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10:05 AM ET, March 16, 2016


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John Harwood / CNBC:
Paul Ryan won't categorically rule out accepting GOP nom  —  House Speaker Paul Ryan decided not to run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, but he declined to rule out accepting it if a deadlocked party convention turns to him this summer.  —  “You know, I haven't given …
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Hillary Clinton had an amazing night — and not just because of her victories  —  Tuesday night was an amazing night for Hillary Clinton, and not just because her wins in Florida and Ohio made Bernie Sanders's path to the nomination nearly impossible.  —  Tuesday night was an amazing night …
Discussion: Washington Post
Yahoo Politics:
A big night for Clinton, as she sweeps all five states  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Tuesday was always supposed to be one of the most important nights in the Democratic presidential primary race, but for Hillary Clinton, it was even bigger than she and her team expected.
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Trump risks falling short of delegate count for nomination  —  has secured more than half of the delegates needed to win the Republican nomination, but will need to pick up his pace to reach a clinching 1,237 delegates and avoid a contested convention.  —  Trump's strong performance …
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Boehner backs Paul Ryan for president  —  BOCA RATON, Fla. — Former Speaker John Boehner said Paul Ryan should be the Republican nominee for president if the party fails to choose a candidate on the first ballot.  —  “If we don't have a nominee who can win on the first ballot …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Trump says he will skip Monday's Fox News debate  —  Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he will not participate in Monday's Fox News debate, and will instead speak at a conference of the pro-Israel lobby, AIPAC.  —  The Republican frontrunner was asked on “Fox & Friends” …
Discussion: The Week
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Kasich won Ohio. Now what?
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Rubio's Exit and the G.O.P.'s Spoiled Buffet
Discussion: USA Today and New York Magazine
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
5 takeaways from Tuesday's primaries
John McCormick / Bloomberg Business:
Trump Wins Florida as Rubio Suspends Campaign for President
Julia Edwards / Reuters:
Srinivasan or Garland likely Obama choice for U.S. Supreme Court: source  —  President Barack Obama is likely to announce either Judge Sri Srinivasan or Judge Merrick Garland as his pick for U.S. Supreme Court nominee and the announcement could come as early as Wednesday, a source familiar with the selection process said on Tuesday.
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Obama to Announce Supreme Court Nominee  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama will announce on Wednesday his choice to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, even in the face of Republican vows not to consider his nominee, Mr. Obama said in an email to supporters sent from the White House.
Tanya Somanader / The White House:
Email from President Obama: “I've Made My Decision”  —  Summary: The President sent a message to the White House email list to announce that he has chosen a nominee who is eminently qualified to sit on the Supreme Court. … Today, I will announce the person whom I believe is eminently qualified to sit on the Supreme Court.
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Obama to announce Supreme Court nominee at 11 a.m. … President Obama will announce his nominee to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court in the White House Rose Garden at 11 a.m., he said in an email to supporters Wednesday.  —  While Senate Republicans have said they will not consider …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Liberals flirt with lowering bar on Supreme Court confirmation  —  When Senate Democrats gutted the filibuster for most nominations in 2013, they refused to touch the rules governing the Supreme Court — but some liberals are now starting to reconsider.  —  With President Barack Obama set …
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Trump: Senate should block Obama's Supreme Court nominee
Discussion: The Week
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama to announce SCOTUS nominee Wednesday
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg Business:
Obama to Announce U.S. Supreme Court Nominee at 11 A.M. Today
Discussion: USA Today
Ellen Barry / New York Times:
Indian Town Prays for a ‘Son’ on Supreme Court
Discussion: Towleroad and Hit & Run
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Grassley denies knowledge of group backing him in court battle
Shane Goldmacher / Politico:
Inside Marco's Hollow Campaign  —  Three days before Florida's climactic primary, Marco Rubio sank deep into a black leather armchair on his campaign bus.  He had just spent 25 minutes smiling wide for supporters at a high-end boutique selling $150 candles.
Discussion: Political Wire and Eschaton
Robert Draper / New York Times:   Donald Trump and the Fall of the Republican Campaign Guru
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Goodbye, Bushism
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Rubio's demise marks the last gasp of the Republican reboot
Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
The Rubio Campaign Ends Where It Began
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Insider: Trump to skip GOP debate for pro-Israel conference  —  will miss the final Republican presidential debate to address a major pro-Israel lobbying organization instead, according to an insider.  —  “Hearing that Trump secured a Monday night speaking slot at AIPAC conf. in D.C,” …
Discussion: Breitbart and Politico
Bloomberg Business:
Trump Says He'll Skip Debate, Warns of Possible Convention Riots
Discussion:, Politico and ABC News
Henry Olsen / National Review:
Decision Desk, Ides of March: Et Tu, GOP?
Discussion: New York Times
Hadas Gold / Politico:
POLITICO reporter denied access to Trump event  —  POLITICO reporter Ben Schreckinger was denied entry to Donald Trump's press conference on Tuesday night, despite having previously been granted credentials by the campaign.  —  The move followed a threat last week from Trump officials …
Shane Goldmacher / Politico:
Top conservatives gather to plot third-party run against Trump
Libor Jany / Star Tribune:
Local authorities, feds investigating alleged ISIL ‘kill list’ for Minnesota law enforcement  —  Caliphate Cyber Army released names; FBI is investigating threat.  —  TEXT SIZE  —  An alleged ISIL “kill list” containing the personal information of dozens of Minnesota law enforcement officers …
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Bernie's longshot victory strategy  —  Bernie Sanders is falling further and further behind in pledged delegates — but even after Hillary Clinton's Tuesday romp, his campaign says there's a longshot strategy that lets him regain momentum and win the Democratic nomination by relying …
Deborah Tannen / TIME:
The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy of Disliking Hillary Clinton  —  Deborah Tannen is a linguistics professor at Georgetown University.  —  She is faced with a sexist double bind  —  President Barack Obama recently commented that in 2008 Hillary Clinton had to do everything he did, but she had to get up earlier to have her hair done.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Judicial Crisis Network plans $2 million ad campaign opposing Obama's court pick
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Nicholas J.C. Pistor / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Recounts possible in both of Missouri's presidential primaries
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Tara Golshan / Vox:
Read: Hillary Clinton's victory speech was a turn to the battle against Donald Trump
Discussion: Washington Post and Hullabaloo