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1:20 PM ET, February 29, 2016


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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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Joshua Green / Bloomberg Business:   Why Ted Cruz Probably Won't Drop Out, No Matter What
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Donald Trump Blames Earpiece for Declining to Disavow David Duke
Discussion: Mother Jones and New York Magazine
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:   How Donald Trump is already impacting Republican candidates, in one ad
Nick Gass / Politico:
Former Sen. Tom Coburn endorses Rubio, trashes Trump
Discussion: National Review
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
Hillary could lose to Trump in Democratic New York
Ryan Struyk / ABC News:   Donald Trump Hits 49 Percent Support in New National Poll
The Hill:
Poll: Trump commands 33-point lead nationally
Discussion: alicublog
New York Times:
On the Campaign Trail: G.O.P. Race Grows Cruder and More Aggressive
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.
James Rothwell / Telegraph:
‘Nanny’ detained in Moscow carrying ‘severed head of 4-year-old girl’
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
David Edwards / Raw Story:
‘Oh, come on’: Fox host utterly destroys Ted Cruz for throwing tantrum about tough interview  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  Fox News host Chris Wallace smacked down Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Sunday after the GOP hopeful suggested suggested that tough questions …
Matthew Mosk / ABC News:   Ted Cruz Questions Donald Trump's Ties to Mafia-Linked Twice-Convicted Felon
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.
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Juan Williams / The Hill:
GOP hits new low on court
Discussion: Politico
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.
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.
Shaun King / New York Daily News:
KING: Chris Rock Oscars opener dropped the ball and lynching jokes went over the line no matter how tough a spot it was  —  My family and I decided we weren't watching the Oscars this year.  Instead we opted to support the Justice for Flint online fundraising event.  Many of our favorite stars were actually there anyway.
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
Chris Rock crushed it
Discussion: Hit & Run, New York Times and Hot Air
Airbnb guests shocked by decomposing corpse in garden  —  The group had hoped to host a party at the house south of Paris but their plans were derailed by the macabre discovery  —  A group of friends who rented a house on Airbnb for a party weekend in a French town got a nasty surprise …
Discussion: Jezebel and Althouse
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
More than half a million registered Texans don't have the right ID to vote on Super Tuesday  —  As voters go to the polls on Super Tuesday, many will be casting ballots in states that have passed strict election laws that didn't exist during the last presidential race.
Discussion: The Week and CBS News
John Wagner / Washington Post:
With hours to go, Bernie Sanders aiming for $40 million fundraising month in Febraury  —  FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The campaign of Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders said Monday that it had already raised $36 million this month and was aiming to top the $40 million mark by the end of February's final day.
Discussion: The Week and Political Wire
Congresswoman quits Democratic National Committee, endorses Bernie Sanders
Discussion: BuzzFeed and American Spectator
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The Hill:
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Sydney Ember / New York Times:
See That Billboard? It May See You, Too
Discussion: Common Dreams and WISH-TV
Steven T. Dennis / Bloomberg Business:
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Discussion: Washington Monthly
 Earlier Items: 
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Even as He Rises, Donald Trump Entertains Conspiracy Theories
Discussion: Political Wire
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Plouffe to Clinton: Stop micromanaging
Hugh Hewitt / Washington Examiner:
Six reasons Trump is still better than Clinton
Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
Trump Mortgage failed. Here's what that says about the GOP front-runner.
Discussion: RedState and The Resurgent