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10:35 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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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
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Carson: ‘If it was just me’ I'd be team #NeverTrump too
Discussion: The Right Scoop
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 and The Federalist
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Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
After Loss in Colorado, Donald Trump Supporters Give State Chairman an Earful
Discussion: Political Wire and The Week
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Why Ryan won't run  —  Paul Ryan's confidants see it as one …
Discussion: Washington Post
Rembert Browne / New York Magazine:
<span>Oh no, please someone stop this man before it’s too—</span>  —  There's this amazingly uncomfortable thing that happened throughout American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson.  You know how the story ends, you're aware of all the things the prosecution did to mess up …
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Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
The Messy, Very Human Politics of Bill Clinton's Crime Bill
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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Mark Murray / NBC News:
NBC Poll: Trump, Clinton Hold Sizable Leads in New York
Associated Press:
Sanders lags in delegates but leads in likability
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, Mediaite, WND and Hot Air
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Rush Limbaugh:
Ted Cruz Isn't Cheating, He's Winning
Discussion: Doug Ross, Althouse and Hot Air
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
What Trump can learn from Reagan and the '76 delegate fight
Discussion: Newsweek, RedState and Associated Press
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
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.”
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Court Documents Reveal The Planned Parenthood Shooter's Inspiration  —  Robert Lewis Dear, the man who has confessed to killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic last fall, admired a man who murdered an abortion doctor in Florida in the 1990s, according to court documents that were unsealed this week.
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Trevor Hughes / USA Today:
Planned Parenthood shooter ‘happy’ with his attack
Discussion: The Atlantic, Refinery29 and The Week
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 …
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
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.
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.
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.
Bernie Becker / Politico:
Showdown week for FAA  —  BIG WEEK FOR THE FAA: Senators from both parties are really hoping to close the deal this week on an FAA reauthorization.  But it's already pretty clear that resolving the FAA tax title probably won't happen without some more bumps along the way.
Discussion: New York Times, The Atlantic and Forbes
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.
Jennifer Surane / Bloomberg:
Wall Street Wages Double in 25 Years as Everyone Else's Languish  —  Trump, Sanders capitalize on Main Street anger over pay gap  —  Bankers earned five times average for rest of U.S. in 2014  —  Dear Wall Street: Stop complaining about your pay.  —  Five years after Occupy Wall Street protesters took …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
 
 
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