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7:10 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.
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?  —  LAS VEGAS — Mainstream Republican donors and elected officials are swiftly flocking to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) amid a growing sense that is he is the last best chance to prevent Donald Trump from running away with the Republican nomination.
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: RedState, Hot Air and Washington Post
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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Game over: Joe Biden says in 1992 that the president shouldn't name a SCOTUS nominee …
Discussion: American Spectator
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
Biden in 1992: Delay SCOTUS nominee until after election
Caleb Howe / RedState:
BUSTED! Watch Biden in 92 Say Senate Should REFUSE To Hold Hearings On Bush SCOTUS Nominees!
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)  —  UPDATE: 4:00 p.m. The co-hosts of MSNBC's “Morning Joe” chatted with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump about everything from his golfing excursions to his debate performance during commercial breaks …
Discussion: RedState and Hullabaloo
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” …
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:
Sen. McCaskill has breast cancer, expects full recovery
Discussion: Yahoo Politics and The Week
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
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 …
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Graham floats Rubio-Kasich ticket
Discussion: New York Times and Mediaite
New York Times:
Donald Trump's Victory Spurs Renewed Scrambling Among Republicans
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 …
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Pentagon poised to submit plan for closing Guantanamo Bay  —  The Pentagon is poised to submit a plan to Congress for closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, a spokesman said Monday.  —  Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said the administration will meet the Tuesday deadline for submitting …
Discussion: ABC News
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Pentagon to Send Congress Plan for Closing Guantánamo
Discussion: New York Magazine
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: NPR and The Week
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 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.
David Sims / The Atlantic:
The High-Def Majesty of Planet Earth Returns  —  Anyone who's visited an American Best Buy in the last 10 years has almost certainly seen widescreen TVs playing images of sweeping vistas from around the world—from gleaming snowcaps to the subterranean world of caves to vibrant jungle canopies.
Discussion: Guardian and The Verge
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.
Dave Aeikens / KSTP-TV:
Dayton ‘Appalled’ that ‘FMUSLMS’ License Plate was Issued in Minnesota  —  The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is apologizing Monday for issuing what it calls an “offensive and distasteful” personalized license plate.  —  The department is in the process of retrieving the license plate that reads “FMUSLMS.”
Discussion: Washington Post and LawNewz
Steve Harrison / The Charlotte Observer:
McCrory: If Charlotte approves LGBT protections, ‘immediate’ state response likely  —  Charlotte City Council is scheduled to vote Monday on expanding nondiscrimination ordinance  —  Governor says change could create ‘major public safety issues’  —  Council appears to back measure
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Andrew J. Cherlin / New York Times:
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Nick Hallett / Breitbart:
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Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Poll: Majority of Democrats say socialism has ‘positive impact’
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
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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
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Ezra Klein / Vox:
Why Bernie Sanders's campaign makes me worry about how he'll manage the White House
Discussion: Washington Post
David Bahnsen / Viewpoint:
Now I Am Being Serious, Deadly Serious: Stopping The Trump Disgrace
Discussion: Booman Tribune, Slantpoint and The Week
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Feds back court ban on proof of citizenship for voter registration
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Scott Wise / WTVR-TV:
Man dressed as Walmart worker steals flat-screen TVs from supercenter
Discussion: WHNT-TV and KTLA
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Donald Trump relishes wrecking the GOP
Erick Erickson / The Resurgent:
I Will Not Vote For Donald Trump. Ever.