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12:50 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 …
Discussion: Towleroad, CNN and Raw Story
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 …
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.
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
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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:   Obama makes joke at Cruz's expense
Indianapolis Star:
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will endorse Ted Cruz at noon
CNN:   Ted Cruz's Indiana plan: Throw everything at the wall and see what sticks
ABC News:   The Note: Cruz Goes All-In in Indiana
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
GOP elites are now resigned to Donald Trump as their nominee
Jon Karl / ABC News:   Indiana Governor Mike Pence to Endorse Ted Cruz, Source Says
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Ted Cruz, Attacking Donald Trump, Uses Transgender Bathroom Access as Cudgel
Discussion: Project Veritas
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
White House allies make new push for Garland
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Post
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 Frum / The Atlantic:
How to Save the Republican Party
Discussion: National Review
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.
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.
CBS News:
Reagan children outraged over Will Ferrell's “dementia comedy”
Discussion: Raw Story and CBS Boston
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.
Naomi Jagoda / The Hill:
House panel moves bill to ban IRS from tracking donors to tax-exempt groups  —  The House Ways and Means Committee approved three bills Thursday it says are aimed at protecting taxpayers and children.  —  “Simply put, these proposals put the best interests of children and taxpayers first,” Chairman Kevin Brady
New York Times:   Dark Money and an I.R.S. Blindfold
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
Donald Trump's Gender-Based Attacks on Hillary Clinton Have Calculated Risk  —  With the nation on the verge of a presidential election between a trailblazing woman and an opponent accused of misogyny, Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump are digging in for a general election campaign …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Wires with CNBC / CNBC:
First US Zika death reported in Puerto Rico  —  Puerto Rico's health secretary says the island has recorded its first Zika-related death amid an outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus.  —  Ana Rius said Friday that a 70-year-old man infected with Zika died in February from severe thrombocytopenia …
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 …
Jennifer Ludden / NPR:
Teen Birth Rates Plummet For Hispanic And Black Girls
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 …
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
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: Political Wire
Kevin S. Held /
Kansas City firefighters rescue 12 police officers stuck in an elevator
Discussion: CNN and
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Wrath of the Conned
Tim Higgins / Bloomberg:
Lawyers Attack Rivals in TV Spots
Lucy Hutchings / Vogue UK:
Meet Harvey Nichols's 100-Year-Old Star
Discussion: Guardian, AOL and Slantpoint
Daily Mail:
Enter the Thunderdrome: Inside the world's largest post-apocalyptic festival where thousands …
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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
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Trump opens Calif. rally with families of people killed by illegal immigrants
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Cruz to trounce Trump in Virginia delegate election
Discussion: RedState