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5:45 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.
Jessica Elgot / Guardian:
April Fools' Day 2016: the best (and worst) jokes - live
Alex Hern / Guardian:
Google disables April Fool joke amid user fury after prank backfires
Discussion: Shakesville and 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
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 …
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
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Caller
Eva Resnick-Day / Greenpeace USA:
I'm the Greenpeace Activist Who Asked Hillary Clinton to Pledge to Reject Fossil Fuel Contributions at the Purchase NY Campaign Rally  —  Well, this has been an interesting day to say the least.  —  Since the media, Twitter, and Facebook world have spread this of Secretary Clinton and me …
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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
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 …
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Emily Crockett / Vox:   New York just passed the most generous paid family leave law in the country
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.
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Emily Smith / New York Post:
Marco Rubio sets his sights on the NFL
Discussion: AOL and ProFootballTalk
Justin Fishel / ABC News:
State Department Halts Its Clinton Email Investigation, Defers to FBI  —  The U.S. Department of State has halted its internal review of Hillary Clinton's most sensitive emails until the FBI's own investigation is complete, the State Department announced today.
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Rachael Bade / Politico:
Clinton aides unite on FBI legal strategy
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 …
Jeet Heer / New Republic:
Republic of Fear  —  Donald Trump has already transformed American culture.  Even if he loses the election, Trumpism is here to stay.
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Martin Longman / Washington Monthly:
Does Trumpism Have Any Shelf Life?
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
Andrew Shain / The State:
SC Secessionist Party to raise Confederate flag at State House in July  —  Civil War banner was banished last year in wake of the Charleston church shooting  —  Organizers said they plan an annual event on anniversary of flag's removal  —  Lawmakers said they cannot stop the rally expected to draw protests
Discussion: WJHL and WSAV-TV
Alexa St. John / Michigan Daily:
Schlissel responds to anti-Islam Diag chalk  —  Chalk graffiti on the Diag Wednesday that reads “#stop ISLAM” and “Trump 2016”.  “TRUMP 2016” was written over and altered to say “MAKE DONAL DRUMPF AGAIN 2016”.  —  More like this  —  University of Michigan president Mark Schlissel responded …
Kira Lerner / ThinkProgress:
Ted Cruz Calls For National Law To Cripple Unions  —  Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz said during a radio interview Thursday that he supports national “right-to-work” legislation, a type of anti-labor law that Wisconsin passed last year in an effort to cripple the state's unions.
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 …
Discussion: The Atlantic
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
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 …
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Mess Has Become His Message  —  His supporters are getting embarrassed by his sheer dumb grossness.  —  This is almost always true:  —  A woman who aborts a child is operating within an emotional and spiritual context of fear, disappointment, confusion and sadness.
Discussion: Daily Wire and CBS Philly
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.
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
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
Rosanna Xia / Los Angeles Times:
On campuses across the country, students are standing up for Donald Trump  —  Hunkered behind a MacBook decorated with stickers that read “This laptop was brought to you by capitalism” and “TRUMP 2016,” Jake Lopez bounces T-shirt slogans off his friend Ian McIlvoy.  —  “Trumplicans,” he says, nodding with satisfaction.
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
 
 
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Phil Helsel / NBC News:
Lawsuit Filed Against Trump Over Violence at Kentucky Rally
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
House GOP wants to cap Internet subsidy budget
Discussion: EveryJoe and The Bob and Chez Show
Emma Court / MarketWatch:
America's 1 million-doctor shortage is right upon us
Nancy Zdunkewicz / Democracy Corps:
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Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
GOP's problem: Can't rebuild, can't win now
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Merrick Garland to Meet With More Republicans
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New York Post:
Mom and son ‘stoners’ are ruining our Central Park West pad
Discussion: Gothamist and CBS New York
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
2 political scientists have found a key reason Republicans and Democrats see politics so differently
Discussion: Honest Graft and Mother Jones
Guardian:
Exclusive: royal family considering dramatic Brexit intervention
John Cassidy / New Yorker:
Is Donald Trump Self-Destructing?
Discussion: New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and NPR
Chris Pleasance For / Daily Mail:
Hilarious moment anti-Trump activist backflips on to his own face after callling supporter a ‘fat b****’