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9:25 AM ET, April 14, 2016


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Marc Caputo / Politico:
Trump campaign manager will not be prosecuted, sources say  —  A Florida prosecutor has decided not to prosecute Donald Trump's campaign manager for battery after a March run-in with former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields, sources with knowledge of the situation told POLITICO.
Oliver Darcy /
Michelle Fields to Pursue Civil Action Against Trump and His Campaign Manager for Defamation  —  Ex-Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields said Wednesday night that she plans to pursue civil action against Donald Trump and campaign manager Corey Lewandowski over an incident that occurred last month.
Discussion: Politico, BizPac Review and The Week
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Donald Trump shuffles struggling campaign team  —  Wounded GOP front-runner Donald Trump is quietly setting up a parallel campaign structure, hiring known Republican fixers to professionalize his operation and sidelining his original team.  —  Under the guidance of his new strategist Paul Manafort …
Discussion: Washington Post
Greta Van Susteren / Gretawire:   Free legal advice to Michelle Fields: don't bring a civil lawsuit
Washington Post:
Republicans like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.  The general public doesn't.  —  What is a super PAC? … State of the 2016 race  —  Strong headwinds of unpopularity continue to hobble leading Republicans Donald Trump and Ted Cruz with the public at-large, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Discussion: Political Wire
Katie Zezima / Washington Post:
Inside Ted Cruz's novel strategy for winning from behind  —  What is a super PAC? … State of the 2016 race  —  IRVINE, Calif. — Eight days before Republican voters in the state of New York would award a massive trove of 95 delegates, Ted Cruz stood three time zones away in a hotel ballroom packed …
Editorials / New York Daily News:
Daily News Editorial Board says vote John Kasich: His maturity and pragmatism shine, especially in contrast to the dangerous and disgraceful character of Donald Trump  —  New York's 2.7 million registered Republican voters can break the fever that torments their party by voting for principled …
Ashley Feinberg / Gawker:
After His Honeymoon, Ted Cruz Immediately Bought 100 Cans Of Soup
Discussion: The Week
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Trump's feud with the RNC reaches a striking new level  —  Donald Trump is coming to a striking realization: it's possible, if not likely, that he's going to reach the Republican National Convention this summer with the most pledged delegates, the most votes, and the most state victories …
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:   Donald Trump's insincere process arguments
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
WOW! Anti-Trump RNC Delegate Says She'll Vote for Hillary Over Trump (VIDEO)
Discussion: NBC News
S.A. Miller / Washington Times:   Trump effect: Convention rule changes off the table for RNC's spring meeting
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Priebus: Trump's latest rant will ‘blow over’
Discussion: Washington Post
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Trump asks Pittsburgh: How's Joe Paterno? … Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump  —  invoked the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno on Wednesday.  —  “How's Joe Paterno?  We gonna bring that back?”  Trump said during a rally in Pittsburgh.  “How about that whole deal?”
Office of the Governor of Louisiana:
Gov. Edwards Signs Non-discrimination Executive Order; Rescinds Marriage and Conscience Executive Order  —  BATON ROUGE - Today, Governor John Bel Edwards signed an executive order providing employment protections for state employees and employees of state contractors on the basis of race …
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
What it looks like when Russian attack jets fly ‘dangerously close’ to a Navy ship
Sam Frizell / TIME:
Bernie Sanders Says Democratic Primary Schedule ‘Distorts Reality’  —  “I think that having so many Southern states go first kind of distorts reality”  —  Bernie Sanders told “Nightly Show” host Larry Wilmore at a taping Wednesday evening that scheduling Southern states early in the Democratic primary “distorts reality.”
