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3:30 PM ET, April 14, 2016

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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.
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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.
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.
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
Katie Zezima / Washington Post:
Inside Ted Cruz's novel strategy for winning from behind
Gregory Holyk / ABC News:
Trump's Unpopularity Stays Sky High; Cruz Hits a High in Negative Ratings (POLL)
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and AOL
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
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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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
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Hillary Clinton on the value of meditation
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
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 …
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.”
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
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A.B. Stoddard / The Hill:
Ryan's long game  —  (R-Wis.) is known as one of the deepest thinkers in the GOP — so why do his fellow Republicans think he is stupid?  —  On Tuesday Ryan shut the door — again — to the idea of being drafted as the crisis nominee for his chaotic party if there's a contested convention this summer.
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John McCormick / Bloomberg:
Trump Could Lose Delegates in States That Have Yet to Vote
Discussion: BizPac Review and USofArn.com
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
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: Mother Jones
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.
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
NPR:
The Real Story Behind HBO's ‘Confirmation’ From The NPR Reporter Who Broke The Story  —  Play the NPR Politics Podcast  —  HBO's new movie Confirmation chronicles the intense confirmation battle for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas after Anita Hill, a former employee, claimed he sexually harassed her.
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
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Monica Crowley / Washington Times:   The left's long war against Clarence Thomas
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Asks Pittsburgh Crowd 'How's Joe Paterno?'  (VIDEO)  —  During a rally in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, Donald Trump brought up former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, who passed away in 2012.  —  “I know a lot about Pennsylvania, and it's great.  How's Joe Paterno?
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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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: PinkNews, Advocate, Raw Story and Towleroad
 
 
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