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10:50 PM ET, March 4, 2016


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Chico Harlan / Washington Post:
The debilitating economic disaster Louisiana's governor left behind  —  BATON ROUGE, La. — Already, the state of Louisiana had gutted university spending and depleted its rainy day funds.  It had cut 30,000 employees and furloughed others.  It had slashed the number of child services staffers …
Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Reverses His Stance on Torture  —  Leading GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump said he wouldn't order the U.S. military to break international laws, addressing criticism from military and legal experts that his policies regarding torture and killing the family members of terrorists would violate the Geneva Convention.
Ryan Browne / CNN:
Donald Trump reverses position on torture, killing terrorists' families
Discussion: TIME, Althouse and Washington Times
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Bobby Jindal Blames President Obama For Donald Trump's Rise
O.J. Simpson — Buried Knife Found at O.J.'s Estate  —  A construction worker found a knife buried on the perimeter of the former O.J. Simpson estate ... and it's currently being tested by the LAPD in a top secret investigation ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.  —  The story is incredible.
Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times:
Knife found on O.J. Simpson property being tested by LAPD  —  O.J. Simpson reacts as he is found not guilty of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.  With him are members of his defense team, F. Lee Bailey, left, and Johnnie Cochran Jr.
Andrew Blankstein / NBC News:
Knife Found on O.J. Simpson Property Inconsistent With Killings: Sources  —  A knife found over a dozen years ago on land where O.J. Simpson once lived appears to be inconsistent with the 1994 murders of the former football star's wife and her friend, multiple law enforcement sources told NBC News.
Discussion: Hot Air, NBC News and ProFootballTalk
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Behind Trump's CPAC deal gone bad  —  NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland Donald Trump spent five years building a mutually beneficial relationship with the organization that hosts the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, filling its coffers with at least $150,000 in cash …
Guy Benson /   Vanity, Fear: Why Trump Dropped Out of CPAC
Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump pulls out of CPAC
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Marco Rubio Not Sorry For Bringing Dick Jokes Into Presidential Race
Discussion: NBC News, Daily Kos and Fusion
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Jim Webb: I won't vote for Clinton, but I may for Trump  —  Former Democratic presidential candidate Jim Webb won't be voting for Hillary Clinton, but he hasn't ruled out casting his ballot for Donald Trump.  —  Webb, who briefly flirted with an independent bid before deciding against it …
Kendall Breitman / Bloomberg Business:
Romney Would Support Play to Stop Trump at Convention
David Brooks / New York Times:
Donald Trump, the Great Betrayer
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Brother of murdered civil rights leader endorses Trump  —  for president.  —  “I believe in him first of all because he's a businessman,” Charles Evers said, according to The Clarion-Ledger.  “I think jobs are badly needed in Mississippi.”  —  Evers's brother, Medgar Evers, was assassinated in Jackson, Miss., in 1963.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
The Clarion Ledger:
Brother of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers endorses Trump
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg Business:
Cruz Serves Up Spoilers on Contested Convention and Rubio's Florida Hopes  —  The Texas senator flatly rejected the idea of a contested convention on Friday at CPAC, warning that it would lead to a “manifest revolt.”  —  Ted Cruz flatly rejected the idea of a contested convention on Friday …
Discussion: Althouse
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
If Super Tuesday Voting Pattern Continues, Donald Trump Will Reach Delegate Target
Tarini Parti / BuzzFeed:   Major GOP Donors Are Turning Their Hopes Toward A Contested Convention
Voicemails Appear to Reveal Donald Trump's Cozy Relationship With the Liberal Media  —  Early Thursday morning, Gawker received an anonymous email with an attachment that purported to contain recordings from Donald Trump's voicemail inbox.  Among the recordings were messages that appear …
Christian Datoc / The Daily Caller:
During a monologue Friday about Donald Trump's Thursday night debate performance, radio host Glenn Beck said that if he “had a knife, the stabbing just wouldn't stop.”  —  Beck's co-host, Stu Burguiere, told The Daily Caller Friday — after this article's publication — that …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Politico
J.D. Durkin / Mediaite:
No, Glenn Beck Did Not Say He Would Have Stabbed Trump at Last Night's GOP Debate
Discussion: Infowars and Joe.My.God.
Hot Air:
Cruz tries to take out Rubio in Florida, opens 10 campaign offices across the state  —  The Texas senator has opened 10 campaign offices in the Sunshine State ahead of the March 15 primary, volunteers told the Miami Herald.  The campaign confirmed the new offices Friday …
Patricia Mazzei / Naked Politics:
Ted Cruz makes play for Florida
Greg Margason / Fox 59:
Joey Feek from Joey + Rory passes away after battle with cancer  —  ALEXANDRIA, Ind. (March 4, 2016) - Hoosier native Joey Feek of the country music duo Joey + Rory passed away Friday, her husband Rory wrote.  —  “My wife's greatest dream came true today,” Rory wrote.  “She is in Heaven.”
