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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 …
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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
TMZ.com:
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.
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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
New York Times:
Rank and File Republicans Tell Party Elites: We're Sticking With Donald Trump  —  From Michigan to Louisiana to California on Friday, rank-and-file Republicans expressed mystification, dismissal and contempt for the instructions that their party's most high-profile leaders are urgently handing down to them …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Telegraph
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 …
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Kendall Breitman / Bloomberg Business:
Romney Would Support Play to Stop Trump at Convention
David Brooks / New York Times:
Donald Trump, the Great Betrayer
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Trump throws the GOP into an identity crisis … Only a year ago, Republicans were congratulating themselves on having the strongest field of presidential candidates in a generation — diverse, highly credentialed conservatives who might be the salvation of a party that lost the popular vote in five of the last six elections.
Discussion: Prairie Weather and ABC News
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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
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Nate Cohn / New York Times:
If Super Tuesday Voting Pattern Continues, Donald Trump Will Reach Delegate Target
Nick Gass / Politico:
Ben Carson announces campaign is over  —  Ben Carson is suspending his bid for the presidency, the retired neurosurgeon announced Friday, speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland.  —  “Even though I might be leaving the campaign trail …
Discussion: RedState and NY State of Politics
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Tal Kopan / CNN:
Ben Carson to lead Christian voter group
Discussion: KLFY-TV and The Atlantic
Associated Press:   Carson Spent Heavily On Consultants, Lightly On Campaigning
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
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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.
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 …
Tim Mak / The Daily Beast:
Can Newt Gingrich Save GOP?  —  Newt Gingrich—yes, you read that right—is trying to play peacemaker between Republicans in Washington and the Trump campaign.  —  The Republican Party's establishment is slowly coming to terms with a tough reality: Donald Trump will be the nominee, and resistance is futile.
Discussion: Political Wire
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
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The Clarion Ledger:
Brother of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers endorses Trump
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.”
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.
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 …
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Patricia Mazzei / Naked Politics:
Ted Cruz makes play for Florida
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Debate fatigue sets in for GOP  —  There are two more Republican presidential debates left on the schedule — and that is more than enough for party insiders, who fear that the insult-rich clashes are becoming deeply damaging to the GOP's image.  —  In their minds, Thursday's debate in Detroit was a nadir.
Discussion: Political Wire
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
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
VIDEO=> Trump Supporters Walk Out on Ted Cruz at CPAC  —  So this happened.  —  Trump supporters today walked out on Senator Ted Cruz during his CPAC speech.  —  This happened during Cruz's lecture at CPAC. … The post VIDEO=> Trump Supporters Walk Out on Ted Cruz at CPAC appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.
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.
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 " …
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 …
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.
Dan Snierson / EW.com:
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: Raw Story and Comicbook.com
 
 
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Caroline B. Glick / Jerusalem Post:
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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:
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Michele Fiore Loses It, Challenges Opponent To Fight
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Katherine Krueger / Talking Points Memo:
GOPer Who Made Muslims Renounce Terrorism Loses Primary By 118 Votes
Discussion: Trail Blazers Blog and Molly White
 Earlier Items: 
South Florida / Sun-Sentinel:
Why we can't endorse Trump, Rubio, Cruz or Kasich
Discussion: Florida Politics
Sophie Jamieson / Telegraph:
Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall marry on Friday …
Guy Benson / Townhall.com:
Vanity, Fear: Why Trump Dropped Out of CPAC
Discussion: Washington Post
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Can a 3-year old represent herself in immigration court? This judge thinks so.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Anger Over Supreme Court Vacancy Could Expand 2016 Senate Map