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2:10 PM ET, April 29, 2016

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Katie Glueck / Politico:
Insiders: Clinton would crush Trump in November  —  In the swing states that matter most in the presidential race, Donald Trump doesn't have a prayer against Hillary Clinton in the general election.  —  That's according to top operatives, strategists and activists in 10 battleground states …
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Wrath of the Conned  —  Maybe we need a new cliché: It ain't over until Carly Fiorina sings.  Anyway, it really is over — definitively on the Democratic side, with high probability on the Republican side.  And the results couldn't be more different.  —  Think about where we were a year ago.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
CNN:
Mike Pence to endorse Ted Cruz Friday  —  Indianapolis (CNN)Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is set to endorse Ted Cruz Friday, just days before a primary that could make or break the Texas senator's chances of halting Donald Trump's march to the Republican presidential nomination.
New York Times:
Donald Trump's Gender-Based Attacks on Hillary Clinton Have Calculated Risk
Discussion: Daily Kos and Guardian
Sundance / The Last Refuge:
Internal Poll Numbers Show Cruz Collapsing In Indiana...  From the outset, and particularly since the ridiculous “Never Trump” campaign began, we have outlined the most damaging aspect to Senator Ted Cruz's presidential bid is his continued visibility.  The reasoning is simple …
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Mike Flynn / Breitbart:
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will make a “significant” …
Discussion: Politico
ABC News:   The Note: Cruz Goes All-In in Indiana
CNN:   Ted Cruz's Indiana plan: Throw everything at the wall and see what sticks
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 …
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Emily Smith / Page Six:
Will Ferrell pulls out of Reagan Alzheimer's comedy  —  Will Ferrell has backed out of a comedy about Ronald Reagan's struggle with Alzheimer's disease following outrage from the former president's family.  —  The 48-year-old comic confirmed Friday that while he had seen the script …
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Patti Davis:
AN OPEN LETTER TO WILL FERRELL  —  I saw the news bulletin — as did everyone — that you intend to portray my father in the throes of Alzheimer's for a comedy that you are also producing.  Perhaps you have managed to retain some ignorance about Alzheimer's and other versions of dementia.
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Reagan family furious at Will Ferrell for Alzheimer's comedy
CBS News:
Reagan children outraged over Will Ferrell's “dementia comedy”
Discussion: Raw Story and CBS Boston
David Brooks / New York Times:
If Not Trump, What?  —  Donald Trump now looks set to be the Republican presidential nominee.  So for those of us appalled by this prospect — what are we supposed to do?  —  Well, not what the leaders of the Republican Party are doing.  They're going down meekly and hoping for a quiet convention.
Charles Hurt / The Hill:
The problem with Ted Cruz  —  has run an outsider's juggernaut campaign, the likes of which nobody has seen in modern politics.  —  Democrats publicly say they are thrilled to face him in the general election.  But, privately, they fret that the master marketer and media maestro …
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama makes joke at Cruz's expense
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
President Obama / Facebook:
Today, I want to update you on some important progress we've made to protect our communities from gun violence.  As I said in January, these commonsense steps are not going to prevent every tragedy, but what if they prevented even one?  We should be doing everything we can to save lives …
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama makes move on ‘smart guns’  —  President Obama on Friday announced new efforts to speed up development of so-called smart guns, the latest step in his final-year push to reduce gun violence.  —  Smart guns are weapons that use technological safety features designed to prevent accidental shootings …
Discussion: Shakesville
Bloomberg:
Unmasking the Men Behind Zero Hedge, Wall Street's Renegade Blog  —  The veil is lifted on a secretive website.  —  Colin Lokey, also known as “Tyler Durden,” is breaking the first rule of Fight Club: You do not talk about Fight Club.  He's also breaking the second rule of Fight Club.
Kristin Salaky / Talking Points Memo:
Megyn Kelly Grills North Carolina Guv Over Anti-LGBT Law (VIDEO)  —  During a conversation with North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) Thursday night, Fox News host Megyn Kelly pressed him on the merits of his state's controversial new anti-LGBT law.  —  Kelly drilled McCrory on her show …
Discussion: The Week
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Arturo Garcia / Raw Story:
DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  North Carolina …
Discussion: liberalamerica.org
Don Thompson / Associated Press:
Lawmakers reject John Wayne Day over racism concerns  —  SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — What a California lawmaker intended as a benign resolution honoring a late, world-renowned movie icon exploded into an emotional debate over decades-old racist comments.  —  The state Assembly defeated …
Alex Griswold / Mediaite:
Trump Supporter Roger Stone: Fiorina is ‘Racist’ For Bringing Up Tyson Rape Conviction  —  Former Donald Trump campaign advisor Roger Stone sure is politically correct.  —  The former Nixon staffer who now serves as a pro-Trump pundit was not happy that Carly Fiorina attacked Trump's endorsement …
Centers for Disease Control:
Reduced Disparities in Birth Rates Among Teens Aged 15-19 Years — United States, 2006-2007 and 2013-2014  —  Lisa Romero, DrPH1; Karen Pazol, PhD1; Lee Warner, PhD1; Shanna Cox, MSPH1; Charlan Kroelinger, PhD1; Ghenet Besera, MPH1; Anna Brittain, MHS1; Taleria R. Fuller, PhD1; Emilia Koumans …
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Jennifer Ludden / NPR:
Teen Birth Rates Plummet For Hispanic And Black Girls
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 …
New York Times:
China Blocks U.S. Navy Flotilla's Visit to Hong Kong  —  WASHINGTON — The Chinese government on Thursday denied a Navy flotilla access to the port in Hong Kong, Pentagon officials said Friday, the latest sign of escalating tension between the United States and China.
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Journalism Professor Will Go to War for Free Speech, as Long as It Doesn't Mock Him  —  You may have heard about the latest dustup between Jeff Jarvis, a media futurist and journalism professor, and his satirical online alter-ego, @ProfJeffJarvis, who was created several years ago …
 
 
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Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Fitbit Knocks Out Jawbone Patents at U.S. Trade Agency
Discussion: The Verge
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
James Mattis, Retired General, Decides Against Independent Presidential Bid
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Wires with CNBC / CNBC:
First US Zika death reported in Puerto Rico
Discussion: The Verge and WHTM-TV
Akoning / Center for Public Interest Polling:
CHRISTIE'S NJ RATINGS HIT NEW ALL-TIME LOWS POST-TRUMP SUPPORT, BUT VOTERS CITE GOV.'S ATTITUDE …
Lucy Hutchings / Vogue UK:
Meet Harvey Nichols's 100-Year-Old Star
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Naomi Jagoda / The Hill:
House panel moves bill to ban IRS from tracking donors to tax-exempt groups
Discussion: taxpolicycenter.org
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Daily Mail:
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KRGV-TV:
Consistent Surge of People Crossing Illegally
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Anti-Defamation League wants Trump to ditch new slogan
Sam Reisman / Mediaite:
Trump Repeats Hoax Story About Shooting Muslims With Pigs Blood to Rapturous Applause
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Cruz to trounce Trump in Virginia delegate election
Discussion: RedState