queen emotionally thanks Trump
Discussion: Mediaite and The Daily Caller
Charlie Peat / Daily Express:
Saudi government ‘wants to EXECUTE gay people who show their sexuality in public & online’
Discussion: Jihad Watch
 Earlier Items: 
Mytheos Holt / The Federalist:
The Intellectual Case For Trump I: Why The White Nationalist Support?
Discussion: alicublog
Ashley Thorne / New York Post:
The drive to put Western civ back in the college curriculum
New York Times:
Corporations Grow Nervous About Participating in Republican Convention

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Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Last week, LinkedIn began letting advertisers pay to amplify posts from some users through Thought Leader ads, as it enters the market of influencer marketing

New York Times:
Uri Berliner's essay about NPR reignited criticism of the outlet on social media, especially by conservatives, and spurred vehement pushback from some staffers

Alexandra Bruell / Wall Street Journal:
A look at the internal upheaval at the NYT around sensitive subjects and management's push to emphasize neutrality and independence, including through probes

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