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8:55 AM ET, March 11, 2016

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Holly Bailey / Yahoo Politics:
Civility makes a surprise appearance at GOP debate  —  MIAMI-After an all-out brawl of a debate last week in Michigan, which featured Donald Trump at one point defending the size of his genitalia, the Republican presidential hopefuls adopted an unusual tone in the opening minutes of their latest head-to-head in here: civility.
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Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Republican Debate Takeaways: The Gloves Come On, as Trump Labors at Policy  —  It was a restrained, PG-rated debate in a primary campaign drenched in vulgarity and rhetorical bile.  But in the last forum before the critical primaries in Florida and Ohio, the Republican presidential contenders …
Discussion: The Atlantic
CNN:
Transcript of Republican debate in Miami, full text  —  (CNN)JAKE TAPPER: Live from the Bank United Center on the campus of the University of Miami, this is the CNN Republican Presidential debate.  For our viewers in the United States and around the world, welcome to Miami Florida, I'm Jake Tapper.
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Insiders: Rubio wins debate too late to matter  —  Marco Rubio delivered a strong debate performance on Thursday night - but it probably won't save him in Florida next week against Donald Trump.  —  That's the verdict rendered by The POLITICO Caucus, a panel of activists …
Rick Klein / ABC News:
ANALYSIS: Donald Trump Tames His Ultimate Enemy — Himself  —  At what might be the final presidential primary debate of a rambunctious cycle, the front-runner decided to focus on the presidential part.  —  The tamest debate by far on the Republican side gave Donald Trump a chance to show he can be on his best behavior.
Discussion: Associated Press and Politico
Christina Animashaun / Politico:   Top talkers: Who's winning the mic at the GOP debate
Daniella Diaz / CNN:
Everything you need to know about CNN's GOP debate
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Five things to watch for at Republican debate in Miami
Discussion: Political Wire and Washington Post
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Exclusive: Audio and transcript of Breitbart reporter allegedly being roughed up by Trump campaign manager  —  Donald Trump's spokesperson flatly denied on Thursday that campaign manager Corey Lewandowski roughed up a reporter for the conservative website Breitbart, and suggested she was fabricating …
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Ben Terris / Washington Post:
Inside Trump's inner circle, his staffers are willing to fight for him.  Literally.  —  JUPITER, Fla. — The original Trump crew, the four who had been there from the start, stood at the fringe of the news conference, watching as their boss trash-talked his competitors …
Alex Griswold / Mediaite:
Breitbart Suspends Reporter Who Implied Co-Worker Lied About Being Attacked By Trump Staffer  —  Breitbart announced Thursday that Patrick Howley, the reporter who publicly doubted whether or not his colleague Michelle Fields was actually manhandled by Donald Trump's campaign manager, has been suspended.
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Ben Carson plans to endorse Trump  —  Woman asks about reuniting families … MIAMI — Conservative favorite Ben Carson, who recently suspended his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, plans to endorse Donald Trump on Friday morning, according to two people familiar with his thinking.
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Carson to endorse Trump for president  —  for president on Friday.  —  Carson, the retired neurosurgeon who ended his own presidential bid earlier this month, will join Trump at a press conference at the businessman's Mar-A-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., to make the announcement.
Katherine Krueger / Talking Points Memo:
Ex-Jeb Aide Burns Trump Supporter: 'You're Sitting In A Booster Chair!' (VIDEO)
Discussion: Raw Story
Edward Morrissey / The Fiscal Times:
Clinton Plays the Wrong Outrage Card and Sanders Makes Her Pay  —  This election cycle keeps demolishing expectations on both sides of the aisle.  In Tuesday's contests, Donald Trump defied analysts who predicted a decline in his support after the Republican field narrowed …
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Alan I. Abramowitz / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
A Simple Model for Predicting Hillary Clinton's Vote in the March 15 Democratic Primaries
Discussion: New York Times and Political Wire
Annie Karni / Politico:
Hillary Clinton's backseat driver
Discussion: Political Wire
Inside Edition:
Trump Supporter Who Punched Protester: ‘Next Time, We Might Have To Kill Him’  —  The Trump supporter who was filmed sucker punching a protester during Wednesday's rally in North Carolina said: “Next time, we might have to kill him.”  —  Multiple videos show the protester, 26-year-old Rakeem Jones …
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama Mocks Cruz: ‘Where Else Could a Boy Born in Calgary Run for President of the United States?’  —  Pool was escorted into the East Room at 8:32, where POTUS had already begun delivering his toast.  POTUS spoke for about 7 minutes[.]  —  The toast was filed with jokes.
Discussion: Infowars
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Lauren Fox / Talking Points Memo:
Obama Trolls Ted Cruz So Hard With Canadian Birth Joke
Discussion: addictinginfo.org
Chip Reid / CBS News:
Wounded Warrior Project execs fired  —  The two top executives of Wounded Warrior Project were fired Thursday by the board of directors.  —  Americans donate hundreds of millions of dollars each year to the charity, expecting their money will help some of the 52,000 wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Washington Post:
Ex-aide to Putin died of blunt force trauma at D.C. hotel, medical examiner says  —  A former aide to Russian President Vladi­mir Putin who was found dead in a Dupont Circle hotel room in November died of blunt force trauma to the head, the D.C. medical examiner's office said Thursday.
Discussion: The Week and Business Insider
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New York Times:
Mystery Deepens Over Death of Former Putin Ally Mikhail Lesin
Discussion: The Atlantic
Mike Ramsey / CBS Chicago:
Meet Some Of Chicago's Trump Democrats  —  (CBS) — With early voting closing in Chicago in just two days, monitors note a surprising trend: Donald Trump showing some traction among Democrats.  —  CBS 2's Derrick Blakley reports.  —  Just west of Midway Airport, in the bungalow belt dominated …
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
FLASHBACK: Reagan Trailed Carter 58% to 33% in March 1980
Discussion: Allen B. West
Scott Adams Blog:
Discussion: addictinginfo.org
Kaitlyn Schallhorn / TheBlaze.com:
Chuck Norris No Longer Will Campaign With Ted Cruz  —  Looks like Keep the Promise PAC can't keep its promise of a Chuck Norris appearance at a rally for Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz this weekend.  —  According to the pro-Cruz PAC, Norris, 75, was to attend a rally along with the GOP presidential hopeful …
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Lisa Hagen / The Hill:
Trump: I cannot believe how civil it's been … Donald Trump remarked about 30 minutes into a wonky GOP presidential debate on Thursday at how civil it was compared to the bruising slugfests of this cycle.  —  Trump's comment came in the first portion of the two-hour debate in Miami, just as it appeared he and Ted Cruz
Radley Balko / Washington Post:
Surprise!  NSA data will soon routinely be used for domestic policing that has nothing to do with terrorism  —  A while back, we noted a report showing that the “sneak-and-peek” provision of the Patriot Act that was alleged to be used only in national security and terrorism investigations …
 
 
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Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
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