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12:45 PM 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
Discussion: Washington Post
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’
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 and Shakesville
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
White House intervenes in Maryland Senate Democratic primary
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.
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.
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Karin Brulliard / Washington Post:
Octopus slips out of aquarium tank, crawls across floor, escapes down pipe to ocean
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 …
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Bill McKibben / New York Daily News:
Bernie Sanders' climate consistency: Why he, not Hillary Clinton, should be the choice of people …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Prachi Gupta / Cosmopolitan:
Hillary Clinton Responds to Bernie Sanders' Remark That She's “Condescending” to Young People
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: Washington Post, Daily Kos and The Week
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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 …
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. …
Discussion: ValueWalk, The Week and New York Times
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Jesse Hamilton / Bloomberg:
Five Big Banks' Living Wills Rejected by U.S. Banking Agencies
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 …
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.
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.
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
Jeff Grabmeier / news.osu.edu:
The 6 elements of an effective apology, according to science  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio - There are six components to an apology - and the more of them you include when you say you're sorry, the more effective your apology will be, according to new research.  —  But if you're pressed for time or space …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Reuters:
Peabody, world's top private coal miner, files for bankruptcy  —  Peabody Energy Corp (BTU.N) filed for U.S. bankruptcy protection on Wednesday after a sharp drop in coal prices left it unable to service debt of $10.1 billion, much of it incurred for an expansion into Australia.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Common Dreams
 
 
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Telegraph:
German comic under police protection over Erdogan poem
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
If Elected, Clinton Would Create Special Office on Immigration
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Sam Roberts / New York Times:
Arthur Anderson, Voice of Lucky Charms Cereal's Leprechaun, Dies at 93
Discussion: New York's PIX11 and NPR
Chicago Tribune:
Chicago police must face ‘hard truths’ about racist past, task force draft report says
Discussion: NPR and CBS Chicago
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Team Clinton: Sanders ‘rigging the system’ with quest for superdelegates
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’
Marcel Harmon / Salon:
Sam Brownback declares war on Kansas: This is how extremists gut a state — and democracy
Media Matters for America:
Trump Ally Roger Stone Writing Entire Book Alleging That The Clintons Secretly Murdered JFK Jr.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
The New York Observer:
In the Republican Primary: Donald Trump for President