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9:40 AM ET, March 10, 2016


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Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Scarborough: GOP performs on a ‘fifth-grade level’  —  The Republican Party has “shattered its brand,” Joe Scarborough said Thursday.  —  A day after Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders respectfully contrasted their records and policy differences …
Discussion: Political Wire
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Inside Rubio's collapse: A fateful decision that helped unravel his campaign … MIAMI — Marco Rubio had suffered three electoral thumpings in a row when the Florida senator and his image-makers abruptly shifted strategy.  The aspirational candidate, whose presidential campaign was built …
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Trump dominates GOP race in Florida  —  Less than a week until the first winner-take-all Republican primaries, Donald Trump is trouncing Marco Rubio on his home turf, according to a new Fox News poll.  —  In the race for the Republican nomination, Trump receives 43 percent among Florida likely GOP primary voters.
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Kasich ahead in Ohio  —  Ohio Governor John Kasich bests Donald Trump among Buckeye Republicans by a 34 to 29 percent margin.  Ted Cruz is third with 19 percent.  Marco Rubio trails with just 7 percent.  —  That's according to a new Fox News poll of Ohio likely Republican primary voters.
Bloomberg Business:
Clinton Rebuffs Questions About E-Mails in Debate With Sanders  —  The Vermont senator looks to build on an impressive victory in the Midwest.  —  jeneps  —  aritbenie  —  Hillary Clinton dismissed any possibility she would be indicted over her use of a private e-mail system while secretary of state …
Discussion: The Week, Politico and Yahoo Politics
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
Here's The Math On Why Obsessing Over The Florida GOP Primary Makes No Sense  —  This is the kind of concrete prediction that comes back to haunt pundits, but I'm going to make it anyway (and if I'm wrong, nobody will be happier about it than me): Donald Trump is going to win Florida …
Discussion: MyDD
Tim Higgins / Bloomberg Business:
Anti-Trump Cash Floods Florida, Illinois Airwaves  —  Super-PACs and campaigns trying to keep the billionaire front-runner from winning the next midwestern primaries are dumping millions of dollars into negative ads against him.  —  timkhiggins  —  The fight for the Republican nomination …
Discussion: Florida Politics
Nick Gass / Politico:
Rubio shoots down ‘House of Cards’ unity ticket with Cruz
Discussion: New York Magazine and Hullabaloo
Associated Press:
Anti-Trump Republicans Come to Terms With Cruz Nomination
Discussion: Yahoo Politics and ABC News
Associated Press:
Viewer's Guide: ‘Softer’ GOP Debate? So Says Trump, Maybe
Discussion: ABC News
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Breitbart Rolls Over After Reporter ‘Grabbed’ By Trump Aide  —  Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump and his outsider juggernaut seem to be doing much more than reinventing the rules of politics and terrifying the Washington establishment.  —  The reality television billionaire might …
Michelle Fields / Breitbart:
In Her Own Words  —  On Tuesday night, I went to cover Donald Trump's press conference at the Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida.  I was looking to cover the event like I have covered many live political events for Breitbart News, including an uneventful Trump press conference in Palm Beach the week before.
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic:
The Obama Doctrine  —  Friday, August 30, 2013, the day the feckless Barack Obama brought to a premature end America's reign as the world's sole indispensable superpower—or, alternatively, the day the sagacious Barack Obama peered into the Middle Eastern abyss and stepped back from the consuming void …
Discussion: Politico, NBC News and The Week
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Senate GOP polling shows upside to SCOTUS blockade  —  Senate GOP leaders are making the case to their members this week that their decision to ignore President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee is not just a principled stance, but a politically beneficial one, too.
