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9:15 PM ET, March 7, 2016

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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 …
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 …
Megan McArdle / BloombergView.com:
Trump Is Too Poor for a Third-Party Run
Nate Cohn / New York Times:   With Cruz Up, Rubio Down, Where Does That Leave Donald Trump?
Theodore Schleifer / CNN:
Judge dismisses attempt to kick Ted Cruz off New York ballot
Discussion: RedState and The Right Scoop
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 …
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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.
Margaret Hartmann / New York Magazine:
Sanders Tells Clinton: 'Excuse Me, I'm Talking' in Arguably Sexist Debate Exchange
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.
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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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.
Nick Gass / Politico:
Newt: Romney speech ‘vitriolic and nasty’
Discussion: Shakesville and The Week
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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Patrick Marley / JSOnline:
Rebecca Bradley in 1992: ‘Queers’ with AIDS, addicts merit no sympathy
Discussion: Associated Press and Towleroad
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.
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
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 …
Kyle Olson / The American Mirror:
MOOK SPOOKED: Trump just won 2, we lost 3 of 4  —  It's not going to be an easy path to the nomination for Hillary Clinton as many predicted and expected.  —  Campaign manager Robby Mook issued another panicked email to supporters Monday, reminding them Hillary came out the loser after this past weekend's primary votes.
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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
Discussion: Business Insider
Lou Cannon / Politico:
Why Nancy Reagan Didn't Want Ronald to Run for a Second Term  —  President Ronald Reagan was running for a second term, and Nancy Reagan was worried.  The president's tight little circle of White House advisers and political strategists were confident as long as Reagan's Democratic opponent …
Discussion: Yahoo Politics and ABC News
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Nancy Reagan / Yahoo Politics:
Nancy Reagan's children speak out on her death
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 …
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
Ericka So / KRCR-TV:
Woman in ‘Mystery Machine’ mini van leads police on pursuit  —  Suspect still at large  —  REDDING, Calif. -  —  A Shasta County woman led law enforcement officers on a pursuit in a mini van painted to look like the ‘Mystery Machine’ from the Scooby Doo cartoon.
Discussion: WHNT-TV, Fox 59, KTLA and KFOR-TV
Eric Cortellessa / The Times of Israel:
Ex-ADL chief: Trump's ‘raise your hand’ gambit was deliberate, Nazi-style ‘fascist gesture’  —  Abe Foxman calls episode ‘about as offensive, obnoxious and disgusting as anything I thought I would ever witness in the United States of America’; says Republican candidate knew exactly what he was doing
 
 
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Ted Cruz / Wall Street Journal:
The Scalia Seat: Let the People Speak
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Probe into Secret Service-photographer altercation at Trump rally
Mzielinska / CBS New York:
De Blasio Signs Bill Allowing Use Of Bathrooms, Locker Rooms Based On Gender Identity
Josh Barro / Business Insider:
The Republican ‘establishment’ made Donald Trump's nomination possible
Washington Post:
How Donald Trump is ruining Paul Ryan's speakership
Discussion: Daily Kos
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
State Dept. Warns Employees: ‘Microaggressions’ May Count As Harassment
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NYC's ‘sex spa’ is grossing people out
Daily Mail:
Father is hospitalised by ‘Sharia patrol’ …
Peter Coy / Bloomberg Business:
Americans Really Don't Like Immigration, New Survey Finds
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Lust for Destruction  —  When people try to make sense …