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9:35 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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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Ben Carson: I'd Be Never Trump Too If Election Stakes Weren't So High  —  “For me, it's about the children and the grandchildren.”  —  w.soundcloud.com  —  Ben Carson said in a radio interview last week that his support for Donald Trump is purely pragmatic, adding that he wouldn't support Trump …
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Carson: ‘If it was just me’ I'd be team #NeverTrump too
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Rush Limbaugh:
Ted Cruz Isn't Cheating, He's Winning  —  RUSH: I don't see Ted Cruz lying and cheating his way to the convention.  I see a lot of hard work.  I see some people who know what they have to do, given where they are.  They're in second place in both the vote count and the delegate count.
Discussion: Doug Ross, Hot Air and Althouse
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Ted Cruz: “The Drudge Report Has Become The Attack Site For The Trump Campaign”
Discussion: RedState and Mediaite
WND:
Trump erupts as Cruz sweeps Colorado without votes
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
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
What Trump can learn from Reagan and the '76 delegate fight
Discussion: Newsweek, RedState and Associated Press
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
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: 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  —  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
Jake Sherman / Politico:   Why Ryan won't run  —  Paul Ryan's confidants see it as one …
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.”
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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Associated Press:
Sanders lags in delegates but leads in likability
Mark Murray / NBC News:
NBC Poll: Trump, Clinton Hold Sizable Leads in New York
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.
Discussion: CNN, The BRAD BLOG and Common Dreams
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
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.
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 …
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
Jarrett Bell / USA Today:
Sean Payton rails against guns after Will Smith's death  —  Listen to Sean Payton.  Carefully.  He's mad.  Sad.  Frustrated.  Passionate.  —  “If this opinion in Louisiana is super unpopular,” Payton told USA TODAY Sports in a 33-minute phone conversation on Monday, his first interview since Will Smith's death, “so be it.”
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.
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
BREAKING: New Jersey Judge to Decide if Cruz Is Eligible to Run in Primary #MakeCruzCanadianAgain  —  This won't please the GOP party elites one bit!  —  A New Jersey judge heard arguments today on behalf of law professor Victor Williams and a group of concerned citizens regarding Senator …
 
 
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Dave McNary / Variety:
Sarah Palin Endorses Anti-Climate Change Film (EXCLUSIVE)
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Ben Taub / New Yorker:
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The Intercept:
Inside Erik Prince's Treacherous Drive to Build a Private Air Force
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Henry Fountain / New York Times:
Sierra Nevada Snow Won't End California's Thirst
Caroline Howe For / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: How Michelle Obama refused to invite Hillary and Bill Clinton to dinner …
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Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
This Delaware Address Is Home to 200,000 Shell Companies—Including Hillary Clinton's
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Week
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Is GOP headed for its own Bush v. Gore?
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