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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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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 …
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
WOW!  Anti-Trump RNC Delegate Says She'll Vote for Hillary Over Trump (VIDEO)  —  Rina Bharara is a delegate to the Republican National Convention.  —  Rina hates Republican front-runner Donald Trump. … Today on the Real Story with Gretchen Carlson Rina said she may vote for Hillary …
Discussion: NBC News
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 and RedState
S.A. Miller / Washington Times:
Trump effect: Convention rule changes off the table for RNC's spring meeting  —  Don't expect changes to the convention rules when the Republican National Committee holds its spring meeting next week in Hollywood, Florida, a party official said Wednesday.  —  Members agreed in a recent conference call …
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Priebus: Trump's latest rant will ‘blow over’
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 …
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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Donald Trump meets with Megyn Kelly at Trump Tower
Bloomberg.com:   Rapper Ice Cube on Hillary Clinton's ‘Super Predators’ Comment
Ben Norton / Salon:
Hillary Clinton rakes in Verizon cash while Bernie Sanders supports company's striking workers  —  Verizon donated $100,000-$250,000 to Clinton Foundation; executives & lobbyists gave thousands to Hillary campaign  —  In some ways, it would hard for Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton to be more different.
Discussion: The Hill
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Hollywood Reporter:   Cher Says She's Now Torn Between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders
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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Candace Smith / ABC News:
Discussion: Daily News Bin and abc7news.com
Navy.mil The Official Website …:
US Navy Ship Encounters Aggressive Russian Aircraft in Baltic Sea  —  STUTTGART, Germany (NNS) — A United States Navy destroyer operating in international waters in the Baltic Sea experienced several close interactions by Russian aircraft April 11 and 12.  —  USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) …
Discussion: RT and The Moderate Voice
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Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
What it looks like when Russian attack jets fly ‘dangerously close’ to a Navy ship
Karin Brulliard / Washington Post:
Octopus slips out of aquarium tank, crawls across floor, escapes down pipe to ocean … Inky the octopus didn't even try to cover his tracks.  —  By the time the staff at New Zealand's National Aquarium noticed that he was missing, telltale suction cup prints were the main clue to an easily-solved mystery.
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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 …
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.
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 …
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
Discussion: FOX40
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: FOX6Now.com, LAist and KFOR-TV
The Independent:
Half of all people could be carrying ‘gay genes’  —  Around half of all people, including straight men and women, could carry “gay genes”, meaning that they continue to be passed down the generations despite the tendency of homosexuals not to have children, new research suggests.
Discussion: Gay Star News and Towleroad
John Hudson / Foreign Policy:
In Speech on Global Human Rights Abuses, Kerry Attacks Trump  —  The release of the State Department's annual report on human rights typically focuses on grotesque abuses and atrocities in far-flung corners of the world.  But this year, Secretary of State John Kerry found himself addressing something closer …
dpa-international.com:
Are Islamists using the German military as training ground?  —  Berlin (dpa) - Sascha B was a calm, competent and sociable young man, moving steadily through the ranks of the German military over the course of three years as he trained Bundeswehr recruits in the use of infantry weapons.
Discussion: Algemeiner.com and Jihad Watch
Lowell McAdam / LinkedIn Pulse:
Feeling The Bern of Reality — The Facts About Verizon and The ‘Moral Economy’  —  I read with interest Jeff Immelt's spirited response to Sen. Bernie Sanders putting GE on his hit-list of big corporations that are “destroying the moral fabric” of America.  —  In fact, I share his frustration.
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
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 …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
A State-By-State Roadmap For The Rest Of The Republican Primary  —  Three weeks ago, when we last took a detailed look at Donald Trump's quest to win 1,237 delegates, his path looked rocky but endurable.  The panel of eight experts FiveThirtyEight assembled projected Trump to wind up with 1,208 …
Rudy Takala / Washington Examiner:
Snowden slams Clinton double standard on classified information  —  Edward Snowden doesn't seem happy that Hillary Clinton might escape the same felony charges for exposing classified information that prosecutors have sought against him.  —  “Espionage Act violations don't require intent to harm …
Nicole Russell / The Federalist:
What Women Really Want Is The Patriarchy  —  In today's enlightened age, women think they know what kind of man they want, but in reality, most don't.  In fact, many women, unwittingly confused by the myriad feminist mantras bombarding them daily, seek the type of committed …
Discussion: alicublog
CNN:
Obama at the CIA: ‘Depraved’ ISIS now on the defensive  —  Washington (CNN)ISIS is on the defensive after a “bad few months,” President Barack Obama claimed Wednesday during a rare trip to CIA headquarters outside Washington.  —  He said the “depraved” nature of the organization …
Discussion: Progressives Today and The Week
 
 
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Mark Binker / WRAL-TV:
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Louis Sahagun / Los Angeles Times:
Mama coyote, blinded by a bullet, is alive thanks to animal rescuers
Discussion: Mashable
James Capretta / National Review:
A Party Is Only as Good as Its Principles
Discussion: Washington Post
Hollywood Reporter:
CinemaCon: Warren Beatty's Howard Hughes Film to Get Fall Release From Fox, New Regency
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
CNNMoney:
The largest U.S. coal company just filed for bankruptcy
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Chicago Police Dept. Plagued by Systemic Racism, Task Force Finds
Discussion: Mediaite
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Trump fans threaten gun violence against protesters ahead of Pittsburgh visit
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Toddler shot in face when gun stashed in mom's purse goes off while waiting at hospital
Discussion: The Clarion Ledger and KFOR-TV
David Corn / Mother Jones:
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