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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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David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Cruz, Rubio join forces in Arkansas to block Trump delegates  —  Ted Cruz's and Marco Rubio's supporters have teamed up in Arkansas to pack the state delegation with individuals who'll turn against Donald Trump in a contested convention.  —  Since Rubio ended his presidential bid March 15 …
Discussion: RedState and BizPac Review
Tony Cook / Indianapolis Star:
Trump supporters turn rage on Indiana delegates  —  At some point, the vast majority of delegates could become unbound.Video provided by Newsy Newslook  —  After expressing reservations about Donald Trump, some of Indiana's delegates to the Republican national convention …
Michelle Moons / Breitbart:
Ted Cruz: Drudge Report Is ‘the Attack Site for the Donald Trump Campaign’  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) told a local radio show in California on Monday morning that the Drudge Report, the most popular conservative news website, has “become the attack site for the Donald Trump campaign.”
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Ted Cruz's war with Matt Drudge could become a huge problem for his campaign
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and News Watch
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Colorado GOP Leader to Disgruntled Trump Supporter: Go Ahead and Burn the Party Down
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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Nick Gass / Politico:
Clinton camp: Sanders wants to rig system with superdelegates  —  When it comes to Donald Trump's recent comments about a rigged primary system hurting both him and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton's campaign is having none of it.  In fact, Clinton's press secretary Brian Fallon …
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Racially Charged Joke by Hillary Clinton and Bill de Blasio Leaves Some Cringing  —  In less than three minutes, a comedy routine between Hillary Clinton and Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York managed to cause a storm of controversy over a racially charged joke.
Meghan Keneally / ABC News:
Where 2016 Candidates Stand in NY a Week Before Primary  —  The two presidential candidates who call New York home have significant leads in their respective races before the state's primaries next Tuesday.  —  The latest poll has Donald Trump leading by more than 30 percent and Hillary Clinton ahead …
Discussion: abc7news.com and Associated Press
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Jennifer Surane / Bloomberg:
Wall Street Wages Double in 25 Years as Everyone Else's Languish
Discussion: Daily Kos
Monica Ulmanu / Guardian:
The dark side of Guardian comments  —  Hear from three of those writers, explore the data and help us host better conversations online … omments allow readers to respond to an article instantly, asking questions, pointing out errors, giving new leads.  At their best, comment threads are thoughtful …
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Paul Ryan to formally rule out White House bid  —  House Speaker Paul Ryan will hold a news conference Tuesday afternoon to again definitively rule out a White House bid this year, according to an aide.  —  Ryan will appear at the Republican National Committee's headquarters on Capitol Hill Tuesday at 3:15 p.m.
Discussion: Mediaite
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Jake Sherman / Politico:
Why Ryan won't run  —  Paul Ryan's confidants see it as one …
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.
Trevor Hughes / USA Today:
Planned Parenthood shooter ‘happy’ with his attack  —  DENVER — The man who admits to killing three people at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic last fall told police he dreamed he'll be met in Heaven by aborted fetuses wanting to thank him for saving unborn babies, according to newly released court documents.
Discussion: The Atlantic, Refinery29 and The Week
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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.”
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) …
Matt Friedman / Politico:
Christie shows signs of frustration with Trump backlash  —  Gov. Chris Christie hasn't wanted to talk much about Donald Trump in recent days.  —  After answering one question about the Republican presidential candidate, he wouldn't take another.  —  “You get one Trump question a press conference …
Natalie DiBlasio / USA Today:
Brothers trick sister with zombie attack after wisdom teeth surgery  —  Just a day after National Sibling Day flooded your Facebook feed with happy family photos, three brothers decided to celebrate their sister in a different way.  —  After their younger sister Millicent had her wisdom teeth removed …
Gregory Krieg / CNN:
Hundreds of ‘Democracy Spring’ protesters arrested at Capitol Hill sit-in  —  (CNN)More than 400 protesters staging a sit-in against the influence of money in politics and congressional inaction to reverse it were arrested on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Monday, the first day of what is expected …
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Peter Overby / NPR:
Hundreds Protesting Political System Arrested On Capitol's Steps
Telegraph:
Olivier Blanchard eyes ugly ‘end game’ for Japan on debt spiral  —  Japan is heading for a full-blown solvency crisis as the country runs out of local investors and may ultimately be forced to inflate away its debt in a desperate end-game, one of the world's most influential economists has warned.
Sarah Maslin Nir / New York Times:
Thieves Take $280,000 From Brooklyn Bank After Carving Hole in Roof  —  In a scene more often seen in a Hollywood caper than in Borough Park, Brooklyn's sedate shopping district, employees arrived for work at a bank on Monday morning to find a tunnel through the ceiling straight into the vault …
Griff Witte / Washington Post:
Denmark, a social welfare utopia, takes a nasty turn on refugees … COPENHAGEN — Lise Ramslog was out for a barefoot amble on the warm day last September that Europe's refugee crisis came to her remote village in southern Denmark.  —  The 70-year-old grandmother had planned a simple stroll.
Discussion: Hot Air
Michelle Ye Hee Lee / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton's claim that the ‘highest per capita number’ of crime guns in New York come from Vermont  —  What is a super PAC? … State of the 2016 race … — Hillary Clinton, panel on gun violence, April 11, 2016  —  This Clinton campaign attack on Bernie Sanders's gun record has been a week in the making.
 
 
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