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3:30 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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John Judis / Talking Points Memo:
I'm Voting for Bernie, but on One Condition  —  “He's not going to get the nomination, is he?” my wife asks anxiously as she gazes out of the kitchen window at the Bernie for President sign on our front lawn.  No, I assure her, and he certainly won't win Maryland on April 26.
Discussion: Scripting News
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.
Editorials / New York Daily News:
Daily News Editorial Board says Vote Hillary Clinton: Her plans to give working- and middle …
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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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:   Ted Cruz Calls Trump a Sicilian Mobster: “Donald Needs to Understand He's Not Michael Corleone” (VIDEO)
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: What Millennials Want
Discussion: RedState and SiriusXM Blog
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
Court Doc: Hastert's Lawyers Say A ‘Groin Rub’ Isn't Sexual Assault  —  In a court filing in the criminal case against former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-IL) arising from his alleged sexual abuse of minors when he was a wrestling coach, his lawyers questioned whether an alleged “groin rub” amounted to “sexual misconduct.”
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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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
Jason Meisner / Chicago Tribune:
Filing: Hastert lawyers question if groin rub amounted to sexual abuse  —  Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert through the years.  —  Lawyers for Dennis Hastert said in a court filing unsealed Wednesday that the former U.S. House speaker had no recollection of alleged sexual abuse decades ago …
Discussion: LawNewz and The Slot
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
Lucas Tomlinson / Fox News:
Russian jets pass US Navy destroyer at ‘unsafe’ speed in Baltic Sea, official says
Discussion: Washington Post
Barbara Starr / CNN:   Russian fighter jets in extremely close overflights with U.S. destroyer
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.
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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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 Republican senator said Wednesday that his remarks Tuesday to Mark Levin that he wants a conservative and that Cruz is the only candidate left that …
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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
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: Washington Post
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Andrea Swalec / NBC4 Washington:
POLL: Clinton, Trump Hold Big Leads in Maryland
Discussion: RedState
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Business Insider
Pete Kasperowicz / Washington Examiner:
RNC member predicts: Trump can win with 1,100 delegates  —  Republican National Committee member Randy Evans predicted Wednesday that Donald Trump would likely be able to secure the Republican nomination if he captures anything more than 1,100 delegates, short of the 1,237 delegates needed for a simple majority.
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 …
 
 
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