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4:55 PM ET, April 8, 2016


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John Follain / Bloomberg:
Vatican Academy Criticizes Sanders's ‘Monumental Discourtesy’  —  Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders reached out to obtain his invitation to the Vatican and showed “monumental discourtesy” in the process, a senior Vatican official said.  —  “Sanders made the first move …
Sanders Accused of ‘Discourtesy’ in Seeking Vatican Invitation  —  Presidential candidate says he's a ‘big fan’ of Pope Francis  —  Sanders' visit may inject the Pope into Democratic contest  —  A senior Vatican official accused Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders of showing a …
John L. Allen Jr / CRUX:
Pope Francis lets the world in on the Church's best-kept secret  —  One of the standard talks I've given on the Catholic lecture circuit for years now focuses on the cultural gap between the Vatican and Main Street USA.  Only semi-jokingly, I sometimes title it “Rome is from Mars …
Discussion: CBS Boston, Hot Air and National Review
Washington Post:
Pope Francis offers hope to divorced Catholics, says no to gay marriage
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Sanders Over the Edge  —  From the beginning, many and probably most liberal policy wonks were skeptical about Bernie Sanders.  On many major issues — including the signature issues of his campaign, especially financial reform — he seemed to go for easy slogans over hard thinking.
Peter Finocchiaro / Salon:
Ted Cruz's terrifying reinvention: How America's most detestable senator is repackaging himself for November  —  Cruz's odds of winning the nomination are steadily increasing, and we should bey very, very afraid  —  On the occasion of longshot presidential candidate Ted Cruz's campaign launch back in March …
David Siders / Sacramento Bee:
Sanders gaining on Clinton in California poll  —  Clinton leads Sanders 47 percent to 41 percent Sanders capitalizing on support of young voters, independents  —  Clinton leads among women, older voters and registered Democrats  —  Rallying a crush of young people and independent voters to his campaign …
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:   Sanders: ‘Of Course’ Clinton Is Qualified To Be President (VIDEO)
Hillary Clinton / Salon:
Hillary's world collapsing around her: Wisconsin, Bernie's surge and FBI probe poised to derail her White House bid
Discussion: Washington Post
Jim Nantz / CBS News:
Bernie Sanders: I attacked Hillary Clinton because she attacked me
Ali Gharib / Guardian:
Hillary Clinton broke the rules on the NYC subway.  That's not fair  —  Campaigning, just like performing, is not allowed in subway cars.  As long as musicians are slapped with fines, Clinton should be too  —  ew Yorkers got a chuckle on Thursday morning when Hillary Clinton rode the subway.
Michelle Goldberg / Slate:
Fire Bill Clinton
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Donald Trump Mocks Hillary Clinton's Subway Ride: “Sad!”
Discussion: Mediaite and BizPac Review
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Bill Clinton: ‘I Almost Want to Apologize’ For Exchange With Black Lives Matter
Eun Kyung Kim /
Will email scandal leave Hillary ‘in handcuffs’? Clinton responds to GOP criticism
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Benjy Sarlin / NBC News:
Colorado Loss Reveals Chaotic, Overwhelmed Trump Campaign  —  Cruz aims to keep Trump from a clean sweep in NY as Democratic race heats up 3:13  —  ARVADA, Colo. — Colorado is not going well for Donald Trump.  —  After a shake-up at the top this week in which Trump empowered Paul Manafort …
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
These 200 people could decide whether Donald Trump gets the GOP nomination
Steve Reilly / USA Today:
1,000 secret Nevada firms, and most trace to 2 overseas addresses  —  A USA TODAY analysis of more than 1,000 American-based companies registered by Mossack Fonseca, the law firm at the heart of the Panama Papers leak, casts the United States openly into an uncomfortable role …
Associated Press:
Why few Americans in Panama Papers? Lawyer doesn't want them
Christopher Massie / BuzzFeed:
Ben Carson: Trump Knows That His Twitter Use Is A Problem  —  “We talk about it and a number of people have talked about it, including his family.  And he knows that it's a problem.  And the first part of solving the problem is recognizing that it exists.”  —  Carlo Allegri / Reuters
Derek Hunter / The Daily Caller:
Some Pro-Trump Twitter Accounts Appear To Be Part Of Marketing Campaign
Elizabeth Warren /
How the Republicans painted themselves into this corner  —  SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM recently appeared on “The Daily Show” to endorse Ted Cruz for president.  During the interview, host Trevor Noah ran an earlier clip in which Graham said that the choice between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz was like picking between getting shot or poisoned.
