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Michael R. Bloomberg / BloombergView.com:
The Risk I Will Not Take  —  Americans today face a profound challenge to preserve our common values and national promise.  —  Wage stagnation at home and our declining influence abroad have left Americans angry and frustrated.  And yet Washington, D.C., offers nothing but gridlock and partisan finger-pointing.
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New York Times:
Michael Bloomberg Will Not Enter Presidential Race  —  Michael R. Bloomberg, who for months quietly laid the groundwork to run for president as an independent, will not enter the 2016 campaign, he said Monday, citing his fear that a three-way race could lead to the election of a candidate …
New York Times:
Maps Show Where Bloomberg Aides Thought He Would Be Competitive
Discussion: Business Insider
Henry Goldman / Bloomberg Business:
Michael Bloomberg Says He Won't Run for President in 2016
Discussion: addictinginfo.org
Washington Post:
Seeing Trump as vulnerable, GOP elites now eye a contested convention … PARK CITY, Utah — The presentation is an 11th-hour rebuttal to the fatalism permeating the Republican establishment: Slide by slide, state by state, it calculates how Donald Trump could be denied the nomination.
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Elaina Plott / National Review:
Cruz to Unveil Senate Endorsements This Week  —  Ted Cruz's colleagues may loathe him, but they seem to have found somebody else they dislike more.  With the prospect of Donald Trump's nomination looming over the GOP, Cruz is set to unveil endorsements from more than four senators this week …
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Graham: We should have kicked Trump out of the party  —  Republicans should have expelled Donald Trump from the Republican Party, Lindsey Graham said Monday.  —  The former presidential candidate told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that the New York billionaire's rhetoric toward immigrants has exacerbated …
Discussion: Political Wire
Megan McArdle / BloombergView.com:
Trump Is Too Poor for a Third-Party Run  —  Donald Trump is not going to run as a third-party presidential candidate, even if he's denied the Republican nomination.  —  There, I said it.  —  I'm not saying whether it would be a good idea for the GOP to deny him the nomination if he gets …
John Fund / National Review:
At Current Rate, Trump Might Not Get to 1,237 Delegates
Discussion: Washington Post, NBC News and RedState
Josh Barro / Business Insider:
The Republican ‘establishment’ made Donald Trump's nomination possible
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
New anti-Trump ad highlights his bad BLEEP language
Nate Cohn / New York Times:   With Cruz Up, Rubio Down, Where Does That Leave Donald Trump?
CNN:
Some Rubio advisers say get out before Florida  —  Washington (CNN)A battle is being waged within Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's campaign about whether he should even remain in the Republican presidential race ahead of his home state primary on March 15, sources say.
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Donald Trump's 47 Percent Moment  —  Last week, Mitt Romney, the twice-failed GOP presidential candidate, delivered a speech that blasted Donald Trump, the current Republican front-runner, calling the tycoon “a phony, a fraud” and citing Trump's “dishonesty” and his “bullying, the greed …
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Trump, Kasich in Tight Ohio Race  —  PPP's newest Ohio poll finds a very close race on the Republican side- with Donald Trump slightly ahead but perhaps more reasons within the numbers to think that John Kasich will end up winning the state.  —  Trump leads with 38% to 35% for Kasich, 15% for Ted Cruz, and just 5% for Marco Rubio.
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
Poll: 61% of Israeli Jews Say Donald Trump Good for Israel
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
At Secretive Meeting, Tech CEOs And Top Republicans Commiserate, Plot To Stop Trump  —  Karl Rove shared focus group findings that give hope to the GOP establishment.  —  Washington bureau chief for The Huffington Post Senior Enterprise Editor, The Huffington Post Congressional Reporter, The Huffington Post
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Probe into Secret Service-photographer altercation at Trump rally  —  The Department of Homeland Security's inspector general is investigating an incident last week in which a Secret Service agent apparently body-slammed a Time magazine photographer during a Donald Trump campaign rally in southwest Virginia …
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Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Trump cracks down on protesters  —  CONCORD, N.C. — Donald Trump's rally here began with the candidate asking all attendees to raise their hands and take an oath to vote for him, while extended barriers cordoned off the press and plainclothes private intelligence officers scoured the crowd for protestors.
