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March 29, 2016

Moderator Anderson Cooper had no time for schoolyard excuses Tuesday night during the CNN Republican Town Hall, telling Donald Trump that "I didn't start it" isn't an argument that should be used by a presidential candidate.

Cooper asked Trump about his ongoing feud with rival Ted Cruz, which started after an anti-Trump super PAC circulated a racy image of Trump's wife, Melania. Trump later retweeted an image of Melania next to Cruz's wife, Heidi, in what Cooper called an "unflattering" pose. Trump said he thought the photo of Heidi was "nice," and when pressed by Cooper, said, "I didn't start it."

Cooper responded by telling the Republican frontrunner "with all due respect, that's the argument of a 5-year-old," adding that "every parent knows that." "That's the problem," Trump retorted. "Exactly that thinking is the problem this country has. I didn't start this, he started this." Trump then said Mitt Romney's "people" were behind the ad, and that Cruz supporter Romney "choked like a dog" during the 2012 election. Cooper asked Trump if he would like to leave the wives out of the race, and Trump said he would, adding that he'd also prefer to "talk about nuclear proliferation," but admitted he doesn't "let things go so easy. If I were running the country, I wouldn't have people taking advantage of the United States in trade either, believe me." Catherine Garcia

4:17 a.m. ET

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) knew that he was Hillary Clinton's running mate for only about 12 minutes before the world found out, he told Stephen Colbert on Thursday's Late Show, in Kaine's late-night TV debut. And it's not clear how his wife felt when he told her the big news. Kaine said that joining a presidential campaign a few months before the election is the way to go, and when Colbert asked in mock-hushed tones about Clinton's health, Kaine said, "I think she could beat me in the New York marathon, if we entered."

"I'm gonna test you here," Colbert said. Clinton "said she wanted a running mate who was willing to disagree with her. So please your new boss, right now, and say something that you disagree with Hillary Clinton on." "You think I'm new at this?" Kaine said — they had just discussed his rise from Jesuit missionary to city councilman to governor and senator, and Kaine drew on that experience for a pretty good answer.

If Joe Biden is America's ebullient uncle, Tim Kaine would be its earnest step dad, as The Washington Post put it, or maybe its soccer dad, as Twitter opined. "Are you okay with not being cool?" Colbert asked. "I've been prepared for that for 26 years," Kaine said, "because I have three children who have been ripping on me and saying those things about me since they were born." So, in his late-night debut, we learned that Tim Kaine plays harmonica, is discreet, can talk policy, has memorized part of the New Testament, and is a very gentle attack dog. Watch below. Peter Weber

3:16 a.m. ET

What is the song "Oops!.... I Did It Again" really about? James Corden asked Britney Spears in Corden's latest Late Last Show "Carpool Karaoke" video. "I don't know," she said. "I really don't know. I think it's just a song." Corden said he thinks about the lyrics every time he orders a pizza from Dominos, and then they sang. Corden also peppered Spears with questions, and she dished. She wants three more kids, on top of her two virtual twins, 9 and 10, she said — "I have to find the right guy first" — though before you get excited, guys, she followed that up by saying she's "just done with men" and won't get married again. ("I don't believe in marriage anymore.")

If you watch, you'll learn that Spears' kids have seen her Vegas show, racy outfits and all — "I feel like they know that's mommy performing" — and that Corden is still scarred by a youthful look at his mother in her underwear. Spears was a good student who was paddled only once, and in between talking, she and Corden sang various Spears songs, like "Womanizer" and "Toxic." Corden is the more enthusiastic singer/dancer in his car, at least until they finally got to "...Baby One More Time" — though you may not be able to un-see James Corden in a sexy schoolgirl outfit. You've been warned. Peter Weber

2:32 a.m. ET

On Wednesday's Kelly File, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told Megyn Kelly that his organization would release potentially "significant" information on Hillary Clinton before the November election, and on Thursday's show, Kelly played the part of the interview where Assange talks about Donald Trump. "You're clearly not rooting for Hillary, but are you rooting for Trump?" Kelly asked. "No, I mean, if we have good information on Trump, we publish that," Assange said.

"You know, some people have asked us, 'When will you release information on Donald Trump?'" Assange said later. "And of course we're very interested in all countries, to reveal the truth about any candidate, so people can understand, but actually it's really hard for us to release anything worse than what comes out of Donald Trump's mouth every second day. I mean, it's part of his charismatic appeal that he speaks off the cuff, but, you know, that's difficult for Donald Trump to overcome, a lot of those things, even with a lot of great material coming out by WikiLeaks and other publications."

If that sounds like WikiLeaks is trying to help Trump, remember, Assange says he isn't taking sides. And he doesn't want you to blame Russian hackers for the Democratic National Committee leaks or other Democratic Party cyber-infiltration, as the U.S. intelligence community does. "The allegations by the Clinton campaign that everyone is a Russian agent are really disturbing," Assange said. "Why is that? Well, bizarrely, Hillary Clinton, the Democrat, has become, has positioned herself now, as being the security candidate. She's palled up with the neocons responsible for the Iraq War and she's grabbed on to this sort of neo-McCarthyist hysteria about Russia, and is using that to demonize the Trump campaign."

