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6:00 PM ET, March 15, 2016

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Shane Goldmacher / Politico:
Top conservatives gather to plot third-party run against Trump  —  Three influential leaders in the conservative movement have summoned other top conservatives for a closed-door meeting this Thursday in Washington D.C. to talk about how to stop Donald Trump and, should he become the Republican nominee …
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New York Times:
Measuring Donald Trump's Mammoth Advantage in Free Media  —  Of all the ways Donald Trump has shocked the political system, one of the most significant is how he wins primary after primary with one of the smallest campaign budgets.  —  He still doesn't have a super PAC.
Sabrina Siddiqui / Guardian:
Rubio: Trump is ‘an embarrassment’ and Republicans will pay big in November  —  Speaking with the Guardian, the Florida senator - whose fate is sealed if he fails to win his home state Tuesday - said the billionaire is cultivating a party of fear  —  The Republican party will be consigned …
Discussion: Common Dreams and Mediaite
BuzzFeed:
Primary Updates: Rubio Vows To Press On If He Loses Florida  —  If the presidential race were an action movie, we'd be in the montage phase.  Catch up quickly here:  — Five big states — Florida, Ohio, Illinois, North Carolina, and Missouri — are voting in primaries today …
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Nick Gass / Politico:   Rubio vows to stay in even if he loses Florida
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Clinton: 'We didn't lose a single person' in Libya  —  Hillary Clinton on Monday defended the intervention in Libya that she championed as secretary of state, telling MSNBC's Chris Matthews that the United States “didn't lose a single person.”  —  “Libya was a different kind of calculation.
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Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
Caught on a hot mic, Clinton speculates about Chris Christie's support for Trump  —  What's at stake in the Ohio GOP primary? … Catch up on the 2016 race  —  CHARLOTTE— It isn't often that Hillary Clinton lets her guard down about what she really thinks about the Republican presidential race.
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
Gaffe Track: Clinton's Benghazi Amnesia
Discussion: Western Journalism and Fox News
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Trump campaign manager's behavior prompted staff concerns  —  Donald Trump's staff and advisers have expressed concerns about campaign manager Corey Lewandowski's quick temper and heavy-handed leadership, and some even planned a coup against him last month, sources involved in the discussions told POLITICO.
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Hadas Gold / Politico:
Breitbart sends ‘cease and desist’ letters to former staffers  —  Breitbart is getting litigious.  —  The company sent out cease and desist letters to some of the employees who left the company in the past week, multiple sources with knowledge of the letters told POLITICO.
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Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Donald Trump's taste for well-done steaks is disqualifying
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Can Bernie Sanders Pull Off An Upset In Ohio?  —  Bernie Sanders's win in Michigan last week was a massive upset relative to the pre-election polls of the state's voters, which had shown Hillary Clinton ahead by an average of 21 percentage points.  In fact, Sanders may have pulled off …
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Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Donald Trump is making conservatives turn on the white working class  —  One of the great conceits of conservative punditry over the past 15 years has been the notion that American politics is dominated by affluent liberal snobs who disdain white working-class America and its communities.
Discussion: Boing Boing
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John Harwood / New York Times:
A Situation in Which Donald Trump Wins the White House
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Katherine Krueger / Talking Points Memo:
Carson: I Didn't Really Want To Endorse Trump, But He Offered Me A Position (VIDEO)  —  Former GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson said while he wished there was a “path” for him to endorse another candidate, he's anticipating a role in Republican Donald Trump's possible administration.
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Josh Israel / ThinkProgressPage Array:
Ben Carson: I Didn't Want To Endorse Trump, But He Promised Me A Position
Discussion: addictinginfo.org
Jennifer Hansler / ABC News:
House of Representatives Bill Would Recognize Magic as ‘National Treasure’  —  A bill to recognize magic as a “rare and valuable art form and national treasure” was introduced into the House of Representatives Tuesday.  —  The bill claims that magic “has not been properly recognized …
Discussion: Mediaite
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Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Pete Sessions pushes to get magic recognized as national treasure
Patrick Howell O'Neill / The Daily Dot:
Donald Trump's volunteer contract forbids all criticism of Trump for life  —  Donald Trump's campaign requires volunteers to sign a contract that forbids them from criticizing the Republican presidential front-runner, his family members, any Trump businesses or products, or his campaign.
