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5:15 PM ET, March 8, 2016


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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 …
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?
Peter Moore / YouGov US Opinion Center News:
Most Americans agree Trump is a ‘fraud’ and a ‘phony’  —  Just over half of Americans agree with Mitt Romney that Trump is a ‘fraud’ and a ‘phony’, but Republicans disagree … As the Trump campaign maintained its strong momentum Republican heavyhitters Mitt Romney and John McCain blasted the frontrunner in unusually blunt language.
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!
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.
Chicago Tribune:
Trump leads splintered Republican primary field in Illinois
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Rubio On CNN Story: “They Just Made It Up”
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
CBS News:
Donald Trump falsely claims he “employs many people” at Honolulu hotel
Alex Swoyer / Breitbart:
Poll: Mitt Romney Helped Donald Trump, More Voters Now More Likely to Support the Billionaire
Discussion: Western Journalism
Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
Dem Senate Takeover Probable, If Cruz or Trump Nominee
Discussion: Politicus USA
Fox News:
Romney sends out anti-Trump robo-calls for Rubio, Kasich
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 …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Why Donald Trump scrapped this morning's live TV hits
Discussion: The Week and Mediaite
Jon / Common Dreams:
Washington Post Ran 16 Negative Stories on Bernie Sanders in 16 Hours  —  In what has to be some kind of record, the Washington Post ran 16 negative stories on Bernie Sanders in 16 hours, between roughly 10:20 PM EST Sunday, March 6, to 3:54 PM EST Monday, March 7—a window that includes …
Ron Fournier / The Atlantic:
Why Michigan Voters Are Hungry for Change
Discussion: MSNBC, theGrio and NBC News
Raoul Wootliff / The Times of Israel:
Stabbing victim pulls knife out of own neck, kills terrorist  —  Israeli man hospitalized in moderate condition after Petah Tikva attack  —  An Israeli man who was stabbed multiple times Tuesday afternoon in a terror attack in Petah Tikva managed to remove the knife fromn his neck and use …
Thomas Frank / Guardian:
Millions of ordinary Americans support Donald Trump.  Here's why  —  When he isn't spewing insults, the Republican frontrunner is hammering home a powerful message about free trade and its victims  —  et us now address the greatest American mystery at the moment: what motivates the supporters …
Discussion: Shakesville
Video: Car nearly crashes into KTVU reporter, everyone ok  —  ALAMEDA COUNTY (KTVU) - As KTVU reporter Alex Savidge was covering the train derailment in Alameda County on Tuesday morning, a car crashed and careened toward him and his photographer.  —  Alex was live on Mornings on 2 at that moment.
Aaron Elstein / Crain's New York Business:
How did Trump qualify for a middle-class tax break?  —  The GOP front-runner received a tax break available only to couples deemed by the state to have made $500,000 or less  —  One of the enduring mysteries of Donald Trump is just how much wealth he has.  Forbes pegs his net worth at $4.5 billion …
Discussion: RedState and Politicus USA
Les Zaitz / Oregonian:
Bullet hole on LaVoy Finicum's truck traced to elite FBI team  —  BEND - Something didn't seem right about the bullet hole in the top of Robert “LaVoy” Finicum's white Dodge pickup.  —  Investigators from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office could account for bullet holes in the left front hood …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Bush family member endorses Cruz  —  Ted Cruz on Tuesday nabbed an unlikely endorsement: the backing of a Bush.  —  Neil Bush, a brother of George W. Bush and Jeb Bush, was listed (along with his wife) as one of 13 new additions to Cruz's national finance team.
Stephen Dethrage / Tuscaloosa News:
Saban backs suicide prevention bill  —  Thanks in no small part to Alabama football coach Nick Saban, a bill was introduced in a state Senate committee Tuesday that, if passed, will make suicide awareness and prevention training mandatory for all certified public school personnel.
Discussion: Associated Press
Ian Tuttle / National Review:
Add Another Yuuge Failure to Trump's Pile: The Trump Network  —  In 2009, lots of people were feeling vulnerable.  The housing bubble had burst, taking with it millions of jobs.  Pensions had vanished.  Stocks were slumping.  For a shrewd businessman, it was the perfect time for a get-rich-quick scheme.
Discussion: Mother Jones
Tom Wheeler /
Federal Communications Commission  —  Welcome to the new Help us improve by providing feedback & reporting bugs.  — Consumer - Enforcement - International - Media - Public Safety - Wireless - Wireline - Offices  —  Broadband: A Lifeline for the 21st Century  —  Commissioner
Christian Datoc / The Daily Caller:
Michigan Mayor: DNC Tried To Kick Me Out Of Dem Debate For Cheering On Bernie  —  Jim Fouts, mayor of Warren, Mich., claims that the DNC threatened to remove him from Sunday's Democratic debate in Flint because he was cheering for Sen. Bernie Sounders.  —  “There is a great contrast between …
EXCLUSIVE - Paula Jones: The Truth About Bill's Women Would ‘Destroy’ Hillary's Political Career  —  The “truth” about Bill Clinton's affairs and alleged affairs would “destroy” Hillary Clinton's political career, declares Paula Jones, the former Arkansas state employee who sued President Clinton for sexual harassment.
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Airline Industry Veteran Gordon Bethune Leads Stockholder-Nominated Slate for Election …
Kristina Ribali / The Foundation …:
Poll: Voters Support State-Driven Welfare Reform
Discussion: RedState and The Hayride
Mary Chastain / Breitbart:
Report: Islamic State Forces Children to Play Soccer with Victims' Heads
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Iran Threatens to Walk Away From Nuke Deal After New Missile Test
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Weasel Zippers
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Trump's flirtation with fascism
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Rami Amichay / Reuters:
Palestinian stabs 10 people, killing one, on Tel Aviv boardwalk
Katie Zavadski / The Daily Beast:
Dad Advertises His ‘Virgin’ Daughter for Marriage in Christian Magazine
Discussion: Raw Story and
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Bakers Who Refused to Make Gay Wedding Cake Reveal Their Most Disturbing Phone Call …
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Eliza Collins / Politico:
Biden: Reagan couldn't win in 2016
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton to attend Nancy Reagan's funeral Friday
Craig Torres / Bloomberg Business:
Fed Governor Donates to Clinton Even as Bank Guards Independence
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Conservative lawyer says Scalia might never be replaced: 'There's nothing magical' about nine justices
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