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8:15 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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Week
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.
Discussion: Washington Post and New York Times
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
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 …
Kathy Frankovic / YouGov US Opinion Center News:
3 in 4 Republican voters now expect Trump to be the nominee  —  His level of support nationwide is also at a high-water mark  —  Winning elections helps.  Donald Trump has become an even more formidable frontrunner among Republican primary voters in the latest Economist/YouGov Poll …
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
Christie Splits With His Past in Backing Trump  —  On the night he cruised to a landslide re-election in 2013, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, already eyeing the presidency, had a message for fellow Republicans outside his Democratic-leaning state.  —  “We don't just show up in the places where we're comfortable.
Discussion: Towleroad and Business Insider
Alex Pareene / Gawker:
How We Fooled Donald Trump Into Retweeting Benito Mussolini
Nicki Rossoll / ABC News:
Despite Endorsement, Chris Christie Still Disagrees With Some of Donald Trump's Policies
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
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  —  MADISON, Ala.—Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, a leading critic of illegal immigration, endorsed Donald Trump for president at a rally here Sunday where the border issue figured prominently.
Discussion: addictinginfo.org
Eli Stokols / Politico:   Sen. Jeff Sessions endorses Trump
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 …
Michael Hirsh / Politico:
Why Trump and Sanders Were Inevitable  —  There were, in retrospect, clear signs of what was to come—signs that if Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders did not appear on the scene, someone else like them would have.  We've had decades of forewarnings as the top income earners —the “one percent” …
 
 
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David Edwards / Raw Story:
Donald Trump: ‘It would be very unfair’ to disavow KKK and David Duke until I ‘do research on them’
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Top DNC official leaves post to back Sanders
Discussion: NBC News and Liberal Values
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Hobby Lobby founder endorses Rubio
Discussion: Raw Story
Caitlin Yilek / The Hill:
Trump tells Christie: ‘Get on the plane and go home’
Taylor Winkel / KECI:
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BBC:
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Discussion: Mother Jones and The Week
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
From Obama to Trump  —  THE spectacle of the Republican Party's …