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5:45 AM ET, April 29, 2016


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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
GOP elites are now resigned to Donald Trump as their nominee … Throughout the Republican Party, from New Hampshire to Florida to California, many leaders, operatives, donors and activists arrived this week at the conclusion they had been hoping to thwart or at least delay: Donald Trump will be their presidential nominee.
Jeff Mapes OPB / OPB:
Poll: Donald Trump Holds Big Lead Ahead Of Oregon's Republican Primary  —  A new poll of Republican voters in Oregon finds that Donald Trump has a double-digit lead in the state's May 17 primary, while Ted Cruz is second despite pulling out of the state.  —  The poll by the Portland-based …
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Cruz's latest fight with fellow Republicans is a reminder: Many don't like the guy … FORT WAYNE, Ind. — In the space of just 7 minutes here on Thursday, Ted Cruz reminded fellow Republicans that he has few friends in the party.  —  First he tangled with former House speaker John A. Boehner …
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
Ted Cruz's ‘Alliance’ With John Kasich Hits New Low Point
Discussion: Hot Air
David Frum / The Atlantic:
How to Save the Republican Party  —  Donald Trump's big victories in the Mid-Atlantic primaries don't represent quite the end of the ballgame—but they come damn close.  —  And now Donald Trump's many and fierce opponents in the Republican Party and the conservative movement face the hour of decision.
Discussion: National Review
Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:
GOPer: Clinton Will ‘Go Down Like Monica Lewinsky’ Debating Trump  —  A Florida GOP official said that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton would “go down like Monica Lewinsky” if she debated Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump presents himself as a scourge of the elites.  That won't last.  —  Buzzfeed reports that Paul Manafort, who is Donald Trump's new rhetorical, political and procedural fixer, said today that Trump has not decided yet whether he will accept money from big donors as the GOP presidential nominee:
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama makes joke at Cruz's expense  —  President Obama took a crack a Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz  —  on Thursday during an impromptu news conference with college journalists at the White House.  —  A student from Indiana, where Cruz is campaigning ahead of next week's primary …
Discussion: Politico
Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:   Jeb Bush Talks About His Failed White House Bid: ‘I Ran Into A Storm’
Dave Boyer / Washington Times:   White House struggles to explain weak economy as Obama boasts of job growth
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Pete King: Cruz ‘gives Lucifer a bad name’  —  to Satan.  Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) says Boehner  —  was being too kind.  —  King on Thursday echoed the former Speaker's assessment of the GOP presidential candidate as “Lucifer in the flesh.”  —  “I fully agree with John Boehner …
Discussion: Politico
The Huffington Post:
Is Ted Cruz ‘Lucifer In The Flesh’? We Asked A Satanist.
Bethania Palma Markus / Raw Story:
Satanists are furious that Boehner compared Ted Cruz to the Dark Lord
Ezra Klein / Vox:
John Boehner just confirmed everything liberals suspected about the Republican Party
Numbers / Pew Research Center:
GOP's Favorability Rating Edges Lower  —  A quarter of the public views both parties unfavorably  —  The Republican Party's image, already quite negative, has slipped since last fall.  Currently 33% of the public has a favorable impression of the Republican Party, while 62% have an unfavorable view.
VIDEO: Man hands Ted Cruz Communist Manifesto - watch what happens  —  Some young man gave Cruz something to sign during his Elkhart visit - turned out to be the Communist Manifesto.  —  Full coverage of Cruz's Michiana visit coming up at 4, 5 and 6 on WSBT 22 News.
Andrew Stephens / Los Angeles Times:
FBI arrests brother of San Bernardino terrorist and 2 others on marriage fraud charges  —  The FBI has served another warrant at the home of Syed Raheel Farook, the elder brother of San Bernardino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook.  The FBI also served a warrant at the home in February, as seen in this file photo.
Lucas Tomlinson / Fox News:
Army retains decorated Green Beret it planned to kick out over confronting Afghan child rapist  —  EXCLUSIVE: In a stunning reversal, the U.S. Army decided late Thursday to retain a decorated Green Beret it had planned to kick out after he physically confronted a local Afghan commander accused …
John Hayes / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Hays eagles' feline meal disturbing for some viewers  —  It was inevitable, from the moment video cameras went up over Pittsburgh bald eagle nests, that viewers would eventually see something disturbing.  —  On Tuesday, eagles at the Hays nest site brought a young cat into the nest to feed their two eaglets.
