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1:35 AM ET, March 8, 2016


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Michael R. Bloomberg /
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.
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 …
New York Times:
Maps Show Where Bloomberg Aides Thought He Would Be Competitive
Discussion: Business Insider
Henry Goldman / Bloomberg Business:
Michael Bloomberg Says He Won't Run for President in 2016
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 …
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Graham: We should have kicked Trump out of the party  —  Republicans should have expelled Donald Trump from the Republican Party, Lindsey Graham said Monday.  —  The former presidential candidate told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that the New York billionaire's rhetoric toward immigrants has exacerbated …
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
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 /
Trump Is Too Poor for a Third-Party Run
Josh Barro / Business Insider:
The Republican ‘establishment’ made Donald Trump's nomination possible
John Fund / National Review:
At Current Rate, Trump Might Not Get to 1,237 Delegates
Discussion: Washington Post, NBC News and RedState
Theodore Schleifer / CNN:
Judge dismisses attempt to kick Ted Cruz off New York ballot
Discussion: RedState and The Right Scoop
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
Poll: 61% of Israeli Jews Say Donald Trump Good for Israel
Nate Cohn / New York Times:   With Cruz Up, Rubio Down, Where Does That Leave Donald Trump?
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 Meet at Secret Meeting on How to Stop Trump  —  The political and tech elites have joined together to thwart the will of the people.  —  Top tech giants from Apple, Google, Napster and Facebook along with GOP elites including Karl Rove …
Washington Post:
How Donald Trump is ruining Paul Ryan's speakership
Discussion: Slantpoint and Daily Kos
Caitlin Dickson / Yahoo Politics:
Clinton, Sanders go down to the wire in Michigan  —  Appearing for the first time in two years on a Fox News broadcast, Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton joined challenger Bernie Sanders Monday evening in a town hall forum at Detroit's Gem Theatre.  The hour-long event …
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 …
Margaret Hartmann / New York Magazine:
Sanders Tells Clinton: 'Excuse Me, I'm Talking' in Arguably Sexist Debate Exchange
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.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Probe into Secret Service-photographer altercation at Trump rally  —  The Department of Homeland Security's inspector general is investigating an incident last week in which a Secret Service agent apparently body-slammed a Time magazine photographer during a Donald Trump campaign rally in southwest Virginia …
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.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
New anti-Trump ad highlights his bad BLEEP language
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.
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
Patrick Marley / JSOnline:
Rebecca Bradley in 1992: ‘Queers’ with AIDS, addicts merit no sympathy
Discussion: Associated Press and Towleroad
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 …
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 …
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
U.S. Strikes Kill 150 Shabab Fighters in Somalia, Officials Say
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
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Paul Watson / Infowars:
Video: Americans Don't Know Who Washington D.C. Was Named After
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Clinton Says FBI Hasn't Told Her She's A Target Of The Email Investigation
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ted Cruz / Wall Street Journal:
The Scalia Seat: Let the People Speak
Mzielinska / CBS New York:
De Blasio Signs Bill Allowing Use Of Bathrooms, Locker Rooms Based On Gender Identity
Kyle Olson / The American Mirror:
MOOK SPOOKED: Trump just won 2, we lost 3 of 4
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
State Dept. Warns Employees: ‘Microaggressions’ May Count As Harassment
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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
IAEA: Iran Nuke Deal Limits Public Reporting on Possible Violations
Matt Krantz / USA Today:
27 giant profitable companies paid no taxes
Discussion: U.S. Uncut and Infowars
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 …