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8:20 PM ET, April 13, 2016

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Jeff Merkley / New York Times:
Why I'm Supporting Bernie Sanders  —  NO decision we make as Americans more dramatically affects the direction of our country than our choice for president.  He or she is more than the manager of the executive branch, commander in chief or appointer of judges.
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Lowell McAdam / LinkedIn Pulse:
Feeling The Bern of Reality — The Facts About Verizon and The ‘Moral Economy’  —  I read with interest Jeff Immelt's spirited response to Sen. Bernie Sanders putting GE on his hit-list of big corporations that are “destroying the moral fabric” of America.  —  In fact, I share his frustration.
John Judis / Talking Points Memo:
I'm Voting for Bernie, but on One Condition  —  “He's not going to get the nomination, is he?” my wife asks anxiously as she gazes out of the kitchen window at the Bernie for President sign on our front lawn.  No, I assure her, and he certainly won't win Maryland on April 26.
Hollywood Reporter:
Cher Says She's Now Torn Between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders  —  EMAIL ME  —  The singer said that after a “marathon research” session she realizes Bernie Sanders mirrors her own beliefs.  —  Cher has been a vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton during this presidential election year, but now she may be changing her mind.
Ben Norton / Salon:
Hillary Clinton rakes in Verizon cash while Bernie Sanders supports company's striking workers
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Trump's feud with the RNC reaches a striking new level  —  Donald Trump is coming to a striking realization: it's possible, if not likely, that he's going to reach the Republican National Convention this summer with the most pledged delegates, the most votes, and the most state victories …
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
WOW! Anti-Trump RNC Delegate Says She'll Vote for Hillary Over Trump (VIDEO)
Discussion: NBC News
S.A. Miller / Washington Times:   Trump effect: Convention rule changes off the table for RNC's spring meeting
CBS News:
USS Donald Cook buzzed again by Russian jets in Baltic  —  Yet again Russian jets made provocatively close passes to an American warship, as tensions continue between Moscow and Washington over the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria.  —  A senior defense official told CBS News that two recent incidents were …
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MilitaryTimes:
Russian attack aircraft just flew within 30 feet of a U.S. Navy ship
Discussion: Slate and Hot Air
Los Angeles Times:
Russian attack jets repeatedly buzz U.S. Navy warship in Baltic Sea
Discussion: The Week
Barbara Starr / CNN:
Russian fighter jets in extremely close overflights with U.S. destroyer
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Karin Brulliard / Washington Post:
Octopus slips out of aquarium tank, crawls across floor, escapes down pipe to ocean … Inky the octopus didn't even try to cover his tracks.  —  By the time the staff at New Zealand's National Aquarium noticed that he was missing, telltale suction cup prints were the main clue to an easily-solved mystery.
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Dan Bilefsky / New York Times:
Inky the Octopus Escapes From a New Zealand Aquarium  —  It was an audacious nighttime escape.  —  After busting through an enclosure, the nimble contortionist appears to have quietly crossed the floor, slithered through a narrow drain hole about six inches in diameter and jumped into the sea.
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Trump campaign manager will not be prosecuted, sources say  —  A Florida prosecutor has decided not to prosecute Donald Trump's campaign manager for battery after a March run-in with former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields, sources with knowledge of the situation told POLITICO.
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Donald Trump hires veteran GOP operative Rick Wiley
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Colorado GOP chairman considers bringing sheriff to convention over Trump supporter threats
David Corn / Mother Jones:
The Time Ted Cruz Defended a Ban on Dildos  —  His legal team argued there was no right “to stimulate one's genitals.”  —  In one chapter of his campaign book, A Time for Truth, Sen. Ted Cruz proudly chronicles his days as a Texas solicitor general, a post he held from 2003 to 2008.
