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9:35 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 …
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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.
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
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: Refinery29, Vox and National Review
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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
Rush Limbaugh:
Trump Declines to Disavow David Duke and the KKK — But Only on Sunday  —  RUSH: Everybody is stunned over Trump.  Nobody understands how Trump is still breathing.  Nobody understands how Trump's still pulling this off.  You wouldn't believe the theories that I've received from people sending …
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Fox News:
Jewish activist protects KKK members from angry mob at hate protest
Joe Scarborough / Washington Post:
Trump's feigned ignorance about the KKK raises disturbing questions
Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump blames ‘lousy earpiece’ for KKK flap
Los Angeles Times:
5 KKK members released from jail after brawl in Anaheim
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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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
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 …
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
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 …
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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Alex Jaffe / NBC News:
Donald Trump Has ‘Small Hands,’ Marco Rubio Says
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
Carmel Dagan / Variety:
‘Airport’ Star George Kennedy Dies at 91  —  George Kennedy, who won a supporting actor Oscar for his role alongside Paul Newman in the beloved film “Cool Hand Luke,” and was also a fixture of 1970s disaster movies including the “Airport” franchise and “Earthquake,” died Sunday in Boise, Idaho.
Discussion: The Week
 
 
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Harry Enten / FiveThirtyEight:
Super Guide to Super Tuesday — Republican Edition
Discussion: Deadspin, RedState and Politico
WRAL-TV:
Police chief: Raleigh officer shot, killed drug suspect during chase
Discussion: USA Today, Hit & Run and NBC News
Reihan Salam / Slate:
Folks Before Kochs  —  To save itself, the Republican Party …
Discussion: Power Line, Mashable and Guardian
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
Discussion: The Atlantic and Viking Pundit
Fox News:
Senior Clinton aide maintained top secret clearance amid email probe, letters show
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Free Beacon
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Louie Gohmert faces his biggest challenge
Discussion: Glenn Beck and Right Wing Watch
 Earlier Items: 
Dana Hull / Bloomberg Business:
About 100 Workers Walk Out at Tesla Battery Plant Building Site
Discussion: Business Insider
Ben Domenech / The Federalist:
Thunderdome: Gone Savage For Trump