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3:00 PM ET, April 28, 2016


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Ada Statler-Throckmorton / Stanford Daily:
John Boehner talks election, time in office  —  “You can call me boner, beaner, jackass, happy to answer to almost anything,” said former Speaker of the House John Boehner as he took the stage at CEMEX Auditorium on Wednesday evening.  Boehner joined David M. Kennedy, faculty director …
Nick Gass / Politico:
Boehner: Cruz is ‘Lucifer in the flesh’  —  When it comes to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, even a few months' time out of Congress has done little to lessen former House Speaker John Boehner's contempt for his former Capitol Hill colleague.  —  “Lucifer in the flesh,” Boehner told an audience …
Ezra Klein / Vox:
John Boehner just confirmed everything liberals suspected about the Republican Party  —  Speaking at Stanford University, former House Speaker John Boehner went the full Bulworth.  —  “You can call me boner, beaner, jackass, happy to answer to almost anything,” he said.
Ben Brody / Bloomberg:
Boehner Uncorks on ‘Lucifer’ Cruz, Says He Wouldn't Back Him in Fall  —  The former House speaker says he'd vote for Trump in the general election, and had “never worked with a more miserable son of a b—h in my life” than Cruz.  —  Former House Speaker John Boehner said he'd vote …
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Boehner: Ted Cruz a ‘miserable son of a bitch’
Discussion: Raw Story
CBS News:
Commentary: Yes, Donald Trump can beat Hillary Clinton  —  How would Donald Trump fare in a general election against Hillary Clinton?  The conventional wisdom is that he wouldn't stand a chance.  The GOP is divided.  His campaign, despite a recent spate of landslide primary wins, appears to have its own civil war going on.
Daily Mail:
When it comes to the women's card, Donald holds all the Trumps.  He knows What Women Want, and it isn't Hillary  —  ‘They say every powerful man is good in bed,’ I once asked Donald Trump.  ‘That true?’  —  He smirked.  'I think there is a certain truth to that, yes.  Put it this way, I've never had any complaints.
Alex Pfeiffer / The Daily Caller:
Democratic Strategist: Trump Will Beat Hillary Like ‘A Baby Seal’  —  Democratic strategist Dave “Mudcat” Saunders believes Donald Trump will beat Hillary like a “baby seal,” and that working class whites who haven't already left the Democratic Party for cultural reasons will due so now for economic ones.
Ron Fournier / The Atlantic:
How Hillary Clinton Can Win the Right Way
Discussion: Washington Post
What Reporters Really Think of 2016
Discussion: Mediaite
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
President Obama Weighs His Economic Legacy  —  Eight years after the financial crisis, unemployment is at 5 percent, deficits are down and G.D.P. is growing.  Why do so many voters feel left behind?  The president has a theory.  —  Two months ago, across an assembly-room table in a factory …
Rebecca Kheel / The Hill:
Defense bill would require women to register for draft  —  Women would have to register for the draft under an amendment added to an annual defense bill Wednesday.  —  “If we want equality in this country, if we want women to be treated precisely like men are treated and that they should not be discriminated …
Discussion: Mother Jones, Politico, LawNewz and The Week
Avik Roy / Forbes:
Ted Cruz's Carly Fiorina VP Pick Could Backfire—Badly  —  On Tuesday, Donald Trump crushed the opposition, winning 110 of the 119 bound delegates available in the “Acela primary” of northeastern states.  Ted Cruz tried to bounce back by naming former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina as his Vice Presidential pick.
Discussion: Washington Post
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:   With Fiorina pick, Cruz's H-1B stance now in question
In Indiana, the Deal to Stop Trump May Be Backfiring
Discussion: Yahoo, New York Magazine and The Week
Franklin Foer / Slate:
The Quiet American  —  Paul Manafort made a career out of stealthily reinventing the world's nastiest tyrants as noble defenders of freedom.  Getting Donald Trump elected will be a cinch.  —  Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump's palace, is impressive by the standards of Palm Beach …
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:   Paul Manafort: Trump Hasn't Ruled Out Taking Money From Big Donors In The General
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.
Discussion: Political Wire and Politico
Nick Gass / Politico:   Nader: ‘Why should Bernie Sanders drop out?’
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.
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
SIMPLY THE WORST=> Obama is First President Ever to Not See Single Year of 3% GDP Growth  —  Obama's just like Reagan... Except when he isn't.  —  The rate of real economic growth is the single greatest determinate of both America's strength as a nation and the well-being of the American people.
Michelle Jamrisko / Bloomberg:
U.S. Economy Expands to 0.5% Pace, Weakest in Two Years
Discussion: New York Magazine
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
ICE releases 19,723 criminal illegals, 208 convicted of murder, 900 of sex crimes  —  The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency in 2015 decided not to deport but release 19,723 criminal illegal immigrants, including 208 convicted of murder, over 900 convicted of sex crimes and 12,307 …
Scott MacFarlane / NBC4 Washington:
Secret Service Plans to Raise White House Fence by 5 Feet  —  Secret Service: ‘Current fence simply is not adequate for a modern era’  —  The U.S. Secret Service plans to raise the height of the White House security fence by 5 feet and add a new concrete foundation to reduce the risk of fence-jumpers …
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Prince's Death: Local Investigators Ask for DEA's Help on Case  —  The county sheriff investigating the death of Prince is asking for help from the Drug Enforcement Administration, federal law enforcement officials told NBC News on Wednesday.  —  The officials say prescription painkillers …
Howard Koplowitz /
Roy Moore says complaint on gay marriage order politically motivated  —  Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore responds to complaints over Marriage Protection Acts  —  Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore on Wednesday accused several groups, including the Southern Poverty Law Center and …
Hemant Mehta / Friendly Atheist:
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore Blames Atheists and LGBT Individuals for His Ethics Probe
Molly Redden / Guardian:
Oklahoma court: oral sex is not rape if victim is unconscious from drinking  —  Ruling is sparking outrage among critics who say the judicial system was engaged in victim-blaming and buying outdated notions about rape  —  An Oklahoma court has stunned local prosecutors with a declaration …
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Bill Gertz / Washington Free Beacon:
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Nina Burleigh / Newsweek:
Washington Post:
Sanders is biggest spender of 2016 so far — generating millions for consultants
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
A Mess of Contradictions  —  Donald Trump's foreign policy speech …
Discussion: The Week, Washington Post and Daily Kos
Haslam signs bill giving therapists protections
 Earlier Items: 
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Wary of Trump Effect, Republicans Hope for Split Tickets
Discussion: Daily Kos
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Coulter: Trump gave best foreign policy speech since George Washington
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Financial Times:
Daniel Loeb warns of hedge fund ‘killing field’
Discussion: naked capitalism and Politico
Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
Play the ‘woman card’ and reap these ‘rewards’!
Discussion: Guardian and Althouse
Campbell Brown / Politico:
Why I Blame TV for Trump