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12:45 PM ET, March 14, 2016

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Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Michelle Fields, Ben Shapiro Resign From Breitbart  —  Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields and editor-at-large Ben Shapiro are resigning from the company over the site's handling of Donald Trump's campaign manager's alleged assault on Fields, BuzzFeed News has learned.
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Benny Johnson / Independent Journal Review:
Leaked Internal Messages Show ‘Ashamed’ Writers At Breitbart Revolting Against Weak Leadership  —  Michelle Fields is gone.  Ben Shapiro is gone.  Breitbart is in turmoil.  And it's all because of Donald Trump.  —  At 12 AM Monday morning, Michelle Fields, the Breitbart reporter …
William Bigelow / Breitbart:
Ben Shapiro Betrays Loyal Breitbart Readers in Pursuit of Fox News Contributorship  —  LOS ANGELES — Former Breitbart News editor-at-large Ben Shapiro announced Sunday evening via left-wing Buzzfeed that he is abandoning Andrew Breitbart's lifelong best friend, widow, hand-picked management team …
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Breitbart piece mocking editor who resigned was written under father's pseudonym  —  Early Monday morning Breitbart posted, and then deleted, a piece mocking Ben Shapiro, the site's editor-at-large who resigned on Sunday evening.  —  “Former Breitbart News editor-at-large Ben Shapiro announced …
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Rubio: My campaign would be over if my manager grabbed a reporter
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgressPage Array:
The War Against Obama's Potential Supreme Court Nominees Takes An Ugly, Offensive Turn  —  We do not yet know who President Obama will name to succeed the late Justice Antonin Scalia.  We do know, however, that anyone the president names will be subjected to a brutal campaign to discredit them in the eyes of the public.
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Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
RNC launches campaign to oppose Obama's Supreme Court pick
Discussion: ABC News, Washington Times and The Week
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   Left frets about possible Obama pick for high court
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
White House preps Supreme Court battle plan
Discussion: BuzzFeed, New York Times and The Week
The Intercept:
The Rise of Trump Shows the Danger and Sham of Compelled Journalistic “Neutrality”  —  As Donald Trump's campaign predictably moves from toxic rhetoric targeting the most marginalized minorities to threats and use of violence, there is a growing sense that American institutions have been too lax about resisting it.
Discussion: Featured stories
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David Folkenflik / NPR:
NPR Clarifies Cokie Roberts' Role After Anti-Trump Column  —  NPR is acting to clarify the role of long-time analyst and commentator Cokie Roberts after she co-wrote a syndicated newspaper column calling for “the rational wing” of the Republican Party to stop Donald Trump's march toward its presidential nomination.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and NPR.org
Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
What's Wrong With Hillary?  —  When Hillary Clinton began her second run for the White House, it must have seemed that the road ahead would rise up to meet her.  This time, there would be no political phenomenon in her way—no younger, more charismatic figure who would strip Clinton of the mantle of “change.”
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MaryAlice Parks / ABC News:
Hillary Clinton Once Cited NY Banks as ‘Biggest Winners’ in Wall Street Bailout
Robert Tait / Telegraph:
The KKK leader who says he backs Hillary Clinton
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Politico:
Trump dumps Illinois campaign director  —  CHICAGO — Donald Trump's Illinois campaign director has been sidelined after the national campaign grew furious over what sources described as a lack of organization in the state in the run-up to Tuesday's primary.
Discussion: RedState and Associated Press
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Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:
Cruz: I'd Support Trump As GOP Nominee As Long As He Doesn't Shoot Anyone (VIDEO)  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said Monday that he would “honor his word” to support Donald Trump if he were eventual Republican president nominee—as long as Trump doesn't shoot anyone.
Hallie Jackson / NBC News:
Mitt Romney to Campaign with John Kasich in Ohio
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
A Message to Those Protesting at Trump Rallies  —  Don't become part of the show.  —  Having watched almost every second of the appalling events of the weekend just passed, I have a modest suggestion for all the groups working in rough alliance to keep the Republic out of the hands of a vulgar talking yam.
