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9:00 AM ET, February 29, 2016

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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
The Republican Party's implosion over Donald Trump's candidacy has arrived  —  MADISON, Ala. — The implosion over Donald Trump's candidacy that Republicans had hoped to avoid arrived so virulently this weekend that many party leaders vowed never to back the billionaire and openly questioned whether …
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Ben Sasse / Facebook:
AN OPEN LETTER TO TRUMP SUPPORTERS  —  To my friends supporting Donald Trump:  —  The Trump coalition is broad and complicated, but I believe many Trump fans are well-meaning.  I have spoken at length with many of you, both inside and outside Nebraska.  You are rightly worried about our national direction.
CNN:
Trump, Clinton dominant as Super Tuesday looms  — Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are poised to lead the nation's two major parties in this fall's presidential election  —  (CNN)Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are poised to lead the nation's two major parties in this fall's presidential election …
Jose A. DelReal / Washington Post:
In major blow to Ted Cruz, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama endorses Donald Trump for GOP nomination  —  MADISON, Ala. — Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), whose hard-line conservative stances on immigration and trade have made him a favorite of the party's base, endorsed Donald Trump's White House bid during …
Nick Gass / Politico:
Joe Scarborough: Trump's KKK ignorance ‘disqualifying’  —  Donald Trump's failure to explicitly disavow the Ku Klux Klan and former Grand Wizard David Duke is “disqualifying,” Joe Scarborough declared on MSNBC's “Morning Joe” on Monday.  —  “It's breathtaking.  That is disqualifying right there.
Joshua Green / Bloomberg Business:
Why Ted Cruz Probably Won't Drop Out, No Matter What  —  The Texas senator may be playing a long game.  —  JoshuaGreen  —  Ted Cruz has had a disappointing few weeks since winning the Iowa GOP caucuses.  He was outshone by John Kasich in New Hampshire.  Then he lost South Carolina to Donald Trump …
Discussion: Political Wire
Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump blames ‘lousy earpiece’ for KKK flap  —  Donald Trump blamed CNN for providing a “lousy earpiece” in explaining his non-answer to the network on Sunday when asked to disavow the Ku Klux Klan and David Duke.  —  “I'm sitting in a house in Florida with a very bad earpiece that they gave me …
Nick Gass / Politico:
Huckabee: ‘Does anybody think Donald Trump is a racist?’  —  Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee defended Donald Trump on Monday, remarking that the GOP front-runner's apparent failure to disavow the Ku Klux Klan and David Duke in an interview the previous day did not reflect any “racist tendencies.”
New York Times:
Christie Splits With His Past in Backing Trump
Discussion: Business Insider
Kathy Frankovic / YouGov US Opinion Center News:
3 in 4 Republican voters now expect Trump to be the nominee
Discussion: Political Wire
Alex Pareene / Gawker:
How We Fooled Donald Trump Into Retweeting Benito Mussolini
Kristen East / Politico:
Trump declines to condemn Ku Klux Klan
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Donald Trump: ‘It would be very unfair’ to disavow KKK and David Duke until I ‘do research on them’
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
‘Cockamamie’: Kasich campaign rejects talk of brokered convention
Discussion: ABC News
Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:
Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions Endorses Donald Trump At Huntsville Rally  —  Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) endorsed Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Huntsville Sunday evening.  Sessions ensured a “Gang of Eight” type of immigration reform bill will not will pass under Donald Trump
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Arian Campo-Flores / Wall Street Journal:
Jeff Sessions, Leading GOP Senate Voice on Immigration, Endorses Trump
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Eli Stokols / Politico:   Sen. Jeff Sessions endorses Trump
New York Times:
On the Campaign Trail: G.O.P. Race Grows Cruder and More Aggressive  —  PURCELLVILLE, Va. — It is the kind of campaign he said he would never run.  But Senator Marco Rubio, seeing his path to the Republican nomination grow narrower with each contest, has determined that the only way to beat Donald J. Trump …
Discussion: Political Wire and The Week
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:   Breaking down the GOP's Super Tuesday map
Juan Williams / The Hill:
GOP hits new low on court  —  Isn't it obvious?  —  As an act of political theater, President Obama should pick Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell  —  (R-Ky.) to replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.  Then the nation will find out if McConnell's distaste for the president …
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Puerto Rican crisis roils 2016 race  —  Puerto Rico's economic crisis could play a critical role in the race for the White House.  —  Years of economic decline has driven hundreds of thousands of island residents to the US mainland, and is upending the political calculus on the presidential trail.
Elliot Smilowitz / The Hill:
Trump: Debates are a ‘waste of time’  —  Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump  —  is ready to be done with debates.  —  Trump on Friday night hinted he had thought about skipping another GOP debate, as he lamented the events as “a terrible waste of time.”  —  “Aren't these debates ridiculous, though?”
Discussion: RedState
Hugh Hewitt / Washington Examiner:
Six reasons Trump is still better than Clinton  —  I spent Friday's radio show explaining to incredulous guests that of course I'd support Donald Trump if he is the GOP nominee.  —  “But after he just insulted you and your radio show in front of 15 million people?” came the question.
 
 
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Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
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John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
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Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Top DNC official leaves post to back Sanders
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Caitlin Yilek / The Hill:
Trump tells Christie: ‘Get on the plane and go home’
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
From Obama to Trump  —  THE spectacle of the Republican Party's …