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11:40 AM 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!
Discussion: NBC News
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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
New York Times:   What We're Watching as 4 States Vote and Both Parties Court Michigan
ABC News:
The Note: Primary Primer
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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Adam Howard / MSNBC:
‘Ghetto’ gaffe highlights Bernie Sanders campaign's struggle with race  —  While discussing his own racial “blind spots” during Sunday night's Democratic presidential debate in Flint, Michigan, Sen. Bernie Sanders offered that white people “don't know what it's like to be living in a ghetto.
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
The Real Difference Between Hillary and Bernie
Caitlin Dickson / Yahoo Politics:
Clinton, Sanders go down to the wire in Michigan
Discussion: CBS News and Politico
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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.
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Trump: Contested convention would be ‘pretty unfair’
Discussion: Washington Post
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:   Top Tech Giants, GOP Elites, McConnell, Paul Ryan Hold Secret Meeting on How to Stop Trump
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Graham: We should have kicked Trump out of the party
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
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Katie Glueck / Politico:
Cruz forces Rubio to defend turf
John Fund / National Review:
At Current Rate, Trump Might Not Get to 1,237 Delegates
Discussion: Washington Post and NBC News
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 Says He Won't Run for President
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.
Discussion: addictinginfo.org
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Peter Montgomery / Right Wing Watch:
Federalist Society VP Says Senate Could Ignore SCOTUS Nominees Indefinitely
Discussion: liberalamerica.org
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.
Discussion: Washington Post and Yahoo Politics
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
New anti-Trump ad highlights his bad BLEEP language
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.
Karoli Kuns / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Samantha Bee Eulogizes The GOP  —  Samantha Bee was brutal in her eulogy for the now-dead Grand Old Party tonight, noting that they just now “realized Trump is doing to GOP what his @sshole son does to real elephants.”  —  And she did not spare Mitt Romney, either, reminding …
Discussion: Raw Story and addictinginfo.org
Los Angeles Times:
Super PAC consultant who spent $100 million on Jeb Bush is unapologetic  —  Supporters of Jeb Bush in Spartanburg, S.C., on Feb. 19.  Mike Murphy, the man behind Bush's super PAC, says he is still “proud of him.”  —  No one can argue that Mike Murphy didn't try.
 
 
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Associated Press:
MEXICAN PRESIDENT: TRUMP LANGUAGE LIKE THAT OF HITLER
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Noah Feldman / BloombergView.com:
Law Schools Should Have to Be Really Honest
Ariel Edwards-Levy / The Huffington Post:
Republican Voters Aren't Too Happy With Their Party Right Now
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
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