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3:10 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 …
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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
CNN:
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.
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 …
Sundance / The Last Refuge:
Internal Poll Numbers Show Cruz Collapsing In Indiana...
Discussion: CNN
ABC News:   The Note: Cruz Goes All-In in Indiana
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  —  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.
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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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.
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 …
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama makes joke at Cruz's expense
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
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
Valerie Jarrett / Blog Daily Listings RSS:
An Update on What We're Doing to Keep Guns Out of the Wrong Hands
Greg Garrison / 93.1 WIBC:
Garrison  —  Weekdays 11am - 1pm  —  About the Show  —  Attorney Greg Garrison hosts the Garrison show that airs weekday mornings on WIBC.  Garrison brings his conservative values to the airwaves.  Greg gained international notoriety when he successfully prosecuted Mike Tyson on rape charges.
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Mike Flynn / Breitbart:
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will make a “significant” …
Discussion: Politico
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.
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Journalism Professor Will Go to War for Free Speech, as Long as It Doesn't Mock Him  —  You may have heard about the latest dustup between Jeff Jarvis, a media futurist and journalism professor, and his satirical online alter-ego, @ProfJeffJarvis, who was created several years ago …
Scott Wong / The Hill:
GOP campaign chief: We won't lose the House  —  Rep. Greg Walden, the House Republican campaign chief, is ruling out the possibility that a wave election this fall could wipe out the GOP's historic majority and hand Democrats control of the chamber.  —  In a wide-ranging interview with The Hill …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Hadas Gold / Politico:
NRCC blasts ‘60 Minutes’ story, hidden cameras
Discussion: RedState and LawNewz
The Intercept:
Supreme Court Gives FBI More Hacking Power  —  The Supreme Court on Thursday approved changes that would make it easier for the FBI to hack into computers, including those belonging to victims of cybercrime.  The changes will take effect in December, unless Congress adopts competing legislation.
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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.
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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Arturo Garcia / Raw Story:
DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  North Carolina …
Discussion: liberalamerica.org
New York Times:
China Blocks U.S. Navy Flotilla's Visit to Hong Kong  —  WASHINGTON — The Chinese government on Thursday denied a Navy flotilla access to the port in Hong Kong, Pentagon officials said Friday, the latest sign of escalating tension between the United States and China.
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 …
 
 
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Geoff Brumfiel / NPR:
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Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Trump: Clinton ‘dishonest’ and an ‘enabler’
Discussion: Politico and BuzzFeed
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
40 Layoffs as Glenn Beck's Blaze Empire Continues Its Decline and Fall
Matthew Rosenberg / New York Times:
Punishing 16, Pentagon Says Mistakes Led to Hospital Attack
Discussion: NBC News, Common Dreams and The Week
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Fitbit Knocks Out Jawbone Patents at U.S. Trade Agency
Discussion: The Verge
Akoning / Center for Public Interest Polling:
CHRISTIE'S NJ RATINGS HIT NEW ALL-TIME LOWS POST-TRUMP SUPPORT, BUT VOTERS CITE GOV.'S ATTITUDE …
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Naomi Jagoda / The Hill:
House panel moves bill to ban IRS from tracking donors to tax-exempt groups
Discussion: taxpolicycenter.org
Daily Mail:
Enter the Thunderdrome: Inside the world's largest post-apocalyptic festival where thousands …
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Anti-Defamation League wants Trump to ditch new slogan
Discussion: Raw Story
Sam Reisman / Mediaite:
Trump Repeats Hoax Story About Shooting Muslims With Pigs Blood to Rapturous Applause
Discussion: naked capitalism
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Cruz to trounce Trump in Virginia delegate election
Discussion: RedState