Lynnley Browning / Bloomberg Business:
Sanders Tax Plans Seen Raising $15.3 Trillion Over 10 Years  —  Broad tax increases would hit top earners hardest, report says  —  Proposals could reduce incentives to invest, study finds  —  Senator Bernie Sanders's proposals for sweeping tax hikes on businesses and individuals …
Discussion: The Agonist
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Clinton has most retweeted tweet of GOP debate  —  's campaign mocking the shouting matches between Republican candidates became the most retweeted moment of the Thursday GOP debate.  —  The tweet showed a clip of Donald Trump  —  jawing at each other with subtitles stating " …
Paul Schwartzman / Washington Post:
Psychologists and massage therapists are reporting ‘Trump anxiety’ among clients  —  To the catalogue of anxieties her patients explore during therapy — marriage, children, and careers — psychologist Alison Howard is now listening to a new source of stress: the political rise of Donald Trump.
Tal Kopan / CNN:
Ben Carson to lead Christian voter group  —  Ben Carson: ‘I do not see a political path forward’  — The retired neurosurgeon effectively ended his presidential bid earlier this week, citing no “political path forward”  —  Washington (CNN)Ben Carson on Friday announced his next move …
Discussion: The Atlantic and KLFY-TV
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Carson lands new job as national chairman of My Faith Votes
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgressPage Array:
BREAKING: Supreme Court Reopens Clinics Closed By Anti-Abortion Law  —  The Supreme Court handed down a brief order Monday allowing four Louisiana abortion clinics to reopen after they were closed due to a recent decision by a conservative federal appeals court.
Jamie Feldman / The Huffington Post:
Whole Foods Sells Peeled Oranges In Plastic Containers, World Revolts  —  This is pretty bad, any way you peel it.  —  Whole Foods encourages shoppers to bring their own shopping bags and prides itself on an ability to provide healthy options to shoppers in the best possible way.
Jeremy B. Merrill / New York Times:
Michael Bloomberg Moved His Website as Speculation About Intentions Grew  —  In a technical move that could be viewed as a prerequisite to announcing an independent bid for the presidency, former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's personal website was recently transferred to an independent web server — away from servers run by his company.
Karoli Kuns / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Michele Fiore Loses It, Challenges Opponent To Fight  —  It's fight time in Nevada!  In one corner, Republican candidate for Congress, certifiable wingnut and Bundy family enabler Michele Fiore.  —  In the other, Annette Teijeiro, another challenger, who posted the video to Facebook.
Discussion: Raw Story
Dan Snierson /
PRESIDENT OBAMA THANKS MYTHBUSTERS FOR PROVING THAT AMERICA DID ACTUALLY LAND ON THE MOON  —  Exclusive video: The President pays tribute to the Discovery series in its post-finale reunion speical  —  Discovery will unleashes the final episode on Saturday at 8 p.m., but the show will not go gently into the night.
Discussion: and Raw Story
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Can a 3-year old represent herself in immigration court?  This judge thinks so.  —  A senior Justice Department official is arguing that 3- and 4-year-olds can learn immigration law well enough to represent themselves in court, staking out an unconventional position in a growing debate …
Daily Mail:
Hillary Clinton promises to ‘get to the bottom of UFO mystery’ if elected, and ‘maybe send a task force’ to alleged alien prison Area 51  — Podesta pressured Bill Clinton and Barack Obama to declassify files while working for their administrations  —  While Donald Trump continues to promise …
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
VIDEO=> Trump Supporters Walk Out on Ted Cruz at CPAC
Caroline B. Glick / Jerusalem Post:
COLUMN ONE: Clinton, Libya and Israel
Discussion: Power Line and Israpundit
Claire E. Parker / Harvard News:
Law School Committee Recommends Seal Change
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Atlantic
Kevin Costelloe / Bloomberg Business:
Pope Francis Refers To ‘Arab Invasion’ as a Social Reality
Italy puts Neapolitan pizza-making forward for Unesco recognition
Discussion: The Atlantic, Gizmodo and Eater
Katherine Krueger / Talking Points Memo:
GOPer Who Made Muslims Renounce Terrorism Loses Primary By 118 Votes
Discussion: Trail Blazers Blog and Molly White
South Florida / Sun-Sentinel:
Why we can't endorse Trump, Rubio, Cruz or Kasich
Discussion: Florida Politics
 Earlier Items: 
Sophie Jamieson / Telegraph:
Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall marry on Friday …
Associated Press:
Carson Spent Heavily On Consultants, Lightly On Campaigning
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Anger Over Supreme Court Vacancy Could Expand 2016 Senate Map
Janie Velencia / The Huffington Post:
Fewer Democrats Are Voting This Year In (Surprise!) States With Strict New Voter Laws