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Eun Kyung Kim / TODAY.com:
Ben Carson: There's a ‘real possibility’ Trump rally violence will escalate
Discussion: Politico, Washington Times and NBC News
Sasha Issenberg / Bloomberg Politics:
How to Steal a Nomination From Donald Trump  —  Donald Trump has spent much of his campaign selling himself as a maker of great deals.  But in the next phase of the campaign, the author of The Art of the Deal may be confronted with the ultimate dealmaking challenge, gaming the rulebook …
Greg Toppo / USA Today:
D.C.-area officer shot, killed; 2 suspects held in ‘unprovoked attack’  —  Police in suburban Washington, D.C., have taken two suspects into custody after an officer was shot dead outside a district station on Sunday.  —  Officials in Prince George's County, Md., tweeted late Sunday …
Discussion: The Right Scoop
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Lucas Combos / Q13 FOX News:
Hatchet-swinging attacker shot and killed by customer at 7-11 … WHITE CENTER, Wash. — A customer with a concealed carry permit shot and killed a masked man wielding a hatchet inside a convenience store Sunday morning, according to investigators.  —  The King County Sheriff's Office …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, WGN-TV, KTLA and Fox 59
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
VIDEO UNEARTHED=> Pastor Calls for Execution of Gays - Then Introduces Ted Cruz at Conference  —  In November Senator Ted Cruz appeared at the National Religious Liberties Conference in Iowa, where he courted the support of the conference's organizer, Colorado-based pastor and radio host Kevin Swanson.
Matt Stevens / Los Angeles Times:
Beverly Hills' crackdown on water wasters is having the desired effect  —  Developer Geoff Palmer's household used more than 12,000 gallons of water a day during a two-month period.  Facing a penalty, Palmer appealed in January.  —  Officials in Beverly Hills say they tried it all …
Oliver Morrison / Wichita Eagle:
Muslim student at Wichita State reports attack by man shouting ‘Trump, Trump, Trump’  —  Man called 911 after friend was punched Attacker also used racial epithets, student said Trump campaign has been dogged by violence at rallies in recent weeks  —  A Muslim student at Wichita State University …
Alice Ollstein / ThinkProgressPage Array:
More Than 1.5 Million Florida Voters Will Be Missing From Tuesday's Primary  —  MIAMI, FLORIDA — Sheena Meade is campaigning to be the youngest African-American woman to ever represent Central Florida in the state legislature, and her husband Desmond Meade couldn't be prouder.
Discussion: Mother Jones
Jon Favreau / The Daily Beast:
How the Republican Party Became a Failed State  —  The GOP let its extremist insurgency in through the front door.  —  I'm a Democrat who believes that we need a healthy Republican Party—a party that's strong in the places ours is weak.  —  Democrats need Republicans to point …
TIME.com:
Videos TIME Shop  —  The first African American president and the first black principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater have much more in common than their success.  Both have risen to the pinnacle of institutions that have historically been led by whites.
Discussion: Yahoo Politics
Dick Uliano / WTOP:
Local Trump supporter says she's facing harassment, vandalism  —  “I can't even tell you how hard it is to deal with something like this.  I feel like I'm very violated, at this point, and very threatened,” the 70-year-old Gainesville, Virginia resident says.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Isaac Arnsdorf / Politico:
Trump's Week of Errors, Exaggerations and Flat-out Falsehoods  —  Donald Trump says he is a truthful man.  “Maybe truthful to a fault,” he boasted last week at a North Carolina rally where one of his supporters sucker punched a protester.  —  But truthful he is not.
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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Oregonian:
Bomb-sniffing dog discovers 2 Hellfire missiles bound for Portland
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Tim Reid / Reuters:
Inside Kasich's long-shot strategy to beat Trump to the GOP nomination
Discussion: Washington Post
Richard L. Hasen / The Atlantic:
The Hard Power of ‘Soft’ Voter-ID Laws
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Bernie Sanders Scored Victories for Years via Legislative Side Doors
William Lee / Chicago Tribune:
Northwestern University students charged with hate crime, vandalism to chapel
Discussion: Chicagoist and Raw Story
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Trump Still Leads NC; Bond Likely To Pass
Discussion: Political Wire and The Last Refuge
 Earlier Items: 
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Top Democrats turn to Perez as sleeper VP
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
The End of Marco-mentum  —  The last time I saw Marco Rubio in person …
Discussion: The Week
Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg Business:
Clinton Won't Meet Embattled Mayor Emanuel in Chicago Visit
Discussion: Washington Post
Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
North Korea claims it could wipe out Manhattan with a hydrogen bomb
The Hill:
Hillary Clinton takes new tack to boost her image
Aaron Short / New York Post:
Ex-senators plotting political comebacks after years in clink
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Who Attacked Donald Trump?
Discussion: BizPac Review and Heavy.com