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1:55 PM ET, March 16, 2016


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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 …
Bloomberg Business:
Trump Says He'll Skip Debate, Warns of Possible Convention Riots  —  Fresh off three more primary victories, Donald Trump said Wednesday he'll blow off the next Republican presidential debate and warned of “riots” if power-brokers deny him the nomination at the convention even if he's leading in the delegate count.
David Wells /
Trump: 'I won't be there' for Fox News debate in Salt Lake City  —  Donald Trump said Wednesday morning he will not be at the GOP presidential primary debate next week in Salt Lake City.  —  “I will say this.  I will say this.  I think we've had enough debates.  We've had 11 or 12 debates.
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 …
Ben Winslow /
GOP presidential debate in SLC canceled  —  SALT LAKE CITY — Monday's GOP presidential debate scheduled here in Utah been canceled, FOX 13 News has confirmed.  —  The debate followed Donald Trump's announcement on “FOX & Friends” that he would not be appearing at the Salt Lake City debate.
Matthew J. Belvedere / CNBC:
We choose the nominee, not the voters: Senior GOP official  —  Headed towards a contested convention: Unbound delegate  —  Curly Haugland, RNC Rules Committee, and Gary Emineth, former chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party, talk about Republican convention rules and why it could lead to a contested convention.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Trump, Cruz vow to barricade Kasich from convention  —  The two leading GOP campaigns intend to muscle the Ohio governor out of the race.  —  Advisers to Donald Trump and Ted Cruz say there's no way they'll allow John Kasich to even compete at a contested national convention — let alone prevail.
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Hillary Clinton had an amazing night — and not just because of her victories
Discussion: Washington Post
J. Freedom Du Lac / Washington Post:
Trump: 'I think you'd have riots' if contested convention results in a different nominee
Discussion: Mediaite, 89.3 KPCC and NPR
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
GOP debate canceled after Trump pulls out
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Week
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Ryan to POLITICO: ‘I am not going to be the nominee’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgressPage Array:
Who Is Merrick Garland?  —  Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the longest serving Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, offered his own thoughts on who President Obama should nominate to fill the seat left open by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia last week.
New York Times:
Obama Chooses Merrick Garland for Supreme Court  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama on Wednesday said he would nominate Merrick B. Garland as the nation's 113th Supreme Court justice, choosing a centrist appeals court judge for the lifetime appointment and daring Republican senators …
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
President Obama nominates Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court  —  President Obama on Wednesday nominated Merrick Garland to serve on the Supreme Court, setting up a protracted political fight with Republicans who have vowed to block any candidate picked by Obama in his final year in office.
Chuck Grassley:
Grassley Statement on the President's Nomination of Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court  —  Senator Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, made the following statement after President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland, the Chief Judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals …
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.
NBC News:
Obama to Nominate Federal Judge Merrick Garland For the Supreme Court
Fred Imbert / CNBC:
McConnell: Senate won't consider Garland nomination
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Liberals flirt with lowering bar on Supreme Court confirmation
Discussion: ABC News
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell, Grassley voted against Garland in 1997
Discussion: LawNewz and Weasel Zippers
Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Supreme Court or bust: Merrick Garland
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama to nominate Merrick Garland to Supreme Court
Bill Chappell / NPR:
Merrick Garland Is Named As President Obama's Supreme Court Nominee
Jared Fogle — Beaten and Bloodied in Prison Yard Ambush  —  BEATEN AND BLOODIED  —  in Prison Yard Ambush … Jared Fogle got a surprise beatdown in federal prison from an inmate who has major issues with child molesters ... TMZ has learned.  —  According to docs, Fogle got jumped …
Matt Adams / Fox 59:   Disgraced Subway spokesman Jared Fogle suffers bloody nose during prison yard beating
Rick Scott / Facebook:
GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT CALLS ON REPUBLICANS TO COME TOGETHER  —  I'm asking all Republicans today to come together and begin preparing to win the general election in November.  —  With his victories yesterday, I believe it is now time for Republicans to accept and respect the will of the voters and coalesce behind Donald Trump.
Nick Gass / Politico:
Florida Gov. Rick Scott endorses Donald Trump
Discussion: ABC News
Katherine Krueger / Talking Points Memo:
Florida Gov. Rick Scott Endorses Trump Day After Rubio Leaves Race
Discussion: The Week
What's going on in Missouri?  —  Washington (CNN)With vote counting in Missouri completed for Tuesday night, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump lead their respective party primaries there by less than half a percentage point.  Since the margin of victory in each case is less than 1 percentage point …
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton's Excellent Night, and a Peek Ahead to the Fall
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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: The Atlantic and Eschaton
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Goodbye, Bushism
Nick Gass / Politico:
RNC spokesman: Trump ‘speaking figuratively’ about convention riots  —  If the Republican National Committee is worried about the possibility of a contentious contested convention, one of its top officials showed no signs of concern Wednesday, even after the party's front-runner warned …
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Trump: If I Lose At The Convention, 'I Think You'd Have Riots' (AUDIO)
Darcie Loreno /
Polar bear ‘contained’ after escaping area at Cincinnati Zoo … CINCINNATI, Ohio — A polar bear has been contained after breaching its enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo.  —  No animals or people were harmed. … The incident happened Wednesday at around 11:30 a.m.
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The Syrian war just taught Putin to worry about Iran
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Danielle Cohen / The White House:
Asked and Answered: President Obama's 2016 NCAA Basketball Championship Brackets
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David Weigel / Washington Post:
Two Trump delegates with ‘foreign’ names underperform in Illinois
Jane M. Von Bergen /
Man fired from Havertown Chipotle for working-condition tweets wins labor ruling
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