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2:55 PM ET, April 12, 2016

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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 …
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Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Ryan to rule out presidential run  —  (R-Wis.) will definitively rule himself out as a contender to be the GOP presidential nomination in a formal statement before the media Tuesday afternoon.  —  “He's going to rule himself out and put this to rest once and for all,” an aide said.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Paul Ryan to deliver a Shermanesque rejection of running for president
Discussion: Mother Jones
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Paul Ryan to formally rule out White House bid
Discussion: Hot Air and Mediaite
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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Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Racially Charged Joke by Hillary Clinton and Bill de Blasio Leaves Some Cringing
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Bill Clinton aides tracked Trump's flirtation with White House run
Discussion: Washington Post and ABC News
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Time to Reform Big Sanders?  —  Former TPMer Greg Sargent has an interesting post today about how the Sanders campaign could end and end well - specifically, by using his clout at the convention to reform the primary process.  It's an intriguing suggestion and makes a lot of sense since …
Discussion: Washington Post
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John Frank / Denver Post:
Denver Post uncovers that Democratic Party told Hillary Clinton's campaign about caucus counting mistake, but kept public and Bernie Sanders camp in the dark  —  Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks to supporters during a campaign rally Tuesday evening in the Arts …
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 and The Daily Caller
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Ted Cruz's war with Matt Drudge could become a huge problem for his campaign  —  THE BIG IDEA:  —  The Drudge Report has aggressively portrayed Ted Cruz's sweep of all the delegates from Colorado's Republican convention as a corrupt power grab.
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Joshua Green / BostonGlobe.com:
Don't underestimate Ted Cruz  —  Texas Senator Ted Cruz's easy win in Wisconsin's GOP primary last week did more than just give hope to the #NeverTrump faction of Republicans desperate to stop Donald Trump.  By performing well with a broad range of voters, including the less-educated …
Kirsten Powers / USA Today:
Donald Trump's ‘kinder, gentler’ version: Kirsten Powers
John Hayward / Breitbart:
Jeffrey Lord Calls for ‘Trump-Cruz Alliance’: 'Ted Cruz Should Be Trump's Vice-President'
Michelle Moons / Breitbart:
Ted Cruz: Drudge Report Is ‘the Attack Site for the Donald Trump Campaign’
Ross Andersen / The Atlantic:
Inside a Billionaire's New Interstellar Mission  —  In the Southern Hemisphere's sky, there is a constellation, a centaur holding a spear, its legs raised in mid-gallop.  The creature's front hoof is marked by a star that has long hypnotized humanity, with its brightness, and more recently, its proximity.
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Dennis Overbye / New York Times:
A Visionary Project Aims for Alpha Centauri, a Star 4.37 Light-Years Away
Discussion: Business Insider and KQED Science
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: BizPac Review and RedState
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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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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 …
Barbara Starr / CNN:
U.S. sources: Signs of North Korea mobile ballistic missile launch  —  (CNN)U.S. intelligence satellites have spotted signs that North Korea may be preparing for an unprecedented launch of a mobile ballistic missile which could potentially hit portions of the U.S., CNN has learned.
Jeff Sharlet / New York Times:
Donald Trump, American Preacher  —  Building a congregation for his prosperity gospel, one chaotic rally at a time.  —  t's coming," said the woman beside me, her face flushed beneath her flowing white hair.  The long rectangle of the open hangar doors seemed to thrum, space waiting to be filled.
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 …
Discussion: RedState and Wall Street Journal
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.
James Hibberd / EW.com:
STAR WARS ORIGINAL TRILOGY GETS RARE BIG-SCREEN RETURN THIS SUMMER  —  Exclusive: Alamo Drafthouse to sponsor nationwide roadshow screenings of Episodes IV-VI  —  The Star Wars original trilogy is returning to the big screen.  —  The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema chain is sponsoring roadshow screenings …
Chris McDaniel / BuzzFeed:
Georgia Death Row Inmate Asks To Be Spared After Juror's Racist Statement  —  (Georgia Department of Corrections via AP)  —  In light of a juror's racist opinions, a Georgia death row inmate is asking that his execution be cancelled.  Kenneth Fults, a black man, is scheduled to be executed Tuesday …
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.
Selim Algar / New York Post:
Students beat and bullied me for being white  —  A white student at a predominately Hispanic and black Long Island high school says he was targeted for punishment over his race — punched, hit with a chair and repeatedly called “cracker” and “white boy” — while administrators did nothing to protect him.
 
 
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David Jackson / USA Today:
Trump's delegate hunter signals aggressive push
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