Kelly also asked about WikiLeaks' interest in murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich, and Assange suggested that Rich was a WikiLeaks source but declined to accuse anyone of his murder. She also asked about an Associated Press report outlining private information on rape victims, gay Saudis, and other "collateral damage" in some of Assange's dumps. "Well, it's a nonsense reports," he said. "Its not by AP, it's not some big team at AP who put this together, it's by a single journalist... who has a conflict of interest — have a look at him on Twitter." You can watch the entire segment below. Peter Weber

2:04 a.m. ET

An explosion ripped through a police checkpoint and headquarters in the town of Cizre, Turkey, on Friday.

Turkish media reports said at least 11 people were killed and 78 wounded in the attack, which was carried out with an explosives-filled truck. The city is in Sirnak province, which borders Syria and Iraq, and a majority of residents are Kurds. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency blamed the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). On Thursday, Turkish forces crossed into Syria to attack the Islamic State but also to prevent the Kurdish YPG militias from gaining territory along the Turkish border, and Turkish troops fired on YPG fighters in the area. (This story has been updated throughout.) Catherine Garcia

1:40 a.m. ET

For those wanting to fully understand Donald Trump's immigration stance, Seth Meyers put together a segment Thursday night featuring a dizzying array of statements the Republican nominee has made on the issue.

Meyers said that Trump is shifting his position in order to broaden his appeal, but is trying at the same time to assure his most ardent supporters that he's not actually changing at all. "Here's the problem for Trump," Meyers said. "He's already spent a year whipping up his supporters with vitriolic rhetoric on immigration, and they're not going to let him change now. Remember, they chant, 'Build that wall!' at all of the rallies, and one guy once came dressed like the wall. That guy doesn't want to go home and make an amnesty costume."

Meyers showed a clip of Trump warning people that Hillary Clinton would be "four more years of Obama," followed by another clip where he compliments the president for deporting large numbers of undocumented immigrants. Trump said he'd keep doing what Obama's doing in regards to deporting people, but would do it with "more energy." "Does Trump even have that much energy?" Meyers asked. "He talks about himself like he's Simone Biles, but he moves around like a bear who's honey drunk." Watch the video below, and get ready to never want to hear the words "Donald," "Trump," and "softening" together in a sentence ever again. Catherine Garcia

1:19 a.m. ET

Apple released an update to the iPhone and iPad operating system on Thursday, and you should probably download and install it as soon as is possible. About 10 days ago, researchers at Citizen Lab, a University of Toronto tech research organization, and mobile security firm Lookout discovered three large security holes in Apple's iOS that could give someone with the right tool access to your entire phone — they could "read text messages and emails and track calls and contacts," The New York Times said, "even record sounds, collect passwords, and trace the whereabouts of the phone user" — and you would never know anything was going on.

Citizen Lab was tipped off when Ahmed Mansoor, a human rights activist in the United Arab Emirates, forwarded some suspicious text messages he was receiving, and sure enough, the messages contained code that would grant an outsider access to an entire phone. The researchers traced the code back to a Israeli cyber-espionage outfit called NSO Group, which The Times calls "one of the world's most evasive digital arms dealers." NSO spokesman Zamir Dahbash told The Times that "the company sells only to authorized governmental agencies, and fully complies with strict export control laws and regulations," but did not say if UAE had purchased its products. Along with Mansoor, NSO tools have been used to target people in Yemen, Turkey, Mozambique, Mexico, and Kenya.

You can learn more about the exploit at Gizmodo, Motherboard, and The New York Times, or watch the Associated Press report below, but upgrade your system before you do — Apple says the new update patches those gaping holes. Peter Weber

12:34 a.m. ET
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When the Foster family moved into the El Dorado Hills neighborhood outside of Sacramento, California, they say they discovered a long-forgotten rule regarding the race of residents.

Clause 13 of the Lake Hills CC&R states as follows: "No person except those of the white Caucasian race shall use, occupy, or reside upon any residential lot or plot in this subdivision, except when employed in the household of a white Caucasian tenant or owner." Liese Foster told ABC 13 that while "everyone knows you can't enforce things like that," it still "sends a message." Some neighbors had no idea that the rule, on the books since 1961, existed, while others said they did know about it, but since non-whites live in the neighborhood and it's never been enforced, they pay it no mind.

Now that Brent Dennis is aware of the rule, he promises things will change. He is with the El Dorado Hills Community Services District, which handles rule enforcement for the community and more than 30 others. Dennis has worked there for four years, and said before he was approached by a local news station, he didn't know about the rule. He told KTXL that he has no clue why it was ever made, but said it has never been enforced and violates federal law, and members of his staff will work quickly to change it. Catherine Garcia

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