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2:50 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 …
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Greg Stohr / Bloomberg Business:
Roberts Calls Late Justice Scalia ‘Our Man For All Seasons’
Discussion: The Hill and Althouse
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Court drama jolts Senate races
Discussion: Daily Kos
Adam Liptak / New York Times:   How Does It Feel, Chief Justice Roberts, to Hone a Dylan Quote?
Derek Hunter / Townhall.com:   Demeaning The Office  —  When President Bill Clinton's affair …
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, ABC News and Politico
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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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 …
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.
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
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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.
David Bahnsen / Viewpoint:
Now I Am Being Serious, Deadly Serious: Stopping The Trump Disgrace
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
House GOP leader thinks he could work with Donald Trump  —  House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Monday suggested that the Republican presidential race is now down to Donald Trump  —  “I see it more as Trump-Rubio,” McCarthy said during an interview on MSNBC's “Morning Joe” …
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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
New York Times:
Donald Trump's Victory Spurs Renewed Scrambling Among Republicans
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 …
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Maeve Reston / CNN:
Jeb's 2016 departure draws out Mike Murphy critics
Discussion: Political Wire and Hot Air
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 …
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
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Feds back court ban on proof of citizenship for voter registration
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
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.
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.
Tim Carpenter / Topeka Capital-Journal:
Kathleen Sebelius endorses Hillary Clinton for Democratic presidential nomination  —  Former Kansas governor says Clinton possesses experience, background to govern the nation  —  Former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius endorsed Monday the candidacy of previous U.S. Secretary of State and U.S …
Discussion: Politico, Kansas City Star and The Week
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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David Corn / Mother Jones:
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Jeb Bush Was Not a Joke
Ezra Klein / Vox:
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Steve Harrison / The Charlotte Observer:
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Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Bernie's spring break blues
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Almost 90,000 dangerous illegal immigrants go free
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Donald Trump relishes wrecking the GOP
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