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3:55 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.
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 …
Jonathan Karl / ABC News:
D.C. McAllister / The Federalist:
Rubio Needs To Move Aside For Cruz, Not Vice Versa
Discussion: RedState, Hot Air and Washington Post
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.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Mediaite
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” …
Mark Halperin / Bloomberg Business:
Clinton, Trump Now on Parallel Glide Paths to Nomination
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Rubio inherits establishment support but is on a narrow path to stop Trump
Discussion: Politico, ABC News and Betsy's Page
Fredreka Schouten / USA Today:
Meet the woman funding the effort to stop Trump
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.
Caleb Howe / RedState:
BUSTED! Watch Biden in 92 Say Senate Should REFUSE To Hold Hearings On Bush SCOTUS Nominees!
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Court drama jolts Senate races
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Why Bernie Sanders's campaign makes me worry about how he'll manage the White House  —  Of late, Bernie Sanders has been under assault from the technocratic wing of the Democratic Party.  The charge?  His campaign has circulated economic projections that show stunning — and rather implausible — benefits from Sanders's agenda.
Discussion: Slantpoint
Ron Fournier / The Atlantic:
Hillary's Challenge With Trust
Discussion: Prairie Weather and CNN
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.
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg Business:
Roberts Calls Late Justice Scalia ‘Our Man For All Seasons’
Discussion: The Hill and Althouse
Adam Liptak / New York Times:   How Does It Feel, Chief Justice Roberts, to Hone a Dylan Quote?
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
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Fall of the House of Bush: How last name and Donald Trump doomed Jeb
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
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Feds back court ban on proof of citizenship for voter registration
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Mike Opelka /
High School Student's Art Project Goes Viral — When You See It Up Close, You'll Know Why
Jeff Greenfield / The Daily Beast:
Can Anyone Beat Trump in the Primary? History Says No
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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
Robert Tracinski / The Federalist:
FreeStacy: The Old Regime and the Twitter Revolution
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Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Bernie's spring break blues
Discussion: Washington Post
Scott Wise / WTVR-TV:
Man dressed as Walmart worker steals flat-screen TVs from supercenter
Discussion: WHNT-TV and KTLA
Catherine Treyz / CNN:
Woman, 106, dances with joy at meeting the Obamas
Discussion: Jezebel, WCMH-TV and ABC News
Matt Bruce / Daytona Beach News-Journal:
Cheesy garlic knots spat sparks brawl at Palm Coast pizza shop
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