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Jerry Springer: Republicans should pay me for copying my show  —  Jerry Springer says that he should be paid for the way the Republican debates mimic his shows.  —  Springer, who appeared on MSNBC's Steve Kornacki's show on Tuesday, was asked about the comparison between the 2016 race and his often racy and violent tabloid talk show.
Discussion: Political Wire
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MilitaryTimes:
Military Times survey: Troops back Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders for president
Discussion: Politico and WHNT-TV
Shawnmcginnis / KTLA:
Palos Verdes Girl Paralyzed After Doing Backbend Refuses to Give Up Hope She'll Dance Again  —  Five-year-old Eden Hoelscher suffered a traumatic spinal injury while doing a backbend on the living room floor of her Palos Verdes home right before Christmas.  —  The injury left …
Discussion: WNEP-TV, New York's PIX11 and KFOR-TV
Jasmine Norwood / WTVR-TV:
Baby's body found wedged under driver's seat  —  RICHMOND, Va. — The mother of the Richmond infant found dead in a RV last fall was denied bond during a court hearing Tuesday.  —  Sabrina Malick, 29, was arrested and charged with second degree murder and felony child neglect in connection with her son Brendon Newton's death.
Discussion: New York's PIX11, WREG-TV and KTLA
Scott Feinberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Ang Lee, George Takei Among 25 Academy Members Protesting Oscars' Asian Jokes  —  “We found a lot of people who said, 'We're not going to accept this sort of joke anymore,' especially right after Cheryl Boone Isaacs gave that speech about diversity,” one of the signatories tells THR.
Guardian:
Do giant gas bubbles explain the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle?  —  Age: 52 years.  —  Appearance: Then all of a sudden ... disappearance!  —  Location: Between Miami, Puerto Rico and Bermuda (approx).  —  What is it?  Well, according to Vincent Gaddis, who first coined the phrase …
Discussion: WNEP-TV and Daily Mail
Deanna Boyd / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Video appears to show police officer pepper-spraying motorcyclists  —  Officer has been placed on administrative duties Bikers accuse officer of trying to cause wreck Police had received calls about cyclists driving recklessly  —  FORT WORTH  —  An officer has been pulled from patrol …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama denounces rise of ‘vulgar and divisive’ politics of Trump  —  President Obama on Tuesday decried the rise of “vicious” politics in comments aimed at Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump  —  Speaking at a St. Patrick's Day luncheon at the Capitol, the president warned that …
Discussion: RedState
Bloomberg Business:
Obama May Counter Trump on Immigrants With Supreme Court Pick  —  Indian-born Srinivasan could be first Asian-American justice  —  Obama may announce U.S. Supreme Court nomination this week  —  President Barack Obama's U.S. Supreme Court nomination may prove to be his sharpest repudiation yet …
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Priebus: Every GOP candidate will back nominee  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Tuesday said he expects every GOP presidential candidates to maintain his pledge to support the eventual nominee.  —  “I think that all of these candidates are true to their word …
 
 
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Daniel Horowitz / Conservative Review:
Trump Donated to Queen of Sanctuary Cities, Kamala Harris
Discussion: RedState and The Right Scoop
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
GOP sues for more Clinton docs
Olaf Ekberg / The American Mirror:
VIDEO: Hillary staffer struggles to fire up unenthusiastic fans
Charles Thompson / PennLive.com:
Suspended Pa. Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin resigns from bench in email scandal
Discussion: Philly.com
David Sherfinski / Washington Times:
John Kasich: There's ‘no way’ I would team up with Donald Trump
Discussion: The Week
Peter Stone / Guardian:
Koch donors divided over failure to stop Donald Trump
Heather Mac Donald / National Review:
Divisive Rhetoric? Trump Didn't Start This Fire
Discussion: Washington Post and Instapundit
Bill / The Hill:
Press: Who is to blame? Donald Trump
 Earlier Items: 
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
GOPer On SCOTUS Nom: 'I'll Consider' But ‘Decision Has Already Been Made’
Discussion: Daily Kos
Mark Hinson / Tallahassee Democrat:
Teacher, TV star Rod Durham dies
Discussion: WGN-TV, KFOR-TV and AOL
Robin Harding / CNBC:
Donald Trump's rise sparks alarm in Japan
Discussion: USA Today and The Daily Caller
Joe Tacopino / New York Post:
Tech mogul accused of keeping ex-stripper as sex slave for 13 years