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2:45 PM ET, March 6, 2016

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CBS News:
Battleground Tracker poll: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton lead in Michigan  —  Donald Trump holds the lead heading into the final days before the Michigan primary, looking to extend his overall delegate lead after a string of Super Tuesday wins.  Trump is at 39 percent, Ted Cruz is in second place …
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Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Don't panic, GOP — Donald Trump can beat Hillary  —  At the end of “The Candidate,” the  engrossing 1972 film about the underbelly of campaigns, rookie  politician Robert Redford is  shocked by his triumph.  Grabbing his handler, he pleads, “What do we do now?”
Discussion: Infowars
Douglas Rivers / YouGov US Opinion Center News:
Civil War in the G.O.P.  —  Mitt Romney has some sway in the Republican Party - but not with Trump voters … On Thursday, Mitt Romney fired the first shot in the Republican civil war.  In a speech at the University of Utah, Romney denounced Donald Trump as a “phony” and a “fraud” with …
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton Hold Big Leads in Michigan: Poll  —  Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are leading their competitors by double digits in Michigan's March 8 primary, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll.  —  In the Republican race, Trump gets support …
Discussion: Political Wire
Alexandra Jaffe / NBC News:
Rubio on Losses: ‘The Map Only Gets Better for Us’  —  SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Marco Rubio brushed off his disappointing night Saturday after another round of losses and insisted his fortunes would shift on March 15, when states award their delegates on a winner-take-all basis.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Politico:
Excerpts from Biden's Gridiron Dinner speech
Discussion: BuzzFeed and The Week
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Rubio downplays poor Super Saturday showings
Jose A. DelReal / Washington Post:
Cruz gains steam with 2 wins on ‘Super Saturday’; Trump calls on Rubio to drop out
Associated Press:
Cruz wins Kansas, battles for KY in GOP fight for delegates
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:   Cruz takes two Super Saturday contests, Trump said to win La.
Elisha Fieldstadt / NBC News:
Former First Lady Nancy Reagan Dead at 94  —  Former first lady Nancy Reagan has died, according to a spokeswoman with the Reagan Library.  She was 94.  —  The cause of death was congestive heart failure, according to her rep Joanne Drake.  “Mrs. Reagan will be buried …
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Lou Cannon / New York Times:
Nancy Reagan, an Influential and Stylish First Lady, Dies at 94  —  Nancy Reagan, the influential and stylish wife of the 40th president of the United States who unabashedly put Ronald Reagan at the center of her life but who became a political figure in her own right, died on Sunday at her home in Los Angeles.
TMZ.com:
Nancy Reagan — Dead at 94  —  DEAD AT 94  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Nancy Reagan has died ... TMZ has learned from a close family member.  —  The former first lady was living in Bel Air and has been in failing health in recent years.  —  Mrs. Reagan married Ronald in 1952 and went on to became …
Fox News:
Nancy Reagan, widow of Ronald Reagan, dead at 94
Discussion: protein wisdom
Lois Romano / Washington Post:   Nancy Reagan dies at 94; first lady was a defining figure of the 1980s
David Remnick / New Yorker:
American Demagogue  —  Nearly three decades ago, Howard Kaminsky, of Random House, called on the real-estate developer and self-marketing master Donald Trump at his office on Fifth Avenue.  Kaminsky brought along a cover design for “Trump: The Art of the Deal,” its author's literary début.
Discussion: Politico and Althouse
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Cruz: Media is sitting on bombshells about Donald Trump  —  Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz  —  (Texas) said on Sunday that the media is sitting on explosive negative information about front-runner Donald Trump  —  with plans to run it later in the year to tear the candidate apart.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Colin Campbell / Business Insider:
‘I want Ted one-on-one’: Donald Trump calls on Marco Rubio to drop out of race
Discussion: Althouse and Hot Air
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Donald the Dangerous
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Chickens, Home to Roost  —  WASHINGTON — HERE'S why the Trump campaign is wicked fun:  —  I watched Donald Trump in New York for decades, as a bachelor swanning, a party fixture mingling, a master of bling and bluster.  —  I went with him on his art-filled plane in 1999 as he dipped …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
David McCabe / The Hill:
Limbaugh on Trump: Much bigger upside than downside  —  Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh said Sunday that there's a “much bigger upside than downside” in the Republican presidential candidacy of real estate developer Donald Trump  —  “I think with the case of Trump …
Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg Business:
Clinton Backs Rescinding Tax Breaks for Moving Jobs Overseas  —  Top Democratic nominee appealing to workers in Rust Belt  —  Speech comes before a series of election primaries in Midwest  —  Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton proposed rescinding tax relief …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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Manuela Tobias / Politico:
Sanders wins Kansas
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Sanders keeps raising millions — and spending them, a potential problem for Clinton
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Elements of Trumpism  —  MAYBE Donald Trump is doing us a favor.  —  The United States has long been spared a truly authoritarian element in our politics.  Since Southern apartheid was crushed and far-left terrorism died away, we've had very little organized political violence …
Kristinn Taylor / The Gateway Pundit:
MASSIVE, MASSIVE CROWD to See Trump in Orlando - 10,000+ Pack CFE Arena  —  The line to get into the Trump Orlando rally today was 10 blocks long.  —  The program began today about 1:20 p.m. with invocation and prayer that Trump is elected followed by Pledge of Allegiance.
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Orlando Sentinel:
Trump rally draws thousands to UCF
Discussion: Sun-Sentinel, The Week and CNN
 
 
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Washington Post:
Pursuing drugs and guns on scant evidence, D.C. police sometimes raid wrong homes — terrifying the innocent
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
How the Republican Party created Donald Trump
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Kasich: Contested convention would be ‘exciting’
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
Donald Trump Considered Path to Presidency Starting at Governor's Mansion in New York
A. Hope Jahren / New York Times:
She Wanted to Do Her Research. He Wanted to Talk ‘Feelings.’
Discussion: Althouse
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Daniel Boffey / Observer:
Russia ‘stoking refugee unrest in Germany to topple Angela Merkel’
Daily Mail:
NHS to harvest babies' organs: ‘Ghoulish’ …
FiveThirtyEight:
Republicans:  — Kansas — Called for Cruz, who won by 25 percentage points.
Discussion: Power Line and Infowars
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Clinton, on her private server, wrote 104 emails the government says are classified
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Sanders: GOP debates sound like ‘6th-grade food fight’