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2:25 PM ET, March 5, 2016

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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 …
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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.
Tim Mak / The Daily Beast:
Can Newt Gingrich Save GOP?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
How Donald Trump broke Fox News' debate rules  —  Donald Trump consulted with his campaign manager during the first commercial break at Thursday night's Republican debate, violating ground rules from Fox News stating that candidates would not be allowed to have contact with their campaigns, rival campaign sources told CNNMoney.
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Will Liberal Media EVER Report on VIOLENT LEFTIST THUGS at EVERY SINGLE TRUMP EVENT?  —  This morning in Cadillac, Michigan far left protesters repeatedly interrupted, screamed profanities and were forced out of the Donald Trump rally.  —  With thousands of people in attendance at his rallies …
Discussion: The Hill and addictinginfo.org
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Kristinn Taylor / The Gateway Pundit:
'Scary, Tense, New Level of Menace“: PROTESTERS GET PHYSICAL, INTERRUPT, SCREAM PROFANITIES at Massive Trump Rally in New Orleans  —  “Bad vibes.”  “Scary.”  “Tense.”  “Physical.”  “New level of menace.”  “Vicious.”  —  Those are the words used by reporters who covered …
Scott Lemieux / Lawyers, Guns & Money:
Let Us Dispel With the Idea that the Rubiobot Knows What He's Doing.  He Has No Idea What He's Doing.  —  This article about how Marco Rubio's floundering Florida campaign is about to GET SERIOUS (actual quote from Rubio backer: “It's time to open the can of whoop-ass.") is comedy gold from which you'll learn something.
Discussion: Washington Post, Eschaton and Politico
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Bernie's bounce-back weekend  —  After a Super Tuesday that proved to be something less than super for Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator is now poised to rattle off a handful of wins this weekend - an outcome that would inject a dose of desperately needed adrenaline into his campaign.
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Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Sanders blames Clinton for Michigan's declining middle class
Discussion: Politico
Emily Flitter / Reuters:
Republican ‘Dump Trump’ effort struggles to gain traction  —  NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (Reuters) - A plan to block Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump struggled to gain traction on Friday as rival candidates rejected it, while Democrats reveled in the chaos they hoped would boost their chances of keeping the White House.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Slantpoint
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Agence France-Presse:
White House: Cuba has no say on Obama-dissidents meeting
John Kluge / Ricochet:
An Open Letter to the Conservative Media Explaining Why I Have Left the Movement  —  Let me say up front that I am a life-long Republican and conservative.  I have never voted for a Democrat in my life and have voted in every presidential and midterm election since 1988.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Amy Nile / Herald:
Rats!  Snohomish High cafeteria closed for extermination  —  SNOHOMISH — A rat problem in a school here is likely to keep the cafeteria shut down for at least six weeks.  —  A food-service worker reported a strange odor coming from the Snohomish High School kitchen on Wednesday.
Discussion: Q13 FOX News and WCBD News 2
Katie McHugh / Breitbart:
CPAC Boos John Kasich as Michelle Malkin Slams His Support for Common Core, Attacks on Detractors  —  Best-selling conservative author and senior editor for the Conservative Review Michelle Malkin slammed Ohio Gov. John Kasich's support for Common Core standards, drawing loud boos from attendees …
Robert Cox / WSPA-TV:
Union Nude Pics: District and former teacher react to student's arrest  —  Union County Schools Superintendent Dr. David Eubanks released a statement Friday in response to the arrest of a student in connection with the spreading of nude pictures of former teacher Leigh Anne Arthur.
Discussion: WKRN-TV
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
How the GOP could stop Trump at the convention  —  Republicans might have one hope for defeating Donald Trump  —  : denying him the 1,237 delegates he needs to clinch the nomination at the Republican National Convention in July.  —  Party insiders who are deeply opposed to the businessman's candidacy …
Alex Bolton / The Hill:
Obama calls for tech talent in government  —  President Obama on Saturday previewed his upcoming trip to the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, and called on media and high-tech entrepreneurs to become more civically engaged.  —  Obama will urge rising stars from Silicon Valley …
Justin Fox / BloombergView.com:
Why Aren't More Americans Working?  —  According to today's employment report, 59.8 percent of Americans ages 16 and older had jobs in February.  That's the highest employment-to-population ratio in years, and the rate of increase is clearly on the rise.  —  Look back some more years, though, and the story is different.
Lindsey Ellefson / Mediaite:
Maher: GOP Got Trump When They ‘Made a Faustian Deal With the Racist Devil Years Ago’  —  Tonight, Bill Maher used his show to talk about the “existential crisis” the GOP is going through now that Donald Trump is gaining more and more traction.  —  “I almost feel bad for them …
John Berlau / Forbes:
How Fiduciary Rule May Censor Financial Broadcasters Like Dave Ramsey  —  Popular financial radio show host Dave Ramsey caused a firestorm on Twitter last week when he weighed in against the “fiduciary rule”—the controversial pending Department of Labor regulation that would impose …
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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
So, what's the ticket going to be: Trump/Kasich or Trump/Cruz?  —  Too early to start gaming this out?  I don't think so.  News is breaking this afternoon that Cruz is opening 10 offices across Florida ahead of the big vote there, which is his attempt at a killshot on Rubio's campaign.
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: Hot Air and Althouse
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Katie Zezima / Washington Post:
Cruz looks to take on Rubio, on the fellow senator's Florida turf
Jonathan Mahler / New York Times:
Ted Cruz Promoted Himself and Conservative Causes as Texas' Solicitor General  —  AUSTIN, Tex. — From its start in 1999, the office of the solicitor general of Texas was run by a plain-spoken Mormon, a by-the-books lawyer known for mentoring young attorneys and defending the state, whatever the political consequences.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Elizabeth Harrington / Washington Free Beacon:
Biden's One-Night Visit to Mexico City Cost $538,528 for Hotels Alone  —  Vice President Joe Biden's hotel tab for his recent one-night stay in Mexico City cost taxpayers more than $500,000.  —  Biden, who attended an annual economic summit with Mexican leaders, stayed at the luxury Intercontinental Presidente Hotel.
K.M. McFarland / Wired:
The Force Awakens and A New Hope Are More Similar Than You Think  —  In the wake of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, critics and audiences couldn't help but notice how much its plot mirrored the original Star Wars from 40 years ago.  A frustrated desert-dweller journeys away from their home planet for the first time?
Discussion: derek ruths and Gizmodo
 
 
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
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Discussion: Slantpoint and addictinginfo.org