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4:05 PM ET, May 6, 2016


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Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
‘Dismayed’ Romney says he doesn't intend to back Trump, worried about ‘demagoguery and populism’  —  Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, said at a dinner in Washington on Thursday night that he had no intention of supporting presumtive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump …
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Donald Trump agrees to meet with Paul Ryan ‘before we go our separate ways’ … Likely Republican nominee Donald Trump disagrees with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus's characterization of a conversation they had on Thursday about House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (Wis.) not yet being ready to support Trump.
Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump camp suggests Ryan unfit to be speaker
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Paul Ryan's primary opponent: I'll support Trump
Discussion: The Last Refuge
Nick Gass / Politico:
Priebus on Trump: 'He's trying'
Discussion: RedState, Washington Post and The Hill
Mary Troyan / USA Today:
Sen. Bob Corker says he'll advise Donald Trump on foreign policy
Discussion: RedState
Steven T. Dennis / Bloomberg:
Paul Ryan Spoils Trump's Victory by Withholding Endorsement
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Eric Bradner / CNN:
The GOP resistance to Donald Trump
Alex Pareene / Gawker:
Don't Blow This  —  It's Trump versus Clinton.  It's a well-funded mainstream Democrat against a widely reviled demagogue who will struggle to earn the support of his party's donor base.  It's a man whose every public utterance is potential negative ad waiting to be cut, versus the most cautious candidate in modern memory.
New York Times:
Sheldon Adelson Says He Will Support Donald Trump  —  The casino magnate Sheldon G. Adelson said on Thursday night that he would support Donald J. Trump now that he has become the Republican Party's presumptive nominee.  —  “Yes, I'm a Republican, he's a Republican,” Mr. Adelson said in a brief interview.
Tom LoBianco / CNN:
First on CNN: Cheney says he will support Trump  —  Washington (CNN)Former Vice President Dick Cheney will support Donald Trump, he told CNN Friday, an important move as the presumptive Republican nominee is encountering intense resistance from senior members of his own party.
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Graham: I won't vote for Trump … (R-S.C.) on Friday said he would not vote for Donald Trump  —  Graham, who was slated to appear on CNN at 2 p.m. to discuss his decision, is the highest GOP office holder so far to rule out voting for Trump.  —  Other Republicans, such as Sen. Ben Sasse …
Discussion: RedState and CNN
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Election analyst flips 11 states toward Democrats due to Trump
Erick Erickson / The Resurgent:
Republicans, Apologize to Bill Clinton  —  Upon arrival in Washington, DC in January of 1993, Bill and Hillary Clinton found themselves in a never ending independent counsel investigation.  The investigation began over a land deal that was known as Whitewater.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Neither Clinton Nor Trump  —  “Sometimes party loyalty asks too much.”  —  I have always voted for the Republican presidential candidate.  From Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford to Ronald Reagan (twice) and George H. W. Bush (twice) and Bob Dole, from George W. Bush (twice) …
Discussion: National Review
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Yo, Hillary: Hit Donald Where It Hurts
Discussion: TIME
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
Donald Trump's Idea to Cut National Debt: Get Creditors to Accept Less  —  One day after assuring Americans he is not running for president “to make things unstable for the country,” the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald J. Trump, said in a television interview Thursday that he might seek …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
This Is Astounding  —  So many stories in presidential politics, in all politics, are more sound and fury than substance.  This one isn't.  It's hard to overstate how big a deal it is.  Donald Trump caught a lot of grief during the primaries for putting several of his companies through bankruptcies during his career.
Thomas E. Ricks / Foreign Policy:
A stunning profile of Ben Rhodes, the a**hole who is the president's foreign policy guru  —  The profile of one Ben Rhodes running in Sunday's New York Times Magazine is not unsympathetic, which makes it all the more devastating.  —  Perhaps the key sentence is this: “His lack …
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
White House admits it played us for fools to sell Iran deal
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Sanders accuses DNC of tipping convention toward Clinton  —  Bernie Sanders is accusing Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of trying to tip the party convention in Hillary Clinton's favor, saying the chairwoman has packed the committees with Clinton supporters.
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Sanders poised for May win streak
Discussion: Common Dreams and Althouse
Andrew Prokop / Vox:
The political scientist who saw Trump's rise coming  —  Norm Ornstein on why the Republican Party was ripe for a takeover, what the media missed, and whether Trump could win the presidency.  —  In the summer of 2015, most of the political world still thought Donald Trump's candidacy was a joke.
Discussion: New York Times and Balloon Juice
Charles Thompson /
Child told Paterno of sex abuse in 1976, court papers allege  —  Court documents state that “in 1976, a child allegedly reported to PSU's Head Coach Joseph Paterno that he (the child) was sexually molested by Sandusky.” … A new bombshell dropped in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal Thursday.
Washington Post:
One killed, others injured in shootings at Md. mall, grocery store … Three people were shot in the parking lot at Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda on Friday morning and authorities are investigating whether the assailant is a man believed to have shot and killed his wife outside a Maryland school Thursday evening.
Discussion: Shakesville and Washingtonian
Emily Calandrelli / TechCrunch:
GoPro hitched a ride on a rocket and the video is incredible  —  Today, GoPro released some pretty incredible footage of a suborbital rocket launch that climbed to 396,405 feet at speeds as high as Mach 5.5.  Check out the very real footage below.  —  The launch in the video took place …
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Chuck Raasch / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Republican Rep. Ann Wagner says Trump, with ‘slurs and attacks,’ has not earned her support
New York Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: NYPD nearly ended probe into vicious assault of gay black man because cops prematurely closed the case
Discussion: Gothamist and Raw Story
J. David Goodman / New York Times:
De Blasio's Press Secretary Says She Will Quit
Kenneth Garger / New York Post:
Top Democrat suspended for mysterious voter purge
Discussion: LawNewz and Washington Free Beacon
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama on Trump: ‘This is not a reality show’
Discussion: Political Wire
Erik Klemetti / Wired:
Mount St. Helens Is Recharging Its Magma Stores, Setting Off Earthquake Swarms
Discussion: Daily Mail
 Earlier Items: 
Daniel Holloway / Variety:
Jon Stewart May Be on HBO Before November Election, Says CEO Richard Plepler
Discussion: The Week and Complex
James Rosen / Fox News:
Documents show State Department missed target date for special Benghazi unit
Philip Galanes / New York Times:
Barack Obama and Bryan Cranston on the Roles of a Lifetime
Walter Russell Mead / The American Interest:
The State of Our Union  —  The biggest deficits in the United States …
Lisa Fickenscher / New York Post:
JCPenney taking emergency measures to stay afloat
Chris Enloe /
Tow Truck Driver Shows Up to Help Stranded Motorist When He Sees Sticker on Her Car That Makes …