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7:30 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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Joe Scarborough / Washington Post:
Trump's feigned ignorance about the KKK raises disturbing questions
Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump blames ‘lousy earpiece’ for KKK flap
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
The New York Times Refuses to Release Recording of Donald Trump's (Off-the-Record) Comments on Immigration
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Hullabaloo and Mediaite
Fox News:
Jewish activist protects KKK members from angry mob at hate protest
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 …
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 …
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Plouffe to Clinton: Stop micromanaging
Ben Domenech / The Federalist:
Thunderdome: Gone Savage For Trump
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
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Time photographer roughed up by security at Trump event
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Tenn. lawmaker casts vote early for Trump  —  secured his fourth congressional endorsement on Monday from Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.), who represents a state in the critical Super Tuesday contests this week.  —  DesJarlais said in a statement that he cast his vote early for Trump ahead of Tuesday's primary in Tennessee.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Nancy Zdunkewicz / Democracy Corps:
Explaining Trump: GOP Civil War & its Opportunities
Discussion: Washington Post
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
Discussion: New York Magazine and Hit & Run
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.
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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 …
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.
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
Katie Bo Williams / The Hill:
Apple's top lawyer: FBI order weakens security for all iPhones  —  The FBI's effort to force Apple to help unlock one of the San Bernardino shooter's iPhones would weaken security for all devices, the company's top lawyer will tell lawmakers on Tuesday.  —  “We can all agree this is not about access …
Discussion: Politico
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Alyssa Bereznak / Yahoo Politics:
Apple v. the FBI: Examining the slippery slope argument
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
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
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.
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 …
Maria Sacchetti / BostonGlobe.com:
Federal files leave questions about Marathon bomber, friend  —  Government says it handled their immigration cases properly; files are heavily edited
 
 
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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
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Leslie Moonves on Donald Trump: “It May Not Be Good for America, but It's Damn Good for CBS”
Discussion: Politico
Fox News:
Senior Clinton aide maintained top secret clearance amid email probe, letters show
Discussion: Washington Free Beacon and Hot Air
Manu Raju / CNN:
Leading GOP senator: Trump an ‘albatross’ to party
Discussion: U.S. News and Political Wire
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: 
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
Hugh Hewitt / Washington Examiner:
Six reasons Trump is still better than Clinton
Ben Sasse / Facebook:
AN OPEN LETTER TO TRUMP SUPPORTERS  —  To my friends supporting Donald Trump: