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5:05 PM ET, April 29, 2016

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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 …
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Lorraine Berry / Raw Story:
‘A lot of what he believes, we believe’ — KKK Grand Imperial Wizard endorses Trump
Discussion: WWBT-TV
Nick Gass / Politico:
Indiana Gov. Pence offers tepid endorsement of Cruz
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Sundance / The Last Refuge:
Internal Poll Numbers Show Cruz Collapsing In Indiana...
Discussion: CNN
NBC News:   Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Endorses Cruz While Commending Trump
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
Walker Bragman / Salon:
A liberal case for Donald Trump: The lesser of two evils is not at all clear in 2016
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Trump: Clinton ‘dishonest’ and an ‘enabler’
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Politico and BizPac Review
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Trump aide: We're prepared to hit Clinton with Lewinsky
Discussion: Politico and MSNBC
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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Tjfang / CBS San Francisco:
Trump Speech At GOP Convention In Burlingame Met With Protests
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
40 Layoffs as Glenn Beck's Blaze Empire Continues Its Decline and Fall  —  Sources estimate that 20 Blaze employees will lose their jobs in New York, a dozen in Washington, five in Ohio, and two or three in L.A. to satisfy the requirements of a multimillion-dollar bank loan.
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Christian Datoc / The Daily Caller:   Glenn Beck: My Campaigning With Cruz Didn't Cause Layoffs At The Blaze [AUDIO]
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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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.
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 …
Discussion: RedState, Florida Politics and LawNewz
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Scott Wong / The Hill:
GOP campaign chief: We won't lose the House
Discussion: 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.
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 …
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Tampa Bay Times:
Marco Rubio warming up to Donald Trump  —  Marco Rubio appears to be warming up to Donald Trump, saying Friday his “performance has improved significantly.”  Rubio has also continued to withold an endorsement of Ted Cruz, even though he previously praised him as the conservative in the race.
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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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Akoning / Center for Public Interest Polling:
CHRISTIE'S NJ RATINGS HIT NEW ALL-TIME LOWS POST-TRUMP SUPPORT, BUT VOTERS CITE GOV.'S ATTITUDE, GOVERNING, AND DISHONESTY AS MAIN REASONS  —  As Gov. Chris Christie's top pick for president continues to climb in the polls, the governor's own ratings have dropped to their lowest yet, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll.
 
 
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Adam Shaw / Fox News:
US weighing under-the-radar routes for Syrian refugees?
Los Angeles Times:
Live updates from California Republican Party convention: Trump arrives for lunch speech as protests get more intense
Nick Carey / Reuters:
From bikers to truckers, pro-Trump groups plan forceful presence in Cleveland
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Scott Johnson / WJXT-TV:
VIDEO: Officer hits woman in handcuffs
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Craig Fehrman / FiveThirtyEight:
Indiana Is Weird
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