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1:05 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.
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.
Discussion: Business Insider and The Verge
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.
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 …
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: Salon and Vocativ
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 …
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and Shakesville
Jonathan Bernstein / Chicago Tribune:
Commentary: No, the race between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton isn't close
Mark Plotkin / The Hill:   A divided party for Democrats?
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Clinton: 'I'm so sick' of Sanders campaign lying about me
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
James Odato / Reuters:
New York To Raise Minimum Wage Towards $15 An Hour
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.
Seven in 10 Women Have Unfavorable Opinion of Trump
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: FOX31 Denver and
Ben Benton /
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
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
Lauren Victoria Burke / NBC News:
Yet Another Top African American Staffer Departs RNC  —  The Republican National Committee's Director of African American outreach is leaving the organization.  —  Kristal Quarker-Hartsfield is the highest ranking African American at the Republican National Committee and is responsible for strategy around the African American vote.
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Mediaite
The Huffington Post:
Top Black Staffers Leave The Republican National Committee
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.
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
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.
New York Post:
Mom and son ‘stoners’ are ruining our Central Park West pad  —  The address is 400, but board members at a Central Park West condo say it might as well be “420” — code for marijuana smoking — thanks to residents in one first-floor studio apartment who are chronically making the building reek.
Discussion: Gothamist and CBS New York
Exclusive: royal family considering dramatic Brexit intervention  —  Royals are believed to be willing to risk a potential constitutional crisis to express their anger over the leave campaign  —  The royal family is seriously considering making a dramatic intervention in the referendum debate …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Ted Cruz's moment to shine  —  is having a moment to shine.  —  The Texas senator has become the favorite to win Tuesday's primary in Wisconsin, which would be huge for his presidential campaign.  —  He's seen a GOP establishment that despised him warm to his presidential campaign …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and CNN
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox Business Network Poll: Cruz leads in Wisconsin  —  Ted Cruz leads Donald Trump in the Republican nomination contest in Wisconsin, according to a Fox Business Network Poll released Thursday.  —  Cruz garners 42 percent among Wisconsin likely GOP primary voters, while Trump receives 32 percent.
Ildefonso Ortiz / Breitbart:
VIDEO: Cartel Smugglers Stumble into Mexican TV Reporters  —  A crew of Mexican reporters who were recording a segment on the border fence in the city of Nogales Arizona, ended up stumbling into two cartel smugglers who managed to sneak into the country undetected.
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Bing West / Hoover Institution:
America the Weak  —  The intent of this essay is to advance …
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
Jeanette Steele / The San Diego Union-Tribune stories:
Canceled VA appts pushed vet to try suicide
Discussion: Infowars and Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Ted Cruz's Distortions
Discussion: Politico and The Resurgent
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
2 political scientists have found a key reason Republicans and Democrats see politics so differently
John Micklethwait / Bloomberg Business:
Saudi Arabia Plans $2 Trillion Megafund for Post-Oil Era: Deputy Crown Prince
Discussion: New York Times and Climate Home
Associated Press:
Obama Hails Iran Deal as a Model for Nuclear Diplomacy
Discussion: The Right Scoop and ABC News
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Lisa Mascaro / Los Angeles Times:
The honeymoon may be over for House Speaker Paul Ryan
Mark Faram / Navy Times:
The Navy just approved the military's best tattoo rules
Walter Shapiro / Roll Call:
Clinton Offers Predictability in an Erratic Political Year
Discussion: Shakesville
John Tozzi / Bloomberg Business:
The World May Have Too Much Food
Chad Petri / WKRG-TV:
MPD Officer and Suspect in Intensive Care After Early Morning Shooting
Discussion: WCMH-TV, WHNT-TV, WNCN and WNCT-TV
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed:
Top Conservative Writer Is A Group Effort, Sources Say