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2:25 PM ET, May 9, 2016


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Ryan says he would step down as convention chair if Trump asks  —  Related Coverage  —  By Mary Spicuzza and Craig Gilbert of the Journal Sentinel  —  Janesville — House Speaker Paul Ryan said Monday that if Donald Trump wants him to step down as a co-chairman of the GOP convention, he will respect his wishes.
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
‘I think he could come apart’  —  Mark Salter, the most prominent and most defiant Republican to announce his support of Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump, thinks the 2016 campaign could literally — no joke — drive the billionaire developer insane.  —  Salter, one of McCain's top aides during …
Bobby Jindal / Wall Street Journal:
I'm Voting Trump, Warts and All  —  I stand by all my criticisms of the New Yorker, but the stakes for the country are too great to elect Clinton.  —  Some of my fellow Republicans have declared they will never, under any circumstances, vote for Donald Trump.
Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump: U.S. can never default because it prints money  —  Donald Trump assailed the media on Monday for what he said was a misrepresentation of his comments on debt, rejecting the notion that he would have the United States default on his debt.  —  “I said if we can buy back government debt as a discount.
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
He'll Do It His Way  —  Don't expect a New Trump.  —  If you're expecting Donald Trump to change now that he's the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, forget it.  Trump says he can act presidential any time he wants to.  But that time rarely comes.  There's a reason for this.
Megan Cassella / Reuters:
Speaker Ryan says he would step down as Republican convention chair if Trump asks: report  —  U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Monday he would step down as chairman of the Republican Party's July convention if presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump asked him to do so, a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter said on Twitter.
Discussion: Political Wire
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Donald Trump's Warning to Paul Ryan Signals Further G.O.P. Discord
Nick Gass / Politico:   Trump, pivoting to general, lashes out at everyone
Nicholas Riccardi / Associated Press:
For some Republicans, Trump-Clinton matchup is ‘nightmare’
Discussion: Mother Jones and Associated Press
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:   Trump's Dangerous National Debt Plan Is Also Unconstitutional
Michael Nunez / Gizmodo:
Former Facebook Workers: We Routinely Suppressed Conservative News  —  Facebook workers routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers from the social network's influential “trending” news section, according to a former journalist who worked on the project.
Joshua Berlinger / CNN:
Showdown looms over North Carolina's bathroom bill  —  (CNN)It's deadline day for North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory.  —  The U.S. Justice Department sent his office a letter Wednesday claiming that the state's controversial bathroom law is in violation of the Civil Rights Act.
Pete Williams / NBC News:
North Carolina Sues Feds Over Controversial LGBT Law
Cortney O'Brien /   Dozens of Parents Sue DOE Over Illinois Transgender Bathroom Law
Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump enlists Christie to head White House transition team  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will serve as the chairman of Donald Trump's transition team should he win the presidency, the presumptive Republican nominee's campaign announced Monday.  —  “Governor Christie is an extremely knowledgeable …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama itches for Trump fight  —  President Obama can't wait to take on Donald Trump  —  Obama has been largely sidelined in the presidential contest, a last-year officeholder with high approval ratings who has repeatedly shown he likes to spar with political foes.
Discussion: Politico and Heat Street
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Christie to lead Trump White House transition team
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:   Trump Announces Chris Christie Will Take Charge Of His Transition Team
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
RNC Chair: Trump Should Reassure GOP That He Won't Change The Party Platform  —  Priebus said Trump standing by the current platform and releasing names of potential Supreme Court nominees would ease the anxiety of some in the party.  —  Kevin Lamarque / Reuters  —
Discussion: Politico
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:   State Judge Strikes Down New Florida Death Penalty Law
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Americans Don't Trust Trump on Supreme Court Vacancy; 65% Want Hearings
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
Democrats, don't celebrate Trump's nomination.  Fear it.  —  I know the polls say Donald Trump cannot win.  But what if we are looking at the wrong poll question?  —  What if Trump's overwhelming negatives don't matter?  Or, to put it another way, what if the country's negatives matter more?
Kurt Schlichter /
I Am Going To Vote For Trump Though It Makes Me Want To Projectile Vomit
Discussion: Hot Air
Ben Rhodes:
How We Advocated for the Iran Deal  —  In recent years, few things have been as exhaustively debated or written about than the Iran deal.  —  That debate reignited this week after a long article about me included a section about the Iran deal.  There are many issues raised in an article of this length …
Los Angeles Times:
High school yearbook misidentifies Muslim student as ‘Isis Phillips’  —  A high school yearbook is supposed to be a keepsake, but for a Muslim student in Rancho Cucamonga it will be a painful reminder of being misidentified as “Isis Phillips” in a photo that showed her smiling and wearing a hijab.
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Cashing in: Illegal immigrants get $1,261 more welfare than American families, $5,692 vs. $4,431  —  Illegal immigrant households receive an average of $5,692 in federal welfare benefits every year, far more than the average “native” American household, at $4,431, according to a new report on the cost of immigration released Monday.
London's Iconic Red Buses To Declare ‘Glory To Allah’  —  Britain's largest Islamic charity says it wants to “break down barriers” and portray Islam positively by launching a new advertising campaign which will slap the phrase “glory to Allah” on the side of London buses.
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Study: Sanders' economic plan piles $18T on federal debt
USA Today:
Uber, Lyft to halt Austin service after losing vote
Discussion: Heat Street and Hit & Run
Victoria McGrane GLOBE /
Alarmed by Trump, could Wall Street turn to Clinton?
Nancy A. Youssef / The Daily Beast:
She Spoke Up About Cooked ISIS Intel. They Booted Her—for Cursing.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Trump Biographer: Trump Had Me Change Cover Photo Because It Made Him Look Fat
Discussion: Mediaite
Jack Jenkins / ThinkProgress:
Now Trump Is Just Openly Attacking The Religious Right
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
Bernie Sanders cancels meeting with HIV activists
Discussion: PinkNews and Joe.My.God.
Associated Press:
Philippine mayor ahead in unofficial count for president
 Earlier Items: 
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Make America empathetic again
Discussion: Daily Kos
New York Daily News:
New York nail salons must pay $2M for cheating workers out of fair wages
Discussion: New York Magazine and Raw Story
Dara Lind / Vox:
The reasons Americans want to move to Canada are the reasons it's really hard to do it
Jonathan Swan / The Hill:
GOP operatives on the prowl for secret Clinton transcripts
Discussion: BizPac Review and The Stranger …
Brian Faler / Politico:
Congress says no Puerto Rico bailout, but tax deal beat it to the punch
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Post
Democrats gird for fight with Trump in U.S. Rust Belt states