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5:30 PM ET, February 22, 2016


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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.
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Cruz fires top staffer for promoting false story about Rubio  —  Ted Cruz said on Monday that he had asked for the resignation of national spokesman Rick Tyler on Monday, citing a “grave error of judgment.”  —  Cruz said his decision stemmed from a social media posting from Tyler …
Ellie Schroeder /
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 …
David Wright / CNN:
Cruz spokesman apologizes for ‘inaccurate’ Rubio video  — Ted Cruz's national spokesman apologized to Marco Rubio for a false report he posted to his social media account  —  (CNN)Ted Cruz's national spokesman apologized late Sunday for a video distributed by the campaign that falsely depicted Marco Rubio dismissing the Bible.
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
What state will Marco Rubio win?
D.C. McAllister / The Federalist:
Rubio Needs To Move Aside For Cruz, Not Vice Versa
Discussion: RedState, Hot Air and Washington Post
New York Times:
Donald Trump's Victory Spurs Renewed Scrambling Among Republicans
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Trump has a stranglehold on the GOP nomination. So why isn't he getting credit?
Discussion: ABC News, Politico and FiveThirtyEight
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 …
Sen. Mark Kirk: Scalia replacement must ‘bridge differences’  —  As the paramedic held my hand, I worried that might be the last human I would ever touch.  I was 52 years old and in the middle of a severe stroke.  The ambulance ride that day flashed by as I focused on that paramedic and my hand, all the while my stroke intensified.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Game over: Joe Biden says in 1992 that the president shouldn't name a SCOTUS nominee …
Discussion: American Spectator
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Court drama jolts Senate races
Discussion: Daily Kos
Caleb Howe / RedState:
BUSTED! Watch Biden in 92 Say Senate Should REFUSE To Hold Hearings On Bush SCOTUS Nominees!
Discussion: Washington Post
Senator Claire McCaskill:
I very recently learned that I have breast cancer.  —  I very recently learned that I have breast cancer.  It was detected through a regular mammogram.  It's a little scary, but my prognosis is good and I expect a full recovery.  I will be in St Louis for the next 3 weeks receiving treatment.
Eliza Collins / Politico:
McCaskill has breast cancer, expects full recovery
Discussion: Yahoo Politics and The Week
Andy Cush / Gawker:
Hot Mic Captures Trump Chatting With Morning Joe Hosts: “You Had Me Almost As a Legendary Figure”  —  The comedian and radio show host Harry Shearer has audio of what sure sounds like a casual off-the-air exchange between Donald Trump and Morning Joe co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
House GOP leader thinks he could work with Donald Trump
Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:
Hot Mic Captures Trump Asking ‘Morning Joe’ Hosts For No ‘Too Hard’ Questions (AUDIO)
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
More Support for Justice Department Than for Apple in Dispute Over Unlocking iPhone  —  Slight partisan differences in views of issue  —  As the standoff between the Department of Justice and Apple Inc. continues over an iPhone used by one of the suspects in the San Bernardino terrorist attacks …
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.
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Attorney Claims Scalia's Votes In Pending Cases Should Still Count  —  With no apparent sarcasm, an Arizona attorney on Sunday proposed that the late Justice Antonin Scalia's votes in cases pending before the Supreme Court should still count even though he died before the court issued its rulings.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:   How Does It Feel, Chief Justice Roberts, to Hone a Dylan Quote?
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg Business:
Roberts Calls Late Justice Scalia ‘Our Man For All Seasons’
Discussion: The Hill and Althouse
James Rothwell / Telegraph:
Hitler ‘had tiny deformed penis’ as well as just one testicle, historians claim  —  Hitler suffered from a condition called hypospadias which left him with an abnormally small manhood, according to historians Jonathan Mayo and Emma Craigie  —  It has long been suspected that Hitler's conquest …
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
Hans A. Von Spakovsky / National Review:
The Obama Administration Wants to Make Sure Non-Citizens Vote in the Upcoming Election
Discussion: Power Line, RedState and Clayton Cramer
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
CIA leaker: Clinton ‘given a pass’ for emails  —  A former CIA officer serving jail time for leaking documents to the New York Times accused federal officials of setting a double standard by apparently refusing to aggressively prosecute Hillary Clinton  —  Clinton was “a high ranking official …
Discussion: Washington Post
David Bahnsen / Viewpoint:
Now I Am Being Serious, Deadly Serious: Stopping The Trump Disgrace  —  Several years ago I penned a piece on then Presidential candidate, Ron Paul, someone who had no chance at the time of being President, but who had captured the affections of far too many discerning people.
Mike Opelka /
High School Student's Art Project Goes Viral — When You See It Up Close, You'll Know Why  —  Indiana High school student Jacob Feazel's art project required 4,466 tiny toy army men, between 20-30 cans of spray paint and over eleven days of work to create a very special American flag.
New York Times:
How Jeb Bush Spent $130 Million Running for President With Nothing to Show for It  —  When Jeb Bush formally entered the presidential campaign in June, there was already more money behind him than every other Republican candidate combined.  When he suspended his campaign on Saturday night in South Carolina …
Discussion: The Week
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Tegna / WBIR-TV:
A Bible is the only item recovered from burning car
Discussion: The American Mirror
Jeff Greenfield / The Daily Beast:
Can Anyone Beat Trump in the Primary? History Says No
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Ron Fournier / The Atlantic:
Hillary's Challenge With Trust
Discussion: Prairie Weather and CNN
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Ted Cruz's Dad: My Son Ran for President After God Sent His Wife a Sign
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Seth Stevenson / Slate:
Jeb Bush Was Not a Joke
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Why Bernie Sanders's campaign makes me worry about how he'll manage the White House
Discussion: Washington Post and Slantpoint
 Earlier Items: 
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Bernie's spring break blues
Scott Wise / WTVR-TV:
Man dressed as Walmart worker steals flat-screen TVs from supercenter
Discussion: WHNT-TV and KTLA
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Donald Trump consults with Rudy Giuliani as he builds political kitchen cabinet
Betsy McCaughey / New York Post:
Obama is looting the Treasury to pay off insurers
Discussion: Power Line
Erick Erickson / The Resurgent:
I Will Not Vote For Donald Trump. Ever.

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