Discussion: Associated Press and KXAN-TV
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
White powder found in Trump Tower mail room  —  A suspicious white powder was found at the mail room of Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York's ABC 7 reports.  —  The powder was discovered around 8:15 in the mailroom of the fifth floor, and the offices on that floor have been evacuated.
Discussion: and ABC News
Christine Hauser / New York Times:
Should You Hug Your Dog?  —  The next time you want to hug a dog, consider this: You could be making the pooch miserable, an expert says.  —  To the average dog lover, the animals' floppy ears and pudgy paws are simply cute.  But there is actual science behind their design …
Los Angeles / Associated Press:
Pentagon disciplines 16 for deadly attack on Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan  —  A Doctors Without Borders works walks inside the charred remains of the organization's hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, after it was hit by a U.S. airstrike in October 2015.
Ruben Vives / Los Angeles Times:
Protests rage outside Trump rally in Orange County; 17 arrested, police car smashed  —  Hundreds of demonstrators filled the street outside the Orange County amphitheater where Donald Trump held a rally Thursday night, stomping on cars, hurling rocks at motorists and forcefully declaring …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Rasmussen Reports:
24% Opt Out of a Clinton-Trump Race  —  Nearly one-in-four voters say they will stay home or vote third party if Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are the major party presidential candidates.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters finds Trump and Clinton tied at 38% each.
Discussion: AOL and Hot Air
What Reporters Really Think of 2016
Discussion: Mother Jones, Hullabaloo and Mediaite
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Huffington Post killed story pitch critical of Uber  —  Uber yesterday announced that Huffington Post Editor in Chief Arianna Huffington would be joining its board of directors, a move that put the site's reporters in an instant bind.  To fight the notion that Huffington Post would somehow …
Mark Alesia / Indianapolis Star:
Trump touts Mike Tyson's support in city where he committed rape  —  608 Shares … During one of his abrupt verbal asides on the political stump Wednesday night in Indianapolis, Donald Trump proudly noted another endorsement from the sports world.  —  Mike Tyson.
Discussion: NewsBusters and Mediaite
Anna Davies / New York Post:
I want all the perks of maternity leave — without having any kids  —  Photo: Tamara Beckwith/NY Post; Hair and makeup by Shannon Grey Williams for NEXT Artists … I was 31 years old in 2009, and I loved my career.  As an editor at a popular magazine, I got to work on big stories …
Discussion: Salon
Alistair Barr / Bloomberg:
Google CEO Pichai Sees the End of Computers as Physical Devices  —  Forget personal computer doldrums and waning smartphone demand.  Google thinks computers will one day cease being physical devices.  —  “Looking to the future, the next big step will be for the very concept of the ‘device’ to fade away …
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
46 Seconds Everyone Should Watch Before Handing Donald Trump The Nuclear Codes  —  Donald Trump swept all five states that voted last Tuesday, putting him in strong position to capture the Republican nomination.  Trump's rise to the top of the Republican party has been great for cable news ratings.
Rupert Neate / Guardian:
New York Times boss sued over alleged ageist, racist and sexist hiring practices  —  Paper denies ‘unjustified’ claims that CEO Mark Thompson introduced culture that favors ‘young, white’ and single staffers to older female and black employees  —  Mark Thompson, the chief executive …
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Sean Illing / Salon:
This is what the revolution looks like: Former Sanders staffers are launching a new PAC aimed …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Ken White / Popehat:
Marc Randazza Wrote An Amicus Brief About Klingon, And It's Magnificent
Discussion: Above the Law and Moe Lane
Leon H. Wolf / RedState:
Steve Deace Destroys Trump Surrogate Kayleigh MacEnany: “Do You Have any Integrity at All?” (VIDEO)
The Huffington Post:
Koch Brothers Back New Effort To Make It Harder To Track Dark Money
 Earlier Items: 
Yaron Steinbuch / New York Post:
Stranded mom sobs as cruise ship sails away with her kids
Discussion: Fox News Insider
Lauren Fox / Talking Points Memo:
Oops! GOP Rep's Gotcha Amendment On Drafting Women Actually Passed
Discussion: The Bob and Chez Show
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
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