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8:30 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.
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post and NBC News
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Donald Trump's insincere process arguments  —  “Gestapo tactics.”  That's how Donald Trump's recently installed campaign manager Paul Manafort characterized the Ted Cruz campaign's successful effort to win all 34 of Colorado's national convention delegates awarded at the long-scheduled …
Oliver Darcy /
Michelle Fields to Pursue Civil Action Against Trump and His Campaign Manager for Defamation  —  Ex-Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields said Wednesday night that she plans to pursue civil action against Donald Trump and campaign manager Corey Lewandowski over an incident that occurred last month.
Discussion: Politico, BizPac Review and The Week
Greta Van Susteren / Gretawire:   Free legal advice to Michelle Fields: don't bring a civil lawsuit
Washington Post:
Republicans like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.  The general public doesn't.  —  What is a super PAC? … State of the 2016 race  —  Strong headwinds of unpopularity continue to hobble leading Republicans Donald Trump and Ted Cruz with the public at-large, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Discussion: 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 …
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
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 …
Sam Frizell / TIME:
Bernie Sanders Says Democratic Primary Schedule ‘Distorts Reality’
Discussion: The Week
S.A. Miller / Washington Times:   Trump effect: Convention rule changes off the table for RNC's spring meeting
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Priebus: Trump's latest rant will ‘blow over’
Candace Smith / ABC News:
Discussion: Daily News Bin and
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 …
RELATED:   Rapper Ice Cube on Hillary Clinton's ‘Super Predators’ Comment
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.
Ben Norton / Salon:
Hillary Clinton rakes in Verizon cash while Bernie Sanders supports company's striking workers
Discussion: The Hill
Hollywood Reporter:   Cher Says She's Now Torn Between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Megyn Kelly: Meeting with Trump allowed us to ‘clear the air’  —  Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly said on her show “The Kelly File” Wednesday night that her meeting with Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump  —  allowed the two to “clear the air.”  —  “The meeting was at my request …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Donald Trump meets with Megyn Kelly at Trump Tower 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 and The Moderate Voice
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
What it looks like when Russian attack jets fly ‘dangerously close’ to a Navy ship
Sacramento Bee:
UC Davis spent thousands to scrub pepper-spray references from Internet  —  UC Davis sought to eliminate negative search results for school and chancellor  —  Strategic communications budget soared during Katehi's tenure  —  Students occupying area outside Katehi's office call for her resignation
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 …
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.
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 …
Daniel Nussbaum / Breitbart:
Michael Moore Boycotts North Carolina: You Anti-Gay Bigots Don't Get to See My Latest Flop  —  Michael Moore joined rocker Bruce Springsteen and other celebrities in boycotting North Carolina after the state passed a religious freedom law that some have slammed as discriminatory against transgendered persons.
Discussion: RedState
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:, LAist and KFOR-TV
Eli Stokols / Politico:
Karl Rove-backed PAC warms to Trump  —  Karl Rove has publicly blasted Donald Trump as “a petty man consumed by resentment and bitterness” with little gravitas and almost no chance of beating Hillary Clinton.  —  But privately, the super PAC conceived by Rove is suggesting to its donors …
Discussion: The Week
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: Gay Star News and Towleroad
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
John Hudson / Foreign Policy:
In Speech on Global Human Rights Abuses, Kerry Attacks Trump  —  The release of the State Department's annual report on human rights typically focuses on grotesque abuses and atrocities in far-flung corners of the world.  But this year, Secretary of State John Kerry found himself addressing something closer …
Los Angeles Times:
Katy Perry wins a victory in battle to buy nuns' convent in Los Feliz  —  The convent of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Los Feliz has ornate architecture and views of downtown and the San Gabriel Mountains.  —  In a victory for Katy Perry, a Los Angeles judge announced Wednesday …
Discussion: Towleroad and Refinery29
Obama at the CIA: ‘Depraved’ ISIS now on the defensive  —  Washington (CNN)ISIS is on the defensive after a “bad few months,” President Barack Obama claimed Wednesday during a rare trip to CIA headquarters outside Washington.  —  He said the “depraved” nature of the organization …
Discussion: Progressives Today and The Week
Are Islamists using the German military as training ground?  —  Berlin (dpa) - Sascha B was a calm, competent and sociable young man, moving steadily through the ranks of the German military over the course of three years as he trained Bundeswehr recruits in the use of infantry weapons.
Discussion: and Jihad Watch
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Rudy Takala / Washington Examiner:
Snowden slams Clinton double standard on classified information
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Discussion: Business Insider
Mark Binker / WRAL-TV:
WRAL News poll: HB2 could have impact on fall campaigns
Louis Sahagun / Los Angeles Times:
Mama coyote, blinded by a bullet, is alive thanks to animal rescuers
Discussion: Mashable
James Capretta / National Review:
A Party Is Only as Good as Its Principles
Discussion: Washington Post
Nicole Russell / The Federalist:
What Women Really Want Is The Patriarchy
Discussion: alicublog
Hollywood Reporter:
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Discussion: New York Times
 Earlier Items: 
The largest U.S. coal company just filed for bankruptcy
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Trump fans threaten gun violence against protesters ahead of Pittsburgh visit
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
A State-By-State Roadmap For The Rest Of The Republican Primary
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Toddler shot in face when gun stashed in mom's purse goes off while waiting at hospital
Discussion: The Clarion Ledger and KFOR-TV
Karin Brulliard / Washington Post:
Octopus slips out of aquarium tank, crawls across floor, escapes down pipe to ocean