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11:30 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: Towleroad, Raw Story and CNN
New York Times:
Donald Trump's Gender-Based Attacks on Hillary Clinton Have Calculated Risk
Discussion: Daily Kos, Guardian and Political Wire
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 …
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 …
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
White House allies make new push for Garland
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Post
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Cruz's latest fight with fellow Republicans is a reminder: Many don't like the guy
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: KTLA, CBS New York 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
David Frum / The Atlantic:
How to Save the Republican Party
Discussion: National Review
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 …
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 …
Jennifer Ludden / NPR:
Teen Birth Rates Plummet For Hispanic And Black Girls
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 …
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.
Mike Flynn / Breitbart:
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will make a “significant” Republican Presidential primary announcement this afternoon, Breitbart News has learned.  —  Gov. Pence is scheduled to join the “Garrison” show, a popular conservative talk radio show hosted by Greg Garrison on WIBC in Indianapolis.
Discussion: Politico
Daily Mail:
Enter the Thunderdrome: Inside the world's largest post-apocalyptic festival where thousands of Mad Max fans gather in the desert  — Wasteland Weekend is an annual four-day festival that allows lovers of the Mad Max movie franchise to see what it is really like to live in a society where civilization is crumbling
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.
Consistent Surge of People Crossing Illegally  —  BROWNSVILLE - The number of people crossing the border illegally is on the rise.  The Border Patrol chief said the number of people coming across is consistent with the surge two years ago.  —  Chief Patrol Agent and Commander …
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.
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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Discussion: Associated Press and Raw Story
Erin Cox / Baltimore Sun:
Hogan says he's still waiting for ‘thank you’ from Rawlings-Blake for ‘saving’ Baltimore during unrest
Discussion: Hot Air and CBS Baltimore
Sam Reisman / Mediaite:
Trump Repeats Hoax Story About Shooting Muslims With Pigs Blood to Rapturous Applause
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Trump opens Calif. rally with families of people killed by illegal immigrants
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
New York Times:
In Israel, Iraqi Jews Reflect on Baghdad Heritage
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
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Cruz to trounce Trump in Virginia delegate election
Discussion: RedState and Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
The Huffington Post:
Is Ted Cruz ‘Lucifer In The Flesh’? We Asked A Satanist.
Dave Boyer / Washington Times:
White House struggles to explain weak economy as Obama boasts of job growth
Anna Davies / New York Post:
I want all the perks of maternity leave — without having any kids
Discussion: Independent Journal … and Salon