Jon Street /
AG Lynch Testifies: Justice Dept. Has ‘Discussed’ Civil Legal Action Against Climate Change Deniers
First on CNN: Top name withdraws from Supreme Court consideration
Theodore Schleifer / CNN:
Donald Trump: ‘I think Islam hates us’  —  Washington (CNN)Donald Trump said Wednesday that he thinks “Islam hates us,” drawing little distinction between the religion and radical Islamic terrorism.  —  “I think Islam hates us,” Trump told CNN's Anderson Cooper, deploring the “tremendous hatred” …
Donald Trump: 'It's over' if I win Ohio and Florida
Joe Holden / WPXI-TV:
BREAKING: 5 dead, 3 hurt in Wilkinsburg mass shooting  —  WILKINSBURG, Pa. —  Five people are dead and three people are hurt after a mass shooting in Wilkinsburg Wednesday night, Allegheny County police said.  —  Emergency dispatchers confirmed that police and seven ambulances were called to Franklin Avenue just before 11 p.m.
Veronica Rocha / Los Angeles Times:
‘Hot Felon’ Jeremy Meeks released from federal prison and gets job offers  —  Jeremy Meeks, right, known as the “hot felon,” was released from prison Tuesday.  —  A convicted felon whose handsome booking photo went viral was released from federal prison this week, and he is now entertaining job offers.
Discussion: Fox 59 and New York's PIX11
Stuart Ramsay / Sky News:
IS Registration Forms Identify 22,000 Jihadis  —  Tens of thousands of documents, containing 22,000 names, addresses, telephone numbers and family contacts of Islamic State jihadis, have been obtained by Sky News.  —  Nationals from at least 51 countries, including the UK …
New York Times:
In the Democratic Debate, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders Clash on Immigration  —  Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders clashed vividly over immigration reform, health care and Cuba during a contentious debate Wednesday as the two Democrats appealed to Hispanic voters and tried to outdo each other in assailing Donald J. Trump.
Nick Gass / Politico:
Clinton: I won't deport children or non-criminals
Discussion: The Hill and Yahoo Politics
Kathy Ehrich Dowd /
Dustin Hoffman Breaks Down on Finding Your Roots After Learning Painful Family History: ‘They All Survived for Me to Be Here’  —  As a boy, Dustin Hoffman's father hid his painful family history from his son.  —  But now, thanks to Finding Your Roots, the Oscar-winning actor at long …
Sarah Lyall / New York Times:
How Do You Talk to Your Children About Donald Trump?  Thoughtfully  —  It was mortifying enough when last week's Republican debate introduced the question of whether it was appropriate for one presidential candidate to accuse another of wetting his pants.  But the final straw for Gary Goyette …
Alison Smale / New York Times:
Germany's Embrace of Migrants Spawns Rise of Far-Right Leader  —  MANNHEIM, Germany — In the current tussle for the future of Germany, Frauke Petry is what you might call the anti-Angela Merkel.  —  Where Ms. Merkel, the chancellor, has welcomed refugees, Ms. Petry, a rising far-right leader …
Discussion: Vox Popoli and American Power
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
With Bernie's Michigan Win, It's a Different Democratic Race Now  —  Sanders walloped Clinton in Michigan among independents and voters under 40, winning his first important state.  What does it portend?  —  OK, Sanders people, want me to eat crow?  Trust me, I already have.
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
Trump pivots to general election, in his own unorthodox way  —  MIAMI (AP) — In his own unorthodox way, Donald Trump is unmistakably evolving into a general election candidate.  —  The over-the-top billionaire is talking about flexibility in his hardline immigration policies.
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Camille Paglia / Salon:
I was wrong about Donald Trump: Camille Paglia on the GOP front-runner's refreshing candor (and his impetuousness, too)
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Rebecca Kheel / The Hill:
Ex-ambassador: No-fly zone in Syria would test Russia
Luiza Ch. Savage / Politico:
5 things you may not know about Justin Trudeau
Discussion: ABC News
Ricardo Torres /
‘Pawn Stars’ celeb Chumlee arrested during raid, faces drug charges
Discussion: Deadline and Just Jared
German Lopez / Vox:
You rarely see people like this on national media. It's why Univision's debate is crucial.
Discussion: Raw Story and US News
Bloomberg Business:
Trump Seeks to Install Christie Ally as Top Republican Party Fundraiser
Discussion: Washington Post
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Katherine Krueger / Talking Points Memo:
Rubio Is Speaking To A Nearly Empty Florida Stadium
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