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2:45 PM ET, April 1, 2016

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Gmail Blog:
Introducing Gmail Mic Drop  —  UPDATE: Well, it looks like we pranked ourselves this year.  😟 Due to a bug, the Mic Drop feature inadvertently caused more headaches than laughs.  We're truly sorry.  The feature has been turned off.  If you are still seeing it, please reload your Gmail page.
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Katherine Lam / New York's PIX11:
Google pulls Gmail ‘Mic Drop’ button after April Fools joke receives backlash  —  Google attempted to prank its Gmail users for April Fools Day this year, but it seems like it created more tears than laughs.  —  On Thursday, a new “send + mic drop” button appeared next to the “send” button in Gmail.
Alex Hern / Guardian:
Google disables April Fool joke amid user fury after prank backfires
Discussion: Forbes
Scott Wartman / Cincinnati.com:
Rand Paul: I'll support Trump if he's the nominee  —  Former presidential candidate Rand Paul said Friday he would still support Donald Trump if the controversial real estate tycoon ends up as the Republican nominee.  —  Paul's statement, in response to an Enquirer reporter's question …
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New York Times:
Donald Trump Clears Air With G.O.P. Leaders, and Chastises His Aides  —  Outwardly, Donald J. Trump called it a “unity meeting” — a closed-door session in Washington on Thursday involving his own inner circle and the Republican National Committee's high command.
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Delegates ready to flee Trump at contested convention
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
How to Dump Trump  —  “Sir, with all due respect …
Discussion: Washington Post, Salon and Vocativ
Craig Bannister / mrctv.org/videos:
VIDEO: WH Censors French President Saying ‘ISLAMIST Terrorism’  —  The White House website has censored a video of French Pres. Francois Hollande saying that “Islamist terrorism” is at the “roots of terrorism.”  —  The White House briefly pulled video of a press event on terrorism with Pres. Obama …
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The White House:
Remarks by President Obama and President Hollande of France After Bilateral Meeting  —  Washington, D.C.  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, I want to welcome my dear friend and partner in so many issues, President Hollande of France, and his delegation.  —  This is obviously an occasion …
Jack Fink / CBS Dallas:
Police: Mother Admits To Doing Drugs, Hitting 4-Year-Old Daughter Before Child's Death  —  GRAND PRAIRIE (CBS11) - Grand Prairie Police have released graphic details in the hours leading up to the death of four-year-old Leiliana Wright.  —  The arrest warrant affidavit against her mother …
Hugh Hewitt / The Hugh Hewitt ShowThe Hugh Hewitt Show:
Karl Rove On The State Of Play Re: The Contested Convention  —  The Architect Karl Rove joined me today:  —  Audio:  —  03-31hhs-rove  —  Transcript:  —  HH: Karl Rove is the Architect.  He's also the author of an incredibly timely book about 1896, because we're going to a contested convention …
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Emily Smith / New York Post:
Marco Rubio sets his sights on the NFL
Discussion: ProFootballTalk
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Karl Rove: ‘Fresh face’ might be best GOP nominee
Patrick Clark / FOX2now.com:
78-year-old grandmother goes viral after powerlifting 245lbs  —  WOOD RIVER, IL (KTVI) - “I don't want any Grandma jokes in this story,” says Shirley Webb, the Weightlifting Grandma.  —  You heard the woman, which means no lines about the 78 year old grams who can dead-lift one hundred eleven thousand one hundred thirty grams.
Discussion: fox8.com
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Learning From Obama  —  Like many political junkies, I've been spending far too much time looking at polls and trying to understand their implications.  Can Donald Trump really win his party's nomination?  (Yes.)  Can Bernie Sanders?  (No.) But the primaries aren't the only things being polled …
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WGN Web Desk / WGN-TV:
Victim filming when shot, video posted to social media  —  Share Update: … CHICAGO — Video posted to social media appears to show a brazen Chicago shooting that left a man in critical condition.  —  The 31-year-old victim was recording himself, apparently on his phone, when someone opened fire on him.
