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8:50 PM ET, April 27, 2016


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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Cruz names Fiorina as VP running mate  —  Ted Cruz announced Wednesday that Carly Fiorina will be his vice presidential nominee if he's the Republican Party's pick for president.  —  If nominated, “I will run on a ticket with my vice-presidential nominee, Carly Fiorina,” …
New York Times:
Ted Cruz to Name Carly Fiorina as His Running Mate  —  INDIANAPOLIS — Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, desperate to alter the course of a presidential primary fight in which Donald J. Trump is closing in on victory, will announce Wednesday afternoon that Carly Fiorina will be his running mate …
Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump rips Fiorina as Cruz's possible VP choice  —  Picking Carly Fiorina to be his running mate would be a bad choice on the part of Ted Cruz, Donald Trump opined Wednesday, remarking that the former Republican presidential candidate “did not resonate” and that it would further hurt the Texas senator's case.
WMUR first: Cruz to announce intention to name Fiorina as his running mate
David Mack / BuzzFeed:   Carly Fiorina Randomly Burst Into Song After She Became Ted Cruz's Running Mate
Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:   Carly Fiorina Sings Lullaby At Cruz Ticket Announcement
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:   Trump Nears Nomination
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Ted Cruz is crumbling before our very eyes
Discussion: Politico and Instapundit
Yamiche Alcindor / New York Times:
Bernie Sanders to Cut Hundreds of Staff Members and Turn to California  —  WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Senator Bernie Sanders is planning to lay off “hundreds” of campaign staffers across the country and focus much of his remaining effort on winning California, he said in an interview Wednesday.
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Sanders campaign begins laying off staff  —  TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Bernie Sanders' campaign started letting hundreds of field staffers go on Wednesday, hours after five states in the Northeast voted and the Vermont senator fell further behind Hillary Clinton in the race for the Democratic nomination …
Discussion: The Atlantic, The Slot and Mediaite
Fox News:
Sanders campaign lays off staff after primary losses
Discussion: RedState, TalkLeft and Fox 59
Kyle Blaine / BuzzFeed:
Bernie Sanders To Cut Hundreds Of Staffers After Losses On Tuesday
Discussion: New York Times
Donald J Trump for President:
DONALD J. TRUMP FOREIGN POLICY SPEECH  —  Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you, and thank you to the Center for the National Interest for honoring me with this invitation.  —  I would like to talk today about how to develop a new foreign policy direction for our country …
Read Donald Trump's ‘America First’ Foreign Policy Speech  —  Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump outlined an “America first” foreign policy approach in what was billed as a major address at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.  —  Here is a full transcript of the speech.
Michael Crowley / Politico:
Trump fails to impress foreign-policy experts
Discussion: Washington Post
Associated Press:
Trump's big speech tests his foreign policy and style
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Trump's Foreign Policy Doesn't Improve When Read From a Teleprompter
Discussion: the daily howler
New York Times:
Donald Trump, Laying Out Foreign Policy, Promises Coherence
Bob Fredericks / New York Post:   Donald Trump explains how he'd rule the world
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Hastert sentenced to 15 months in prison  —  CHICAGO — Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in prison on Wednesday after a dramatic hearing in which a judge deemed him a “serial child molester” and victims tearfully testified that he forever altered their lives.
Discussion: The Week
Michael Tarm / Associated Press:
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Associated Press
Christopher Massie / BuzzFeed:
Former Lawmakers Stand By Defense Of Dennis Hastert's Character
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Dennis Hastert's stunningly hypocritical 1998 speech about impeaching Bill Clinton
Discussion: Chicago Tribune, Raw Story and Guardian
Justin Kroll / Variety:
Will Ferrell to Play Former President Ronald Reagan in New Movie (EXCLUSIVE) … Having already famously portrayed former President George W. Bush in various comedy sketches, Will Ferrell is now setting his sights on another former commander in chief.  —  Sources tell Variety Ferrell …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Lean Toward Bob McDonnell, Ex-Virginia Governor, in Corruption Case  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed ready to side with Bob McDonnell, the former governor of Virginia who was convicted of public corruption and faces two years in prison.
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.
William A. Galston / Wall Street Journal:
How Trump Killed Reaganism
Discussion: Points and Figures
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 …
Girl, 12, runs half-marathon by mistake  —  New York girl realised halfway through she was on wrong course but decided to finish anyway  —  A 12-year-old girl in New York has mistakenly run a half-marathon after she confused the start of the race with a five kilometre course she was supposed to be running.
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.
Dan McLaughlin / RedState:
Trump Supporters Already Pre-Spinning November Trump Loss  —  For all the bravado of Donald Trump's online supporters, now that his sweep of the Northeast has put him in a potentially strong position to take the nomination, they are mostly spending the day...preparing to blame other people for Trump's inevitable loss in November.
Discussion: Washington Free Beacon and Hot Air
Pat Peterson / WKRG-TV:
Foley Plane Crash Caught on Camera  —  FOLEY, AL-  —  Surveillance video from a Foley business captured incredible images of a plane crash near the city's airport.  —  The crash happened south of the airport off Hickory Street Tuesday afternoon.  A Cessna 421 Twin Engine clipped a few trees over business
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
‘Thank you, you idiots’: Watch Maine Gov. Paul LePage melt down after students mock him during speech  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  Maine's Republican governor threw a temper tantrum after he was confronted by protesters during an event at a university.
Discussion: Franklin
Kevin Rector / Baltimore Sun:
13-year-old with ‘replica’ weapon shot by police in East Baltimore  —  Police investigate the shooting aroun the McKim Community Center.  —  A 13-year-old boy was shot by Baltimore Police officers in East Baltimore who said he was carrying a “replica” weapon, Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said Wednesday evening.
Jack Suntrup / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
‘Religious freedom’ measure defeated in Missouri House committee  —  JEFFERSON CITY  • Missourians likely will not vote on the controversial Senate Joint Resolution 39 after the House Emerging Issues Committee voted down the measure on a tie vote Wednesday.
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Discussion: Washington Post and BizPac Review
Olivia Wu / Campus Reform:
Scripps ‘Unofficial Survival Guide’ claims ‘hatred of white people’ is ‘legitimate response to oppression’
Arizona Republic:
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Stephen Colbert to lawmakers pushing bathroom bills: 'You're the weirdos'
Archie Ingersoll Forum / Bismarck Tribune:
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Discussion: PinkNews, Raw Story and Towleroad
Tom LoBianco / CNN:
Mary Pat Christie throws some shade during Trump's speech