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11:30 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 …
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
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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
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
White House intervenes in Maryland Senate Democratic primary
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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Prachi Gupta / Cosmopolitan:
Hillary Clinton Responds to Bernie Sanders' Remark That She's “Condescending” to Young People
Bill McKibben / New York Daily News:
Bernie Sanders' climate consistency: Why he, not Hillary Clinton, should be the choice of people …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Annie Karni / Politico:
Bill Clinton can't stop talking about himself
Discussion: CBS New York
Lucas Tomlinson / Fox News:
Russian jets pass US Navy destroyer at ‘unsafe’ speed in Baltic Sea, official says  —  Two Russian warplanes buzzed a U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer in the Baltic Sea off the coast of Poland multiple times this week, a defense official tells Fox News.  —  In one incident, the USS Donald Cook …
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 Jersey Online:
Ted Cruz is an American and can appear on N.J. primary ballot, judge says
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.
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 …
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Progressive groups target Julián Castro
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.
Discussion: The Slot
Radio New Zealand Regional Headlines:
Escaped octopus 'didn't even leave us a message'  —  A crafty octopus has squeezed through a gap in its enclosure, down a narrow drain and escaped from a Napier aquarium.  —  Inky the common octopus took advantage of his tank's lid being left slightly ajar and fled to the Pacific Ocean.
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.
Discussion: nrdc.org
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 …
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.
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.
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
If Elected, Clinton Would Create Special Office on Immigration  —  The proposed office would work to coordinate programs and policies across federal, state and local governments  —  Working to cement her advantage with minority voters, Democrat Hillary Clinton is set to announce plans …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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. …
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.
 
 
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Sam Roberts / New York Times:
Arthur Anderson, Voice of Lucky Charms Cereal's Leprechaun, Dies at 93
Discussion: NPR
Chicago Tribune:
Chicago police must face ‘hard truths’ about racist past, task force draft report says
Discussion: CBS Chicago and NPR
Associated Press:
Thousands of Verizon workers go on strike amid contract dispute
Danielle Douglas-Gabriel / Washington Post:
Obama to forgive the student debt of permanently disabled people
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
WOW! Glenn Beck: Nobody Can Understand the Moses-Like Burden Ted Cruz Carries (VIDEO)
Associated Press:
Paul Ryan Is Not Running for President _ or Passing a Budget
Discussion: Politico
Deanreddington / CBS Boston:
Zika Survivor Says ‘I Could Feel My Skin Shrinking’
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The Local:
Air France's gay stewards rebel over flights to Iran
Discussion: The Daily Caller and RT
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama envisions a day when female presidents are common
Discussion: Washington Post
KCBY-TV:
After mayor refuses trip to Mississippi, Navy will bring USS Portland to PDX
Discussion: Daily Kos and Towleroad
Media Matters for America:
Trump Ally Roger Stone Writing Entire Book Alleging That The Clintons Secretly Murdered JFK Jr.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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