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9:40 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 and the Bible  —  Ted Cruz on Monday asked for the resignation of top aide Rick Tyler, who he accused of a “grave error of judgment” for promoting a false story that questioned Marco Rubio's faith.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
GOP to Kasich: Get out  —  FAIRFAX, VA — The Republican establishment has a message for John Kasich: get out, and get out of Marco Rubio's way.  —  A string of elected officials, GOP insiders and prominent donors officially threw their support behind Rubio on Monday, calling him their last chance to take down Donald Trump.
Discussion: Washington Post
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:
Rubio inherits establishment support but is on a narrow path to stop Trump  —  LAS VEGAS — Mainstream Republican donors and elected officials flocked to Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) on Monday amid a growing sense that he is the last best chance to prevent Donald Trump from running away with the ­Republican presidential nomination.
Fredreka Schouten / USA Today:
Meet the woman funding the effort to stop Trump  —  16k Shares  —  Keen observers of the political landscape may have discerned this bit of information: The Republican establishment sort of hates its presidential front-runner Donald Trump.  But very few of the party's moneyed elite …
Ellie Schroeder /
Marco Rubio has awkward confrontation with Rafael Cruz, Cruz staffer in hotel lobby
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
House GOP leader thinks he could work with Donald Trump
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Graham floats Rubio-Kasich ticket
Discussion: New York Times and Mediaite
Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
Ted Cruz Dumps Spokesman Who Circulated Video Falsely Showing Rubio Denigrating Bible
Discussion: Mediaite and Althouse
D.C. McAllister / The Federalist:
Rubio Needs To Move Aside For Cruz, Not Vice Versa
Discussion: Hot Air, RedState and Washington Post
Rubio gets new wave of establishment endorsements
Discussion: CBS New York and Politico
Cruz fires top staffer for promoting false story about Rubio
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 …
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Majority of Public Wants Senate to Act on Obama's Court Nominee
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Game over: Joe Biden says in 1992 that the president shouldn't name a SCOTUS nominee …
Discussion: American Spectator
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Joe Biden Argued for Delaying Supreme Court Picks in 1992
Discussion: Political Wire
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
Biden in 1992: Delay SCOTUS nominee until after election
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 …
David Pierson / Los Angeles Times:
Pew survey: More Americans say Apple should unlock terrorist's iPhone
Discussion: The Verge
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.
Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:
Hot Mic Captures Trump Asking ‘Morning Joe’ Hosts For No ‘Too Hard’ Questions (AUDIO)
Discussion: RedState and Hullabaloo
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.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge seems skeptical of call to block voter proof-of-citizenship requirement  —  A federal judge sounded skeptical Monday about a request from voting and civil rights' groups to block a federal official's decision to embrace requirements in three states that new voters submit proof that they're U.S. citizens.
Discussion: Power Line
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Feds back court ban on proof of citizenship for voter registration
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Isaac Arnsdorf / Politico:
Sheldon Adelson and the missing $100 million  —  It's one of the biggest mysteries in Republican circles: why has Sheldon Adelson who spent upwards of $100 million during the last presidential campaign suddenly stopped pouring huge sums of money into politics?
Discussion: Guardian
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 …
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 and NPR
Thomas Gibbons-Neff / Washington Post:
Report: U.S. aircraft carriers ‘unchallenged primacy may be coming to a close’  —  The United States' aircraft carriers have always been an almost untouchable deterrent, steel behemoths capable of projecting the full weight of the U.S. military wherever they deploy.
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: Hot Air, Washington Post and LawNewz
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.
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