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6:05 PM 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.
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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.
A.B. Stoddard / The Hill:   Ryan's long game
Katie Zezima / Washington Post:
Inside Ted Cruz's novel strategy for winning from behind
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
Gregory Holyk / ABC News:
Trump's Unpopularity Stays Sky High; Cruz Hits a High in Negative Ratings (POLL)
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and AOL
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.
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Hartford Courant:
Judge Denies Gun Manufacturer's Motion To Dismiss Sandy Hook Families' Lawsuit
Discussion: WPMT FOX43 and Business Insider
Connecticut Post:
Sandy Hook families can sue gun industry
Discussion: RedState and The Atlantic
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 …
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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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.”  —  w.soundcloud.com  —  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.”
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Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:   Trump's favorite Bible verse: ‘Eye for an eye’
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 …
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Trump aide: Reporter's charge ‘hurts real cases of battery’  —  An aide to Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump  —  on Thursday said a reporter's battery charge against the billionaire's campaign manager distracts from “real” instances of the crime.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and RedState
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Oliver Darcy / TheBlaze.com:
Michelle Fields to Pursue Civil Action Against Trump and His Campaign Manager for Defamation
Nick Gass / Politico:
Michelle Fields slams Van Susteren as ‘Trump shill’
Ryan Struyk / ABC News:
Discussion: LawNewz and abc7news.com
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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: Hullabaloo and Hit & Run
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.
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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Trevor Timm / Guardian:
Money influences everybody. That includes Hillary Clinton
Discussion: LewRockwell
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: ThinkProgress, Slate and Mother Jones
Lauren Fox / Talking Points Memo:
Ted Cruz: Yes, Mitch McConnell Lied To Me And I Don't Regret Saying It  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is standing by his declaration last summer that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was a liar.  —  In an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd to be aired in full on MSNBC Thursday evening …
Discussion: RedState and Daily Kos
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Michael McAuliff / The Huffington Post:
Even Ken Starr Thinks Mitch McConnell Should Allow A Vote On SCOTUS Nominee
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
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 …
Esther Yu-Hsi Lee / ThinkProgress:
Angry Trump Supporters Tell Colorado GOP Chair To Kill Himself  —  Donald Trump supporters are angry that all 34 of Colorado's delegates went to Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).  And they're taking it out on the state's GOP chairman.  —  Colorado GOP Chairman Steve …
Noah Feldman / Bloomberg View:
Polygamy Is Constitutional.  Here's Why.  —  Now that a U.S. appeals court has declined to strike down Utah's bigamy laws, it's reasonable to ask: What does the Constitution, properly interpreted, have to say about the topic?  —  Legally speaking, the issue can be split in two.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
WTTG-TV:
Metro train gets stuck in tunnel near Rosslyn,all passengers evacuated safely  —  ROSSLYN, Va. - A Metro train got stuck in a tunnel near the Rosslyn station on Thursday afternoon, leaving between 100-200 people aboard trapped for over an hour.  The transit agency says everyone on board was able to get off the train safely.
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Gabriel Snyder out at the New Republic  —  Gabriel Snyder, the editor-in-chief at the New Republic who joined the magazine amid internal turmoil, is leaving his post, CNNMoney has learned.  —  In a memo to staff on Thursday, Snyder said that the June issue will be his last.
 
 
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