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Sanders's comment on white people and poverty creates social media stir … stumbled on a question at Sunday's debate over whether white Americans can empathize with blacks, stating that white people don't know what it's like to be poor.  —  “When you are white, you don't know what it's …
Tkurzweil / KTLA:
Naked Woman Seen Dancing Atop 18-Wheeler Following Crash on Houston Highway  —  A woman undressed and climbed on top of a big rig on a major highway in the Houston area Monday.  —  The incident, which was captured on video, took place after a pedestrian had apparently been struck on Highway 290 …
Caitlin Dickson / Yahoo Politics:
Clinton, Sanders go down to the wire in Michigan  —  Appearing for the first time in two years on a Fox News broadcast, Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton joined challenger Bernie Sanders Monday evening in a town hall forum at Detroit's Gem Theatre.  The hour-long event …
Jonathan Swan / The Hill:
Sanders to Clinton: 'Excuse me, I'm talking' … had one of their sharpest exchanges of the Democratic presidential campaign to date during Sunday's debate in Flint, Mich., when the Vermont senator cut his rival off for interrupting him.  —  “Excuse me, I'm talking,” Sanders said after Clinton tried …
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Margaret Hartmann / New York Magazine:
Sanders Tells Clinton: 'Excuse Me, I'm Talking' in Arguably Sexist Debate Exchange
Cody Oliphant / One Wisconsin:
Rebecca Bradley's Published Writings Reveal Opinions That Cross Line Into Hate Speech  —  One Wisconsin Now Uncovers State Court Justice's ‘Venomous’ Homophobia, Calls for Her Resignation
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BBC:
US air strike ‘kills 150 Somali militants’  —  A US air strike has killed more than 150 al-Shabab militants in Somalia, the Pentagon says.  —  Spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said the strike hit a training camp where a “large-scale” attack was being planned.  —  “We know they were going to be departing …
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Helene Cooper / New York Times:
U.S. Strikes Kill 150 Shabab Fighters in Somalia, Officials Say
Julia Preston / New York Times:
More Latinos Seek Citizenship to Vote Against Trump  —  DENVER — Donald J. Trump's harsh campaign rhetoric against Mexican immigrants has helped him win a substantial delegate lead in the Republican primary, but it is also mobilizing a different set of likely voters — six of them alone in the family of Hortensia Villegas.
Arthur Delaney / The Huffington Post:
Hillary Clinton's Lead Pipe Answer ‘Made Me Vomit In My Mouth,’ Flint Questioner Says  —  Neither Clinton nor Bernie Sanders was aggressive on lead pipe removal.  —  Flint resident Lee-Anne Walters didn't like Bernie Sanders' response to her question about lead pipes during Sunday night's Democratic presidential debate in Flint.
Matt Krantz / USA Today:
27 giant profitable companies paid no taxes  —  Death and taxes are supposed to be two certainties of life.  But a few companies have at least escaped the taxes part.  Investors, though, don't seem all that impressed.  —  There are 27 companies in the Standard & Poor's 500 …
Discussion: U.S. Uncut and Infowars
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Lust for Destruction  —  When people try to make sense of this topsy-turvy, norm-busting election year, one of the key mistake they make is to assume that the dynamics that operate for Donald Trump in the Republican primary will operate in a general election.  They won't.
Donald Trump / Yahoo Politics:
Trump challenged over ties to mob-linked gambler with ugly past  —  Robert LiButti, top left, and Donald Trump, right.  (Photo illustration: Yahoo News, photos, state of New Jersey, William Thomas Cain/Getty Images, Ron Galella/Getty Images)  —  The daughter of a reputed New Jersey mob figure …
 
 
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Paul Watson / Infowars:
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Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Clinton Says FBI Hasn't Told Her She's A Target Of The Email Investigation
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ted Cruz / Wall Street Journal:
The Scalia Seat: Let the People Speak
Mzielinska / CBS New York:
De Blasio Signs Bill Allowing Use Of Bathrooms, Locker Rooms Based On Gender Identity
Theodore Schleifer / CNN:
Judge dismisses attempt to kick Ted Cruz off New York ballot
Discussion: RedState and The Right Scoop
Washington Post:
How Donald Trump is ruining Paul Ryan's speakership
Discussion: Slantpoint and Daily Kos
Kyle Olson / The American Mirror:
MOOK SPOOKED: Trump just won 2, we lost 3 of 4
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
State Dept. Warns Employees: ‘Microaggressions’ May Count As Harassment
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
IAEA: Iran Nuke Deal Limits Public Reporting on Possible Violations
Daily Mail:
Father is hospitalised by ‘Sharia patrol’ …
Lou Cannon / Politico:
Why Nancy Reagan Didn't Want Ronald to Run for a Second Term
Discussion: Yahoo Politics and ABC News
Peter Coy / Bloomberg Business:
Americans Really Don't Like Immigration, New Survey Finds