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4:10 PM ET, February 29, 2016

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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.
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Joe Scarborough / Washington Post:
Trump's feigned ignorance about the KKK raises disturbing questions  —  They weren't hard questions to answer.  —  “Do you condemn David Duke?  And the Ku Klux Klan?”  —  A simple “yes” would have worked.  But on Sunday, Donald Trump swatted away the easy answers and instead feigned ignorance …
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 …
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
The Republican Party's implosion over Donald Trump's candidacy has arrived
Nick Gass / Politico:
Huckabee: ‘Does anybody think Donald Trump is a racist?’
Hugh Hewitt / Washington Examiner:
Six reasons Trump is still better than Clinton
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:   How Donald Trump is already impacting Republican candidates, in one ad
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Donald Trump Blames Earpiece for Declining to Disavow David Duke
Discussion: Mother Jones and New York Magazine
Associated Press:
Emanuel says Trump ‘playing with dark forces’
Discussion: Politico and Chicagoist
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 …
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Peter Beinart / The Atlantic:
Why Liberals Should Vote for Marco Rubio  —  Marco Rubio would be a terrible president.  His tax proposals make George W. Bush look fiscally prudent.  He acts as if America can use sanctions, war, or the threat of war to bludgeon its adversaries into submission despite the devastating failure of that approach since 9/11.
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Spray tans, pants-wetting and little hands: The GOP race goes in the gutter  —  There's talk of bad spray tans, sweat and urination.  Accusations that a rival has ties to the mob.  They've called one another “little” or “a con artist.”  And they all agree that the other guys are liars.
Joshua Green / Bloomberg Business:   Why Ted Cruz Probably Won't Drop Out, No Matter What
Alex Jaffe / NBC News:
Donald Trump Has ‘Small Hands,’ Marco Rubio Says
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Clarence Thomas Breaks 10 Years of Silence at Supreme Court  —  WASHINGTON — Breaking a decade-long silence, Justice Clarence Thomas on Monday asked several questions from the Supreme Court bench.  He spoke just weeks after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, whose empty seat next to Justice Thomas's remains draped in black.
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
For first time in 10 years, Justice Clarence Thomas asks questions during an argument
Discussion: Althouse
Yahoo Politics:
Justice Thomas poses questions, stuns Supreme Court crowd
Juan Williams / The Hill:
GOP hits new low on court
Discussion: Politico
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Scalia showdown is opening round of long fight over Supreme Court's future
Discussion: Hit & Run
Stacey Dash:
Who is Stacey Dash and why did she just walk across the #Oscar stage?  —  You might be watching the Oscars and wondering why someone named Stacey Dash just walked across the stage.  (Why was that funny anyway?)  —  Well, I'm Stacey - with an “e” - and it's nice to meet you.
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Jessica Contrera / Washington Post:
If the Oscars were all about diversity, why the crude Asian joke?
Daily Mail:
Horror in Moscow as burka-clad babysitter ‘decapitates four-year-old girl in her care’ - then walks through streets carrying her severed head and shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’  —  A burka-clad babysitter decapitated the little girl in her care before walking through Moscow carrying the child's severed head, police say.
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Jonathan Swan / The Hill:
Guard choke-slams photographer at Trump rally in Va.  —  A photographer was slammed down on a table by someone who appears to be a security guard during a Donald Trump  —  rally Monday in Virginia.  —  A short video of the encounter was posted on Twitter by Independent Journal reporter Joe Perticone and other repoters.
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Don't Assume Conservatives Will Rally Behind Trump  —  If Donald Trump wins the Republican presidential nomination, he'll have undermined a lot of assumptions we once held about the GOP.  He'll have become the nominee despite neither being reliably conservative nor being very electable …
WCPO:
WATCH LIVE: 4 injured in Madison High School shooting  —  MADISON TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Four students were injured and tensions among parents and community members were high after a shooting incident at Madison High School.  —  Butler County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Anthony Dwyer told reporters …
Discussion: WLWT-TV and The Week
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Katherine Krueger / Talking Points Memo:
Sheriff: 4 Injured, 14-Year-Old Suspect In Custody After High School Shooting
Discussion: WHIO, The Week and Madison Jr
Ben Carson, M.D. / Fox News:
Ben Carson: Why I intend to stay in the GOP presidential race  —  It seems like the only thing that's guaranteed in this year's election is the litany of punditry after every primary.  This undiscussed industry has helped make politics more blood sport than democratic exercise.
The Hill:
Poll: Trump commands 33-point lead nationally  —  increased his lead atop the GOP presidential field in a new national poll, attracting 49 percent support among Republican voters.  —  Trump holds a 33-point lead over his closest competitor, Marco Rubio  —  , in a CNN/ORC International …
Discussion: alicublog
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Ryan Struyk / ABC News:   Donald Trump Hits 49 Percent Support in New National Poll
Dallas Franklin / KFOR-TV:
Oklahoma City teacher's powerful open letter about the struggles of teaching is gaining attention online  —  OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma City teacher's powerful open letter about the struggles of teaching is gaining a lot of attention online.  —  Steven Wedel's brutally honest blog post …
Discussion: WGN-TV and FOX31 Denver
 
 
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Alan Grayson's Emails:
I feel the Bern.  —  Last summer, my 16-year-old daughter asked …
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More than half a million registered Texans don't have the right ID to vote on Super Tuesday
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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Even as He Rises, Donald Trump Entertains Conspiracy Theories
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Plouffe to Clinton: Stop micromanaging
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Guardian:
Airbnb guests shocked by decomposing corpse in garden
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