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3:55 PM ET, March 5, 2016

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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
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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.
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Rubio trails by 5 in Florida poll conducted for anti-Trump group  —  MIAMI — Marco Rubio appears to be closing the gap with Donald Trump in Florida and trails the Republican frontrunner by just 5 percentage points, according to a new poll commissioned by a group that opposes the New York billionaire.
Discussion: RedState, Hot Air and Washington Post
Theodore Schleifer / CNN:
Inside Ted Cruz's plan to sink Marco Rubio in Florida  —  Ted Cruz calls for unity to beat Donald Trump  — Ted Cruz's aides and allies are preparing an aggressive effort to keep Marco Rubio from winning his home state of Florida on March 15  —  (CNN)Ted Cruz is going for the kill shot.
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Trump throws the GOP into an identity crisis
Tim Mak / The Daily Beast:
Can Newt Gingrich Save GOP?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg Business:
Cruz Serves Up Spoilers on Contested Convention and Rubio's Florida Hopes
Discussion: Hot Air and Althouse
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  —  Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump  —  broke the rules during Thursday night's Fox News GOP debate by consulting with his campaign manager during a commercial break, according to a CNN report.  —  The report cited unnamed sources from rival campaigns …
Discussion: RedState
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 …
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 and Refinery29
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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
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 …
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.
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 …
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: WBAY-TV
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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.
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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