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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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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 …
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 …
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
Tampa Bay Times:
Marco Rubio warming up to Donald Trump
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Trump: Clinton ‘dishonest’ and an ‘enabler’
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Politico and BizPac Review
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
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 …
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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
CNN:
Demonstrators gather outside California GOP convention to protest Trump
Discussion: mrctv.org/videos and AOL
Nick Carey / Reuters:
From bikers to truckers, pro-Trump groups plan forceful presence in Cleveland
Discussion: NewsBusters
Tjfang / CBS San Francisco:
Trump Speech At GOP Convention In Burlingame Met With Protests
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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Craig Fehrman / FiveThirtyEight:
Indiana Is Weird
Discussion: The Atlantic and Indianapolis Star
Nick Gass / Politico:
Indiana Gov. Pence offers tepid endorsement of Cruz
Charles Hurt / The Hill:
The problem with Ted Cruz
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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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
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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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama makes move on ‘smart guns’
Discussion: Shakesville
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
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.
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.
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
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
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 …
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.
Bloomberg:
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.
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.
Media Matters for America:
Wayne Simmons, Right Wing Media's Benghazi Expert, Pleads Guilty To Fraud  —  Blog ››› April 29, 2016 ››› OLIVER WILLIS  —  Wayne Simmons, who presented himself as a national security expert and was a part of the conservative media push …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
 
 
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Centers for Disease Control:
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Dominic Holden / BuzzFeed:
Legal Groups Urge Feds To Threaten North Carolina's School Funding
Lorraine Berry / Raw Story:
‘A lot of what he believes, we believe’ — KKK Grand Imperial Wizard endorses Trump
Discussion: WWBT-TV
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Discussion: Raw Story and theGrio
New York Times:
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J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Journalism Professor Will Go to War for Free Speech, as Long as It Doesn't Mock Him
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: The Verge and Engadget
Alex Griswold / Mediaite:
Trump Supporter Roger Stone: Fiorina is ‘Racist’ For Bringing Up Tyson Rape Conviction
Akoning / Center for Public Interest Polling:
CHRISTIE'S NJ RATINGS HIT NEW ALL-TIME LOWS POST-TRUMP SUPPORT, BUT VOTERS CITE GOV.'S ATTITUDE …
Lucy Hutchings / Vogue UK:
Meet Harvey Nichols's 100-Year-Old Star
Discussion: Guardian, AOL and Slantpoint
Daily Mail:
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