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6:20 PM ET, March 5, 2016

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Patricia Mazzei / Naked Politics:
Poll for anti-Donald Trump group finds narrowing Republican presidential race in Florida  —  A new poll by an anti-Donald Trump group has found a narrowing Republican presidential race in Florida, suggesting the barrage of TV ads by the group and its allies might be taking effect.
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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: Eschaton and Politico
Theodore Schleifer / CNN:
Inside Ted Cruz's plan to sink Marco Rubio in Florida
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Rubio trails by 5 in Florida poll conducted for anti-Trump group
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Trump throws the GOP into an identity crisis
Frances Langum / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
WATCH: CPAC Attendees Boo And Walk Out On Ted Cruz  —  CPAC is a mess.  —  The conservative movement loves to call themselves insurgents but they can't spoon it up when it comes to half their audience supporting Donald Trump.  —  A sizable number of attendees at a Ted Cruz speech booed …
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Elianayjohnson / National Review:
Lindsey Graham Warms Up to Ted Cruz  —  It's a terrible cliché: Politics makes strange bedfellows.  But it was just a few weeks ago that South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham likened the choice between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz as his party's nominee to that between being shot or poisoned.
Discussion: Slantpoint
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Cruz wins CPAC straw poll  —  Texas Sen. Ted Cruz won the straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday.  —  Cruz was named the winner with 40 percent of the attendees' support, while Florida Sen. Marco Rubio came in second place with 30 percent.
Discussion: RedState
Katherine Krueger / Talking Points Memo:
Rubio Slams CNN Reporter For Asking Questions About Trump At CPAC (VIDEO)  —  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) found a friendly audience to air his grievances about Republican frontrunner Donald Trump Saturday, as the Conservative Political Action Conference crowd repeated booed CNN correspondent Dana Bash during a question and answer session.
Katie Zezima / Washington Post:
Cruz looks to take on Rubio, on the fellow senator's Florida turf
Discussion: Politico
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.
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Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Trump broke debate rules: report
Discussion: RedState
Timothy Egan / New York Times:
The Beast Is Us  —  You heard the word “scary” used a lot this week, that and much more.  Not from the usual scolds.  Or Democrats.  The loudest alarms came from desperate, panicked Republicans, warning of the man who is destroying the Party of Lincoln before our eyes.
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Justin Sink / Bloomberg Business:
Obama to Meet With Financial Regulators Ahead of New Rule  —  ‘Fiduciary’ rule opposed by brokers is expected soon  —  'America's pretty darn great right now,' Obama says on economy  —  President Barack Obama will meet Monday with financial regulators who are finishing new rules …
Discussion: Hot Air
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Emily Flitter / Reuters:
Republican ‘Dump Trump’ effort struggles to gain traction
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Slantpoint
Agence France-Presse:
White House: Cuba has no say on Obama-dissidents meeting
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 …
Mtschnyder / CBS Dallas:
Glenn Beck Under Investigation For Alleged Threat Against Trump  —  DALLAS (CBS11) - Conservative radio host Glenn Beck is under investigation after a comment he made on his radio show when talking about GOP front-runner Donald Trump.  Beck says his comment was not directed towards the presidential candidate.
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.
Discussion: Common Dreams
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Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Sanders blames Clinton for Michigan's declining middle class
Discussion: Politico
Marianne Zumberge / Variety:
Louis C.K. Compares Donald Trump to Hitler: 'He's an Insane Bigot'  —  Louis C.K. is the latest public figure to criticize Donald Trump, calling him an “insane bigot” and comparing him to Adolf Hitler.  —  In a Saturday morning email blast announcing the sixth episode of his web series …
Discussion: Hit & Run, Raw Story, PAPERMAG and The Week
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Discussion: Instapundit and New York Post
Dan Spencer / RedState:
Cruz Wins Kansas GOP Caucus  —  Decision Desk HQ is projecting Sen. Ted Cruz to be the Winner of the Kansas Republican Caucus.  With about 25% of the vote in Cruz leads with 49% of the vote:  — Ted Cruz - 50.0%  — Donald Trump - 25.8%  — Marco Rubio - 13,6%  — John Kasich - 9.7%
New York Times:
The Right to Sue the Gun Industry  —  The world recoiled in horror in 2012 when 20 Connecticut schoolchildren and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School by a deranged teenager using a military-style assault rifle to fire 154 rounds in less than five minutes.
Discussion: Bearing Arms
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
Associated Press:
CANADIAN LEADER TRUDEAU BRINGING STAR POWER TO WHITE HOUSE  —  TORONTO (AP) — Justin Trudeau, the new, young prime minister of Canada with movie-star looks, is bringing his star power to the White House.  —  The tall, dark-haired, 44-year-old scion of one of Canada's most famous politicians was sworn into office in November.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 
 
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Discussion: Fox 59 and WQAD-TV
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Discussion: Q13 FOX News and WCBD News 2
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Maher: GOP Got Trump When They ‘Made a Faustian Deal With the Racist Devil Years Ago’
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How the GOP could stop Trump at the convention
Katie McHugh / Breitbart:
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Samantha Allen / The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: WPRI-TV
Elizabeth Harrington / Washington Free Beacon:
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