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10:25 AM 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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and CNN
MJ Lee / CNN:
Donald Trump's new target: Bernie Sanders supporters  —  (CNN)With the Republican presidential nomination within his grasp, Donald Trump is courting an unlikely group of voters: Bernie Sanders supporters.  —  The GOP front-runner has ratcheted up his rhetoric against presumptive Democratic …
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.
David Frum / The Atlantic:
How to Save the Republican Party
Discussion: National Review
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump presents himself as a scourge of the elites. That won't last.
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post and Joe.My.God.
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
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Cruz's latest fight with fellow Republicans is a reminder: Many don't like the guy
The Huffington Post:
Is Ted Cruz ‘Lucifer In The Flesh’? We Asked A Satanist.
Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:   Jeb Bush Talks About His Failed White House Bid: ‘I Ran Into A Storm’
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Pete King: Cruz ‘gives Lucifer a bad name’
Discussion: Scared Monkeys, Politico and Raw Story
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 …
Los Angeles Times:
Trump begins California campaign with raw performance in O.C.; protesters take to the streets
Discussion: The Week
Daily Mail:
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Fox News:
At least 20 arrested following violent protests after Southern California Trump rally
Discussion: CNN, Guardian and Hot Air
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 …
Discussion: CNN
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Ted Cruz, Attacking Donald Trump, Uses Transgender Bathroom Access as Cudgel
Discussion: Political Wire and Project Veritas
Indianapolis Star:
Although flawed, Kasich, Clinton offer best choices
Jennifer Ludden / NPR:
Teen Birth Rates Plummet For Hispanic And Black Girls  —  The nation's falling teen birth rate saw an even bigger drop over the past decade, with dramatic declines among Hispanic and black teens.  —  Birth rates are down a whopping 51 percent among Hispanics age 15 to 19 since 2006 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Politico and
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.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Cruz to trounce Trump in Virginia delegate election  —  Ted Cruz got crushed in Virginia on primary day, but even Donald Trump's forces believe he's about to stuff the state's national convention delegation full of supporters anyway.  —  Virginia GOP insiders with knowledge …
Discussion: RedState, Political Wire and The Week
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, Hot Air and Mediaite
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Anti-Defamation League wants Trump to ditch new slogan  —  The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) wants GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump  —  to stop using the phrase “America First” because it was once used by anti-Semites who wanted to keep the U.S. out of World War II.
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Trump opens Calif. rally with families of people killed by illegal immigrants  —  Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump  —  underscored his hard stance on illegal immigration during a rally Thursday night by bringing several people on stage whose family members had been killed by illegal immigrants.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
Sam Reisman / Mediaite:
Trump Repeats Hoax Story About Shooting Muslims With Pigs Blood to Rapturous Applause  —  At a rally in Costa Mesa, Calif., Donald Trump repeated the vile hoax story about U.S. General John Joseph Pershing dipping bullets in pigs blood, shooting 49 Muslims and letting the 50th off with a warning.
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 …
Discussion: and Associated Press
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New York Times:
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Dara Lind / Vox:
The disastrous, forgotten 1996 law that created today's immigration problem
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The Intercept:
Searching for Ground Truth in the Kunduz Hospital Bombing
Dave Boyer / Washington Times:
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Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
White powder found in Trump Tower mail room
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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
Anna Davies / New York Post:
I want all the perks of maternity leave — without having any kids
Discussion: Independent Journal … and Salon