Invictus / The Big Picture:
Busted: The Sad Data Manipulation of Prof Mark Perry  —  @TBPInvictus here:  —  It was exactly one year ago - here - that I penned my first piece on Seattle's then-new (just going into effect) minimum wage.  That piece focused on interesting (and wholly unsubstantiated) claims that the law …
Tim Mak / The Daily Beast:
The Secret Movement to Draft General James Mattis for President  —  Gen. James Mattis doesn't necessarily want to be president—but that's not stopping a group of billionaire donors from hatching a plan to get him there.  —  An anonymous group of conservative billionaires is ready to place …
Brian Thompson / NBC New York:
New Jersey Homeowner May Face Jail for Flying Trump Campaign Flag  —  A New Jersey man who's been flying Donald Trump's campaign flag in front of his home since February could face up to a $2,000 fine or jail time when he faces a judge in the case.  Brian Thompson reports (Published Friday, April 8, 2016)
Patricia Murphy / The Daily Beast:
Corey Lewandowski Called Coworker ‘F*cking B*tch,’ Yelled at Subordinate for Visiting Dying Grandma  —  Donald Trump's campaign manager is a legend among his former colleagues—for all the wrong reasons.  —  Corey Lewandowski, the embattled manager of Donald Trump's presidential campaign …
Mary Jordan / Washington Post:
Trump says he never dated a woman who had an abortion … NEW YORK — Abortion may be Donald Trump's toughest subject, a rare topic where his comments are not Teflon and do stick — especially with women voters.  —  In an interview Thursday, Trump, 69, sought to clarify recent remarks …
Air Force Times:
Two dead in shooting at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio  —  Two people are dead in an apparent murder-suicide at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas, the Bexar County Sheriff's Office said Friday morning.  —  According to initial internal Pentagon communications obtained by Air Force Times …
Associated Press:
MAN WHO SCALED CLIFF TO PROPOSE ARRESTED FOR DRUGS  —  MORRO BAY, Calif. (AP) — A man who had to be rescued when he climbed a California cliff to propose to his girlfriend via cellphone video later was acting erratically and was found to be high on methamphetamine, authorities said Friday.
Eli Watkins / CNN:
Clinton campaign chair: ‘The American people can handle the truth’ on UFOs  —  Washington (CNN)There has long been an air of conspiracy surrounding theories of alien life, and the head of Hillary Clinton's campaign said Thursday it's time to do away with the secrecy.
Discussion: Washington Post, Gawker, Fusion and The Slot
Michael A. Cohen /
Trump rally oozes fear, anxiety, and paranoia  —  As I walked into a soundstage Wednesday night at Grumman Studios, which was filled with thousands upon thousands of Donald Trump supporters penned into metal barricades and donning all manner of Trump paraphernalia, I immediately thought …
Discussion: The Atlantic
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Lauren Fox / Talking Points Memo:
Cliven Bundy's Wife To Reid: Tell Me To My Face We're ‘Domestic Terrorists’
Christopher Massie / BuzzFeed:
Scott Walker: Cruz Will Win Nomination At Convention On Second Ballot
Discussion: Politico
The New Jersey Swamp Dragons? It almost happened
Discussion: Mashable and CBS New York
Fox News:
Source: No ‘coincidence’ Romanian hacker Guccifer extradited amid Clinton probe
Discussion: Hot Air, LawNewz and Instapundit
Oliver Jj Lane / Breitbart:
After Anal Rape, Left Wing Activist Felt ‘Guilt And Responsibility’ His Migrant Attacker Was Deported
Discussion: Jihad Watch and BizPac Review
 Earlier Items: 
Sarah Jeong / The Atlantic:
How a Cashless Society Could Embolden Big Brother
Discussion: Bank Think
Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Readies Flurry of Regulations
Discussion: Washington Post
Alejandro Davila Fragoso / ThinkProgress:
Oil Leak From Keystone Pipeline 89 Times Worse Than Originally Thought
Discussion: Associated Press
Gabrielle Gurley / American Prospect:
The Great Diversion  —  This article appears in the Spring 2016 issue …
Liz Sly / Washington Post:
'It was a children's soccer game. Of course he knew he was going to kill children.'
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Pam Key / Breitbart:
Obama on Criticism of Lack of Diversity in SCOTUS Pick: I Didn't Say I Needed a ‘Black Lesbian from Skokie’
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Cruz won't apologize for calling McConnell a liar
Discussion: CNN, Politico and Scared Monkeys