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4:25 PM ET, March 8, 2016


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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?
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!
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 …
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
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.
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Rubio campaign accuses Cruz of ‘dirty tricks’ in Hawaii  —  Marco Rubio and his campaign are accusing Ted Cruz's campaign of spreading rumors that the Florida senator is dropping out of the race, after an email bearing Cruz's likeness was sent to supporters in Hawaii this morning.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Rubio On CNN Story: “They Just Made It Up”  —  In the interview he tore into a CNN report that some advisers are saying he should drop out before Florida — and gave a very wide ranging look at the race.  —  Joe Raedle / Getty Images  —
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Alex Swoyer / Breitbart:
Poll: Mitt Romney Helped Donald Trump, More Voters Now More Likely to Support the Billionaire
Discussion: Western Journalism
Fox News:
Romney sends out anti-Trump robo-calls for Rubio, Kasich
Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
Dem Senate Takeover Probable, If Cruz or Trump Nominee
Discussion: Politicus USA
CBS News:
Donald Trump falsely claims he “employs many people” at Honolulu hotel
Peter Moore / YouGov US Opinion Center News:
Most Americans agree Trump is a ‘fraud’ and a ‘phony’
Discussion: Slantpoint
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Cruz knocks Trump for treating his supporters ‘like subjects of a king’
Discussion: Political Wire
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Israel's Netanyahu declines offer to meet with Obama: White House
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.
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 …
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.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Why Donald Trump scrapped this morning's live TV hits  —  Donald Trump was scheduled to go on a satellite TV tour Tuesday morning, but it was scrapped at the last minute.  He called into several morning TV shows by phone instead.  —  So what happened?  He says there were technical glitches.
Discussion: The Week and Mediaite
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Poll: Voters Support State-Driven Welfare Reform
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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
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Biden: Reagan couldn't win in 2016
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton to attend Nancy Reagan's funeral Friday
Christian Datoc / The Daily Caller:
Michigan Mayor: DNC Tried To Kick Me Out Of Dem Debate For Cheering On Bernie
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Weasel Zippers
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
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Trump: Contested convention would be ‘pretty unfair’
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Post
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