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2:10 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.
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.
Nick Gass / Politico:
Huckabee: ‘Does anybody think Donald Trump is a racist?’
Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
Trump Mortgage failed. Here's what that says about the GOP front-runner.
Discussion: RedState and The Resurgent
Hugh Hewitt / Washington Examiner:
Six reasons Trump is still better than Clinton
Discussion: and ABC News
Associated Press:
Emanuel says Trump ‘playing with dark forces’
Discussion: Politico, Chicagoist and Gawker
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
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
Cristian Farias / The Huffington Post:
Clarence Thomas Speaks From Supreme Court Bench For First Time In A Decade  —  He stood up for the Second Amendment in an under-the-radar criminal law case.  —  Legal Affairs Reporter, The Huffington Post  —  WASHINGTON — Justice Clarence Thomas, near the end of a little-noticed hearing involving issues …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
For first time in 10 years, Justice Clarence Thomas asks questions during an argument  —  Justice Clarence Thomas on Monday broke his 10-year streak of not asking questions during oral arguments, one of the public's most enduring curiosities about the Supreme Court.
Discussion: Althouse
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:   Justice Clarence Thomas breaks 10-year streak, asks question in court
Juan Williams / The Hill:
GOP hits new low on court
Discussion: Politico
Sam Hananel / Greenfield Daily Reporter:
Justice Clarence Thomas asks questions during a Supreme Court argument for the first time in 10 years
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
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
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Alan Carter / CBS Los Angeles:
Anti-Gay Stickers At High School In Indio Touch Off Debate: Hate Speech Or Free Speech?
Discussion: RedState
The Huffington Post:
Terms and Conditions  —  Welcome to The Huffington Post.  Please read these Terms and Conditions before using, or submitting content in any form or medium for publication on, The Huffington Post.  By continuing to use us, or by submitting content for publication on The Huffington Post …
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
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Oklahoma City teacher's powerful open letter about the struggles of teaching is gaining attention online
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Maria Sacchetti /
Federal files leave questions about Marathon bomber, friend
The Hill:
Week ahead: All eyes on Apple court fight
Discussion: Yahoo Politics
Ben Carson, M.D. / Fox News:
Ben Carson: Why I intend to stay in the GOP presidential race
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Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
More than half a million registered Texans don't have the right ID to vote on Super Tuesday
Discussion: The Week and CBS News
Steven T. Dennis / Bloomberg Business:
Heroin Crisis Puts Vulnerable U.S. Senate Republicans in a Bind
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Even as He Rises, Donald Trump Entertains Conspiracy Theories
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Plouffe to Clinton: Stop micromanaging