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11:05 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?
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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
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Cruz campaign doubles down in Illinois, Missouri, Ohio and North Carolina
MilitaryTimes:
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
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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 …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Trump Is No Accident  —  Establishment Republicans who are horrified …
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: American Power, 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.
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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Ted Cruz: Trump Aide Grabbing Reporter A ‘Fireable Offense’
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Washington Post
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Huckabee: Trump is Clinton's ‘worst nightmare’
Garrett Epps / The Atlantic:
Will Partisanship Undermine the Judiciary?  —  Samuel Chase—"Old Bacon-Face"—was probably the most partisan justice in Supreme Court history.  While sitting as a circuit judge, he'd make partisan speeches from the bench and drive lawyers out of his courtroom—before clapping their Jeffersonian clients into jail.
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Stephanie Mencimer / Mother Jones:   Washington's Worst Job: President Obama's Next Supreme Court Nominee
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Final preparations for court war
Carl Hulse / New York Times:   A Supreme Court Seat Sits Empty, and Calls to Fill It Dog Republicans
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Hill Democrats getting antsy waiting for Supreme Court pick
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.
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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
Caleb Howe / RedState:
Ben Carson: I Didn't Want To Endorse Trump, But He Promised Me A Job
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
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 …
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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Shoshana Weissmann / Weekly Standard:
Clinton: 'We Didn't Lose a Single Person' in Libya
ABC News:
The Note: High Stakes Tuesday Is Here  —  In the biggest day of voting since Super Tuesday, Americans in five states and one territory head to the polls today to cast their ballots for the presidential nomination.  More states and delegates may have been up for grabs on March 1 …
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John Santucci / ABC News:
Donald Trump Sees No Need to Tone Down His Campaign
Discussion: Towleroad
Bill Allison / Bloomberg Business:
Trump's Fundraising for Others Left Deep Roots  —  The Palm Beach County GOP hopes to raise more than $300,000 at an upcoming event where Trump will deliver the keynote.  —  He might be self-financing his campaign, but Donald Trump is no stranger to political fundraising.
John Harwood / New York Times:
A Situation in Which Donald Trump Wins the White House  —  The specter of further violence at Donald J. Trump's campaign events has amplified warnings from his Republican opponents: If nominated, the bombastic billionaire simply couldn't win the presidency.  —  “A disaster” for Republicans …
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
 
 
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Rocco Parascandola / New York Daily News:
First time PBA union survey says NYPD morale at rock bottom under Mayor de Blasio
Discussion: Hot Air, Politico and Hit & Run
Noah Kulwin / Re/code:
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Discussion: New York Magazine, Politico and STAT
Pete Kasperowicz / Washington Examiner:
CBO suggests taxing drivers by the mile
Blake Neff / The Daily Caller:
NYT Visits Trump Campaign Office, Amazed By Presence Of Non-Whites
Toronto Sun:
Man in attack on Canadian Forces members in Toronto said ‘Allah’: Sources
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Pamela Geller
Kwame Opam / The Verge:
@MichelleObama  —  The First Lady needed a turnip.
Discussion: The Week
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
The Trump-Berlusconi Syndrome
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
CBS Sued Over 'Judge Judy's $47M Salary & Profits From Syndicated Series
Discussion: LawNewz
 Earlier Items: 
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:
TODD PALIN EXPECTED TO RECOVER FROM SNOWMOBILE ACCIDENT
Discussion: Mediaite and Orlando Sentinel
South Florida / Sun-Sentinel:
Mayo: My choice at Trump rally - Leave or go to jail
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
N.C. sheriff's office won't file ‘inciting a riot’ charge against Trump