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5:55 AM ET, April 13, 2016

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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 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’  —  on Tuesday slammed the chairman of the Republican National Committee, claiming the party's system for selecting its presidential nominee is a “scam” and a “disgrace.”  —  During an exclusive interview with The Hill at Trump Tower, Trump said, “It's a disgrace for the party.
Discussion: CNN, Denver Post, Politico and Guardian
CNN:
First on CNN: Top Republicans may skip GOP convention  —  Washington (CNN)A number of high-profile Republicans, fearful of a potential melee in Cleveland this summer, are considering skipping the Republican National Convention and campaigning back home instead.
Mark Hensch / The Hill:   Registration-burning GOP voter: ‘I was disenfranchised’
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 …
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Prachi Gupta / Cosmopolitan:
Hillary Clinton Responds to Bernie Sanders' Remark That She's “Condescending” to Young People  —  “I'm excited that so many young people are involved in this campaign.”  —  While on the campaign trail in Las Vegas, a young girl asked Hillary Clinton, “If you're elected the girl president …
Annie Karni / Politico:
Bill Clinton can't stop talking about himself
Discussion: CBS New York
New York Daily News:
Mayor de Blasio, Hillary Clinton ripped for racist joke at Inner Circle show
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
WH defends Clinton and de Blasio after ‘CP time’ joke flops
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Associated Press:
Paul Ryan Is Not Running for President _ or Passing a Budget  —  House Speaker Paul Ryan's national stature is such that he had to call a news conference to deny he wants to be president.  Back on Capitol Hill, he's about to blow through a statutory deadline to pass an annual budget, a major embarrassment for him and House Republicans.
Discussion: Politico
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Joshua Green / BostonGlobe.com:   Don't underestimate Ted Cruz
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:   New York Hates Ted Cruz; Trump, Clinton Lead Big
Katherine Krueger / Talking Points Memo:
Paul Ryan To GOP: I Know I'm Awesome, But I Can't Be Your President
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Paul Ryan delivers Shermanesque rejection of running for president
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Paul Ryan Rules Out Run for President
Paul A. Specht / Raleigh News & Observer:
Raleigh visitors bureau says HB2 is affecting Wake economy  —  Four groups have canceled events  —  16 other groups, potentially bringing $24M, are rethinking plans in Wake County  —  State reps Dollar and Stam: lost rooms can be filled  —  RALEIGH  —  A report released …
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Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Senators: NBA should move All-Star Game out of North Carolina
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Billy Richardson / Fayetteville Observer:
N.C. Rep. Billy Richardson: I was wrong to vote for HB2
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.
USA Today:
Zuckerberg unveils 10-year plan to expand Facebook empire, with political tones  —  Facebook announced that businesses would be able to start using their messenger platform to buy and sell products and offer customers support.  Jefferson Graham reports from the F8 Developer conference in San Francisco.
Discussion: Towleroad
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Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Zuckerberg criticizes ‘fearful voices calling for building walls’
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Verge
KCBY-TV:
After mayor refuses trip to Mississippi, Navy will bring USS Portland to PDX  —  After Portland Mayor Charlie Hales announced he refuses to travel to Mississippi next month to commission the USS Portland over the state's anti-gay laws, the Navy has announced the commissioning will take place in Portland.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Towleroad
Media Matters for America:
Trump Ally Roger Stone Writing Entire Book Alleging That The Clintons Secretly Murdered JFK Jr.  —  Roger Stone is writing a book based on his conspiracy theory that the Clintons murdered John F. Kennedy Jr. Stone is an longtime ally and friend of Donald Trump, who has previously used …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Progressive groups target Julián Castro  —  The veepstakes oppo war has begun.  —  With Bernie Sanders' durability exciting progressives at their potential to shape the Democratic race, a coalition of groups — many of them backers of the Vermont senator — are launching a preemptive strike …
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.
Deanreddington / CBS Boston:
Zika Survivor Says ‘I Could Feel My Skin Shrinking’  —  BOSTON (CBS) - A 46-year-old landscaper, who does not want to be identified, says last month he went to Brazil to visit his 90-year-old ailing father.  —  While he was there he was bitten by several mosquitoes.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama envisions a day when female presidents are common  —  President Obama said Tuesday that people will someday be amazed a woman had not served as president for so long in comments that came close to publicly backing Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton
Discussion: Washington Post
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Tim Mak / The Daily Beast:
Top Trump Aide Paul Manafort Lobbied for Saudis Against Embassy Move To Jerusalem  —  Donald Trump's new top aide Paul Manafort once lobbied against moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, putting him at odds with a key pro-Israel position and his boss.
Discussion: RedState
The Local:
Air France's gay stewards rebel over flights to Iran  —  First the Air France hostesses didn't want to wear veils when getting off the plane in Iran, now gay stewards don't want to go to a country where homosexuals could face the death penalty.  —  A steward from Air France has launched …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and RT
 
 
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NBC News:
Warhol's Iconic 'Campbell's Soup' Art Stolen From Museum
John Harwood / CNBC:
Fed takes on too much: Congressional leader Brady
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Post
Timothy B. Lee / Vox:
Job hopping helped Silicon Valley thrive. So why do other states restrict it?
Richard Pollock / The Daily Caller:
Pay Gap Alert: Clinton Foundation Male Execs Earn 38% More Than Women
Discussion: Instapundit
Fox News Insider:
California School District Votes to Allow Staff to Carry Guns
 Earlier Items: 
Eamon Javers / CNBC:
Swiss banker whistleblower: CIA behind Panama Papers
Discussion: Boing Boing
Kira Lerner / ThinkProgress:
What Happens To Democracy After You Gut The Voting Rights Act, In One Map
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Selim Algar / New York Post:
Students beat and bullied me for being white
Discussion: BizPac Review