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1:55 PM ET, April 5, 2016


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Wall Street Journal:
The Real Kasich Threat  —  Trump and Cruz fear GOP convention delegates might prefer a winner.  —  All of a sudden the two Republican presidential front-runners seem unnaturally preoccupied with the guy in third place, and they're teaming up to demand that John Kasich drop out.
NBC News:
Donald Trump's National Lead Dips After Controversial Week: Poll  —  Anti-Trump Forces Fighting for a Cruz Win in Wisconsin 2:41  —  Ahead of the Wisconsin primary, Donald Trump remains the frontrunner but his support among Republicans and Republican-leaners nationally has dropped three points …
Discussion: NBC News and Washington Post
Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
Trump, Behind in Wisconsin, Loses Some of the Self-Confidence in Appeal to Voters
ABC News:
The Note: Wisconsin Primary Primer
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Karl Rove: If Trump wins Wisconsin, ‘the contest is over’
Discussion: Political Wire
Patrick Reis / Politico:
Trump is in trouble in Wisconsin
Discussion: New York Times and Hot Air
Eric Bradner / CNN:   Wisconsin primary: 5 things to watch
Taegan Goddard / Political Wire:
Trump's Support Dips Nationally
Discussion: AOL
Bob Woodward / Washington Post:
Trump reveals how he would force Mexico to pay for border wall  —  Will Paul Ryan be the Republican nominee? … State of the 2016 race … Donald Trump says he will force Mexico to pay for a border wall as president by threatening to cut off the flow of billions of dollars in payments …
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Report: Trump eyeing money transfers from immigrants in plan to build wall  —  would force Mexico to pay for a wall along its border with the U.S. by threatening to block money transfers from immigrants in the U.S., The Washington Post reports.  —  The Post on Tuesday said that Trump plans …
Nico Hines / The Daily Beast:
Panama Papers Leaker: ‘I Want to Make These Crimes Public’  —  An anonymous source began to expose the finances of the world's most feared and powerful men like Vladimir Putin with a single question: ‘Interested in data?’  —  LONDON — When an encrypted message first flashed …
Panama Papers: Iceland prime minister seeks early poll
Discussion: NPR and Political Wire
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
7 lingering questions in the Clinton email investigation  —  The FBI appears to be entering the home stretch of its investigation into Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton  —  's private email server.  —  Yet even as arrangements are reportedly being made to interview Clinton and her top aides, much remains unclear.
Rick Pfeiffer / Niagara Gazette:
FBI director talks terrorism, Hillary Clinton during Buffalo visit
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Luke Moretti / WIVB-TV:
FBI Director Comey in Buffalo, addresses terrorism and Clinton email probe
Discussion: RedState, Hot Air and LawNewz
Bernie Sanders / New York Daily News:
TRANSCRIPT: Bernie Sanders meets with the Daily News Editorial Board  —  Daily News: We are very well aware of the broad themes of your campaign by now.  So we'd like to hone in on some of the more particular issues to get a sense of how your presidency might evolve.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
You probably missed Sarah Palin's speech in Wisconsin.  It was totally bizarre. … Sarah Palin went to Wisconsin over the weekend to tout her preferred candidate — Donald Trump — at a GOP fundraising dinner in advance of the Badger State's presidential primary today.  What happened next will stun you.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Scott Soshnick / Bloomberg:
Twitter Said to Win NFL Deal for Thursday Night Streaming Rights  —  Twitter Inc., making a strategic push into online programming, won a deal to show Thursday night National Football League games online, a person familiar with the matter said.  —  The social-media company was said to be bidding …
Scott Allen / Washington Post:
Walmart still selling Maryland T-shirts featuring the outline of Massachusetts  —  The outlines of Colorado and Wyoming look somewhat similar.  Mississippi resembles Alabama flipped horizontally.  New Hampshire sort of looks like Vermont rotated clockwise 180 degrees.
Discussion: AOL, FOX 61 and Consumerist
Caitlin Huey-Burns / Real Clear Politics:
The “Draft Paul Ryan” Pipe Dream  —  Paul Ryan became something of a GOP rescuer last year after assuming the role of House speaker and uniting warring factions of his party.  Well liked by constituencies both inside and outside of his party, Ryan is also something of a rare breed …
German Lopez / Vox:
PayPal makes it official: North Carolina's anti-LGBTQ law will cost the state jobs  —  Businesses have been increasingly critical of North Carolina's recently passed anti-LGBTQ law.  Now, it looks like one big company — PayPal — is officially pulling its business from the state in a move …
Associated Press:
Tennessee Lawmakers Vote for Bible as State's Official Book  —  Having already made a .50-caliber sniper gun the official state rifle, Tennessee lawmakers on Monday gave final approval to making the Holy Bible the state's official book.  —  The state Senate voted 19-8 in favor …
The Week:
Republicans are plotting economic disaster for 2016  —  Our free email newsletters … Since George W. Bush's presidency, Republican economic ideas have become drastically more conservative.  Instead of massive tax cuts for the rich coupled with a general tolerance of the rest of government …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
Eli Stokols / Politico:
Trump campaign in disarray  —  Donald Trump's campaign is increasingly falling into disarray as the Manhattan billionaire braces for a loss in Wisconsin that could set him on course for an uncertain convention floor fight for the Republican presidential nomination.
Peter Eavis / New York Times:
Finding the Good News in Widespread Tax Cheating  —  The war on rampant tax evasion may not be hopeless after all.  —  It might not look that way after an enormous leak of documents from a Panama law firm suggesting that prominent figures worldwide have used offshore companies to hide billions of dollars.
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Sanders reshapes Obama's 2016 plans  —  Bernie Sanders is keeping Barack Obama locked in limbo.  —  Despite his steadily rising popularity, the president's expected role in 2016 as the Democratic Party unifier is on hold for another three-and-a-half months, if Sanders keeps his campaign going through the July convention.
United Airlines flight attendant opens emergency door, deploys slide after plane lands at Bush IAH  —  HOUSTON - A United Airlines flight attendant intentionally opened a plane door and inflated the emergency slide after the aircraft landed Monday at Bush Intercontinental Airport.
Discussion: Mashable, Consumerist, WFLA-TV and WCMH-TV
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Candy bar shoplifter faces life in prison
Discussion: FOX31 Denver and KFOR-TV
Nealjriley / CBS Boston:
Senator Wants Investigation Into Gun That Looks Like iPhone
Paul Gattis /
Gov. Robert Bentley on scandal: 'I've asked God to forgive me'
Discussion: Washington Post
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Anti-Muslim goons rip up Quran and beg Trump to turn Phoenix mosque into a 7-Eleven
Discussion: KPNX and
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
DNC chair: I'm not doing good job ‘blocking’ Sanders
Discussion: Political Wire
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Here's exactly how a brokered Republican convention would work
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Blake Neff / The Daily Caller:
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
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