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  • James Mattis, Retired General, Decides Against Independent Presidential Bid - First Draft. Political News, Now. - The New York Times about 19 hours ago
    • Two allies of Mr. Mattis sent emails to associates on Friday notifying them that the retired general had closed the door on a campaign. William Kristol, editor of the conservative Weekly Standard magazine, said Mr. Mattis had decided “after much consideration” not to proceed.

       

    • Joel Searby, a Republican strategist involved in laying the groundwork for a potential Mattis campaign, wrote in a separate email that Mr. Mattis had “decided definitively not to pursue a run for president.”

       

    • In private, Mr. Mattis, 65, was receptive to political overtures: During a visit to Washington last Friday, he met with a small group of strategists supportive of his entry into the race and discussed the election, according to people familiar with the meeting, who spoke on condition of anonymity about the private session.

       

  • Byron York: How GOP bigwigs made their peace with Trump | Washington Examiner about 21 hours ago
    • "I haven't seen any data on that, but I'm just getting a feeling that he's going to put a couple of Midwestern states in play."
  • How Hillary Clinton will bait Donald Trump into making even more women hate him on Apr 28, 16
    • when Trump is challenged by a woman, he lashes back harshly, often by attacking her looks, calling her crazy, or making some other kind of sexist remark.
  • Ted Cruz's 'Alliance' With John Kasich Hits New Low Point - First Draft. Political News, Now. - The New York Times on Apr 28, 16
    • “I recognize that the media is all eager to talk about an alliance. There is no alliance,” Mr. Cruz said. “Kasich and I made a determination where to focus our energies, where to focus our assets, where to focus our resources.”

       

    • “John Kasich made the decision, in his own political self-interest, to withdraw from Indiana and to go compete elsewhere,” Mr. Cruz said, while continuing to campaign in the state six days before its primary. “And that was a perfectly reasonable decision.”

       

    • Mr. Cruz did not answer questions about whether he was similarly pulling out of Oregon, which votes on May 17, or Oregon, which votes on June 7.

       

  • Ted Cruz Names Carly Fiorina as His Running Mate, Seeking a Jolt - The New York Times on Apr 28, 16
    • Mr. Cruz’s announcement was prompted by the same countervailing forces that pushed him to strike the nonaggression pact with Mr. Kasich on Sunday: Mr. Cruz’s polling in Indiana showed him down double-digits in Indiana last week, according to two Republicans familiar with the findings. He has edged closer to Mr. Trump in nightly surveys this week, but remains behind.

    • What is striking, though, is that Mr. Cruz decided to tap Mrs. Fiorina even after his own surveys indicated she would offer only a modest boost. In Indiana and subsequent states, Mr. Cruz’s campaign tested the impact if Mr. Cruz named Mrs. Fiorina as his running mate and found it was only worth “a couple of points,” said a Republican briefed on the polling results. “Voters like her. They don’t love her,” said this Republican, who insisted on anonymity to discuss the decision-making.

           
       

  • Donald Trump 2016: Blame TV - POLITICO Magazine on Apr 28, 16
    • I really would like to blame Trump. But everything he is doing is with TV news’ full acquiescence. Trump doesn’t force the networks to show his rallies live rather than do real reporting. Nor does he force anyone to accept his phone calls rather than demand that he do a face-to-face interview that would be a greater risk for him. TV news has largely given Trump editorial control. It is driven by a hunger for ratings—and the people who run the networks and the news channels are only too happy to make that Faustian bargain. Which is why you’ll see endless variations of this banner, one I saw all three cable networks put up in a single day: “Breaking news: Trump speaks for first time since Wisconsin loss.” In all these scenes, the TV reporter just stands there, off camera, essentially useless. The order doesn’t need to be stated. It’s understood in the newsroom: Air the Trump rallies live and uninterrupted. He may say something crazy; he often does, and it’s always great television.

       

  • John Boehner talks election, time in office | Stanford Daily on Apr 28, 16
    • “Lucifer in the flesh,” the former speaker said. “I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.”

       

      Boehner described other Republican candidates as friends. In particular, the former speaker said he has played golf with Donald Trump for years and that they were “texting buddies.”

    • The former Speaker said he would not, however, vote for Cruz.
  • Paul Manafort isn’t a GOP retread. He’s made a career of reinventing tyrants and despots. on Apr 28, 16
    • Why would Paul Manafort so consistently do the bidding of oligarchs loyal to Vladimir Putin?
  • Read Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ Foreign Policy Speech | TIME on Apr 27, 16
    • The list of humiliations go on and on and on. President Obama watches helplessly as North Korea increases its aggression and expands further and further with its nuclear reach. Our president has allowed China to continue its economic assault on American jobs and wealth, refusing to enforce trade deals and apply leverage on China necessary to rein in North Korea. We have the leverage. We have the power over China, economic power, and people don’t understand it. And with that economic power, we can rein in and we can get them to do what they have to do with North Korea, which is totally out of control.

       

  • News from The Associated Press on Apr 27, 16
    • "To our friends and allies, I say America is going to be strong again, America is going to be reliable again," Trump said. "It's going to be a great and reliable ally again."

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