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5:20 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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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.
John Judis / Talking Points Memo:
I'm Voting for Bernie, but on One Condition
Discussion: Scripting News
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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Eliza Collins / Politico:
Colorado GOP chairman considers bringing sheriff to convention over Trump supporter threats  —  The chairman of the Colorado Republican Party has gotten such a violent reaction to the results of his state's caucus last weekend that he says he is considering bringing a local sheriff …
Everett Rosenfeld / CNBC:
Trump spokeswoman comes out swinging against Zuckerberg  —  Katrina Pierson, Trump Campaign Spokeswoman, responds to comments made by Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg about not building walls.  —  Katrina Pierson, a spokeswoman for GOP front-runner Donald Trump's presidential campaign …
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Donald Trump hires veteran GOP operative Rick Wiley  —  What is a super PAC? … State of the 2016 race  —  NEW YORK — Donald Trump has hired a veteran campaign operative with deep roots in the Republican Party establishment to take a senior position on his presidential campaign …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Josh Rosenblat of Vox / CNBC:
Cleveland is spending $20 million in federal money on riot and security gear for the Republican convention
Discussion: CNN, AOL and Vox
Karin Brulliard / Washington Post:
Octopus slips out of aquarium tank, crawls across floor, escapes down pipe to ocean … Inky the octopus didn't even try to cover his tracks.  —  By the time the staff at New Zealand's National Aquarium noticed that he was missing, telltale suction cup prints were the main clue to an easily-solved mystery.
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Dan Bilefsky / New York Times:
Inky the Octopus Legs It From a New Zealand Aquarium
Discussion: ValueWalk
CBS News:
USS Donald Cook buzzed again by Russian jets in Baltic  —  Yet again Russian jets made provocatively close passes to an American warship, as tensions continue between Moscow and Washington over the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria.  —  A senior defense official told CBS News that two recent incidents were …
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MilitaryTimes:
Russian attack aircraft just flew within 30 feet of a U.S. Navy ship
Discussion: Hot Air
Barbara Starr / CNN:
Russian fighter jets in extremely close overflights with U.S. destroyer
Discussion: The Right Scoop
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.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Donald Trump meets with Megyn Kelly at Trump Tower  —  Donald Trump and the Fox News host Megyn Kelly met at Trump Tower on Wednesday morning, a person with knowledge of the matter told CNNMoney.  —  The meeting was brokered by Fox News chairman Roger Ailes.  —  Representatives for Trump and Fox News had no immediate comment.
Wall Street Journal:
Regulators Propose Banning Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes for at Least Two Years  —  Startup hopes to avoid sanctions, but Holmes and No. 2 executive could be forced out of blood-testing business for failing to fix problems  —  Federal health regulators have proposed banning Theranos Inc …
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.
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Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: What Millennials Want
Discussion: SiriusXM Blog and RedState
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Toddler shot in face when gun stashed in mom's purse goes off while waiting at hospital  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  A child was shot in the face at a Mississippi hospital after a gun went off inside her mother's purse.  —  The 2-year-old girl was waiting Wednesday morning …
Discussion: The Clarion Ledger and KFOR-TV
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
Rachael Bade / Politico:
How a Clinton insider used his ties to build a consulting giant  —  When Hillary Clinton became secretary of state she personally sought out a man named Declan Kelly to be her economic envoy to Northern Ireland, giving her 41-year-old former fundraiser a special status outside normal diplomatic channels.
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: Hullabaloo and Mother Jones
Adam Entous / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Readies ‘Plan B’ to Arm Syria Rebels  —  Moderate groups could get antiaircraft weapons if cease-fire collapses, officials say  —  WASHINGTON—The Central Intelligence Agency and its regional partners have drawn up plans to supply more-powerful weapons to moderate rebels in Syria fighting …
CNNMoney:
36,000 Verizon workers go on strike  —  36,000 Verizon workers have walked off the job Wednesday after failing to reach a new labor agreement.  —  This is the largest strike in the United States since Verizon workers last walked off the job in 2011, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The Hill:
Clinton's dismal approval ratings prompt Dem fears  —  's favorability ratings are historically low and increasingly a concern for her supporters.  —  Clinton is now viewed unfavorably by 55 percent of the electorate, according to the HuffPost Pollster average, which tracks findings from 42 different polling outfits.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Daily Caller
Steven Rattner / New York Times:
By Opposing Obama, the Republicans Created Trump  —  MEMO to Republican legislators biting your nails over the New York primary, wondering if you can finally derail Donald J. Trump's candidacy with, gulp, Ted Cruz: You brought it on yourselves.  —  Not just by failing for too long …
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.
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Gun provisions snag mental health reform bill  —  The fight over gun control is threatening to scuttle a bipartisan mental health reform effort in the Senate as lawmakers rush to get the issue to the floor.  —  (R-Texas) is in talks with leaders of the Senate health committee to combine …
Discussion: Hot Air
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Black lawmaker ‘ashamed’ of vote for Clinton crime bill … Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) said Wednesday he was “ashamed” of his vote for the 1994 crime bill.  —  The lawmaker said he wanted to apologize to his constituents for supporting the bill, signed into law by President Clinton …
Nick Paton Walsh / CNN:
Al Qaeda ‘very active’ in Afghanistan: U.S. Commander  —  Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN)Afghanistan's top defense official has warned that al Qaeda — the reason the United States first invaded Afghanistan — is “very active” and a “big threat” in the country.  —  A senior U.S. official …
C. Ramsey Fahs / Harvard News:
In Most Extensive Comments in Centuries, Porcellian Club Criticizes Final Club Scrutiny  —  Defending the club, Porcellian Graduate President details socioeconomic diversity of the membership  —  The Porcellian Club, Harvard's oldest final club, broke its public silence Tuesday …
Cliff Sims / Yellowhammer News:
Whistleblowers: Bentley ordered state helicopter to fly his forgotten wallet to the beach  —  MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Multiple confidential sources inside of state government came forward to Yellowhammer this week with accusations that Alabama Governor Robert Bentley ordered a state helicopter …
Discussion: WKRG-TV and The Daily Caller
 
 
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David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
Tantaros: Trump's Kids Aren't in Jail or on Drugs so 'You've Got to Give Him That'
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Ryan Deto / Pittsburgh City Paper:
Pittsburgh Police on alert after armed Donald Trump supporters say they will confront protesters
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