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6:00 PM ET, May 4, 2016


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Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Kasich drops out of presidential race  —  John Kasich ended his presidential bid on Wednesday, 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 from clinching the GOP nomination outright …
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 …
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
When #NeverTrump Becomes #ImWithHer  —  When these conservatives heard Ted Cruz had thrown in the towel and ceded the nomination to Donald Trump—#NeverTrump became #NeverEverTrump—and for some that meant #ImWithHer.  —  Some of the right's most prominent conservatives are getting Ready For Hillary.
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.
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.
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  —
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:   What Went Wrong for Ted Cruz
Ian Hanchett / Breitbart:   Bernstein: There Will Be ‘Very Damaging’ Leaks From Hillary Email Investigation, Her Actions Reckless and Entitled
Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump camp: Clinton ‘has truly never been vetted before’
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Plan C: Third-Party Run A Daunting Task For GOP Establishment
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Post
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Donald Trump's absolutely remarkable 323-day odyssey to the Republican presidential nomination
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Spox Insists Clinton ‘Has Never Been Truly Vetted Before’
Discussion: Daily Kos
Leon H. Wolf / RedState:
Donald Trump: “I'd Be Interested in Vetting John Kasich” for VP (VIDEO)
Associated Press:
Hillicans? As Trump Wins, Clinton Explores How to Woo GOPers
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:   GOP donors: Not a dime for Trump
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Kasich quitting presidential race: report
Discussion: Hot Air, Raw Story and Political Wire
Jim Morrill / The Charlotte Observer:
US Justice Department: HB2 violates federal Civil Rights Act  —  Ruling could ultimately lead to the loss of millions in federal education money  —  RALEIGH  —  U.S. Justice Department officials Wednesday notified Gov. Pat McCrory that House Bill 2 violates the U.S. Civil Rights Act.
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Justice Department Tells North Carolina To Abandon Its Anti-LGBT Bathroom Bill — Or Else
Discussion: Towleroad
Alex Weprin / Politico:
Ed Henry off the air at Fox News after alleged infidelity reported
Discussion: Mediaite and Talking Points Memo
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.
John Gibson Show / FOX News Radio:
Trump Supporter Dr. Ben Carson: Donald, Do Not Pick Me As Your Running Mate!  —  One For The Books!  Texas Sen. Ted Cruz cleared the path Tuesday night for Donald Trump to claim the Republican presidential nomination, suspending his underdog campaign following a crushing defeat in Indiana …
Discussion: Politico
Media Matters for America:
Trump Campaign Hires Ben Carson, Fox's Former Favorite Candidate, To Head VP Selection Committee
Discussion: The Pulse 2016 and The Week
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 …
Dana Rose Falcone / Us Weekly:
Caitlyn Jenner to Pose Naked With Gold Medal for ‘Sports Illustrated’  —  Now that's a patriotic streak!  —  Caitlyn Jenner will appear on a summer cover of Sports Illustrated wearing “nothing but an American flag and her Olympic medal,” a source reveals in the latest issue of Us Weekly.
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 …
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 …
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: The Week and Mother Jones
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Federal judge opens the door to Clinton deposition in email case  —  A federal judge on Wednesday opened the door to interviewing Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton  —  as part of a review into her use of a private email server as secretary of State.
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The man billed as the first atheist who could be bound for Congress isn't actually an atheist at all
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
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Discussion: The Daily Caller and Reuters
Max Berlinger / New York Times:
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Bill Clinton visits Louisville, ‘literally serves fried chicken to black people’
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Patrick Healy / New York Times:
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Discussion: Political Wire
The Intercept:
Beyond Schadenfreude, the Spectacular Pundit Failure on Trump is Worth Remembering
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