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2:05 PM ET, February 22, 2016

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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Conservatives: Court nominee must be stopped at all costs  —  Conservative leaders are sending a blunt message to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell  —  : The Supreme Court is more important than your majority.  —  McConnell's (R-Ky.) top priority since becoming majority leader last year …
Discussion: Hot Air, Politicus USA and Daily Kos
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Greg Stohr / Bloomberg Business:
Roberts Calls Late Justice Scalia ‘Our Man For All Seasons’  —  U.S. Supreme Court sits for first time since Scalia's death  —  Black drapes adorn Scalia's chair as eight justices take bench  —  An empty seat commanded the courtroom as the U.S. Supreme Court took the bench …
Discussion: The Hill and Althouse
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Court drama jolts Senate races
Discussion: Daily Kos
Derek Hunter / Townhall.com:   Demeaning The Office  —  When President Bill Clinton's affair …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
How Does It Feel, Chief Justice Roberts, to Hone a Dylan Quote?
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:   Its power is derived from custom and deference.  How old-fashioned.
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
Scalia's legacy: A court transformed
Discussion: Washington Post, Politico and ABC News
Rick Tyler / Facebook:
I want to apologize to Senator Marco Rubio for posting an inaccurate story about him here earlier today.  The story showed a video of the Senator walking past a Ted Cruz staffer seated in the lobby of a hotel reading his Bible.  The story misquoted a remark the Senator made to the staffer.
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Ellie Schroeder / thedp.com:
Marco Rubio has awkward confrontation with Rafael Cruz, Cruz staffer in hotel lobby  —  Note from the Editor: We have been receiving lots of questions about the contents of this video, and some have disagreed with our transcript.  We stand by our original transcript, but the video …
James Comey / Lawfare:
We Could Not Look the Survivors in the Eye if We Did Not Follow this Lead  —  The San Bernardino litigation isn't about trying to set a precedent or send any kind of message.  It is about the victims and justice.  Fourteen people were slaughtered and many more had their lives and bodies ruined.
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Fbi / Federal Bureau of Investigation:
FBI Director Comments on San Bernardino Matter … The following letter from FBI Director James Comey was posted on Lawfare on February 21, 2016.  —  The San Bernardino litigation isn't about trying to set a precedent or send any kind of message.  It is about the victims and justice.
Mark Halperin / Bloomberg Business:
Clinton, Trump Now on Parallel Glide Paths to Nomination  —  Ask not for whom the fat lady sings.  —  MarkHalperin  —  Only suckers bet on presidential politics or professional wrestling, especially in this most tumultuous campaign cycle in recent memory.
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Trump has a stranglehold on the GOP nomination.  So why isn't he getting credit?  —  Donald Trump cruised to a double-digit win over the Republican field on Saturday in South Carolina.  It was his second straight easy win — coming 11 days after he swept the New Hampshire primary by nearly 17 points.
Discussion: ABC News, Politico and FiveThirtyEight
New York Times:
Donald Trump's Victory Spurs Renewed Scrambling Among Republicans
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Fall of the House of Bush: How last name and Donald Trump doomed Jeb  —  For Jeb Bush's campaign, August was a cruel month.  Donald Trump's attacks on the former Florida governor as a ­"low-energy" politician were beginning to stick, and the two were bickering over immigration.
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Maeve Reston / CNN:
Jeb's 2016 departure draws out Mike Murphy critics
Discussion: Political Wire and Hot Air
Zachary Mider / Bloomberg Business:   Rubio Seeks Cash Infusion From Donors Who Backed Bush
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Feds back court ban on proof of citizenship for voter registration  —  In an unusual move, the Obama Administration is backing the issuance of a court injunction blocking a federal official's decision to approve new voter registration forms that allow three states to insist that voters provide copies …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Hans A. Von Spakovsky / National Review:
The Obama Administration Wants to Make Sure Non-Citizens Vote in the Upcoming Election  —  Several well-funded organizations — including the League of Women Voters and the NAACP — are fighting efforts to prevent non-citizens from voting illegally in the upcoming presidential election.
Discussion: Power Line, RedState and Clayton Cramer
Erick Erickson / The Resurgent:
I Will Not Vote For Donald Trump.  Ever.  —  When I wrote in National Review that I was against Donald Trump, I said and have maintained since his entry into the race that if Donald Trump is the Republican nominee, I would support him.  No longer.  —  Donald Trump believes the federal government should fund Planned Parenthood.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Politico
Walter Smith-Randolph / WWMT-TV:
Alleged gunman worked as Uber driver during deadly shooting spree; passenger shares story  —  KALAMAZOO COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - In an exclusive interview with Newschannel 3, a passenger of Jason Dalton's details his Uber experience before Dalton allegedly shot eight people across Kalamazoo County.
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Chris Perez / New York Post:
Donald Trump leads polls in 10 of next 14 voting states  —  Donald Trump is leading in 10 of the 14 states set to vote in Republican primaries or caucuses over the next two weeks.  —  Recent polls show that Trump is ahead in Nevada, Alabama, Alaska, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Virginia, Oklahoma, Minnesota and Louisiana.
CNN:
Kasich signs bill to defund Planned Parenthood  —  (CNN)Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a bill Sunday prohibiting the state from contracting for health services with any organization that performs or promotes abortions, blocking government funds to Planned Parenthood.
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Washpostpr / Washington Post:
Margaret Sullivan joins The Post as media columnist  —  Announcement from Liz Seymour, executive features editor:  —  I am thrilled to tell you that Margaret Sullivan, the public editor of the New York Times, will be joining The Post later this year as our media columnist.
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Donald Trump consults with Rudy Giuliani as he builds political kitchen cabinet  —  Fresh off back-to-back victories in the Republican presidential race, Donald Trump is moving to expand his tight-knit campaign by building a political kitchen cabinet that includes former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani.
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Delegate Count Leaving Bernie Sanders With Steep Climb  —  Senator Bernie Sanders vowed on Sunday to fight on after losing the Nevada caucuses, predicting that he would pull off a historic political upset by this summer's party convention.  —  But the often overlooked delegate count …
Betsy McCaughey / New York Post:
Obama is looting the Treasury to pay off insurers  —  The Obama administration will tell any lie and break any law to prevent the president's signature health-care program from collapsing.  —  Insurance companies such as UnitedHealthcare and Aetna are losing billions trying to sell ObamaCare plans …
Discussion: Power Line
 
 
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Robert Tracinski / The Federalist:
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Steve Harrison / The Charlotte Observer:
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Discussion: ThinkProgress and Raw Story
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Bernie's spring break blues
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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Almost 90,000 dangerous illegal immigrants go free
Scott Wise / WTVR-TV:
Man dressed as Walmart worker steals flat-screen TVs from supercenter
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Jon Ralston / USA Today:
Harry Reid delivers for Hillary Clinton: Jon Ralston
Dean Balsamini / New York Post:
Popular bar busted for serving dozens of minors: officials
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Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Project:
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Catherine Treyz / CNN:
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Did Bernie Sanders really just win the Hispanic vote in Nevada?
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Matt Bruce / Daytona Beach News-Journal:
Cheesy garlic knots spat sparks brawl at Palm Coast pizza shop
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Donald Trump relishes wrecking the GOP
Discussion: Mother Jones
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Trump brags about winning with ‘short people, fat people, skinny people’