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12:10 PM ET, April 15, 2016


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Donald J. Trump / Wall Street Journal:
Let Me Ask America a Question  —  How has the ‘system’ been working out for you and your family?  No wonder voters demand change.  —  On Saturday, April 9, Colorado had an “election” without voters.  Delegates were chosen on behalf of a presidential nominee, yet the people of Colorado …
Vaughn Hillyard / NBC News:
New York Republicans Ignore Ted Cruz at GOP Gala  —  NEW YORK — A stunningly distracted crowd of hundreds of Republicans almost entirely ignored Ted Cruz's speech at the New York City GOP gala on Thursday night, instead chattering at their dinner tables, standing and taking selfies.
Matthew Daly / Associated Press:
Palin says voters won't stand for it if Republican “power brokers” try to take the presidential nomination away from Trump or Cruz  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Voters will “rise up” in opposition if Republican power brokers try to take the presidential nomination away from Donald Trump or Ted Cruz …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Cruz has phone call with ‘Trump’ on Jimmy Fallon  —  During a Thursday night appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz  —  discussed the election with GOP front-runner Donald Trump  —  , or at least the host's best impression of him.
Discussion: Hot Air
Scott Bland / Politico:
Trump poised for New York landslide
Discussion: RedState and Political Machination
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Cold greeting for Cruz at GOP gala
Jessica Hopper / ABC News:
Ted Cruz Has ‘Phone Call’ With Donald Trump During ‘Tonight Show’ Skit
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Pastrami Principle  —  A couple of months ago, Jeb Bush (remember him?) posted a photo of his monogrammed handgun to Twitter, with the caption “America.”  Bill de Blasio, New York's mayor, responded with a picture of an immense pastrami sandwich, also captioned “America.”  Advantage de Blasio, if you ask me.
Discussion: TIME
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Brooklyn Debate Takeaways: Sarcasm, Snideness and Smackdowns  —  The Democratic debate on Thursday night played out as a magnified version of the primary race.  The personal clashes between Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont were harsher.  Their policy differences gaped wider.
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Campaign Suspends Jewish Outreach Coordinator for Vulgar Remarks About Netanyahu  —  The Sanders campaign's announcement on Tuesday that Simone Zimmerman would be its national Jewish outreach coordinator delighted her fellow left-wing Jewish political activists and encouraged …
Chris Spargo For / Daily Mail:
Why did Hillary Clinton leave Good Morning America in the lurch by pulling out of live town hall …
Discussion: Da Tech Guy Blog and TVNewser
Annie Karni / Politico:
Clinton to air new ads based off endorsements in NYC
Discussion: ABC News
Sylvan Lane / The Hill:
Sanders mocks Clinton's claim that she ‘called out’ Wall Street
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Clinton and Sanders brawl in Brooklyn
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:   The Single Most Important Thing That Hillary Clinton Did Not Say Last Night
Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
Hillary Clinton Leads Bernie Sanders in New York by 17 Points Ahead of Primary, Poll Finds
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Five Big Questions After a High-Stakes Democratic Debate
Discussion: Towleroad
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Clinton's Image Among Democrats at New Low
New York Post:
The Post endorses Donald Trump  —  Donald Trump is a rookie candidate — a potential superstar of vast promise, but making rookie mistakes.  The nominee Republicans need for the fall campaign is often hard to make out amid his improvisations and too-harsh replies to his critics.  —  New Yorkers vote Tuesday.
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Palin: Bill Nye ‘as much a scientist as I am’  —  Sarah Palin tore into Bill Nye's scientific qualifications on Thursday, saying he has no authority to say climate skeptics are wrong.  —  Palin, the former governor of Alaska and the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate …
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Obama to Help Push for Open Market for Cable Set-Top Boxes  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama will announce on Friday his support for opening the market for cable set-top boxes, singling out the devices in millions of homes as a clunky and outdated symbol of corporate power over consumers …
Discussion: The Week
Blog Daily Listings RSS:
Thinking Outside the Cable Box: How More Competition Gets You a Better Deal
Discussion: The Hill, Deadline and The Verge
Merkel Allows Prosecution of German Comedian Over Erdogan Satire  —  German satirist read lewd poem lampooning Turkish president  —  Case comes as Merkel relies on Erdogan to hold to refugee deal  —  Chancellor Angela Merkel's government granted Turkey's request to prosecute a German satirist …
Krishnadev Calamur / The Atlantic:
Jokes About Erdogan Aren't Funny in Germany
Discussion: Business Insider
Czech Republic poised to change name to ‘Czechia’  —  The Czech Republic is poised to change its name to “Czechia” to make it easier for companies and sports teams to use it on products and clothing.  —  The country will retain its full name but Czechia will become the official short geographic name …
Discussion: Guardian, Washington Post and NPR
Dan Bilefsky / New York Times:
With Czechia, Czech Republic Hopes Vowels Will Solve Name Puzzle
Discussion: Business Insider and Mashable
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Here's What Happened When A Group Of Scientists Went To Confront Their Congressional Tormentors  —  It turns out their “wasteful” research serves a purpose.  —  The worlds of science and politics came together twice on Wednesday afternoon, and the collisions couldn't have been more diametrically at odds.
Discussion: Shakesville
Chris Dyches / WBTV-TV:
Gay waitress says Bible verse left in lieu of tip  —  A Charlotte waitress says she was infuriated and hurt when a group of ladies left a message for her on their bill - taking aim at her sexuality.  —  Alexandra Judd works at Zada Janes in Charlotte's Plaza Midwood area.
Discussion: Raw Story, and Towleroad
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Judge: Gun lawsuit from Sandy Hook families can move forward  —  A lawsuit against the manufacturer that made the rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings can move forward, a Connecticut judge ruled Thursday.  —  A state Superior Court judge refused to throw out the lawsuit …
Discussion: NPR and Slantpoint
Surya Yalamanchili / Politico:
My Night at the Playboy Mansion With Donald Trump  —  The last time I saw Donald Trump, he was screaming at me on stage at the Hollywood Bowl.  —  In 2006, I was a contestant on Season 6 of The Apprentice, the NBC show in which 18 contestants competed for a managerial job working for Donald Trump, the program's host.
Discussion: The Week
Matt O'Brien / Washington Post:
This is the worst argument about the national debt you'll ever find  —  The United States government has $13 trillion in debt, and I feel fine.  —  You should too.  That's because, despite what Jim Grant tells us on the cover of Time magazine, this doesn't mean that every man, woman, and child has to pay $42,998.12 themselves.
Discussion: Salon, TIME, ThinkProgress and The Week
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Insurers warn losses from ObamaCare are unsustainable  —  Health insurance companies are amplifying their warnings about the financial sustainability of the ObamaCare marketplaces as they seek approval for premium increases next year.  —  Insurers say they are losing money on their ObamaCare plans …
Discussion: Hot Air and New York Times
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Uriel Heilman / Jerusalem Post:
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Caleb Howe / RedState:
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Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
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