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9:50 AM ET, March 7, 2016


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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.
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 …
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.
Leonard Pitts Jr / Baltimore Sun:
Republicans have destroyed their party; will they take America with them?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
S.A. Miller / Washington Times:
Mitt Romney won't rule out accepting GOP nomination at contested convention
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Ros Krasny / Bloomberg Business:
Marco Rubio Coasts to Victory in Puerto Rico's Republican Primary
Discussion: Politico and Florida Politics
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Rubio wins Puerto Rico primary
Detroit Free Press:
Last Slide  —  Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders discussed their stances on the auto industry bailout during Flint's Democratic presidential debate.  Here's the nub of the fight over Clinton's support and Sanders' opposition to the auto bailout.  —  The $82 billion that helped finance …
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Bernie's top strategist: 'Maybe they're going to put him on the ticket'  —  Ask people in Hillary Clinton's world if they have a secret weapon to help win over voters under the age of old, and many will offer this answer: Bernie Sanders.  —  All you had to do was watch Sunday night's debate …
Discussion: CBS News
Manuela Tobias / Politico:
Sanders wins Maine decisively
Liz Goodwin / Yahoo Politics:
Hillary Clinton calls for Snyder to resign over Flint lead crisis
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Hillary Clinton Calls For Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder To Resign Or Be Recalled
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 …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dems fret about Trump's appeal  —  Democrats on Capitol Hill are starting to get worried about Donald Trump  —  Once convinced that a Trump nomination would be a godsend for their party, some are now warning that a general election fight against the billionaire tycoon will be anything but a cakewalk.
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Decades Later, ‘Spy’ Magazine Founders Continue To Torment Trump  —  Listen to the Story  —  Soon after its launch in 1986, the satirical magazine Spy picked Donald Trump as the brash embodiment of a crass age.  Founded by Graydon Carter and Kurt Andersen, the magazine chronicled …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
When Fallacies Collide  —  The formal debates among the Republicans who would be president have exceeded all expectations.  Even the most hardened cynics couldn't have imagined that the candidates would sink so low, and stay so focused on personal insults.  Yet last week, offstage …
Discussion: Politicus USA
Matthew Jaffe / CNN:
Trent Lott would consider Obama's Supreme Court nomination  —  The Axe Files, featuring David Axelrod, is a podcast distributed by CNN and produced at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics.  The author works at the institute.  —  (CNN)Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott …
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 …
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.
Discussion: RedState
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
After last night, is there any way realistically that Trump doesn't win Florida?  —  Seeing a lot of buzz this morning that Trump underperformed last night and therefore it's a whole new ballgame in Florida and Ohio.  It may indeed be a whole new ballgame — but not the way you think.
Leon H. Wolf / RedState:
Rubio Sacrificed His Campaign to Save America
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
The End of American Idealism  —  Sometimes it's hard to shake the uneasy feeling that we are witnessing the dissolution of an idea that was once America.  —  The country is still a military superpower and an economic and innovation powerhouse, but so many of our institutions are proving …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Kevin Miller / The Portland Press Herald:
Heavy turnout, long delays reported at Maine's Democratic caucuses  —  Thousands wait in line for hours in Portland, and Senate Minority Leader Justin Alfond says he will submit a bill to establish presidential primaries in the state.  —  Thousands of people waited hours in line Sunday …
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Marco Rubio wins Puerto Rico primary, CNN projects
Discussion: Vox, Towleroad and The Last Tradition
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
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Bob McManus / New York Post:
Pols want to make citizenship irrelevant — showing disrespect for the American dream
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Craig Federighi / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Engadget, Mashable and The Verge
 Earlier Items: 
Daily Mail:
Pope Francis tells of his ‘profound shock and sadness’ …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Michigan Primary Puts Donald Trump's Rust Belt Strategy to a Test
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump: Waterboarding will make us stronger
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Joe Biden just told a very good joke, at Ted Cruz's expense
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