Discussion: The Week
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
What to Look For in the Democratic Debate
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Megyn Kelly: Meeting with Trump allowed us to ‘clear the air’  —  Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly said on her show “The Kelly File” Wednesday night that her meeting with Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump  —  allowed the two to “clear the air.”  —  “The meeting was at my request …
Sacramento Bee:
UC Davis spent thousands to scrub pepper-spray references from Internet  —  UC Davis sought to eliminate negative search results for school and chancellor  —  Strategic communications budget soared during Katehi's tenure  —  Students occupying area outside Katehi's office call for her resignation
Garrett Epps / The Atlantic:
How to Fix the U.S. Supreme Court Impasse  —  Americans, like all humans, are trapped in history; thus we can't know now whether the American republic is on its deathbed or simply spiking one of its periodic fevers.  The patient has recovered from near-fatal illness before …
Meena Jang / Billboard:
Ice Cube: ‘Donald Trump Is What Americans Aspire to Be’  —  EMAIL ME  —  Ice Cube likened GOP candidate Donald Trump to the “American dream” during a sit-down with Bloomberg.  —  “Donald Trump is what Americans love.  Donald Trump is what Americans aspire to be — rich, powerful …
Former presidential contenders Martin O'Malley and Mike Huckabee might start a band  —  (WASHINGTON) — An unlikely pair of former presidential candidates paid a joint visit to Washington, D.C., Wednesday: Former Govs. Martin O'Malley and Mike Huckabee.  —  Standing before a bus draped in red …
Noah Rothman / Commentary Magazine:
Fear the Cleveland Convention  —  The sense of dread is palpable.  The nearer the Republican Party gets to a contested - in the most literal sense of the word - convention, the more terrible that prospect appears.  For the GOP's elected representatives with careers to lose …
Sabato's Crystal Ball:
House 2016: How a Democratic Wave Could Happen  —  More than a dozen rating changes, almost all favoring Democrats  —  Pennsylvania's Seventh Congressional District, which forms a misshapen U linking Greater Philadelphia in the east to the outskirts of Lancaster and Reading to its west and north …
Matthew Keys:
A quick note  —  Today is the most-important day of my life so far.  The direction of the rest of my life rests with a single person and is almost completely beyond my control.  —  I'm not sure what to expect today.  I anticipate I'll have more to say on the outcome shortly afterward.
Eli Stokols / Politico:
Karl Rove-backed PAC warms to Trump  —  Karl Rove has publicly blasted Donald Trump as “a petty man consumed by resentment and bitterness” with little gravitas and almost no chance of beating Hillary Clinton.  —  But privately, the super PAC conceived by Rove is suggesting to its donors …
Discussion: Washington Post and The Week
Daniel Nussbaum / Breitbart:
Michael Moore Boycotts North Carolina: You Anti-Gay Bigots Don't Get to See My Latest Flop  —  Michael Moore joined rocker Bruce Springsteen and other celebrities in boycotting North Carolina after the state passed a religious freedom law that some have slammed as discriminatory against transgendered persons.
Discussion: RedState
Los Angeles Times:
Katy Perry wins a victory in battle to buy nuns' convent in Los Feliz  —  The convent of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Los Feliz has ornate architecture and views of downtown and the San Gabriel Mountains.  —  In a victory for Katy Perry, a Los Angeles judge announced Wednesday …
Discussion: Towleroad and Refinery29
The Transformation  —  “As far as we're concerned, it's a completely new resort,” said GM Tom Reolens, a 10-year veteran of the property who managed Ellison's total overhaul, from new rooms to new pools.  “We opened up all the views, changed all the landscaping, all new restaurants, and have altered the look to be much more Hawaiian.”
Discussion: Business Insider
Tkurzweil / KTLA:
Bully Stomped on Chest of Colton 6th Grader Who Died, Boy's Parents Say  —  The parents of a 12-year-old boy who died after playing soccer Tuesday during a physical education class at an elementary school in Colton said Wednesday that a school bully stomped on their son's chest before he lost consciousness.
Discussion:, LAist and KFOR-TV
Woman indicted, accused of live streaming friend's rape  —  COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A woman has been indicted by a Grand Jury on charges she used the social media app Periscope to live stream her own friend's rape.  —  According to Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien, 18-year-old Marina Alexeevna Lonina …
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Rudy Takala / Washington Examiner:
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Discussion: and Jihad Watch
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Discussion: Progressives Today and The Week
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Discussion: Mashable
 Earlier Items: 
Nicole Russell / The Federalist:
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Discussion: alicublog
John Hudson / Foreign Policy:
In Speech on Global Human Rights Abuses, Kerry Attacks Trump
Hollywood Reporter:
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Discussion: New York Times
Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:
Trump Camp's Manafort on Delegates: “We Are Compiling Evidence, Going To Be Filing Several Credentials Challenges”
Discussion: The Daily Caller
The Independent:
Half of all people could be carrying ‘gay genes’
Discussion: Gay Star News and Towleroad
New York Times:
Chicago Police Dept. Plagued by Systemic Racism, Task Force Finds
Discussion: Mediaite
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
A State-By-State Roadmap For The Rest Of The Republican Primary