Lauren Starke / New York Magazine:
Andrew Sullivan Joins New York Magazine As Contributing Editor  —  New York Magazine editor-in-chief Adam Moss announced today that writer Andrew Sullivan is joining the magazine as a contributing editor covering politics and the larger culture.  He will write features throughout the year …
Gallup:
Seven in 10 Women Have Unfavorable Opinion of Trump  —  PRINCETON, N.J. — Donald Trump's image among U.S. women tilts strongly negative, with 70% of women holding an unfavorable opinion and 23% a favorable opinion of the Republican front-runner in March.  Trump's unfavorable rating among women …
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Koch News:
Clinton Confirms She's on the Koch Payroll  —  Wichita, Kan. - In a tweet Friday morning, Koch Industries, Inc. confirmed that Clinton is indeed receiving funds that link directly back to the CEO of the second largest privately held company in the U.S. - Charles Koch.
Discussion: Mother Jones
New York Daily News:
Woman admits she lied about being slashed in face, called ‘terrorist’ in lower Manhattan  —  A woman who told cops she was called a terrorist and slashed on her cheek in lower Manhattan on Thursday later admitted she made up the story, police said early Friday.
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New York Post:
Lunatic yells out ‘terrorist’ before slashing young woman's face
Discussion: BizPac Review
Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Employment Situation Summary  —  Transmission of material in this release is embargoed until USDL-16-0662 8:30 a.m. (EDT) Friday, April 1, 2016  —  Technical information:  —  Household data: (202) 691-6378 * cpsinfo@bls.gov * www.bls.gov/cps
Rebecca Traister / New York Magazine:
New York Just Created a Revolutionary New Family-Leave Policy  —  Women and men will both be entitled to 12 paid weeks off.  —  2.1k  —  2.1k  —  Pin It  —  You say you want a revolution?  A political, social, economic policy upheaval that will dramatically alter the playing field …
Ben Benton / timesfreepress.com:
Marion County mother charged with neglect for making children walk to school  —  A 32-year-old Marion County, Tenn., mother faces an April court date on child neglect charges after deputies found her driving ahead of her young daughters as she made them walk miles to school on Valley View Highway.
Discussion: Associated Press
Mark Holmberg / WTVR-TV:
Greyhound shooting suspect was from a Chicago suburb with a long record, anger at police  —  RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia State Police confirmed the identity of the suspect who fatally shot Trooper Chad P. Dermyer Thursday afternoon at the Greyhound bus station in Richmond.
KFTC-TV:
WATCH: Local teen's acceptance into college  —  Lansdale Pa.(WTXF) A North Penn High School student found out she got accepted to college and her reaction is truly priceless.  —  Rachel Grace, who has been the Knights girls basketball manager for three years, has been accepted to East Stroudsburg University.
Discussion: fox8.com and FOX31 Denver
Shane Goldmacher / Politico:
Ted Cruz's evangelical problem  —  The day Ted Cruz announced he was running for president, in March 2015, he began his speech to thousands of cheering Christian evangelical students, “God bless Liberty University.”  —  One year later to the day, Cruz stood in midtown Manhattan under crystal chandeliers …
John Cassidy / New Yorker:
Is Donald Trump Self-Destructing?  —  If Donald Trump were a normal political candidate, he would be in serious trouble at the moment.  Over the past few days, he has said and done things that have raised more doubts about his temperament, judgment, and command of policy issues.
Discussion: New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and NPR
Sean Martin / Daily Express:
What is it like to be dead?  Patient who ‘died’ says there is NOTHING after death  —  “Just black emptiness.  No thoughts, no consciousness, nothing.”  That is the view of the afterlife from a man who has ‘died’ in hospital TWICE.  —  GETTY  —  The man, who describes death, claims he has died and was revived twice
Yochi Dreazen / Foreign Policy:
Exclusive: Brookings Threatened To Cancel Speech by Turkish Leader  —  The Brookings Institution, one of the world's best-known think tanks, threatened to cancel a visit by Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan after his security personnel pushed, threatened, and kicked both Turkish …
Monica Alba / Blue Nation Review:
FACTCHECK: No, Hillary Did NOT Get Money from the ‘Fossil Fuel Industry’  —  One of the most insidious attacks against Hillary is Bernie's false assertion that she has received money directly from corporations. … Following an event in New York, Hillary Clinton was working the crowd …
Chris Pleasance For / Daily Mail:
Hilarious moment anti-Trump activist backflips on to his own face after callling supporter a ‘fat b****’  —  While Donald Trump certainly knows how to grab a headline, it seems these days that his supporters garner almost as much attention with bizarre and often violent displays at his rallies.
 
 
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New York Post:
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Bing West / Hoover Institution:
America the Weak  —  The intent of this essay is to advance …
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