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6:40 PM ET, May 8, 2016


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Karl de Vries / CNN:
Palin will work to defeat Ryan in primary for Trump stance  —  Watch CNN: Sarah Palin joins Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” at 9 a.m. and noon ET today.  —  Washington (CNN)Sarah Palin will work to defeat House Speaker Paul Ryan by backing his primary opponent in Wisconsin, the former Alaska governor told CNN's Jake Tapper.
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Donald Trump Won't Rule Out Effort to Remove Paul Ryan as Convention Chairman  —  Donald J. Trump said he would not rule out an effort to remove Representative Paul D. Ryan as chairman of the Republican National Convention if he did not endorse Mr. Trump's candidacy.
Discussion: Political Wire
Dan Riehl / Breitbart:
Paul Ryan Challenger Paul Nehlen: ‘He Has Betrayed Us All’
Discussion: Guardian and Raw Story
Eli Stokols / Politico:
Donald Trump breaks the GOP
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Donald Trump or Paul Ryan: Who's King of the Hill?
Discussion: Politico
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript: Donald Trump
Discussion: Politicus USA
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
The GOP's electoral-map problem is not about Trump.  It's about demographics.  —  Republicans have a major electoral map problem in November.  Major.  —  Donald Trump's victory last week in Indiana's primary not only effectively sealed the GOP nomination for the real estate billionaire …
Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:
Trump: 'If I Was Jeb Bush, I Wouldn't Vote For Me Either'  —  Donald Trump, the GOP's presumptive nominee, said Sunday that he can see why former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) wouldn't vote for him after the way he treated the failed White House contender on the trail.
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
NC governor: Feds gave us ‘unrealistic’ bathroom law deadline  —  North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) said the federal government gave the state an “unrealistic” deadline to respond to a letter informing him that the state's bathroom law violates the Civil Rights Act.
Discussion: RedState
Fox News:
NC Gov. McCrory says he'll answer Justice ultimatum on transgender bathroom issue by Monday deadline
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Joe.My.God.
Lindsay Dunsmuir / Reuters:
Trump says taxes for the wealthy should go up  —  Donald Trump said on Sunday that taxes for the wealthy should go up but that his tax plans would likely be renegotiated with Congress should he win the U.S. presidency.  —  “For the wealthy I think frankly it is going to go up and …
Discussion: New York Magazine and Politico
Nicki Rossoll / ABC News:
Donald Trump Walks Back Tax Plan, Saying 'It's Going to Be Negotiated'
Discussion: AOL, NBC News and Mediaite
Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed The Republican Party is dead  —  I have been a Republican as long as I can remember.  Joining the Grand Old Party seemed like a natural choice for someone like me who fled the Soviet Union as a boy and came to Los Angeles with his mother and grandmother in 1976.
Corinne Heller / E! Online:
Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne Split After More Than 33 Years of Marriage  —  It's over for Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne.  —  The 67-year-old heavy metal rocker and the 63-year-old co-host of The Talk have broken up after more than 33 years of marriage, E! News has learned.
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Johnson sees third-party candidacy as ‘opportunity’  —  Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson said in an interview on Sunday he sees a third-party candidacy as an opportunity, instead of as a threat.  —  “Well, I think it is a real opportunity.  I do think that [Hillary] Clinton and [Donald] …
Adrienne Salazar / ABC News:
Gary Johnson Says 2016 Race ‘Real Opportunity’ for Libertarian Party
Discussion: Hit & Run
Jake Tapper / CNN:
Cruz campaign: We could have stopped Trump if Rubio became running mate  —  Washington (CNN)Republican officials who oppose Donald Trump as their party nominee have spent the last few days — ever since the withdrawal from the race of Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich …
Paul Sperry / New York Post:
Obama's last act is to force suburbs to be less white and less wealthy  —  More On:  —  Hillary's rumored running mate, Housing Secretary Julian Castro, is cooking up a scheme to reallocate funding for Section 8 housing to punish suburbs for being too white and too wealthy.
Saudi Prince Begs America to Reject Trump  —  From the Daily Mail: … You can read the rest of the story here.  —  Read More Stories About:  —  2016 Presidential Race, Donald Trump, Turki al-Faisal  —  Comment count on this article reflects comments made on and Facebook.
Clemence Michallon For / Daily Mail:
Saudi prince begs American voters not to vote for Trump and says he ‘cannot believe’ …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Rick Wilson / New York Daily News:
On Donald Trump, never means never: Why many conservatives who oppose Trump cannot and will not buckle  —  The hordes taunting the Never Trump brigades of the Republican Party to understand they've lost and need to get out of the way of presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump ought to learn a lesson from a revered American ally.
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Dem convention host: Sanders supporters better ‘behave themselves’ when he loses  —  The chairman of the Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for this summer's Democratic National Convention said supporters of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders  —  have to “behave themselves” when the Vermont senator loses the nomination.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Joe.My.God.
Simon Romero / New York Times:
Conservative's Star Rises in Brazil as Polarizing Views Tap Into Discontent  —  RIO DE JANEIRO — In one verbal assault from the podium of Brazil's Congress, Jair Bolsonaro told a fellow legislator that she was not worthy of being raped by him.  “You don't merit that,” said Mr. Bolsonaro, a former army parachutist.
Evelyn Rupert / The Hill:
Trump tells crowd Clinton wants to ‘abolish’ Second Amendment  —  's way at a Saturday rally, telling the crowd that she wants to do away with the Second Amendment.  —  “Hillary Clinton wants to abolish the Second Amendment.  She wants to abolish it,” Trump said at a Saturday rally in Lynden …
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Trump says Clinton wants to abolish the 2nd Amendment
Discussion: Political Wire
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EXCLUSIVE: The gold rush begins! …
David Weigel / Washington Post:
The year of the hated: Clinton and Trump, two intensely disliked candidates, begin their face-off
Barack Obama / Medium:
Working Together to Address the Diaper Gap
Discussion: AOL
Madlin Mekelburg / The Texas Tribune:
Austin's Proposition 1 Defeated
Discussion: Hit & Run and Off the Kuff
 Earlier Items: 
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
Donald Trump's Economic Plans Would Destroy the U.S. Economy
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Decision time for FBI on Clinton
Discussion: Hot Air
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
GOP likely to revoke Nevada's early-state status
Discussion: RedState
Private schools, painful secrets
The Hill:
How Trump could beat Clinton