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2:25 PM ET, March 8, 2016


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David Brooks / New York Times:
It's Not Too Late!  —  It's 2 a.m. The bar is closing.  Republicans have had a series of strong and nasty Trump cocktails.  Suddenly Ted Cruz is beginning to look kind of attractive.  At least he's sort of predictable, and he doesn't talk about his sexual organs in presidential debates!
Fallon Silcox /
Exclusive Florida Decides Poll: Trump, Clinton lead Florida's presidential primaries  —  If Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were the candidates in November, Clinton would lose a close contest to Trump, according to our exclusive poll.  —  What will the outcome of the presidential primary elections be?
Patrick Reis / Politico:
Is Trump peaking?  We'll find out today  —  On Tuesday, Donald Trump will discover whether his weekend struggles were a speed bump — or the first signs of larger troubles ahead.  —  If the polls are to believed, Trump is in for a dominant day, with blowouts in Michigan and Mississippi to be complemented by another win in Idaho.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Poll: Trump leads GOP race nationally but with weaker hold on the party … The state of the 2016 race  —  Donald Trump continues to lead his rivals nationally in the contest for the Republican presidential nomination, but his hold on the GOP electorate has weakened since the primary season began …
Chicago Tribune:
Trump leads splintered Republican primary field in Illinois  —  Republican presidential candidates, from left, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., businessman Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich at a debate at on March 3, 2016, in Detroit.  —  Privacy Policy
Plain Dealer:
Mitt Romney tapes Michigan robocall for John Kasich  —  FILE - In this April 27, 2012 file photo, Republican then-presidential candidate Mitt Romney, right, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich participate in a roundtable discussion in Westerville, Ohio.  (Jae C. Hong, The Associated Press)
Morning Consult:
Romney Speech Had Minimal Effect on Trump Support, Poll Shows  —  A new Morning Consult poll finds that Mitt Romney's speech last week condemning Donald Trump apparently had very little effect on the GOP front-runner.  —  Thirty-one percent of GOP voters said they were more likely to vote for Trump …
Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
Dem Senate Takeover Probable, If Cruz or Trump Nominee  —  With Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz seemingly positioned to fight it out for the Republican presidential nomination, Democrats are now poised to take over the Senate in November.  —  The two Republicans still in the race …
Discussion: Politicus USA
CBS News:
Donald Trump falsely claims he “employs many people” at Honolulu hotel  —  Donald Trump on Monday asked the people of Hawaii to vote for him in the March 8 GOP caucuses - claiming he “employs many people” at his Honolulu hotel.
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Trump: Contested convention would be ‘pretty unfair’
Discussion: Daily Kos
Michael R. Bloomberg /
The Risk I Will Not Take  —  Americans today face a profound challenge …
Washington Post:
Seeing Trump as vulnerable, GOP elites now eye a contested convention
New York Times:   What We're Watching as 4 States Vote and Both Parties Court Michigan
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Cruz wins Senate Conservatives Fund straw poll
Discussion: RedState, Daily Kos and National Review
Michelle Goldberg / Slate:
Ready to Hold Their Noses
Discussion: Salon and Hullabaloo
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Graham: We should have kicked Trump out of the party
Discussion: Washington Post
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
Fox News Forum May Signal Thaw Between Democrats and Network  —  DETROIT — Rebuffed yet again in coaxing Hillary Clinton onto Fox News, executives at the network had an outside-the-box idea last month that would have made primary debate history: a face-off between Senator Bernie Sanders …
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
The Real Difference Between Hillary and Bernie
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Conservative lawyer says Scalia might never be replaced: 'There's nothing magical' about nine justices  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  A conservative legal activist is promoting the idea that the U.S. Senate can hold off indefinitely in naming a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
Peter Montgomery / Right Wing Watch:
Federalist Society VP Says Senate Could Ignore SCOTUS Nominees Indefinitely
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.
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Cruz forces Rubio to defend turf
White House ‘surprised’ to learn Netanyahu turned down meeting  —  2015: Obama meets with his least favorite ally  —  Washington (CNN)The White House said Monday it was “surprised” to learn through press reports that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had declined an invitation …
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
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:   Top Tech Giants, GOP Elites, McConnell, Paul Ryan Hold Secret Meeting on How to Stop Trump
Craig Torres / Bloomberg Business:
Fed Governor Donates to Clinton Even as Bank Guards Independence  —  $750 in donations from November to January was within rules  —  Issue of Fed governor giving to a candidate is ‘one of optics’  —  At a time when Federal Reserve officials are making the case that monetary policy needs …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton to attend Nancy Reagan's funeral Friday … First lady Michelle Obama and Democratic presidential hopeful and former first lady Hillary Clinton will attend Nancy Reagan's funeral in California on Friday, a sign of the enduring power of President Ronald Reagan's legacy 27 years after he left office.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Harrison Hove / WCMH-TV:
Planned Parenthood building vandalized in Columbus
Los Angeles Times:
Super PAC consultant who spent $100 million on Jeb Bush is unapologetic
Ariel Edwards-Levy / The Huffington Post:
Republican Voters Aren't Too Happy With Their Party Right Now
 Earlier Items: 
Clifford Ward / Chicago Tribune:
Schaumburg woman ‘stopped for driving with a large tree embedded in the front grille’
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Fox 59 and Mashable
Karoli Kuns / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Samantha Bee Eulogizes The GOP
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Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Trump cracks down on protesters