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8:00 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.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Clinton's Image Among Democrats at New Low  —  Recent activity in the presidential election campaign is clearly taking a toll on the images of the leading presidential candidates, as Hillary Clinton drops to her lowest net favorable rating among Democrats since Gallup began tracking her in July …
Discussion: Washington Post
Lauren Fox / Talking Points Memo:
Ted Cruz's Senate Outreach Isn't Going Well
Discussion: RedState, Hot Air and Daily Kos
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
Katie Zezima / Washington Post:
Inside Ted Cruz's novel strategy for winning from behind
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: Business Insider and WPMT FOX43
Connecticut Post:
Sandy Hook families can sue gun industry
Discussion: RedState and The Atlantic
Ryan Struyk / ABC News:
Discussion: LawNewz and abc7news.com
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A.B. Stoddard / The Hill:   Ryan's long game
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 …
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’
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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Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Sanders Under Fire for Supporter's ‘Whores’ Remarks
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 …
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 and Hullabaloo
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
Tennessean.com:
Gov. Bill Haslam vetoes Bible bill  —  Gov. Bill Haslam has vetoed the controversial bill that would have made the Bible the official book of Tennessee.  —  Haslam cited an opinion issued in 2015 by Attorney General Herbert Slatery that said the bill could violate the state and federal constitutions.
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 …
Bloomberg:
Apple Pursues New Search Features for a Crowded App Store  —  Company explores adding Google-like ‘paid search’ feature  —  Effort follows last year's App Store leadership change  —  Apple Inc. has constructed a secret team to explore changes to the App Store, including a new strategy …
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 …
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
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.
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: Booman Tribune
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Nathan Deal on religious liberty: 'I see what's happening in North Carolina, Mississippi'  —  Gov. Nathan Deal said the uproar in North Carolina and Mississippi over new laws that critics say curb gay rights should give supporters of the “religious liberty” measure in Georgia second thoughts …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Microsoft Sues U.S. Over Orders Barring It From Revealing Surveillance  —  Big technology companies have usually played a defensive game with government prosecutors in their legal fight over customer information, fighting or bowing to requests for information one case at a time.
Meera Jagannathan / New York Daily News:
Six ex-'Apprentice' stars to disavow Donald Trump for his ‘anti-American’ campaign  —  Six of Donald Trump's ex-"Apprentice" hopefuls want him fired.  —  Former stars of the NBC reality show synonymous with the blabbering billionaire's brand plan to disavow The Donald in a New York press conference Friday …
Alex Zielinski / ThinkProgress:
GOP Representatives Push Abortion Bill Based On Asian Stereotypes  —  The House will hear arguments on a controversial anti-abortion bill Thursday — one that purports to combat discrimination but that actually relies on racist stereotypes.  —  The Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) …
Discussion: Slate and The Bob and Chez Show
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Mom upset that Jasper County principal paddles 5-year-old for spitting  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Perez said she was helpless to do anything but watch so she pretended to text on her phone and shot video.  —  A Jasper County mother says if she didn't allow her 5-year-old's principal to paddle him, the school would have suspended him.
 
 
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Sean Gregory / TIME:
How Obamacare Is Fueling America's Opioid Epidemic
Daniel Burke / CNN:
The Book of Bernie: What is Sanders' religion?
Discussion: Hot Air
Ryan Felton / Guardian:
Court rules warrantless collection of cellphone location data constitutional
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
World's largest coal company files for bankruptcy
Ted Gregory / Chicago Tribune:
Lawmaker Hastert urged life sentences for repeat child molesters
Discussion: Occupy Democrats and WND
Michael McAuliff / The Huffington Post:
Even Ken Starr Thinks Mitch McConnell Should Allow A Vote On SCOTUS Nominee
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Gabriel Snyder out at the New Republic
 Earlier Items: 
Sho Chandra / Bloomberg:
Jobless Claims in U.S. Decline to Match Lowest Since 1973
Discussion: Associated Press and Forbes
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
The Real Welfare Cheats
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Los Angeles Times:
Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten seeks parole for 1969 slaying
Discussion: LAist
NPR:
The Real Story Behind HBO's ‘Confirmation’ From The NPR Reporter Who Broke The Story
Rich Lowry / Politico:
Trump Wuz Robbed
Sabato's Crystal Ball:
House 2016: How a Democratic Wave Could Happen
Discussion: Washington Post