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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
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.
Discussion: The Week and Political Wire
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Colorado GOP Leader to Disgruntled Trump Supporter: Go Ahead and Burn the Party Down
Discussion: NBC News
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Why Ryan won't run  —  Paul Ryan's confidants see it as one …
New York Times:
Barrage of Attack Ads Threatens to Undermine Donald Trump
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.
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Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
The Messy, Very Human Politics of Bill Clinton's Crime Bill
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 …
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 …
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Jennifer Surane / Bloomberg:
Wall Street Wages Double in 25 Years as Everyone Else's Languish
Discussion: Daily Kos
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
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.
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.”
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 …
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.
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.
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
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: Q13 FOX News, FOX31 Denver and WIS-TV
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 …
 
 
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Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Colorado Trump Voter Who Cried Foul Was Told Of County Assembly, Never Showed Up
Tim Stelloh / NBC News:
Texas School Cop Who Body-Slammed 12-Year-Old Girl Is Fired
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Griff Witte / Washington Post:
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The Intercept:
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Caroline Howe For / Daily Mail:
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
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