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4:00 PM ET, May 4, 2016


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Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Kasich dropping out of presidential race  —  John Kasich is dropping his presidential bid, according to a senior campaign adviser, one day after Donald Trump became the presumptive nominee and Ted Cruz bowed out of the race.  —  The Ohio governor had long ago been mathematically eliminated …
New York Times:
Donald Trump Discusses How He'll Select a Running Mate  —  Donald J. Trump said on Wednesday that he expected to reveal his vice presidential pick sometime in July — before the Republican National Convention in Cleveland — but added that he would soon announce a committee to handle the selection process …
Everett Rosenfeld / CNBC:
John Kasich suspending campaign: Source tells NBC News  —  Ohio Gov. John Kasich plans to suspend his run to be the GOP presidential nominee, a senior campaign advisor told NBC News on Wednesday.  —  He had previously cancelled a planned event in order to make a Wednesday night statement in Ohio.
John Kasich drops out  —  (CNN)John Kasich is dropping out of the Republican presidential race, two sources familiar with the plan confirmed to CNN.  —  Kasich's decision came after he improbably became the last challenger to Donald Trump, who emerged as the presumptive GOP nominee Tuesday night when Ted Cruz dropped out.
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
What Went Wrong for Ted Cruz  —  What happened to Ted Cruz?  A month ago, he won the Wisconsin primary in a landslide and was poised to combat Donald Trump with a fresh burst of enthusiasm.  Now he's out of the race and Trump is the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
At the starting gate: Clinton leads Trump by double-digits  —  Indianapolis (CNN)As Donald Trump captures the mantle of presumptive Republican nominee, a new poll finds he begins his general election campaign well behind Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Susan Collins: I'll Be Able To Back Trump If He Stops “Gratuitous Personal Insults”  —  “I have always supported the Republican nominee for president and I suspect I would do so this year, but I do want see what Donald Trump does from here on out.”  —  Brian Snyder / Reuters  —
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Donald Trump's absolutely remarkable 323-day odyssey to the Republican presidential nomination
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Plan C: Third-Party Run A Daunting Task For GOP Establishment
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Post
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Kasich quitting presidential race: report
Discussion: Hot Air, Political Wire and Raw Story
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Sanders faces tough sell in persuading superdelegates to switch allegiances
Discussion: The Week
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:   GOP donors: Not a dime for Trump
Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump camp: Clinton ‘has truly never been vetted before’
Discussion: RedState
Andrew J. Tobias / Plain Dealer:
Donald Trump campaign to take central role planning Republican National Convention in Cleveland
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Trump says he's begun vetting VP picks
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Week
Associated Press:
Hillicans? As Trump Wins, Clinton Explores How to Woo GOPers
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Trump promises to obliterate Clinton's record
Discussion: Politico and The Week
Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Six Months Out, the General Election Map Looks Tough for Donald Trump
Discussion: The Week
Lauren Fox / Talking Points Memo:
Portman Won't Say ‘Yes’ To Donald Trump: He's Sticking With Kasich!
Discussion: WMUR and Daily Kos
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Clinton still on track for nomination despite Indiana setback
Discussion: The Daily Caller
In Touch Weekly:
Married ‘Fox News’ White House Correspondent Ed Henry's Affair Exposed — Mistress Tells All (WORLD EXCLUSIVE)  —  MARRIED ‘FOX NEWS’  —  WHITE HOUSE  —  CORRESPONDENT ED  —  HENRY'S AFFAIR EXPOSED  — MISTRESS TELLS ALL  —  (WORLD EXCLUSIVE)  —  In a world exclusive, In Touch …
Alex Weprin / Politico:
Ed Henry off the air at Fox News after alleged infidelity reported  —  Fox News chief White House correspondent Ed Henry will not be appearing on the channel for the time being, following a report in In Touch Weekly that he cheated on his wife with a Las Vegas hostess.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Leon H. Wolf / RedState:
Republicans Should Confirm Merrick Garland ASAP.  —  Now that Donald Trump is the presumptive nominee, this is not even a close call.  There is absolutely no reason to drag this out any longer.  Garland is not a great choice, but he is not a terrible one, either.
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Defeat of True Conservatism  —  When Donald Trump knocked first Jeb Bush and then Marco Rubio out of the Republican primary campaign, he defeated not only the candidates themselves but their common theory of what the G.O.P. should be — the idea that the party could essentially recreate …
Discussion: No More Mister Nice Blog and Vox
Ian Hanchett / Breitbart:
Bernstein: There Will Be ‘Very Damaging’ Leaks From Hillary Email Investigation, Her Actions Reckless and Entitled  —  On Wednesday's “CNN Tonight,” Journalist and author Carl Bernstein stated that there would be “very damaging” leaks from the investigation into Democratic presidential candidate …
New York Post:
Even Hillary Clinton's pals can't pretend to believe her lies
Discussion: Power Line
David Chanen / Star Tribune:
Prince died amid frantic plans for drug addiction treatment  —  California doctor specializing in opioid addiction had been called to help with a ‘grave medical emergency.’  —  Prince was found dead one day before he was scheduled to meet with a California doctor in an attempt to kick …
Stephen Galloway / Hollywood Reporter:
The Woody Allen Interview (Which He Won't Read)  —  With ‘Cafe Society’ set to open the French festival, the director reflects on his unreflective stance on aging ("If you focus on mortality, the house always wins"), his movies ("I would erase all but a few"), saving wife Soon-Yi …
Discussion: Refinery29, Mashable, Althouse and AOL
Keith Humphreys / Washington Post:
So, something interesting happens to weed after it's legal  —  Two years ago, the Washington state began an unprecedented policy experiment by allowing large-scale production and sale of recreational marijuana to the public.  The effects on public health and safety and on the relationship …
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Week
Ben Mathis-Lilley / Slate:
Trump's Defense of His Abortion Gaffe Is the Worst Defense Anyone Has Ever Given of Anything  —  In March, Donald Trump (who claims he is now solidly pro-life despite his pro-choice history) was being interviewed by Chris Matthews when Matthews pressed him on whether women who obtain abortions …
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The Intercept:
Beyond Schadenfreude, the Spectacular Pundit Failure on Trump is Worth Remembering
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Rubio learns to love the Senate
Discussion: Washington Post and The Week
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