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11:35 AM ET, April 14, 2016

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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: Booman Tribune and Political Wire
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CBS News:
CBS News poll: Donald Trump holds onto national lead  —  By Anthony Salvanto, Fred Backus, Sarah Dutton andJennifer De Pinto  —  Where the Race Stands  —  Nationally, Donald Trump still has a double digit lead over his nearest competitor Ted Cruz, but his margin over Cruz has decreased.
Gregory Holyk / ABC News:
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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 …
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:   Donald Trump's insincere process arguments
Editorials / New York Daily News:
Daily News Editorial Board says vote John Kasich: His maturity and pragmatism shine …
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.
Nick Gass / Politico:
Michelle Fields slams Van Susteren as ‘Trump shill’  —  Former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields accused Greta Van Susteren of being a “shill” for Donald Trump's campaign late Wednesday evening, after the Fox News anchor urged Fields not to bring a civil defamation lawsuit against either Trump …
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Donald Trump shuffles struggling campaign team
Discussion: Washington Post
Nick Gass / Politico:
Sanders: ‘No room’ for language about ‘corporate Democratic whores’  —  Bernie Sanders on Thursday repudiated the remarks of a surrogate who used the phrase “corporate Democratic whores” on Wednesday night during the Vermont senator's rally in Washington Square Park, after Hillary Clinton's campaign demanded …
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Sam Frizell / TIME:
Bernie Sanders Says Democratic Primary Schedule ‘Distorts Reality’
Discussion: Washington Post and The Week
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
What to Look For in the Democratic Debate
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 …
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J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Clinton Donor Confirms Presence of Static Noise Machine at Secretive Colorado Fundraiser  —  Last week, a local Denver journalist named Stan Bush reported that Hillary Clinton's campaign appeared to be using a hidden static noise machine to prevent reporters and other passerby from hearing …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and AOL
Tamara Keith / NPR:
Democratic Debate: Is Politeness Over? Here Are 4 Things To Watch
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Week
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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 …
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 …
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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Megyn Kelly: I Had Chance ‘To Clear The Air’ With Donald Trump
Discussion: Washington Monthly and CNNMoney
Meena Jang / Billboard:
Ice Cube: ‘Donald Trump Is What Americans Aspire to Be’
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Bloomberg.com
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.
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
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 …
Meghann Myers / Navy Times:
This is why the Navy didn't shoot down Russian jets  —  Russian pilots rattled nerves aboard the destroyer Donald Cook, buzzing within yards of the ship in the Baltic Sea.  Provocative, sure.  But they weren't a credible threat.  —  So concludes a retired Navy commanding officer …
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Margaret Talev / Bloomberg:
Plan for Woman on $10 Bill in Question as Hamilton Fans Lobby  —  Women's groups warn Lew on backtracking putting woman on note  —  Musical generates new enthusiasm for first Treasury secretary  —  The debate over Alexander Hamilton's place on the $10 bill is turning into a saga that may be worthy of its own stage production.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Tony Romm / Politico:
Apple hires NFL, Biden veteran for key policy role  —  Apple has hired Cynthia Hogan, a top lobbyist for the National Football League and former aide to Vice President Joe Biden, as the new head of its Washington office — a major pickup for the tech giant as it continues to battle law enforcement officials …
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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.
 
 
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