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9:35 PM ET, April 29, 2016

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Walker Bragman / Salon:
A liberal case for Donald Trump: The lesser of two evils is not at all clear in 2016  —  Is there one?  A Trump presidency needn't be a nightmare for the left.  On many issues, Clinton presidency might be  —  There are perhaps no three words more jarring to liberals than “President Donald Trump.”
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Tampa Bay Times:
Marco Rubio warming up to Donald Trump  —  Marco Rubio appears to be warming up to Donald Trump, saying Friday his “performance has improved significantly.”  Rubio has also continued to withold an endorsement of Ted Cruz, even though he previously praised him as the conservative in the race.
Kristin Salaky / Talking Points Memo:
Clinton On Trump Attacks: I've Dealt With Men Who Are ‘Off The Reservation’
Discussion: CNN
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Trump aide: We're prepared to hit Clinton with Lewinsky
Discussion: Politico and MSNBC
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Trump: Clinton ‘dishonest’ and an ‘enabler’
Discussion: Politico, BuzzFeed and BizPac Review
Los Angeles Times:
Live updates from California Republican Party convention: Trump arrives for lunch speech as protests get more intense  —  Welcome to a special edition of Essential Politics, our live feed from the California Republican Party convention in Burlingame.  Here's a quick glance at the agenda.
Discussion: New York Magazine
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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 …
David French / National Review:
Dear Mainstream Media, Don't You Dare Whitewash Anti-Trump Violence
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:   VIDEO=> LEFTISTS AND OPEN BORDER THUGS Bust Through Security and Storm California GOP Convention
Nick Carey / Reuters:
From bikers to truckers, pro-Trump groups plan forceful presence in Cleveland
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
New poll finds Cruz with double-digit lead in Indiana  —  by double digits in a new poll of Indiana, which hosts the next contest in the GOP presidential primary on Tuesday.  —  The Texas senator leads the real estate mogul 45 percent to 29 percent among registered voters …
Discussion: Hot Air
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Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Fiorina rips Trump for touting Mike Tyson endorsement  —  Ted Cruz's vice-presidential pick Carly Fiorina on Friday slammed Donald Trump for boasting of a Mike Tyson endorsement this week.  —  The Republican presidential front-runner told supporters in Indiana on Wednesday that he had the support …
Craig Fehrman / FiveThirtyEight:
Indiana Is Weird
Discussion: The Atlantic and Indianapolis Star
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
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Glenn Beck Mocks Donald Trump By Covering His Face With Crushed-Up Cheetos  —  On his radio program yesterday, Glenn Beck and his co-hosts mocked Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump for looking like an “orange racoon” and wondered how he obtained his unnatural hue.
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Christian Datoc / The Daily Caller:   Glenn Beck: My Campaigning With Cruz Didn't Cause Layoffs At The Blaze [AUDIO]
Katherine Krueger / Talking Points Memo:
Glenn Beck Films Humiliating Video Of Himself Rubbing Face In Cheetos (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
40 Layoffs as Glenn Beck's Blaze Empire Continues Its Decline and Fall
Discussion: THE MARSHALL REPORT
Kyle Burger / WVTM:
11-year-old protects Talladega home against intruder  —  Chris Gaither, 11, shot a home intruder Wednesday morning  —  Home school student Chris Gaither, 11, was alone Wednesday morning when he heard a noise.  —  Someone had broken into his house and walked upstairs.
Hadas Gold / Politico:
NRCC blasts ‘60 Minutes’ story, hidden cameras  —  The National Republican Congressional Committee Friday accused “60 Minutes” of broadcasting a piece with “largely false information” and Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.) of spreading lies on the broadcast— the latest salvo in an increasingly bitter Republican …
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Scott Wong / The Hill:
GOP campaign chief: We won't lose the House
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
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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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Former Alabama governor Don Siegelman sent to solitary confinement  —  Former Alabama governor Don E. Siegelman was sent to solitary confinement this week at the Louisiana facility in which he is imprisoned on political corruption charges, according to his son Joseph Siegelman.
Eric DuVall / UPI:
Obama to attend final White House Correspondents Dinner  —  It is almost time again for the annual gathering of journalists, politicians, athletes and celebrities known inside the Beltway as “nerd prom” — and to the rest of the country as the White House Correspondents Dinner.
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Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
‘Billy on the Street’ dreams of Melania in the White House
Discussion: Gay Star News
CBS Miami:
Tunsil Tries To Tamp Down Furor Regarding His Draft Freefall  —  DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Laremy Tunsil kept repeating the same answer to questions about his freefall in the NFL draft, the social media hacking that cost him millions and the investigation he stirred at Ole Miss.
Tim Nudd / Adweek:
Temptations Made a Collar That Finally Gives Your Cat a Human Voice, So It Can Talk to You  —  After all these millennia, a breakthrough?  —  Since the dawn of time, humans have been confounded by cats, those mystifyingly aloof creatures whose inner thoughts are famously inscrutable.  But no longer!
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.
Whitney McFerron / Bloomberg:
The U.S. Is Sitting on a Mountain of Cheese  —  Move over bacon, we have a new food glut to deal with.  —  When bacon was abundant it was everywhere: in your jam, on seemingly every burger, even flavoring bourbon.  So if history is any guide, this year's food trend should be extra cheese.
Geoff Brumfiel / NPR:
Weasel Apparently Shuts Down World's Most Powerful Particle Collider  —  A small mammal has sabotaged the world's most powerful scientific instrument.  —  The Large Hadron Collider, a 17-mile superconducting machine designed to smash protons together at close to the speed of light, went offline last night.
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 and Washington Post
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 …
 
 
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Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
When We Forget  —  Donald Trump will rise, and keep rising …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Akoning / Center for Public Interest Polling:
CHRISTIE'S NJ RATINGS HIT NEW ALL-TIME LOWS POST-TRUMP SUPPORT, BUT VOTERS CITE GOV.'S ATTITUDE …
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