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8:45 PM ET, February 29, 2016

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Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Donald Trump Secretly Told The New York Times What He Really Thinks About Immigration  —  The New York Times is sitting on an audio recording that some of its staff believes could deal a serious blow to Donald Trump, who, in an off-the-record meeting with the newspaper, called into question whether …
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J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
The New York Times Refuses to Release Recording of Donald Trump's (Off-the-Record) Comments on Immigration  —  BuzzFeed's Ben Smith has an inside baseball report about a January 5 meeting between Republican frontrunner Donald Trump and the editorial board of The New York Times.
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Hullabaloo and Mediaite
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.
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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 …
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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John Nolte / Breitbart:
VIDEO: Time Reporter Grabs Secret Service Agent's Throat at Trump Rally  —  According to The Independent Journal's congressional reporter Joe Perticone, the man holding the camera in the video below is a journalist.  Perticone writes, “Secret Service agent choke slams reporter. ”
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
TIME:
TIME Responds to Confrontation With Secret Service at Trump Event  —  “We are relieved that Chris is feeling OK”  —  Updated to include comment from photographer Christopher Morris  —  The U.S. Secret Service and local law enforcement briefly detained a TIME photographer at a Donald Trump rally …
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Time photographer roughed up by security at Trump event
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Donald Trump Finds Ally in Delegate Selection System, Much to G.O.P.'s Chagrin  —  Memo to Republican leaders: Be careful what you wish for.  —  Hoping to avoid a repeat of the messy fight for the Republican nomination in 2012, the party drew up a calendar and delegate-selection rules intended …
Discussion: Vox, National Review and Refinery29
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Bloomberg Business:
Super Tuesday Predictions Point to Trump, Clinton Rout  —  Statistical models, betting markets, and the Internet weigh in.  —  andretartar  —  On Tuesday, more delegates will be awarded than on any other day of the presidential race.  About half of the delegates needed for a Republican candidate …
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
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.
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Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump blames ‘lousy earpiece’ for KKK flap
Joe Scarborough / Washington Post:
Trump's feigned ignorance about the KKK raises disturbing questions
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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Yahoo Politics:
Justice Thomas poses questions, stuns Supreme Court crowd
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Scalia showdown is opening round of long fight over Supreme Court's future
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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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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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 …
Reihan Salam / Slate:
Folks Before Kochs  —  To save itself, the Republican Party must finally put the working class ahead of the donor class.  —  Donald J. Trump is laying waste to the conservative movement.  His overwhelming lead in Super Tuesday polls stands as further evidence, if further evidence were even necessary …
Discussion: Power Line and Guardian
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Nancy Zdunkewicz / Democracy Corps:
Explaining Trump: GOP Civil War & its Opportunities
Discussion: Washington Post
Manu Raju / CNN:
Leading GOP senator: Trump an ‘albatross’ to party  — Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn raised serious concerns Monday about Donald Trump's surging presidential bid  —  Washington (CNN)Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn raised serious concerns Monday about Donald Trump's surging presidential bid …
Discussion: Hot Air, U.S. News and Political Wire
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Partisan Classiness  —  Many people in the commentariat are utterly committed to the view that the two major parties are mirror images of each other, despite vast evidence to the contrary.  But until Harry Enten directed me to this interesting paper by Grossman and Hopkins …
Discussion: Equitable Growth
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
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.
 
 
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Carmel Dagan / Variety:
‘Airport’ Star George Kennedy Dies at 91
Discussion: The Week
Paul Egan / Detroit Free Press:
E-mails: Snyder could have declared Flint emergency sooner
Discussion: Common Dreams and The Week
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
How is Trump winning over Massachusetts Republicans? He speaks their language
Fox News:
Jewish activist protects KKK members from angry mob at hate protest
Fox News:
Senior Clinton aide maintained top secret clearance amid email probe, letters show
Discussion: Washington Free Beacon and Hot Air
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Louie Gohmert faces his biggest challenge
Discussion: Glenn Beck and Right Wing Watch
Dana Hull / Bloomberg Business:
About 100 Workers Walk Out at Tesla Battery Plant Building Site
Discussion: Business Insider
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Domenech / The Federalist:
Thunderdome: Gone Savage For Trump
Alan Grayson's Emails:
I feel the Bern.  —  Last summer, my 16-year-old daughter asked …
Discussion: Politico
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Even as He Rises, Donald Trump Entertains Conspiracy Theories