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1:45 PM 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
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
A Crucial Day for Candidates Trying to Stop Donald Trump
Discussion: Salon, Hullabaloo and Washington Post
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.
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Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
Caught on a hot mic, Clinton speculates about Chris Christie's support for Trump  —  What's at stake in the Ohio GOP primary? … Catch up on the 2016 race  —  CHARLOTTE— It isn't often that Hillary Clinton lets her guard down about what she really thinks about the Republican presidential race.
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
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Top liberal leaders call for ‘massive’ anti-Trump campaign
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Huckabee: Trump is Clinton's ‘worst nightmare’
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Washington Post
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.
Discussion: Yahoo Politics, MSNBC, RedState and Hot Air
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Fox News:
Clinton commits Benghazi gaffe, saying US 'didn't lose a single person' in Libya  —  Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton committed her second gaffe in as many days on the campaign trail Monday night, claiming that the U.S. “didn't lose a single person” in Libya during her time as secretary of state.
Shoshana Weissmann / Weekly Standard:
Clinton: 'We Didn't Lose a Single Person' in Libya
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.
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Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Donald Trump's taste for well-done steaks is disqualifying
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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New York Times:
Allies Say Obama's Court Pick Is Near, and Will Be Hard for Republicans to Ignore
Discussion: Hit & Run
Stephanie Mencimer / Mother Jones:   Washington's Worst Job: President Obama's Next Supreme Court Nominee
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.
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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Josh Israel / ThinkProgressPage Array:
Ben Carson: I Didn't Want To Endorse Trump, But He Promised Me A Position
Discussion: addictinginfo.org
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Carson: 'We're only looking at four years' if Trump's a bust
Discussion: National Review 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 …
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.
BBC:
Brussels manhunt after gunfire in raid ‘on Paris suspects’  —  Belgian security forces are hunting for at least two men after shots were fired at police during a counter-terrorism raid in the capital, Brussels.  —  Three officers were reportedly hurt, one of them seriously.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and The Jawa Report
Guardian:
Do giant gas bubbles explain the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle?  —  Age: 52 years.  —  Appearance: Then all of a sudden ... disappearance!  —  Location: Between Miami, Puerto Rico and Bermuda (approx).  —  What is it?  Well, according to Vincent Gaddis, who first coined the phrase …
Discussion: WGN-TV, Daily Mail and LewRockwell
Mark Hinson / Tallahassee Democrat:
Teacher, TV star Rod Durham dies  —  Influential Leon High School drama teacher, theater director and “Extreme Weight Loss” star Rod Durham has died.  He was 52.  —  “He was someone they (the students) could go talk to when they needed to,” Leon High School principal Billy Epting said on Monday morning.
Discussion: WGN-TV and AOL
Robin Harding / CNBC:
Donald Trump's rise sparks alarm in Japan  —  The favorite for the Republican nomination has been attacking the Trans-Pacific Partnership.  —  As polls open for US primaries in Ohio and Florida, the political elite in Tokyo is starting to confront a disconcerting idea …
 
 
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Zachary Mider / Bloomberg Business:
Soros, Alarmed by Trump, Pours Money into 2016 Race
Richard A. Epstein / Hoover Institution:
The Rise of American Protectionism
Discussion: National Review
Arturo Garcia / Raw Story:
Samantha Bee tears into Ted Cruz: He's so hated not even God can stand talking to him
Eun Kyung Kim / TODAY.com:
Donald Trump: GOP leaders are ‘already calling’ me
Discussion: TPNN and Hot Air
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Sanders says he ran as a Democrat for ‘media coverage’
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Trump's Fundraising for Others Left Deep Roots
Noah Kulwin / Re/code:
Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes Is Holding a Hillary Fundraiser With Chelsea Clinton
Discussion: New York Magazine, Politico and STAT
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Trump Campaign Conducting Background Checks On Volunteers
Discussion: Da Tech Guy Blog
Toronto Sun:
Man in attack on Canadian Forces members in Toronto said ‘Allah’: Sources