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4:15 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 …
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
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
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
Excerpts from Biden's Gridiron Dinner speech  —  Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday addressed Washington's press corps at the Gridiron Club's annual dinner.  The transcript was provided by the White House.  —  [Walk to podium with “Hail to the Chief” playing]  —  God, I love that song.
Discussion: BuzzFeed and The Week
Alexandra Jaffe / NBC News:
Rubio on Losses: ‘The Map Only Gets Better for Us’
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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.
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 …
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: The Last Tradition
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: Althouse
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 …
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 …
National Journal:
The Odds of a Contested Convention Have Never Been Higher  —  With Cruz picking up momentum over the weekend, Rubio is battling furiously to deal Trump a blow in Florida.  —  Don­ald Trump's not-so-ma­gic num­ber in the Re­pub­lic­an primar­ies is 34 per­cent.
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 …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
How the Republican Party created Donald Trump … At the core of Donald Trump's political success this year are the grievances of a sizable and now vocal block of disaffected voters, many of them white and working-class, and a Republican Party that has sought and benefited from their support …
Discussion: Guardian and Outside the Beltway
The Daily Caller:
Glenn Beck Warns That Trump Is Adolf Hitler [VIDEO]  —  Conservative talk radio host Glenn Beck compared Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler during an interview Sunday with George Stephanopoulos on ABC's “This Week.”  —  Beck said the GOP is “stirring things up because they are more afraid of Ted Cruz than they are of Donald Trump.”
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and CBS Dallas
Julie Makinen / Los Angeles Times:
Chinese woman trapped for a month in an elevator starves to death  —  The elevator in a residential complex in Xi'an, China, where a woman was trapped and starved to death.  —  Elevator maintenance men returning to work after a month-long break for Chinese New Year made a horrific discovery …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Joe Biden just told a very good joke, at Ted Cruz's expense … The Gridiron Dinner is a Washington institution — politicians making fun of one another.  —  But few jokes at the expense of one's colleagues are this good.  From Vice President Biden's appearance Saturday night, on Ted Cruz and his lack of likability:
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 …
Craig Gilbert / JSOnline:
Trump runs roughshod over state GOP stalwarts  —  If you want to understand the havoc Donald Trump is wreaking in the GOP, just consider the pain he has inflicted on three Republican stalwarts from Wisconsin: Scott Walker, Paul Ryan and Reince Priebus.  —  Not long ago, this trio was hailed …
Discussion: Politico
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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
Daniel Boffey / Observer:
Russia ‘stoking refugee unrest in Germany to topple Angela Merkel’
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