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1:25 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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Brian McBride / ABC News:
Marco Rubio (Sort of) Endorses Ted Cruz, Shuts Down VP Speculation  —  Florida Sen. Marco Rubio Tuesday endorsed Texas senator and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz for president, sort of.  —  In one of his first interviews since dropping out of the presidential race …
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 …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Rubio says he wasn't endorsing Cruz  —  Marco Rubio doesn't want his praise for Ted Cruz to be interpreted as an endorsement.  —  The Florida senator said Wednesday that his remarks Tuesday to Mark Levin that he wants a conservative and that Cruz is the only candidate left that “fits the criteria” were not an official endorsement.
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 …
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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.
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 …
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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 …
MilitaryTimes:   Russian attack aircraft just flew within 30 feet of a U.S. Navy ship
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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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
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
If Elected, Clinton Would Create Special Office on Immigration
Discussion: The Daily Caller and LawNewz
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 …
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
The New York Observer:
In the Republican Primary: Donald Trump for President
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
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.
 
 
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Sam Roberts / New York Times:
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John Tozzi / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: nrdc.org
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Team Clinton: Sanders ‘rigging the system’ with quest for superdelegates
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