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9:00 AM ET, April 13, 2016

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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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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 …
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.
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 …
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Trump slams RNC chairman, calls 2016 process ‘a disgrace’
Discussion: Politico, Denver Post and Guardian
New Jersey Online:
Ted Cruz is an American and can appear on N.J. primary ballot, judge says
Mark Hensch / The Hill:   Registration-burning GOP voter: ‘I was disenfranchised’
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 …
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 …
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
Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
Democrats Are Headed off Their Own Cliff
Discussion: BarbWire.com
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
Joshua Green / BostonGlobe.com:
Don't underestimate Ted Cruz
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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.
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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Paul A. Specht / Raleigh News & Observer:
Raleigh visitors bureau says HB2 is affecting Wake economy
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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Katherine Krueger / Talking Points Memo:
Paul Ryan To GOP: I Know I'm Awesome, But I Can't Be Your President
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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.
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.
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: Political Wire
KCBY-TV:
After mayor refuses trip to Mississippi, Navy will bring USS Portland to PDX  —  After Portland Mayor Charlie Hales announced he refuses to travel to Mississippi next month to commission the USS Portland over the state's anti-gay laws, the Navy has announced the commissioning will take place in Portland.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Towleroad
Media Matters for America:
Trump Ally Roger Stone Writing Entire Book Alleging That The Clintons Secretly Murdered JFK Jr.  —  Roger Stone is writing a book based on his conspiracy theory that the Clintons murdered John F. Kennedy Jr. Stone is an longtime ally and friend of Donald Trump, who has previously used …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Associated Press:
Thousands of Verizon workers go on strike amid contract dispute  —  April 7, 2013: This photo shows the Verizon studio booth at MetLife Stadium, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP)  —  NEW YORK - About 39,000 Verizon landline and cable workers on the East Coast walked off the job Wednesday morning …
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. …
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 …
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
 
 
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Danielle Douglas-Gabriel / Washington Post:
Obama to forgive the student debt of permanently disabled people
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Tim Mak / The Daily Beast:
Top Trump Aide Paul Manafort Lobbied for Saudis Against Embassy Move To Jerusalem
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NBC News:
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The Local:
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama envisions a day when female presidents are common
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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: Towleroad
Eamon Javers / CNBC:
Swiss banker whistleblower: CIA behind Panama Papers
Discussion: Boing Boing
Kira Lerner / ThinkProgress:
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Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money