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11:00 AM ET, February 29, 2016

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Ben Sasse / Facebook:
AN OPEN LETTER TO TRUMP SUPPORTERS  —  To my friends supporting Donald Trump:  —  The Trump coalition is broad and complicated, but I believe many Trump fans are well-meaning.  I have spoken at length with many of you, both inside and outside Nebraska.  You are rightly worried about our national direction.
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
The Republican Party's implosion over Donald Trump's candidacy has arrived  —  MADISON, Ala. — The implosion over Donald Trump's candidacy that Republicans had hoped to avoid arrived so virulently this weekend that many party leaders vowed never to back the billionaire and openly questioned whether …
Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump blames ‘lousy earpiece’ for KKK flap  —  Donald Trump blamed CNN for providing a “lousy earpiece” in explaining his non-answer to the network on Sunday when asked to disavow the Ku Klux Klan and David Duke.  —  “I'm sitting in a house in Florida with a very bad earpiece that they gave me …
Nick Gass / Politico:
Joe Scarborough: Trump's KKK ignorance ‘disqualifying’  —  Donald Trump's failure to explicitly disavow the Ku Klux Klan and former Grand Wizard David Duke is “disqualifying,” Joe Scarborough declared on MSNBC's “Morning Joe” on Monday.  —  “It's breathtaking.  That is disqualifying right there.
Joe Scarborough / Washington Post:
Trump's feigned ignorance about the KKK raises disturbing questions  —  They weren't hard questions to answer.  —  “Do you condemn David Duke?  And the Ku Klux Klan?”  —  A simple “yes” would have worked.  But on Sunday, Donald Trump swatted away the easy answers and instead feigned ignorance …
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Spray tans, pants-wetting and little hands: The GOP race goes in the gutter  —  There's talk of bad spray tans, sweat and urination.  Accusations that a rival has ties to the mob.  They've called one another “little” or “a con artist.”  And they all agree that the other guys are liars.
Eun Kyung Kim / TODAY.com:
Donald Trump on KKK non-answer: A ‘very bad earpiece’ made it tough to hear  —  Donald Trump tells TODAY's Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie he's “disavowed” former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke and blamed a “very bad earpiece” for his earlier inability to repeatedly repudiate the group.
Nick Gass / Politico:
Huckabee: ‘Does anybody think Donald Trump is a racist?’  —  Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee defended Donald Trump on Monday, remarking that the GOP front-runner's apparent failure to disavow the Ku Klux Klan and David Duke in an interview the previous day did not reflect any “racist tendencies.”
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Trump blames ‘lousy earpiece’ for David Duke uproar
Discussion: Mediaite, The Week, RedState and Jezebel
New York Times:
Christie Splits With His Past in Backing Trump
Discussion: Towleroad and Politico
Joshua Green / Bloomberg Business:
Why Ted Cruz Probably Won't Drop Out, No Matter What  —  The Texas senator may be playing a long game.  —  JoshuaGreen  —  Ted Cruz has had a disappointing few weeks since winning the Iowa GOP caucuses.  He was outshone by John Kasich in New Hampshire.  Then he lost South Carolina to Donald Trump …
Discussion: Political Wire
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CNN:
Trump, Clinton dominant as Super Tuesday looms  — Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are poised to lead the nation's two major parties in this fall's presidential election  —  (CNN)Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are poised to lead the nation's two major parties in this fall's presidential election …
Matthew Mosk / ABC News:   Ted Cruz Questions Donald Trump's Ties to Mafia-Linked Twice-Convicted Felon
Kathy Frankovic / YouGov US Opinion Center News:
3 in 4 Republican voters now expect Trump to be the nominee
Discussion: Political Wire
John Wagner / Washington Post:
With hours to go, Bernie Sanders aiming for $40 million fundraising month in Febraury  —  FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The campaign of Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders said Monday that it had already raised $36 million this month and was aiming to top the $40 million mark by the end of February's final day.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Bernie braces for decision day
Discussion: Yahoo and Yahoo News Photo
New York Times:
On the Campaign Trail: G.O.P. Race Grows Cruder and More Aggressive
Discussion: Political Wire and The Week
Kyle Cheney / Politico:   Breaking down the GOP's Super Tuesday map
Stacey Dash:
Who is Stacey Dash and why did she just walk across the #Oscar stage?  —  You might be watching the Oscars and wondering why someone named Stacey Dash just walked across the stage.  (Why was that funny anyway?)  —  Well, I'm Stacey - with an “e” - and it's nice to meet you.
Guardian:
Airbnb guests shocked by decomposing corpse in garden  —  The group had hoped to host a party at the house south of Paris but their plans were derailed by the macabre discovery  —  A group of friends who rented a house on Airbnb for a party weekend in a French town got a nasty surprise …
Discussion: Jezebel
Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
Trump Mortgage failed.  Here's what that says about the GOP front-runner.  —  As some economists and Wall Street traders began to sense danger ahead of the crippling housing market collapse of 2008, Donald Trump waved away the worries and offered a concrete expression of confidence in the industry.
Discussion: RedState and The Resurgent
Hugh Hewitt / Washington Examiner:
Six reasons Trump is still better than Clinton  —  I spent Friday's radio show explaining to incredulous guests that of course I'd support Donald Trump if he is the GOP nominee.  —  “But after he just insulted you and your radio show in front of 15 million people?” came the question.
Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:
Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions Endorses Donald Trump At Huntsville Rally  —  Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) endorsed Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Huntsville Sunday evening.  Sessions ensured a “Gang of Eight” type of immigration reform bill will not will pass under Donald Trump
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Arian Campo-Flores / Wall Street Journal:
Jeff Sessions, Leading GOP Senate Voice on Immigration, Endorses Trump
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Daily Mail:
Horror in Moscow as burka-clad babysitter ‘decapitates four-year-old girl in her care’ …
Discussion: Walid Shoebat and Vox Popoli
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Plouffe to Clinton: Stop micromanaging
Discussion: Political Wire
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
Chris Rock crushed it
Discussion: Hit & Run, New York Times and Hot Air
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Puerto Rican crisis roils 2016 race
Discussion: Latino USA
Joel Kotkin / Orange County Register:
The effect race could have on the race
Discussion: Instapundit
Juan Williams / The Hill:
GOP hits new low on court
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Aaron Klein / Breitbart:
Hillary Emails: State Discussed ‘Cooperating,’ ‘Increased Investment’ With Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Government
Discussion: Pamela Geller
Rebecca Traister / New York Times:
What Women Find in Friends That They May Not Get From Love
Michael Hirsh / Politico:
Why Trump and Sanders Were Inevitable
Elliot Smilowitz / The Hill:
Trump: Debates are a ‘waste of time’
Discussion: RedState
Awr Hawkins / Breitbart:
Celebrities to Wear Gun Control Bracelets at Oscars While Surrounded by Massive Increase in Armed Security
Discussion: Instapundit and The Gateway Pundit