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11:40 AM ET, April 27, 2016

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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
It's Trump's Nomination To Lose*  —  Tuesday night went about as well as possible for Donald Trump.  —  Two weeks ago, after a rough stretch of states for Trump, we issued a series of delegate projections that included something called a “path-to-1,237” projection, a set of targets …
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John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Ted Cruz is crumbling before our very eyes  —  MORE FROM:  —  For the past few weeks, Republican campaign professionals and conservatives who are seeing the GOP nomination heading into Donald Trump's hands have been counseling anti-Trump voters not to panic and consoling themselves …
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Trump wins every county in ‘Acela primaries’  —  won every county on Tuesday night in the five Northeastern states that held primaries, sweeping up more delegates in his quest to lock up the GOP nomination.  —  Trump won each county in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Connecticut and Rhode Island …
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
IT'S OFFICIAL=> Ted Cruz Is Mathematically ELIMINATED from GOP Race - With Chart  —  As we predicted on April 2nd.... As of today, April 26, 2016, Ted Cruz is mathematically eliminated from winning the Republican nomination outright.  —  On April 2nd we predicted that Donald Trump …
Ashley Feinberg / Gawker:
Ted Cruz Desecrates Classic Movie Scene By Calling Hoop a “Basketball Ring”  —  While stumping in Indiana tonight, Ted Cruz attempted to recreate a classic scene from Hoosiers in the very same gym in which part of the movie (thought not this particular scene) was filmed.
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Why Donald Trump Is Probably Two States From Victory  —  Donald J. Trump is essentially two key states from the nomination.  —  By sweeping five states on Tuesday, he pulled only a few hundred Republican delegates short of the 1,237 he needs to win without a contested convention.
Shane Goldmacher / Politico:   Trump starts spending to end Cruz in Indiana
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg:   Trump Lays Claim to Nomination Backed by Smashing Victories
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Kasich ‘moving ahead’ after brutal losses
Discussion: Washington Post
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: The Democratic Establishment strikes back in the Acela Primary  —  THE BIG IDEA: Democratic insiders in D.C. got everything they were rooting for along the I-95 corridor last night.  —  Hillary Clinton essentially clinched the nomination by dominating in four of the five states that voted Tuesday.
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Aaron Rupar / ThinkProgress:
Here Are All The Sexist Things Donald Trump Said About Hillary Clinton Wednesday Morning
Discussion: The Slot and alan.com
Annie Karni / Politico:
Clinton's refusal to quit in 2008 haunts her in 2016
Discussion: Political Wire
Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
Clinton decisively wins Democratic primaries in 4 states
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Exclusive: Half of Americans think presidential nominating system ‘rigged’ - poll  —  More than half of American voters believe that the system U.S. political parties use to pick their candidates for the White House is “rigged” and more than two-thirds want to see the process changed, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.
Discussion: Political Wire and The Week
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Bernie Sanders:
Sanders Statement on Primary Elections  —  HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday issued the following statement:  —  “I congratulate Secretary Clinton on her victories tonight, and I look forward to issue-oriented campaigns in the 14 contests to come.
Yamiche Alcindor / New York Times:
Bernie Sanders to Reassess Candidacy After Tuesday's Vote, but He'll Stay in Race
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg View:
Trump Can't Beat Clinton. Who Says?
Discussion: Washington Post
The White House / Medium:
Asked and Answered: President Obama Responds to an Eight Year-Old Girl from Flint  —  At eight years old, Mari Copeny—known around town as “Little Miss Flint”—wrote to President Obama last month from her home in Flint, Michigan to share how she is working to bring attention to the public health crisis in her community.
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Detroit News:
Obama to visit Flint to spotlight water crisis  —  Washington — President Obama is planning to visit Flint on May 4 to spotlight the city's handling of lead-contaminated water that has deprived thousands of residents of reliable access to drinking and bathing water.
Daniel Bethencourt / Detroit Free Press:
Saying ‘vagina’ got me fired, Battle Creek middle school teacher says  —  Vagina.  It's a noun describing female anatomy that caused such outrage in the Michigan Legislature in 2012 that a legislator was blocked from speaking after using it.  —  Now, a substitute teacher says using it got …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Raw Story
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Nicky Zizaza / WWMT-TV:
W. Mich. substitute teacher fired for using anatomical word during lesson
Discussion: The Daily Caller and EAGnews.org
Allum Bokhari / Breitbart:
Sci-Fi's Hugo Awards Swept by Anti-SJW Authors — Again!  —  For the second year in a row, nominations for the prestigious Hugo Awards for science fiction & fantasy have been swept by the Sad Puppies & Rabid Puppies, two groups of authors and fans who oppose left-wing domination of the community.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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David Barnett / Guardian:
Hugo awards shortlist dominated by rightwing campaign
Julia Ioffe / GQ:
Melania Trump on Her Rise, Her Family Secrets, and Her True Political Views: “Nobody Will Ever Know”  —  How does a shy ex-model make her way from Slovenia to, just maybe, the White House?  To Melania Trump—and to the people who know her back home—her journey to marrying The Donald is like a fairy tale …
Discussion: AOL, The Slot, The Daily Caller and The Week
Joe Scarborough / Washington Post:
Trump's sweep is another humiliating defeat for media and political elites  —  Donald Trump's sweeping victories Tuesday night move the Manhattan billionaire a step closer to winning the Republican nomination for president and to pulling off the most improbable political feat in modern American history.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Matt Ford / The Atlantic:
The Racist Roots of Virginia's Felon Disenfranchisement  —  Last Friday, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe restored voting rights to more than 200,000 people with previous felony convictions.  It's a momentous stroke in both scope and effect; with an eye towards the 2016 races …
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Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:   How North Carolina became the epicenter of the voting rights battle
The Local:
Asylum seeker confesses in Vienna court to pool rape  —  An asylum seeker from Iraq accused of raping a ten-year-old boy in a toilet cubicle at a swimming pool in Vienna pleaded guilty in court yesterday.  —  Twenty-year-old Amir A., who is from Iraq and married with a child of his own …
Discussion: Clayton Cramer
 
 
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Philly.com:
Fattah concedes, Evans will be Democratic nominee in the 2nd
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Gifts and politics: Supreme Court hears sides in former Virginia governor's case
Discussion: SCOTUSblog
Los Angeles Times:
Clash over anti-Trump motion boils over in Anaheim: ‘Keep your noses out of the national election’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, KTLA and Raw Story
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
In state after state, strong GOP support for Trump's Muslim proposal
Elliot Smilowitz / The Hill:
Trump: Sanders should run as an independent
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D. Brian Burghart / Gawker:
What I Learned About the Washington Post From Four Years Collecting Data on Police Violence
Discussion: The Daily Caller
New York Post:
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Discussion: KFOR-TV
Fox News:
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