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8:00 AM ET, March 7, 2016

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Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Fracas in Flint: Clinton, Sanders spar over trade, auto bailout  —  FLINT, Mich. — Hillary Clinton lashed out against Bernie Sanders' vote against the auto bailout for the first time on Sunday, charging at a debate here that “if everybody voted the way he did, I believe the auto industry …
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Manuela Tobias / Politico:
Sanders wins Maine decisively  —  Bernie Sanders has won the Democratic caucuses in Maine, according to the Associated Press.  —  The Vermont senator's victory is his third of the weekend, along with wins in Kansas and Nebraska on Saturday, and his eighth state overall.
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Democrats Clinton and Sanders pounce on Flint water crisis — and each other … FLINT, Mich. — Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders clashed fiercely Sunday over jobs, trade and Wall Street while agreeing that much more must be done to address a two-year-old water-contamination crisis that has paralyzed this majority-black city.
Liz Goodwin / Yahoo Politics:
Hillary Clinton calls for Snyder to resign over Flint lead crisis
Leonard Pitts Jr / Baltimore Sun:
Republicans have destroyed their party; will they take America with them?  —  “If he was for it, we had to be against it.”  —  The “he” is President Barack Obama.  The “we” is the Republican Party.  And it is not coincidental that as the former pushes toward the end of his second term, the latter is coming apart.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Showing strength in Michigan, Trump feeds on hostility to GOP, Romney  —  WARREN, Mich. — Donald Trump holds a solid lead in two new polls of Michigan Republicans on the eve of a primary that has often played a key role in GOP presidential races.  In one survey, by CBS News, Trump is at 39 percent …
Ros Krasny / Bloomberg Business:
Marco Rubio Coasts to Victory in Puerto Rico's Republican Primary  —  Marco Rubio is projected to post an easy victory in Puerto Rico's Republican presidential primary, the second nominating contest win for the Florida senator struggling to keep pace with billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump and Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
Discussion: Politico and Florida Politics
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Rubio wins Puerto Rico primary
S.A. Miller / Washington Times:
Mitt Romney won't rule out accepting GOP nomination at contested convention
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Douglas Rivers / YouGov US Opinion Center News:   Civil War in the G.O.P.
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Some supporters of Rubio say bad strategy, poorly run campaign killing his chances … Sensing an opportunity for an upset victory, Marco Rubio spent most of Friday in Kansas, where he picked up a series of high-profile endorsements that he hoped could help thrust him into contention.
Dr. Eric Ostermeier / Smart Politics:
Which Media Outlet's Republican Delegate Tracker Do You Believe?  —  Major media outlets cannot agree on any of the delegate counts for the top three GOP candidates, nor the allotment from 11 states that have voted thus far  —  With 20 Republican contests in the books …
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Kevin Miller / The Portland Press Herald:
Heavy turnout, long delays reported at Maine's Democratic caucuses
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Marco Rubio wins Puerto Rico primary, CNN projects
Discussion: Vox, Towleroad and The Last Tradition
Steven Shepard / Politico:
How Donald Trump scrambles the general election map  —  If Donald Trump's coalition carries him to the GOP nomination, it could produce a crazy-quilt general election that scrambles the conventional wisdom about the battleground state map.  —  The Electoral College landscape has been fairly stable …
Discussion: The Hill
Jesse Drucker / Bloomberg Business:
Trump Tower Funded by Rich Chinese Who Invest Cash for Visas  —  New Jersey building partly funded via controversial visa plan  —  Video to sell it to investors is subtitled in Chinese  —  Throughout his presidential campaign, Donald Trump has attacked China and warned about the dangers of deficient immigrant screening.
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: Infowars and The Gateway Pundit
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The Daily Caller:   Glenn Beck Warns That Trump Is Adolf Hitler [VIDEO]
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Chickens, Home to Roost
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and New Yorker
New York Times:
Money Pours In as Move to Stop Donald Trump Expands  —  Republicans hoping to halt Donald J. Trump's march to their party's presidential nomination emerged from the weekend's voting contests newly emboldened by Mr. Trump's uneven electoral performance and by some nascent signs that he may be peaking with voters.
Discussion: Politico
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:
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Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Michigan Primary Puts Donald Trump's Rust Belt Strategy to a Test  —  WARREN, Mich. — Neil Mortensen remembers how neighbors lost factory jobs in this suburb north of Detroit, and then, inexorably and sadly, their homes.  —  “I'd see all these businesses that used to produce normal products …
Leon H. Wolf / RedState:
Rubio Sacrificed His Campaign to Save America  —  Marco Rubio's campaign ended yesterday.  He won't acknowledge it and neither will his hardcore supporters for some days, but he is done.  It was one thing when he was running more or less even with Cruz across the South, like he did on Super Tuesday …
Discussion: Washington Post and JustOneMinute
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.
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
SIKHS AND MUSLIMS Hold Rally in DC in Support of DONALD J. TRUMP
Bob McManus / New York Post:
Pols want to make citizenship irrelevant — showing disrespect for the American dream
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Craig Federighi / Washington Post:
Apple VP: The FBI wants to roll back safeguards that keep us a step ahead of criminals
Discussion: Engadget, Mashable and The Verge
Daily Mail:
Pope Francis tells of his ‘profound shock and sadness’ …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump: Waterboarding will make us stronger
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Kesha chokes up at award dinner
Discussion: Slantpoint and Just Jared
Craig Gilbert / JSOnline:
Trump runs roughshod over state GOP stalwarts
Discussion: Politico
National Journal:
The Odds of a Contested Convention Have Never Been Higher
Julie Makinen / Los Angeles Times:
Chinese woman trapped for a month in an elevator starves to death