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12:35 AM ET, April 14, 2016

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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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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 …
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
WOW!  Anti-Trump RNC Delegate Says She'll Vote for Hillary Over Trump (VIDEO)  —  Rina Bharara is a delegate to the Republican National Convention.  —  Rina hates Republican front-runner Donald Trump. … Today on the Real Story with Gretchen Carlson Rina said she may vote for Hillary …
Discussion: NBC News
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Donald Trump shuffles struggling campaign team  —  Wounded GOP front-runner Donald Trump is quietly setting up a parallel campaign structure, hiring known Republican fixers to professionalize his operation and sidelining his original team.  —  Under the guidance of his new strategist Paul Manafort …
S.A. Miller / Washington Times:   Trump effect: Convention rule changes off the table for RNC's spring meeting
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.
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Hollywood Reporter:   Cher Says She's Now Torn Between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders
Ben Norton / Salon:
Hillary Clinton rakes in Verizon cash while Bernie Sanders supports company's striking workers
Discussion: The Hill
Jeff Merkley / New York Times:
Why I'm Supporting Bernie Sanders
Navy.mil The Official Website …:
US Navy Ship Encounters Aggressive Russian Aircraft in Baltic Sea  —  STUTTGART, Germany (NNS) — A United States Navy destroyer operating in international waters in the Baltic Sea experienced several close interactions by Russian aircraft April 11 and 12.  —  USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) …
Discussion: RT
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Meena Jang / Billboard:
Ice Cube: ‘Donald Trump Is What Americans Aspire to Be’  —  EMAIL ME  —  Ice Cube likened GOP candidate Donald Trump to the “American dream” during a sit-down with Bloomberg.  —  “Donald Trump is what Americans love.  Donald Trump is what Americans aspire to be — rich, powerful …
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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.
Bloomberg.com:   Rapper Ice Cube on Hillary Clinton's ‘Super Predators’ Comment
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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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 …
Candace Smith / ABC News:
Discussion: Daily News Bin and abc7news.com
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.
Noah Rothman / Commentary Magazine:
Fear the Cleveland Convention  —  The sense of dread is palpable.  The nearer the Republican Party gets to a contested - in the most literal sense of the word - convention, the more terrible that prospect appears.  For the GOP's elected representatives with careers to lose …
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 …
Tkurzweil / KTLA:
Bully Stomped on Chest of Colton 6th Grader Who Died, Boy's Parents Say  —  The parents of a 12-year-old boy who died after playing soccer Tuesday during a physical education class at an elementary school in Colton said Wednesday that a school bully stomped on their son's chest before he lost consciousness.
Discussion: FOX6Now.com, LAist 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
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.
The Independent:
Half of all people could be carrying ‘gay genes’  —  Around half of all people, including straight men and women, could carry “gay genes”, meaning that they continue to be passed down the generations despite the tendency of homosexuals not to have children, new research suggests.
Discussion: Towleroad
Nicole Russell / The Federalist:
What Women Really Want Is The Patriarchy  —  In today's enlightened age, women think they know what kind of man they want, but in reality, most don't.  In fact, many women, unwittingly confused by the myriad feminist mantras bombarding them daily, seek the type of committed …
Discussion: alicublog
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 …
WCMH-TV:
Woman indicted, accused of live streaming friend's rape  —  COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A woman has been indicted by a Grand Jury on charges she used the social media app Periscope to live stream her own friend's rape.  —  According to Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien, 18-year-old Marina Alexeevna Lonina …
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
James Capretta / National Review:
A Party Is Only as Good as Its Principles  —  Going into the 2016 election cycle, Republicans had a golden opportunity.  The House and Senate are already under GOP control; a win in the presidential race would open up the possibility of passing the most ambitious pro-growth agenda since the Reagan landslide in 1980.
New York Times:
Chicago Police Dept. Plagued by Systemic Racism, Task Force Finds  —  CHICAGO — Racism has contributed to a long, systemic pattern of institutional failures by this city's police department in which police officers have mistreated people, operated without sufficient oversight …
Discussion: Mediaite and Political Wire
Editorials / New York Daily News:
Daily News Editorial Board says vote John Kasich: His maturity and pragmatism shine, especially in contrast to the dangerous and disgraceful character of Donald Trump  —  New York's 2.7 million registered Republican voters can break the fever that torments their party by voting for principled …
 
 
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Louis Sahagun / Los Angeles Times:
Mama coyote, blinded by a bullet, is alive thanks to animal rescuers
Discussion: Mashable
Los Angeles Times:
Katy Perry wins a victory in battle to buy nuns' convent in Los Feliz
Discussion: Towleroad and Refinery29
John Hudson / Foreign Policy:
In Speech on Global Human Rights Abuses, Kerry Attacks Trump
Hollywood Reporter:
CinemaCon: Warren Beatty's Howard Hughes Film to Get Fall Release From Fox, New Regency
Discussion: New York Times
Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:
Trump Camp's Manafort on Delegates: “We Are Compiling Evidence, Going To Be Filing Several Credentials Challenges”
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Siena College:
Bernie Narrows Gap; Hillary Still Leads By 10 Points
CNNMoney:
The largest U.S. coal company just filed for bankruptcy
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
 Earlier Items: 
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
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Trump fans threaten gun violence against protesters ahead of Pittsburgh visit
Steven Rattner / New York Times:
By Opposing Obama, the Republicans Created Trump
Jeff Grabmeier / news.osu.edu:
The 6 elements of an effective apology, according to science
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Mother Jones