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9:45 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.
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Greta Van Susteren / Gretawire:
Free legal advice to Michelle Fields: don't bring a civil lawsuit  —  Anyone encouraging Michelle Fields to bring a civil law suit is not doing her a favor.  She does not want to take the stand in a civil case, subject to rigorous cross examination, that is likely to be on television to discuss …
Oliver Darcy / TheBlaze.com:
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.
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Donald Trump shuffles struggling campaign team
Discussion: Washington Post
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 and Booman Tribune
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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 …
Gregory Holyk / ABC News:
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Donald Trump's insincere process arguments  —  “Gestapo tactics.”  That's how Donald Trump's recently installed campaign manager Paul Manafort characterized the Ted Cruz campaign's successful effort to win all 34 of Colorado's national convention delegates awarded at the long-scheduled …
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
WOW! Anti-Trump RNC Delegate Says She'll Vote for Hillary Over Trump (VIDEO)
Discussion: NBC News
Meena Jang / Billboard:   Ice Cube: ‘Donald Trump Is What Americans Aspire to Be’
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Trump's feud with the RNC reaches a striking new level
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
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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?”
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 …
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
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Alexander Burns / New York Times:
What to Look For in the Democratic Debate
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 …
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 …
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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
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
What it looks like when Russian attack jets fly ‘dangerously close’ to a Navy ship  —  Russian attack jets flew “dangerously close” to a U.S. Navy destroyer numerous times in the Baltic Sea this week, according to U.S. officials, continuing a pattern of behavior in the region that the Defense Department has previously decried.
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WTOP:
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 …
CNN:
Nigeria's missing girls: A glimpse of the stolen  —  Join Nima Elbagir and Stephanie Busari on Facebook Live, Thursday at 2 p.m. ET.  —  Maiduguri, Nigeria (CNN)They were stolen from their beds in a school dormitory — hundreds of teenage girls kidnapped by gunmen.
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 …
WCMH-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 …
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: The Daily Caller and RedState
 
 
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John Kasich Meets Talmudic Scholars, Tries to Explain Bible to Them
Rudy Takala / Washington Examiner:
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dpa-international.com:
Are Islamists using the German military as training ground?
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Bloomberg:
The Transformation
Discussion: Business Insider
Mark Binker / WRAL-TV:
WRAL News poll: HB2 could have impact on fall campaigns
Louis Sahagun / Los Angeles Times:
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Los Angeles Times:
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What Women Really Want Is The Patriarchy
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Discussion: FOX6Now.com, LAist and KFOR-TV
Bloomberg.com:
Rapper Ice Cube on Hillary Clinton's ‘Super Predators’ Comment
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