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8:55 PM ET, April 12, 2016

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CNN:
First on CNN: Top Republicans may skip GOP convention  —  Washington (CNN)A number of high-profile Republicans, fearful of a potential melee in Cleveland this summer, are considering skipping the Republican National Convention and campaigning back home instead.
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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 …
Alex Griswold / Mediaite:
Donald Trump Supporter Attacks Black Protester at Rally (Again)  —  Once again, a Donald Trump supporter has been caught on camera attacking a protester at one of the presidential candidate's rallies.  —  The Daily Gazette's Kate Seckinger captured the incident as it happened Monday in Albany.
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.
Joshua Green / BostonGlobe.com:   Don't underestimate Ted Cruz
Katherine Krueger / Talking Points Memo:
Paul Ryan To GOP: I Know I'm Awesome, But I Can't Be Your President
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Week
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Ryan to rule out presidential run
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:   New York Hates Ted Cruz; Trump, Clinton Lead Big
Team Ryan:
Speaker Ryan Statement on 2016
Discussion: Salon and Daily Kos
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 …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Time to Reform Big Sanders?
Discussion: Washington Post
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Some Democrats accuse Sanders supporters of harassing convention delegates
Discussion: The Slot and Hit & Run
Grace Rauh / NY1 News:
NY1/Baruch College Poll: Trump Leads Rivals by 43 Percentage Points
New York Daily News:
Mayor de Blasio, Hillary Clinton ripped for racist joke at Inner Circle show  —  They may be skilled in political theater — but when Mayor de Blasio and Hillary Clinton appeared on stage together, their comic turn became a tragic gaffe.  —  In a skit at Saturday night's Inner Circle show …
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Prachi Gupta / Cosmopolitan:
Hillary Clinton Responds to Bernie Sanders' Remark That She's “Condescending” to Young People  —  “I'm excited that so many young people are involved in this campaign.”  —  While on the campaign trail in Las Vegas, a young girl asked Hillary Clinton, “If you're elected the girl president …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
WH defends Clinton and de Blasio after ‘CP time’ joke flops
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Paul A. Specht / Raleigh News & Observer:
Raleigh visitors bureau says HB2 is affecting Wake economy  —  Four groups have canceled events  —  16 other groups, potentially bringing $24M, are rethinking plans in Wake County  —  State reps Dollar and Stam: lost rooms can be filled  —  RALEIGH  —  A report released …
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Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Senators: NBA should move All-Star Game out of North Carolina  —  Six senators are calling on the NBA to move the league's 2017 All-Star game out of North Carolina due to the state's new law that bars anti-discrimination protections for gay and transgender people - adding …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Billy Richardson / Fayetteville Observer:
N.C. Rep. Billy Richardson: I was wrong to vote for HB2
Media Matters for America:
VIDEO: Here's The Truth About The Anti-LGBT “Bathroom Predator” Myth  —  North Carolina is the first state in the country to pass a law aimed at broadly controlling transgender people's access to public restrooms.  Proponents of the law claim it's needed to prevent sexual predators from sneaking …
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Mark Berman / Washington Post:
North Carolina governor says he wants bathroom law partially changed after backlash
The New York Observer:
In the Republican Primary: Donald Trump for President  —  Donald Trump is the father-in-law of the Observer's publisher.  That is not a reason to endorse him.  Giving millions of disillusioned Americans a renewed sense of purpose and opportunity is.  —  Explaining the phenomenon …
USA Today:
Zuckerberg unveils 10-year plan to expand Facebook empire, with political tones  —  Facebook announced that businesses would be able to start using their messenger platform to buy and sell products and offer customers support.  Jefferson Graham reports from the F8 Developer conference in San Francisco.
Discussion: Towleroad
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Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Zuckerberg criticizes ‘fearful voices calling for building walls’
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Verge
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 …
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Dennis Overbye / New York Times:
A Visionary Project Aims for Alpha Centauri, a Star 4.37 Light-Years Away  —  Can you fly an iPhone to the stars?  —  In an attempt to leapfrog the planets and vault into the interstellar age, a bevy of scientists and other luminaries from Silicon Valley and beyond, led by Yuri Milner …
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Ross Andersen / The Atlantic:   Inside a Billionaire's New Interstellar Mission
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.
Discussion: BizPac Review
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 …
 
 
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Media Matters for America:
Trump Ally Roger Stone Writing Entire Book Alleging That The Clintons Secretly Murdered JFK Jr.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Timothy B. Lee / Vox:
Job hopping helped Silicon Valley thrive. So why do other states restrict it?
Kate Mather / Los Angeles Times:
LAPD killing of unarmed homeless man in Venice was unjustified, Police Commission says
Discussion: LAist
Richard Pollock / The Daily Caller:
Pay Gap Alert: Clinton Foundation Male Execs Earn 38% More Than Women
Discussion: Instapundit
Fox News Insider:
California School District Votes to Allow Staff to Carry Guns
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
Nebraska is on the verge of changing its quirky electoral college rules. Again.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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RT:
29 German soldiers have joined ISIS, army may contain dozens of jihadist sympathizers - report
Discussion: Pamela Geller
Blake Schmidt / Bloomberg:
Brazil's Impeachment Showdown Is Unfolding Unlike Any Other
Discussion: PRI
Eamon Javers / CNBC:
Swiss banker whistleblower: CIA behind Panama Papers
Discussion: Boing Boing
Kira Lerner / ThinkProgress:
What Happens To Democracy After You Gut The Voting Rights Act, In One Map
Kenneth Lovett / New York Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: Mel Brooks makes robocall on behalf of Long Island great nephew running for state senate
Discussion: Mediaite
Theralph / TheRalphRetort.com:
Reddit Suspended Me For Posting Vox Day's SJW List
Discussion: Vox Popoli