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9:45 AM ET, March 15, 2016


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New York Times:
What We're Watching as 5 States Hold Crucial Primaries  —  Voters in Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio cast crucial ballots in the race for the presidency on Tuesday.  Here are some of the things we will be watching.  —  The end or the beginning?
Kathy Frankovic / YouGov US Opinion Center News:
Trump breaks 50% in national support for the first time  —  Showing little sign of a “ceiling”, Donald Trump has only grown in support with the exit of Ben Carson and Marco Rubio's collapse … In the last two weeks, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has won more delegates in primaries and caucuses …
Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump Wins in Northern Mariana Islands GOP Caucus  —  Trump is expected to collect all nine of the territory's delegates for the Republican National Convention  —  Donald Trump has won an overwhelming victory in the Republican presidential caucuses on the Northern Mariana Islands …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Harry Enten / FiveThirtyEight:
What's At Stake For Republicans In The March 15 Primaries
Discussion: Washington Post and Scared Monkeys
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Cruz campaign doubles down in Illinois, Missouri, Ohio and North Carolina
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Romney: Kasich has ‘the kind of record that you want in Washington’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Military Times survey: Troops back Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders for president  —  In an exclusive survey of American military personnel, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders emerged as active-duty service members' top choices to become the next commander in chief.
Discussion: WHNT-TV
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Top liberal leaders call for ‘massive’ anti-Trump campaign  —  CHICAGO — Leaders of more than 20 leading liberal groups supporting both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are set to release a scathing letter on Tuesday that serves as a progressive call to arms against Donald Trump …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Trump Is No Accident  —  Establishment Republicans who are horrified by the rise of Donald Trump might want to take a minute to remember the glitch heard round the world — the talking point Marco Rubio couldn't stop repeating in a crucial debate, exposing him to devastating ridicule and sending his campaign into a death spiral.
Discussion: Slantpoint and Mashable
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Pastor kicks off Trump rally by calling for Bernie Sanders to convert: 'Bernie's got to meet Jesus'
Discussion: Friendly Atheist
USA Today:
Poll shows that millennials would flock to Clinton against Trump
Discussion: Daily Kos and RedState
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.
Stephanie Mencimer / Mother Jones:
Washington's Worst Job: President Obama's Next Supreme Court Nominee  —  The president may make a nomination this week—if he can find anyone crazy enough for the job.  —  President Barack Obama is said to have narrowed to three candidates his list of potential Supreme Court nominees to fill …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Final preparations for court war
Discussion: Hot Air and Associated Press
Carl Hulse / New York Times:   A Supreme Court Seat Sits Empty, and Calls to Fill It Dog Republicans
Bill Hoffmann / Newsmax:
Ben Carson to Newsmax: I'm Promised a Spot in Trump Administration  —  Dr. Ben Carson revealed on Newsmax TV Monday that he will work in Donald Trump's administration — at least in an “advisory capacity” — if the Republican presidential front-runner is elected to the White House.
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Carson: 'We're only looking at four years' if Trump's a bust  —  Ben Carson on late Monday argued that the worst possible outcome of Donald Trump  —  lacking the right skills for a quality presidency is a single, four-year term under the billionaire.  —  “The way I look at it …
Discussion: The Week and US News
Joe Tacopino / New York Post:
Tech mogul accused of keeping ex-stripper as sex slave for 13 years  —  A Silicon Valley venture capitalist has been sued for $40 million by a woman who claims he used her as a virtual sex slave for 13 years.  —  Michael Goguen, who had worked for a firm that funded Google and Paypal …
David French / National Review:
Working-Class Whites Have Moral Responsibilities — In Defense of Kevin Williamson  —  This weekend, my colleague Kevin Williamson kicked up quite the hornet's nest with his magazine piece (subscription required) that strikes directly at the idea that the white working-class (the heart of Trump's support) is a victim class.
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
A King in His Castle: How Donald Trump Lives, From His Longtime Butler  —  PALM BEACH, Fla. — Everything seemed to sparkle at the Mar-a-Lago estate here on a recent afternoon.  The sun glinted off the pool and the black Secret Service S.U.V.s in the circular driveway.
Discussion: Althouse and The Week
Blake Neff / The Daily Caller:
NYT Visits Trump Campaign Office, Amazed By Presence Of Non-Whites  —  The New York Times published a profile of a Donald Trump campaign office in Florida, expressing astonishment at the number of non-white people and immigrants working in it.  —  Recently, the media have honed in on the support …
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Trump Campaign Conducting Background Checks On Volunteers  —  Donald Trump's campaign informed aspiring volunteers Sunday night that they would have to pass background checks and sign non-disclosure agreements if they wanted serve in the Trump Tower Call Center in Manhattan.
Discussion: Political Wire
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Huckabee: Trump is Clinton's ‘worst nightmare’  —  Hillary Clinton and her allies are underestimating Donald Trump at their own peril, according to Mike Huckabee.  —  The former Arkansas governor was asked about a POLITICO interview with Hillary Clinton's top strategist and pollster Joel Benenson …
John Santucci / ABC News:
Discussion: Towleroad
Toronto Sun:
Man in attack on Canadian Forces members in Toronto said ‘Allah’: Sources  —  TORONTO -  —  A brazen knife attack that sent two Canadian soldiers to hospital was disturbing enough, but police sources say it was the attacker uttering the word “Allah” that prompted Toronto Police to call in terror experts.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Pamela Geller
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
CBS Sued Over 'Judge Judy's $47M Salary & Profits From Syndicated Series  —  EXCLUSIVE: This certainly won't end up in Judge Judy's court but a scathing multi-million dollar lawsuit filed today against CBS has the no-nonsense host, the syndicated small claims series and spin-off Hot Bench in the legal spotlight itself.
Discussion: LawNewz
Noah Kulwin / Re/code:
Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes Is Holding a Hillary Fundraiser With Chelsea Clinton  —  Elizabeth Holmes, CEO of the embattled blood-testing startup Theranos, has lost commercial partners, board members and a lot of credibility over the last few months.  Prize-winning reporting …
Discussion: New York Magazine, Politico and STAT
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Pete Kasperowicz / Washington Examiner:
CBO suggests taxing drivers by the mile
Kwame Opam / The Verge:
@MichelleObama  —  The First Lady needed a turnip.
Discussion: The Week
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
The Trump-Berlusconi Syndrome
Associated Press:
Republicans controlling the House are pressing ahead …
Discussion: Slantpoint
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Sounding valedictory, Rubio blames ‘disintegration of our culture’ for nasty politics
Discussion: CNN
Julia Marsh / New York Post:
Gawker owner explains difference between a Miley and an Obama sex tape
Associated Press:
Discussion: Mediaite and Orlando Sentinel
 Earlier Items: 
South Florida / Sun-Sentinel:
Mayo: My choice at Trump rally - Leave or go to jail
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Howard Fineman / The Huffington Post:
This Election Is 1968 All Over Again, And That's Not A Good Thing
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
N.C. sheriff's office won't file ‘inciting a riot’ charge against Trump
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
The Great Divide
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Hot Air