Office of the Governor of Louisiana:
Gov. Edwards Signs Non-discrimination Executive Order; Rescinds Marriage and Conscience Executive Order  —  BATON ROUGE - Today, Governor John Bel Edwards signed an executive order providing employment protections for state employees and employees of state contractors on the basis of race …
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Stevie Borrello / ABC News:
Louisiana Governor Signs Order Giving Some Protection to LGBT Community
Discussion: abc7news.com
Everett Rosenfeld / CNBC:
Trump spokeswoman comes out swinging against Zuckerberg  —  Katrina Pierson, Trump Campaign Spokeswoman, responds to comments made by Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg about not building walls.  —  Katrina Pierson, a spokeswoman for GOP front-runner Donald Trump's presidential campaign …
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Josh Rosenblat of Vox / CNBC:
Cleveland is spending $20 million in federal money on riot and security gear for the Republican convention
Discussion: CNN, AOL and Vox
Wall Street Journal:
Regulators Propose Banning Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes for at Least Two Years  —  Startup hopes to avoid sanctions, but Holmes and No. 2 executive could be forced out of blood-testing business for failing to fix problems  —  Federal health regulators have proposed banning Theranos Inc …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Donald Trump meets with Megyn Kelly at Trump Tower  —  Donald Trump and the Fox News host Megyn Kelly met at Trump Tower on Wednesday morning, a person with knowledge of the matter told CNNMoney.  —  The meeting was brokered by Fox News chairman Roger Ailes.  —  Representatives for Trump and Fox News had no immediate comment.
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Trump fans threaten gun violence against protesters ahead of Pittsburgh visit  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  Donald Trump supporters are planning an armed demonstration to intimidate protesters when the Republican presidential candidate visits Pittsburgh for a town hall meeting and campaign rally.
Discussion: Pittsburgh City Paper
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Ryan Deto / Pittsburgh City Paper:
Pittsburgh Police on alert after armed Donald Trump supporters say they will confront protesters
Discussion: Mediaite and Balloon Juice
The Hill:
Clinton's dismal approval ratings prompt Dem fears  —  's favorability ratings are historically low and increasingly a concern for her supporters.  —  Clinton is now viewed unfavorably by 55 percent of the electorate, according to the HuffPost Pollster average, which tracks findings from 42 different polling outfits.
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Toddler shot in face when gun stashed in mom's purse goes off while waiting at hospital  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  A child was shot in the face at a Mississippi hospital after a gun went off inside her mother's purse.  —  The 2-year-old girl was waiting Wednesday morning …
Discussion: The Clarion Ledger and KFOR-TV
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
A State-By-State Roadmap For The Rest Of The Republican Primary  —  Three weeks ago, when we last took a detailed look at Donald Trump's quest to win 1,237 delegates, his path looked rocky but endurable.  The panel of eight experts FiveThirtyEight assembled projected Trump to wind up with 1,208 …
Discussion: Business Insider
Jeff Grabmeier / news.osu.edu:
The 6 elements of an effective apology, according to science  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio - There are six components to an apology - and the more of them you include when you say you're sorry, the more effective your apology will be, according to new research.  —  But if you're pressed for time or space …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Mother Jones
CNNMoney:
The largest U.S. coal company just filed for bankruptcy  —  Peabody Energy, the world's largest private-sector coal producer, filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday in a U.S. court, citing “unprecedented” industry pressures and a sharp decline in the price of coal.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
CNNMoney:
36,000 Verizon workers go on strike  —  36,000 Verizon workers have walked off the job Wednesday after failing to reach a new labor agreement.  —  This is the largest strike in the United States since Verizon workers last walked off the job in 2011, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Matthew Keys:
A quick note  —  Today is the most-important day of my life so far.  The direction of the rest of my life rests with a single person and is almost completely beyond my control.  —  I'm not sure what to expect today.  I anticipate I'll have more to say on the outcome shortly afterward.
Jason Meisner / Chicago Tribune:
In blow to defense, judge to consider lies by Hastert at his sentencing  —  Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert through the years.  —  The federal judge overseeing Dennis Hastert's hush money case said he intends to factor in at Hastert's upcoming sentencing that the former speaker lied …
Discussion: Washington Post
 
 
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Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
This study 40 years ago could have reshaped the American diet. But it was never fully published.
Discussion: Hit & Run, Power Line and Mother Jones
Bloomberg.com:
Rapper Ice Cube on Hillary Clinton's ‘Super Predators’ Comment
The Independent:
Half of all people could be carrying ‘gay genes’
Discussion: Towleroad
New York Times:
Chicago Police Dept. Plagued by Systemic Racism, Task Force Finds
Discussion: The Atlantic and Mediaite
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Gun provisions snag mental health reform bill
Discussion: Hot Air
David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
Tantaros: Trump's Kids Aren't in Jail or on Drugs so 'You've Got to Give Him That'
Discussion: Mediaite
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Black lawmaker ‘ashamed’ of vote for Clinton crime bill
Steven Rattner / New York Times:
By Opposing Obama, the Republicans Created Trump