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9:40 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: CNN
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.
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 …
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Ted Cruz, Attacking Donald Trump, Uses Transgender Bathroom Access as Cudgel  —  As Senator Ted Cruz of Texas seeks every possible edge to stop Donald J. Trump, he has seized on a once-obscure issue with a proven power to inflame conservatives: letting transgender women use women's bathrooms.
Discussion: Political Wire and Project Veritas
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
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
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
Indianapolis Star:
Although flawed, Kasich, Clinton offer best choices  —  It's unfortunate, in a nation of 320 million people, that voters must choose the next American president from the disappointing field of candidates now competing in the Democratic and Republican primaries.
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Cruz's latest fight with fellow Republicans is a reminder: Many don't like the guy
Sundance / The Last Refuge:
Internal Poll Numbers Show Cruz Collapsing In Indiana...
Discussion: CNN
Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:   Jeb Bush Talks About His Failed White House Bid: ‘I Ran Into A Storm’
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: Politico and TalkLeft
Daily Mail:
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Fox News:
At least 20 arrested following violent protests after Southern California Trump rally
Discussion: Guardian, KTLA and Hot Air
Los Angeles Times:
Trump begins California campaign with raw performance in O.C.; protesters take to the streets
Discussion: The Week
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 …
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.
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
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
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.
The Huffington Post:
Is Ted Cruz ‘Lucifer In The Flesh’?  We Asked A Satanist.  —  He says Ted Cruz is God's problem, not Satan's.  —  A campaign dominated by big and difficult debates witnessed, perhaps, its most perplexing and certainly its most spiritual one yet on Thursday morning.  —  Is Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) actually Lucifer?
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Pete King: Cruz ‘gives Lucifer a bad name’
Discussion: Politico
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
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.
New York Times:
In Israel, Iraqi Jews Reflect on Baghdad Heritage  —  GIVATAYIM, Israel — During a boisterous Passover Seder with her extended family, Sabiha Ziluf, 75, paused and said softly that she could still see the Baghdad streets of her childhood.  “I would love to visit Bab al-Sharji,” she said …
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
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.
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Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
This study found race matters in police shootings, but the results may surprise you
Dara Lind / Vox:
The disastrous, forgotten 1996 law that created today's immigration problem
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Andy Cush / Gawker:
Little Scamp Causes Full Minute of Dead Air on NPR on Take Your Child to Work Day
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight, AOL and Mashable
The Intercept:
Searching for Ground Truth in the Kunduz Hospital Bombing
Dave Boyer / Washington Times:
White House struggles to explain weak economy as Obama boasts of job growth
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
White powder found in Trump Tower mail room
Discussion: and ABC News
 Earlier Items: 
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
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Alistair Barr / Bloomberg:
Google CEO Pichai Sees the End of Computers as Physical Devices
Brandy Zadrozny / The Daily Beast:
He Got Custody and Killed Their 5 Kids
Sean Illing / Salon:
This is what the revolution looks like: Former Sanders staffers are launching a new PAC aimed …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Rupert Neate / Guardian:
New York Times boss sued over alleged ageist, racist and sexist hiring practices
Leon H. Wolf / RedState:
Steve Deace Destroys Trump Surrogate Kayleigh MacEnany: “Do You Have any Integrity at All?” (VIDEO)
Anna Davies / New York Post:
I want all the perks of maternity leave — without having any kids
Discussion: Salon
Andrew Stephens / Los Angeles Times:
FBI arrests brother of San Bernardino terrorist and 2 others on marriage fraud charges