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4:00 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.
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 …
Alex Griswold / Mediaite:   Trump Supporter Roger Stone: Fiorina is ‘Racist’ For Bringing Up Tyson Rape Conviction
Sundance / The Last Refuge:
Internal Poll Numbers Show Cruz Collapsing In Indiana...
Discussion: CNN
Mike Flynn / Breitbart:
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will make a “significant” …
Discussion: Politico
Nick Gass / Politico:
Indiana Gov. Pence offers tepid endorsement of Cruz
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
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.
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
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.
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Trump: Clinton ‘dishonest’ and an ‘enabler’  —  Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump  —  is not only dishonest, but an enabler.  —  “Crooked Hillary Clinton, perhaps the most dishonest person to have ever run for the presidency, is also one of the all time great enablers,” Trump tweeted Friday morning.
Discussion: Politico, BuzzFeed and BizPac Review
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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
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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 …
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.
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
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.
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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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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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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Whitney McFerron / Bloomberg:
The U.S. Is Sitting on a Mountain of Cheese
Tampa Bay Times:
Marco Rubio warming up to Donald Trump
Nick Carey / Reuters:
From bikers to truckers, pro-Trump groups plan forceful presence in Cleveland
Scott Johnson / WJXT-TV:
VIDEO: Officer hits woman in handcuffs
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Craig Fehrman / FiveThirtyEight:
Indiana Is Weird
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Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Fitbit Knocks Out Jawbone Patents at U.S. Trade Agency
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Naomi Jagoda / The Hill:
House panel moves bill to ban IRS from tracking donors to tax-exempt groups
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Kristin Salaky / Talking Points Memo:
Megyn Kelly Grills North Carolina Guv Over Anti-LGBT Law (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Week
Daily Mail:
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Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Anti-Defamation League wants Trump to ditch new slogan
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