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10:45 PM ET, April 14, 2016


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Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Trump widens lead in GOP race, Clinton-Sanders tightens  —  Donald Trump jumps to an 18-point lead over Ted Cruz this week with record high support for the Republican nomination.  —  Trump tops Cruz by 45-27 percent among GOP primary voters in a new Fox News national poll on the 2016 election.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Clinton's Image Among Democrats at New Low  —  Recent activity in the presidential election campaign is clearly taking a toll on the images of the leading presidential candidates, as Hillary Clinton drops to her lowest net favorable rating among Democrats since Gallup began tracking her in July …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Pataki endorses Kasich, bashes Trump  —  George Pataki has endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich, the former New York governor said in a statement released by Kasich's campaign.  —  “John Kasich is the candidate Americans can trust to revive our economy, strengthen our national defense and represent our great nation with dignity.
Discussion: RedState
Nick Gass / Politico:
Poll: Trump more unpopular than anyone but David Duke in last 30 years of presidential elections
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Week
Ryan Struyk / ABC News:
Discussion: LawNewz and
John McCormick / Bloomberg:
Trump Could Lose Delegates in States That Have Yet to Vote  —  At least a few states, including Indiana, select their convention delegates before primary votes are cast  —  Donald Trump is about to get more fuel for his complaint about the Republican Party and its process for selecting …
Michele Gorman / Newsweek:
SANDY HOOK LAWSUIT: JUDGE RULES AGAINST GUN COMPANIES  —  In a major blow to gun companies, a judge in Connecticut on Thursday denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by 10 families affected by the December 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School against the maker of the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle used in the shooting.
Hartford Courant:
Judge Denies Gun Manufacturer's Motion To Dismiss Sandy Hook Families' Lawsuit
Discussion: Business Insider and WPMT FOX43
Connecticut Post:
Sandy Hook families can sue gun industry
Discussion: RedState and The Atlantic
Lauren Fox / Talking Points Memo:
Ted Cruz's Senate Outreach Isn't Going Well  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has decided he may want some help from Washington after all to stop Trump.  —  But alas, his entreaties to his Senate colleagues aren't going very well.  —  Cruz is facing varied and dynamic obstacles in his quest to build support on the Hill.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hot Air
Lauren Fox / Talking Points Memo:
Ted Cruz: Yes, Mitch McConnell Lied To Me And I Don't Regret Saying It
Discussion: RedState
Michael McAuliff / The Huffington Post:
Even Ken Starr Thinks Mitch McConnell Should Allow A Vote On SCOTUS Nominee
Brent Lang / Variety:
AMC Entertainment CEO Open to Allowing Texting in Some Theaters  —  Adam Aron has been head of AMC Entertainment for less than four months, but in that short time he's already orchestrated one of the most significant deals in the country's history.  In February, AMC announced that it has an agreement …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Time magazine's new cover trolls economically literate people with absurd scare tactics  —  Time magazine decided to troll economically literate Americans this week with an alarmist cover story about the national debt: … The good news is there's a lot wrong with this analysis.  —  Ignoring inequality
Discussion: Slate and Mother Jones
Alan Pyke / ThinkProgress:
Time Magazine Is Lying To You. Here's Why.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Donald Trump's Favorite Bible Teaching Is “Eye For An Eye”  —  “We can learn a lot from the Bible, that I can tell you.”  —  —  Donald Trump said in a radio interview on Thursday that his favorite teaching in the Bible is the Old Testament punishment of an “eye for eye.”
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:   Trump's favorite Bible verse: ‘Eye for an eye’
New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Suspends Jewish Outreach Coordinator After Reports of Her Criticisms of Israel  —  Join us for live analysis of the Democratic debate.  —  Two days after the announcement of her hiring, the Sanders presidential campaign suspended its national Jewish outreach coordinator …
Brad Smith / Microsoft on the Issues:
Keeping secrecy the exception, not the rule: An issue for both consumers and businesses  —  This morning we filed a new lawsuit in federal court against the United States government to stand up for what we believe are our customers' constitutional and fundamental rights - rights that help protect privacy and promote free expression.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:   Microsoft Sues Justice Department to Protest Electronic Gag Order Statute
Gov. Bill Haslam vetoes Bible bill  —  Gov. Bill Haslam has vetoed the controversial bill that would have made the Bible the official book of Tennessee.  —  Haslam cited an opinion issued in 2015 by Attorney General Herbert Slatery that said the bill could violate the state and federal constitutions.
