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8:05 PM ET, March 5, 2016


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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 …
Manuela Tobias / Politico:
Cruz wins Kansas  —  Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has won the Kansas Republican caucuses, according to the Associated Press.  —  Of the five states that have held GOP caucuses so far, this is Cruz's third win, and his fifth primary contest overall.  On Tuesday, he scored his home state of Texas, as well as Alaska and Oklahoma.
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
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.
Moe Lane / RedState:
BREAKING: A Surprise Winner Already Called in Kansas  —  Not a single, blessed thing.  AoSHQDD has called the race for Ted Cruz, with Donald Trump in second, and Marco Rubio in third.  I didn't give the numbers yet because they're unexpected: Cruz at this point is hovering around having …
Associated Press:
Cruz wins Kansas, battles for KY in GOP fight for delegates  —  WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Ted Cruz claimed an easy victory in Kansas and battled with Donald Trump for Kentucky in Saturday's four-state round of Republican voting, fresh evidence that there's no quick end in sight to the fractious GOP race for president.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Elianayjohnson / National Review:
Lindsey Graham Warms Up to Ted Cruz
Discussion: Slantpoint
Sam Levine / The Huffington Post:
Ted Cruz Crushes At Kansas Republican Caucus
Dan Spencer / RedState:   Cruz Wins Kansas GOP Caucus
Dave Helling / Kansas City Star:
Cruz easily wins Kansas Republican caucuses; Democrats tallying results
Discussion: Hot Air
Katie Zezima / Washington Post:
Cruz looks to take on Rubio, on the fellow senator's Florida turf
Discussion: Politico
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.
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
Orlando Sentinel:
Trump rally draws thousands to UCF
Discussion: Complex and The Week
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Rubio trails by 5 in Florida poll conducted for anti-Trump group
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.
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Trump broke debate rules: report
Discussion: RedState
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Sanders: GOP debates sound like ‘6th-grade food fight’  —  Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders  —  mocked Republican White House hopefuls Saturday for sounding like a bunch of sixth graders at their recent debate in Detroit.  —  Sanders told MLive and The Grand Rapids Free Press …
Discussion: Raw Story
Chrissie.Thompsonfink /
John Kasich campaign aide fired after domestic violence arrest  —  COLUMBUS — A John Kasich campaign staffer, who was arrested in November for allegedly choking and punching a woman, was fired Saturday after The Enquirer called the Ohio governor's presidential campaign seeking comment.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Bergdahl's lawyers request to interview Trump  —  Bowe Bergdahl's defense has requested to interview Donald Trump.  —  Franklin D. Rosenblatt, who is representing Bergdahl, sent a letter to the billionaire Saturday requesting to interview Trump over derogatory public comments …
Discussion: ABC News
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.
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
Kristinn Taylor / The Gateway Pundit:   'Scary, Tense, New Level of Menace": PROTESTERS GET PHYSICAL, INTERRUPT, SCREAM PROFANITIES …
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 …
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
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Discussion: Instapundit
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Discussion: Common Dreams, The Hill and Refinery29
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