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7:00 PM ET, April 2, 2016


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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Trump Does It His Way  —  WASHINGTON — YOU could hear how hard it was for Donald Trump to say the words.  —  “Yeah, it was a mistake,” he said, sounding a bit chastened.  “If I had to do it again, I wouldn't have sent it.”  —  I was telling him he lost my sister's vote when he retweeted …
Former GOP Sen. Bob Kasten joins Trump foreign policy team
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
Why Should ‘Never Trump’ Mean Ted Cruz?
Trump camp accuses Tennessee GOP of stealing delegates  —  Donald Trump's campaign for president is accusing the Tennessee Republican Party of “doing the bidding” of the national GOP establishment in a calculated attempt to “steal” pro-Trump delegates and stop them from being a part of Tennessee's GOP delegation.
Kevin Cirilli / Bloomberg Business:
RNC Lays Groundwork for Nominee Who May Not Be Trump  —  The Republican National Committee has begun to prepare the public for what could prove to be a nasty convention.  —  After months of tense dealings with Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, the Republican National …
Discussion: Politico and Washington Times
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Spotlight to shine on GOP rules committee at convention  —  The 112-member Republican National Convention rules committee is poised to have an outsized role at this year's GOP convention in Cleveland.  —  doesn't clinch the nomination before the convention by winning 1,237 delegates …
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Trump campaign shrinks Lewandowski's role  —  In public, Donald Trump is standing behind embattled campaign manager Corey Lewandowski as he faces battery charges for grabbing a reporter.  But behind the scenes, Lewandowski's role in the campaign is shrinking.
Shane Goldmacher / Politico:
How the North Dakota GOP is freezing out Trump
Discussion: Washington Post
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Tennessee GOP delegate fight erupts ahead of party meeting
Discussion: RedState
New York Daily News:
Hillary Clinton wears leather, talks trash and blows a stop light  —  Hillary Clinton showed her wild side at an LGBT event at SoHo's Capitale, where the presidential wannabe sported a leather jacket, boasted about her Democratic-leading campaign and ran a red light on her way out.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Democrats Increasing Their Edge in U.S. Party Affiliation
Discussion: Politicus USA
New York Times:
Electoral Map Is a Reality Check to Donald Trump's Bid  —  Donald J. Trump's presidential candidacy has stunned the Republican Party.  But if he survives a late revolt by his rivals and other leaders to become the party's standard-bearer in the general election, the electoral map now coming into view is positively forbidding.
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Former Defense secretary: Obama ‘double-crossed’ me  —  Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he felt President Obama “double-crossed” him during his tenure over budget cuts to the Pentagon.  —  In a Fox News report Friday that explored the president's approach to the military …
Fox News:
Tune in to FNC for ‘Fox News Reporting: Rising Threats - Shrinking Military’
Discussion: Hot Air
Daily Mail:
Thumbs up: Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko certainly looked please to have taken his place behind President Barack Obama  —  ... Meanwhile, in the shadows: Cameron was isolated from the power players and looked dejected as he shook hands with UAE foreign affairs minister Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
Ben Riley-Smith / Telegraph:
Obama: Isil seeking nuclear material to kill as many people as possible
Discussion: neo-neocon
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Obama: Iran not following ‘spirit’ of deal
Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge:
Wikileaks Reveals IMF Plan To “Cause A Credit Event In Greece And Destabilize Europe”  —  One of the recurring concerns involving Europe's seemingly perpetual economic, financial and social crises, is that these have been largely predetermined, “scripted” and deliberate acts.
David Chazan / Telegraph:
Air France stewardesses mutiny over order to wear headscarves  —  Air France stewardesses, furious at being ordered to wear headscarves in Tehran, say they will refuse to fly to the Iranian capital when the airline resumes the service later this month.  —  Female members of flight crews …
Kristen East / Politico:
Kansas senator reverses position on Garland hearings  —  Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran has reversed his position on a hearing and vote for Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, just a week after straying from the position of GOP leadership.  —  The senator's office released a statement Friday …
Discussion: Political Wire
Simon Maloy / Salon:
Cracks in the GOP wall: The Republicans' hardline Supreme Court obstruction is crumbling
Dianne Marshall / THE MARSHALL REPORT:
CRUZ WHY IS YOUR NUMBER ON THE LIST OF D.C. MADAM?  —  If you don't know what this is.  It is a page of Debora Pelfrey,s phone records.  (The DC Madam) Ted Cruz private numbers are supposedly on it!  —  So now what Cruz?  Who are you going to blame now?  —  Looks like Teddy has been a very naughty boy for a very long time.
Naomi Jagoda / The Hill:
College endowments under scrutiny  —  The tax-exempt endowments of colleges and universities are coming under scrutiny in a presidential election year where the cost of higher education has become a top issue.  —  Leading Republican tax-writers in Congress have sent questions …
Michael Strickland / Progressives Today:
Day 1 Of “Whiteness History Month” At PCC - Speaker Defends Black Rapists  —  Day 1 of “whiteness history month” is in the books at Portland Community College.  Before the first workshop, the Dean Of Student Instruction, Craig Kolins, tried to explain what the month long series was about …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Muslims March in Germany Chanting “With Allah's Help, We Shall Conquer You” (VIDEO)  —  They seem to be assimilating quite well, no?  —  Muslims march down a German street chanting, “With Allah's help, we shall conquer you!”  —  What lovely citizens.
Los Angeles Times:
Father accused of fatally shooting son because he was gay  —  Los Angeles prosecutors on Friday charged a 69-year-old man with fatally shooting his son outside the family's North Hills home because the son was gay.  —  The shooting occurred Tuesday when police responded to a call …
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Gregg Zoroya / USA Today:
U.S. military suicides remain high for 7th year
NBC News:
Obama Nixed CIA Plan That Could Have Stopped ISIS: Officials
Robert Burns / FOX5 San Diego:
1 dead, 5 injured after small plane crashes into car on NB I-15
Discussion: KTLA and
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama Gets Scant Credit in Indiana Region Where Recovery Was Robust
Rebecca Kheel / The Hill:
US targets senior al-Shabab leader in Somali airstrike
Dave Bry / Guardian:
Does climate change make it immoral to have kids?
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Pirate's Cove
Tiger Woods:
Tiger will not play the Masters Tournament
Discussion:, AOL, The Week and USA Today
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Fact checking the Clinton-Sanders spat over Big Oil contributions
 Earlier Items: 
Rick Rojas / New York Times:
Bull in Queens Is Captured, and Jon Stewart Chauffeurs It to Freedom
Discussion: New York Magazine and CBS New York
Matt Moffett / Wall Street Journal:
Pyros the Bear, Brought to Replenish the Pyrenees' Ursine Population, May Have Been Too Successful
Discussion: Never Yet Melted
Callum Borchers / Washington Post:
Megyn Kelly has a theory about why Donald Trump hates her. And it makes lots of sense.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Hot Air
Elliot Smilowitz / The Hill:
Trump: If I win, everything bad in US will be reversed
Discussion: neo-neocon
Daily Mail:
‘I was woken to this guy shouting in my face’: Muslim man yells ‘Allahu Akbar’ …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Pamela Geller
Shannon Giles / Los Angeles Times:
They're 400,000 strong and the Pentagon sees them as an emerging threat