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8:55 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 of the conservative movement have summoned other top conservatives for a closed-door meeting 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: NBC News, MSNBC, Mediaite and New York Times
Manu Raju / CNN:
Ted Cruz urged to apologize for attacks against Mitch McConnell  —  Ted Cruz warns: Nominate Trump and Hillary Clinton wins  — GOP senators are urging Ted Cruz to apologize for his attacks against Majority Leader Mitch McConnell  —  Washington (CNN)Senior Senate Republicans are calling …
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Fox News:
Exit polls: Kasich leads Trump in Ohio GOP race; Clinton leads in NC, Ohio on Dem side  —  DEVELOPING ...  Fox News exit polls show that Gov. John Kasich enjoys a slight lead over Donald Trump in the Republican presidential primary in his home state of Ohio as polls close …
Discussion: RedState and The Right Scoop
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Sonny Bunch / Washington Free Beacon:
This One Strange Fact About Donald Trump Disqualifies Him From the Presidency  —  There's really only one appropriate way to order a good steak in a nice restaurant: medium rare.  —  OK, I can make an allowance for rare.  Not my cup of tea, usually; that being said, at least that doesn't kill the flavor.
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Donald Trump's taste for well-done steaks is disqualifying
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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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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.
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
CNN:
The economy  —  Worries about the economy were widespread among Democrats and Republicans.  —  But Republicans expressed deeper concerns with the state of the economy, with about 7 in 10 in Illinois and North Carolina saying they were very worried about the nation's economic future.
Discussion: Hot Air and Political Wire
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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.
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Jessica Taylor / NPR:
Mega Tuesday: Possibly The Most Consequential Day Of Voting Yet
John Harwood / New York Times:
A Situation in Which Donald Trump Wins the White House
Discussion: The Daily Caller
MSNBC:
What does Florida's early vote mean for the GOP?  —  The early vote is playing an increasingly important role in national elections.  Nearly half of the electorate in Florida is expected to vote prior to their primary on March 15, and there has been no lack of speculation for what this means for the overall contest.
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Nick Gass / Politico:
Rubio vows to stay in even if he loses Florida
Discussion: RedState
WKMG:
Apopka polling places run out of Republican ballots  —  Technical issues also plague several Orange County locations  —  APOPKA, Fla. - Voters in Apopka said they were turned away Tuesday morning because their polling places ran out of Republican ballots.  —  Tweets by @AmandaNCastro
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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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.
Washington Post:
Metrorail system to shut down for at least 24 hours beginning at midnight  —  In an unprecedented move, officials will shut down entire Metrorail system for at least 24 hours starting at midnight tonight so that crews can inspect 600 electric cables in tunnels throughout the system …
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
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.
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, KTLA and WPMT FOX43
WCVB:
Police: Beware of men challenging teens to rap battles  —  Incident not believed to be abduction attempt, police say  —  Police in central Massachusetts are warning residents to be on the lookout for men who may be challenging passersby to a rap battle.  —  Charlton police said a black SUV …
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.
Yahoo:
Evangelicals accuse fellow believers of abandoning faith to support Trump  —  Donald Trump's candidacy has sparked a civil war inside American Christianity.  —  Trump's popularity among self-identified evangelical Christians has led national figures in American Christianity …
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 …
 
 
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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
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Priebus: Every GOP candidate will back nominee
Olaf Ekberg / The American Mirror:
VIDEO: Hillary staffer struggles to fire up unenthusiastic fans
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama denounces rise of ‘vulgar and divisive’ politics of Trump
Discussion: RedState
Bloomberg Business:
Obama May Counter Trump on Immigrants With Supreme Court Pick
Charles Thompson / PennLive.com:
Suspended Pa. Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin resigns from bench in email scandal
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 Earlier Items: 
Heather Mac Donald / National Review:
Divisive Rhetoric? Trump Didn't Start This Fire
Discussion: Washington Post and Instapundit
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
GOPer On SCOTUS Nom: 'I'll Consider' But ‘Decision Has Already Been Made’
Discussion: Daily Kos
Guardian:
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Discussion: WGN-TV
Mark Hinson / Tallahassee Democrat:
Teacher, TV star Rod Durham dies
Discussion: WGN-TV and AOL
Arturo Garcia / Raw Story:
Samantha Bee tears into Ted Cruz: He's so hated not even God can stand talking to him