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9:50 AM 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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Editorials / New York Daily News:
Daily News Editorial Board says Vote Hillary Clinton: Her plans to give working- and middle-class Americans a fighting chance at rising incomes are far superior to Bernie Sanders'  —  A ritual that plays out at 8:30 a.m. on the first Friday of every month highlights the urgency …
Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
Democrats Are Headed off Their Own Cliff  —  Instead of trying to control the center, Sanders takes his party to the extreme  —  The Beginning of the End for Donald Trump Maybe It Really Is the Media's Fault A Party Divided Is a Party Defeated — Usually  —  Political observers - yes …
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Cruz likely to block Trump on a second ballot at the GOP convention  —  What's the deal with the Colorado GOP convention?  —  What is a super PAC? … State of the 2016 race … Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is close to ensuring that Donald Trump cannot win the GOP nomination …
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New York Times:
Donald Trump, Losing Ground, Tries to Blame the System  —  WASHINGTON — Donald J. Trump and his allies are engaged in an aggressive effort to undermine the Republican nominating process by framing it as rigged and corrupt, hoping to compensate for organizational deficiencies that have left …
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Trump slams RNC chairman, calls 2016 process ‘a disgrace’
Discussion: NBC News, Politico, Denver Post and Guardian
Mark Hensch / The Hill:   Registration-burning GOP voter: ‘I was disenfranchised’
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 …
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Matthew J. Dowd / Wall Street Journal:
How Donald Trump Is Right About Our ‘Rigged’ Politics  —  Matthew J. Dowd is an independent; chief political analyst for ABC News; and founder of Paradox Capital, a social-impact venture fund.  He was chief strategist of President George W. Bush's 2004 campaign.  He is on Twitter: @MatthewJDowd.
New Jersey Online:
Ted Cruz is an American and can appear on N.J. primary ballot, judge says
Carrie Dann / NBC News:
NBC Poll: Trump, Clinton Lead in Maryland  —  Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton hold big leads in Maryland two weeks before the state's presidential primary election, according to a new NBC 4/Marist poll released Tuesday night.  —  Among likely Republican voters, Trump holds a 12-point lead …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Annie Karni / Politico:
Bill Clinton can't stop talking about himself
Discussion: CBS New York
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:   New York Hates Ted Cruz; Trump, Clinton Lead Big
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Trump won't attend White House dinner  —  says he will not be attending this year's White House Correspondents' Association dinner, despite receiving a flurry of invitations from the media.  —  Trump attended the annual dinner in 2011, only to have President Obama poke fun at him repeatedly in his comedy routine.
Discussion: Oliver Willis and Political Wire
Ben White / Politico:
Cruz's message to Wall Street: Help me  —  NEW YORK — This Monday, assorted bankers, traders and Wall Street lawyers will gather inside the neo-Georgian walls of the Harvard Club in midtown Manhattan to write big checks to an unlikely recipient: Ted Cruz.  —  Cruz, who attended Harvard Law School …
Discussion: ABC News, AOL and The Week
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Progressive groups target Julián Castro
Marcel Harmon / Salon:
Sam Brownback declares war on Kansas: This is how extremists gut a state — and democracy  —  The ultraconservatives take control, with an assist to ALEC and no concern for the people  —  It's not uncommon to see developments named after what they displace or sometimes destroy.
Tom Hayden / The Nation:
I Used to Support Bernie, but Then I Changed My Mind  —  I have a variety of concerns about both candidates' campaigns.  But I intend to vote for Hillary Clinton in the California primary for one fundamental reason.  —  By ,  —  A maze of political signs for Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton in Charleston, South Carolina.
John Tozzi / Bloomberg:
Fast-Food Eaters Have More Industrial Chemicals in Their Bodies  —  Would you like phthalates with that?  —  People who reported eating fast food in the last 24 hours had elevated levels of some industrial chemicals in their bodies, according to a new analysis of data from federal nutrition surveys.
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 …
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
FBI paid professional hackers one-time fee to crack San Bernardino iPhone  —  The FBI cracked a San Bernardino terrorist's phone with the help of professional hackers who discovered and brought to the bureau at least one previously unknown software flaw, according to people familiar with the matter.
Ryan Tracy / Wall Street Journal:
Regulators Set to Reject Some Big Banks' ‘Living Wills’  —  J.P. Morgan, other firms to receive not credible verdict from Fed, FDIC  —  WASHINGTON—Regulators are set to reject the so-called living wills of at least half of the U.S.'s systemically important banks, including J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. …
Associated Press:
Paul Ryan Is Not Running for President _ or Passing a Budget  —  House Speaker Paul Ryan's national stature is such that he had to call a news conference to deny he wants to be president.  Back on Capitol Hill, he's about to blow through a statutory deadline to pass an annual budget, a major embarrassment for him and House Republicans.
Discussion: Politico
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Team Clinton: Sanders ‘rigging the system’ with quest for superdelegates  —  's presidenital campaign on Tuesday accused Bernie Sanders  —  of “rigging the system” by seeking to pick-off the superdelegates that have already pledged their support to Clinton.
Danielle Douglas-Gabriel / Washington Post:
Obama to forgive the student debt of permanently disabled people  —  The Obama administration plans to forgive $7.7 billion in federal student loans held by nearly 400,000 permanently disabled Americans.  —  By law, anyone with a severe disability is eligible to have the government discharge their federal student loans.
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: The Week and Talking Points Memo
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
WOW!  Glenn Beck: Nobody Can Understand the Moses-Like Burden Ted Cruz Carries (VIDEO)  —  What the hell?  —  Glenn Beck endorsed Senator Ted Cruz before the Iowa Caucuses and has been campaigning for the former Canadian for several weeks.  —  Radio host Glenn Beck told his audience …
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
White House demands Maryland super PAC pull Senate ad  —  The White House is wading into one of the hardest-fought Democratic primaries in the country — to tell one side to stop invoking the president on its behalf.  —  In an unprecedented and forceful move, President Barack Obama's administration …
Discussion: Washington Post and Baltimore Sun
Chicago Tribune:
Chicago police must face ‘hard truths’ about racist past, task force draft report says  —  Lori Lightfoot, left, and Sergio Acosta, center, of the Chicago Police Accountability Task Force, listen to comments during a community forum at the South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago on Feb. 11, 2016.
Discussion: CBS Chicago and NPR
 
 
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Bill Turque / Washington Post:
David Trone spends $9.1 million of his own money on Md. congressional race
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Associated Press:
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Tim Mak / The Daily Beast:
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
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 Earlier Items: 
KCBY-TV:
After mayor refuses trip to Mississippi, Navy will bring USS Portland to PDX
Discussion: Daily Kos and Towleroad
John Harwood / CNBC:
Fed takes on too much: Congressional leader Brady
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Post
Media Matters for America:
Trump Ally Roger Stone Writing Entire Book Alleging That The Clintons Secretly Murdered JFK Jr.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Richard Pollock / The Daily Caller:
Pay Gap Alert: Clinton Foundation Male Execs Earn 38% More Than Women
Discussion: Instapundit
USA Today:
Zuckerberg unveils 10-year plan to expand Facebook empire, with political tones
Discussion: Bloomberg, Towleroad and Politico
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
White versus White America
Kira Lerner / ThinkProgress:
What Happens To Democracy After You Gut The Voting Rights Act, In One Map
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