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Gmail Blog:
Introducing Gmail Mic Drop  —  UPDATE April 1 2pm: We heard feedback that some of you were negatively impacted by this feature, so we quickly turned it off late last night.  In addition, we are working to bring back Mic-Dropped messages that had subsequent replies to your inbox, so you can read those.
Jessica Elgot / Guardian:
April Fools' Day 2016: the best (and worst) jokes - live
Craig Bannister /
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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The looming Trump disaster, in three charts  —  Veteran Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg just released a new national poll that will put Republicans on high (or even higher) alert: It sheds new light on just how awful the gender gap could get if Donald Trump is the GOP nominee.
Nancy Zdunkewicz / Democracy Corps:
Edging toward an earthquake election
Discussion: Mother Jones
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:   GOP's problem: Can't rebuild, can't win now
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 …
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 …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Why Hillary Clinton is justifiably annoyed by criticism of her Big Oil fundraising … For years, environmental activists have been pushing for divestment from fossil fuels, asking large pension funds and educational institutions to drop oil and gas companies from their big investment portfolios.
Simon Maloy / Salon:
Ted Cruz is no savior: Sorry, Republicans, you're (probably) still screwed and stuck with Trump  —  Donald Trump's cratering popularity could help Ted Cruz snag the nomination, but he has glaring weaknesses too  —  It seems like it wouldn't be possible, but Donald Trump is somehow getting more unpopular.
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Washington Post and AOL
Shane Goldmacher / Politico:   Ted Cruz's evangelical problem
Scott Wartman /
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 …
New York Times:
Donald Trump Clears Air With G.O.P. Leaders, and Chastises His Aides
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Delegates ready to flee Trump at contested convention
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Trump doubles down on nuclear talk: ‘Europe is a big place’  —  Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump  —  on Thursday doubled down on his promise to not rule out using nuclear weapons in Europe.  —  “I don't want to take cards off the table; I'd never do that,” …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Learning From Obama
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Obama Rebukes Donald Trump's Comments on Nuclear Weapons
Discussion: The Atlantic and Associated Press
Patrick Clark /
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.
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.
Katherine Krueger / Talking Points Memo:
Woman Sends Nude Photo Of Mississippi Mayor To City Officials  —  Hernando, Mississippi mayor Chip Johnson confirmed Friday that a woman he was romantically involved with sent a naked photo of him to city aldermen, local media reported.  —  The photo, which shows Johnson nude in the shower …
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Clinton aides unite on FBI legal strategy  —  Four of Hillary Clinton's closest aides appear to have adopted an unusual legal strategy, hiring the same ex-Justice Department attorney to represent them in the FBI's investigation of Clinton's private email server.
Justin Fishel / ABC News:
State Department Halts Its Clinton Email Investigation, Defers to FBI
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 …
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 …
Martin Longman / Washington Monthly:
Does Trumpism Have Any Shelf Life?  —  In one sense, I fear that Jeet Heer is correct.  Once you open up Pandora's Box, it's not so easy to put its contents back in the container.  This is a theme I've hit on repeatedly over the years, but it's usually been in the context of breaking norms …
Discussion: Associated Press
Jeet Heer / New Republic:
Republic of Fear  —  Donald Trump has already transformed American culture.
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
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.
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 * *
Jason Furman / Blog Daily Listings RSS:
The Employment Situation in March
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 …
Los Angeles Times:
Crash of whale-watching ship into San Diego pier caught on video  —  A tourist's video posted online shows the confused, then panic-filled moments when a whale-watching ship rammed into its dock at San Diego's Embarcadero, injuring seven passengers, Thursday afternoon.
Discussion: KXAN-TV
Hannah Parry For / Daily Mail:
Busted!  Astonishing moment two brazen Mexican drug smugglers carrying backpacks are caught on film sneaking into the US by scaling the Arizona border fence  — Two ‘drugs smugglers’ were caught live on TV sneaking into the United States over the border fence
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Associated Press:
Megyn Kelly: Bill O'Reilly, CNN Should Have Done More for Me
Discussion: Fire Andrea Mitchell! and ABC News
Phil Helsel / NBC News:
Lawsuit Filed Against Trump Over Violence at Kentucky Rally
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Mess Has Become His Message
Discussion: Daily Wire and CBS Philly
Rosanna Xia / Los Angeles Times:
On campuses across the country, students are standing up for Donald Trump
Koch News:
Clinton Confirms She's on the Koch Payroll
Discussion: Mother Jones
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The One Kind of Diversity Colleges Avoid
New York Post:
Mom and son ‘stoners’ are ruining our Central Park West pad
Discussion: Gothamist and CBS New York
Emily Smith / New York Post:
Marco Rubio sets his sights on the NFL
Discussion: Newsmax, RedState, AOL and ProFootballTalk
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
2 political scientists have found a key reason Republicans and Democrats see politics so differently
Discussion: Honest Graft and Mother Jones
John Micklethwait / Bloomberg Business:
Saudi Arabia Plans $2 Trillion Megafund for Post-Oil Era: Deputy Crown Prince
Ben Benton /
Marion County mother charged with neglect for making children walk to school
Discussion: Associated Press
Sean Martin / Daily Express:
What is it like to be dead? Patient who ‘died’ says there is NOTHING after death
John Cassidy / New Yorker:
Is Donald Trump Self-Destructing?