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11:15 AM 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 …
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?  —  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.
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
Agence France-Presse:
White House: Cuba has no say on Obama-dissidents meeting  —  Washington (AFP) - The White House on Friday said Cuba's communist government will have no say in which dissidents President Barack Obama meets during his visit to the island later this month.  —  “The president does intend to meet …
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 …
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 …
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Sanders blames Clinton for Michigan's declining middle class  —  (I-Vt.) blasted Hilary Clinton on Friday, arguing his Democratic presidential primary rival's policies generated Michigan's ailing middle class.  —  “If the people of Michigan want to make a decision about which candidate stood …
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Bernie's bounce-back weekend
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
Discussion: and Slantpoint
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Blocks Louisiana Abortion Law
Discussion: The Talking Dog
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
Katie Zezima / Washington Post:
Cruz looks to take on Rubio, on the fellow senator's Florida turf
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 …
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.
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 …
Tal Kopan / CNN:
Ben Carson to lead Christian voter group
Discussion: New York Magazine and The Atlantic
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
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 …
Samantha Allen / The Daily Beast:
Catholic Prep School: No Transgender Students  —  A Rhode Island school says it won't accept or enroll transgender students.  —  Catholic Rhode Island private school Mount Saint Charles Academy is open to everyone—so long as they're not transgender.  —  The latest edition …
Discussion: WPRI-TV
Gregg Zoroya / USA Today:
New VA hotline chief has a history of dropped calls from veterans  —  A former Air Force officer chosen to fix the VA's problem-plagued suicide hotline has been running other agency phone banks that have a poor record of service, dropping as many as one in five calls from veterans, according to internal data provided to USA TODAY.
Frances Robles / New York Times:
U.S. Pays to Feed and Shelter Cuban Migrants Stranded in Costa Rica  —  MIAMI — The United States government has been paying to feed and shelter thousands of Cubans trying to migrate to the United States, in what critics consider another sign of the lopsided treatment provided to Cubans under American law.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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.
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Lindsey Ellefson / Mediaite:
Maher: GOP Got Trump When They ‘Made a Faustian Deal With the Racist Devil Years Ago’
John Kluge / Ricochet:
An Open Letter to the Conservative Media Explaining Why I Have Left the Movement
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
So, what's the ticket going to be: Trump/Kasich or Trump/Cruz?
K.M. McFarland / Wired:
The Force Awakens and A New Hope Are More Similar Than You Think
Discussion: derek ruths and Gizmodo
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
In Illinois, a Rubio-Kasich rift as GOP battles to stop Trump
Discussion: Chicagoist and New York Magazine
Demetri Sevastopulo / Financial Times:
Trump show too juvenile for Jerry Springer
(HAN-PR) Election:
Outrageous! Public School Students Taught To ‘Pledge Allegiance To An International Flag’
Discussion: BizPac Review and Weasel Zippers
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Patty Judge makes it official: She's running for Senate
 Earlier Items: 
Lynnley Browning / Bloomberg Business:
Sanders Tax Plans Seen Raising $15.3 Trillion Over 10 Years
Discussion: CNNMoney and The Agonist
Kevin Costelloe / Bloomberg Business:
Pope Francis Refers To ‘Arab Invasion’ as a Social Reality
Discussion: Daily Wire, Vanguard14 and Breitbart
Daily Mail:
Hillary Clinton promises to ‘get to the bottom of UFO mystery’ …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and New York Magazine
Jeremy B. Merrill / New York Times:
Michael Bloomberg Moved His Website as Speculation About Intentions Grew