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8:55 AM ET, April 12, 2016

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Kirsten Powers / USA Today:
Donald Trump's ‘kinder, gentler’ version: Kirsten Powers  —  The Donald explains why politics is ‘a crazy business’ and why he never cries anymore.  —  CONNECT  —  Is Donald Trump about to make a pivot toward presidential?  —  In an hour-long interview Thursday in his New York office …
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Ben Carson: I'd Be Never Trump Too If Election Stakes Weren't So High  —  “For me, it's about the children and the grandchildren.”  —  w.soundcloud.com  —  Ben Carson said in a radio interview last week that his support for Donald Trump is purely pragmatic, adding that he wouldn't support Trump …
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Carson: ‘If it was just me’ I'd be team #NeverTrump too
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Ted Cruz: “The Drudge Report Has Become The Attack Site For The Trump Campaign”  —  “By all appearances, Roger Stone now decides what's on Drudge.”  —  Ted Cruz says the Drudge Report has become propaganda for Donald Trump's campaign.  —  “Drudge Report over the years has done …
Discussion: RedState and Mediaite
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Rush Limbaugh:
Ted Cruz Isn't Cheating, He's Winning
John Santucci / ABC News:
Trump Says Cruz Got His ‘A— Kicked’ in Louisiana, But Took Delegates
Discussion: Politico and abc7news.com
Josefa Velasquez / Politico:
Trump extols his ‘love’ for New York during Albany rally
Discussion: NY State of Politics
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
What Trump can learn from Reagan and the '76 delegate fight
Discussion: Newsweek, RedState and Associated Press
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Sen. Cory Gardner: Trump Has “Diminishing Future,” Will Keep Losing Delegates
Discussion: CNN
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Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
The Messy, Very Human Politics of Bill Clinton's Crime Bill  —  The activists who denounce the bill now have much in common with the activists who supported it in 1994.  —  Twenty-two years ago, President Bill Clinton shepherded a comprehensive crime bill through Congress in the midst …
David Moye / The Huffington Post:
Porn Site Bans North Carolina Users Due To State's Anti-LGBT Laws  —  “I think that porn has the power to do what Bruce Springsteen can't.”  —  There's a new kink in North Carolina's LGBT controversy: A popular porn website is banning all computers from “The Tar Heel State.”
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
After Loss in Colorado, Donald Trump Supporters Give State Chairman an Earful  —  It has been two days since Senator Ted Cruz of Texas swept Colorado's delegates, and Steve House, the chairman of the state's Republican Party, is feeling the wrath of Donald J. Trump's supporters.
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WND:
Trump erupts as Cruz sweeps Colorado without votes  —  ‘Biggest story in politics.  This will not be allowed!’  —  Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump erupted on “Fox & Friends” Monday morning after a weekend that saw Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas sweep all of Colorado's 34 delegates without …
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Colorado GOP Leader to Disgruntled Trump Supporter: Go Ahead and Burn the Party Down  —  This came in the email today from “James” a disgruntled Colorado Republican voter after the party elites gave all of the state delegates to Senator Ted Cruz.  —  On Saturday Ted Cruz supporters took …
Discussion: NBC News
Grace Rauh / NY1 News:
NY1/Baruch College Poll: Trump Leads Rivals by 43 Percentage Points  —  Donald Trump has a commanding 43-point lead in the New York Republican presidential primary, and Hillary Clinton has a 13-point advantage in the Democratic primary, according to a NY1/Baruch College poll released Monday night.
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Associated Press:
Sanders lags in delegates but leads in likability
Mark Murray / NBC News:
NBC Poll: Trump, Clinton Hold Sizable Leads in New York
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Why Ryan won't run  —  Paul Ryan's confidants see it as one of the great, strange conspiracy theories of 2016.  Somehow, by deciding against running for president, and repeatedly saying he has no interest in running for president, Paul Ryan is secretly running for president.  —  Raising money in New York?
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Glenn Thrush / Politico:
‘Hillary would beat him from jail’
Peter Overby / NPR:
Hundreds Protesting Political System Arrested On Capitol's Steps  —  Police needed most of Monday afternoon to arrest all of the sit-down protesters outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington at a demonstration in favor of changing the rules on political money, voting rights and redistricting.
Discussion: CNN, The BRAD BLOG and Common Dreams
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Billionaires fund anti-Trump delegate push  —  First they spent tens of millions trying to boost their favorite presidential candidates, then they poured cash into ads attacking Donald Trump, and now some of the biggest donors on the right are turning their attention to the delegate fight.
Hillary Clinton / New York Daily News:
TRANSCRIPT: Hillary Clinton meets with the Daily News Editorial Board, April 9, 2016  —  The Daily Editorial Board interviewed Hillary Clinton, Democratic candidate for President, on April 9 in the offices of the newspaper in downtown Manhattan.  —  Daily News: Welcome.
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
BREAKING: New Jersey Judge to Decide if Cruz Is Eligible to Run in Primary #MakeCruzCanadianAgain  —  This won't please the GOP party elites one bit!  —  A New Jersey judge heard arguments today on behalf of law professor Victor Williams and a group of concerned citizens regarding Senator …
Michael E. Kraft / providencejournal.com:
Michael E. Kraft: Climate-change deniers deserve punishment  —  Most of us recognize the value of science in dealing with complex problems that pose significant risks to public health and well-being.  —  Thus we expect reputable science to be reported and used in helping us make difficult policy choices …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Colorado Trump delegate burns GOP registration after being turned away from state convention  —  Ah, the power of Drudge.  Larry Wayne Lindsey was locked out of the state GOP convention this weekend, made a YouTube video about his unhappiness replete with a dramatic burning of his party registration …
Discussion: The Federalist, The Hill and RedState
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Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Colorado Proves Donald Trump Can't Handle The Rigors Of A Campaign
Ashe Schow / Washington Examiner:
Mizzou closes two dorms due to lack of students  —  Following a drop in students applying for housing, the University of Missouri will not be placing students in two dorms for the fall 2016 semester.  —  Mizzou will be closing the Respect and Excellence halls (ironic names, given the circumstances) …
Discussion: The Last Refuge
 
 
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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
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David Giambusso / Politico:
Unions announce Verizon strike, assailing ‘shameful demands’
Discussion: Common Dreams
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JONATHAN TURLEY:
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Gregory Korte / USA Today:
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Discussion: Florida Politics and The Week
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
This Delaware Address Is Home to 200,000 Shell Companies—Including Hillary Clinton's
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Week
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Is GOP headed for its own Bush v. Gore?
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