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
Democratic Party, Clinton and Sanders campaigns to sue Arizona over voting rights  —  What is a super PAC? … State of the 2016 race  —  The Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign will sue the state of Arizona over voter access to the polls after the state's presidential primary …
CBS News:
Who's behind the new LGBT bathroom laws?  —  ORLANDO — Lawmakers in state after state are passing bills to protect those who cite religious beliefs for refusing to serve or employ gay or transgender people.  —  CBS News wondered why so many of these laws — including some that limit access …
Sean Gregory / TIME:
How Obamacare Is Fueling America's Opioid Epidemic  —  Sean Gregory is a TIME senior writer who has covered sports extensively over the last decade.  —  Some doctors say a quirk in the program is a dangerous incentive to prescribe potentially dangerous painkillers
Benjy Sarlin / MSNBC:
How an army of pro-Donald Trump trolls are taking over Reddit  —  Donald Trump is taking over Reddit.  —  Seemingly out of nowhere, the site dubbed “the front page of the Internet” has been flooded with pro-Trump material over the last two months.  —  Reddit, a forum that consists …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Hullabaloo
Scottishmentat / SoundCloud:
Comment by Sven Sønberg  —  Wow try your ‘mute’ button next time the other guy is talking  —  @scottishmentat: So- is there a counter to this effect, or a caveat that needs to be stated?  —  Hi James- I wanted to say it was a true joy listening to you both debate, absolutely fascinating stuff!
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Ashley Feinberg / Gawker:
After His Honeymoon, Ted Cruz Immediately Bought 100 Cans Of Soup  —  Thanks to CNN's town hall, America just got another glimpse into the waking hell that is Heidi Cruz's daily life.  Tonight's entry into the Heidi Cruz catalogue of the macabre: A newlywed Ted Cruz celebrates by buying 100 cans of Campbell's Chunky soup.
Hillary Clinton / New York Daily News:
Donald Trump's dangerous, loose nuclear talk: Hillary Clinton blasts the Republican front-runner  —  Keeping America safe is the most solemn responsibility of any President.  So when Donald Trump says “we need unpredictability” when it comes to nuclear weapons, when he talks casually …
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Nathan Deal on religious liberty: 'I see what's happening in North Carolina, Mississippi'  —  Gov. Nathan Deal said the uproar in North Carolina and Mississippi over new laws that critics say curb gay rights should give supporters of the “religious liberty” measure in Georgia second thoughts …
Ryan Felton / Guardian:
Court rules warrantless collection of cellphone location data constitutional  —  A federal court of appeals rejected a constitutional challenge from two convicted robbers making it more likely that the US supreme court will consider the issue  —  A federal appellate panel on Wednesday rejected …
Apple Pursues New Search Features for a Crowded App Store  —  Company explores adding Google-like ‘paid search’ feature  —  Effort follows last year's App Store leadership change  —  Apple Inc. has constructed a secret team to explore changes to the App Store, including a new strategy …
Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
Los Angeles Times:
In a win for unions, appeals court reverses ruling that threw out teacher tenure in California  —  Student Beatriz Vergara testifies in the Vergara vs. California case in Los Angeles Superior Court on Feb. 11, 2014.  —  In a major victory for unions, a California appeals court reversed …
Discussion: Hit & Run and KQED News
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Daniel Burke / CNN:
The Book of Bernie: What is Sanders' religion?
Discussion: Hot Air
Meera Jagannathan / New York Daily News:
Six ex-'Apprentice' stars to disavow Donald Trump for his ‘anti-American’ campaign
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
World's largest coal company files for bankruptcy
Ted Gregory / Chicago Tribune:
Lawmaker Hastert urged life sentences for repeat child molesters
Discussion: Occupy Democrats and WND
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Gabriel Snyder out at the New Republic
Jana Kasperkevic / Guardian:
Fight for $15 protesters across US demand living wage in day of action
 Earlier Items: 
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A.B. Stoddard / The Hill:
Ryan's long game
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
The Real Welfare Cheats
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Alex Zielinski / ThinkProgress:
GOP Representatives Push Abortion Bill Based On Asian Stereotypes
Discussion: Slate and The Bob and Chez Show
Los Angeles Times:
Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten seeks parole for 1969 slaying
Discussion: TalkLeft and LAist
Noah Feldman / Bloomberg View:
Polygamy Is Constitutional. Here's Why.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Nick Gass / Politico:
Sanders: ‘No room’ for language about ‘corporate Democratic whores’
Sabato's Crystal Ball:
House 2016: How a Democratic Wave Could Happen
Discussion: Washington Post