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7:40 AM ET, March 15, 2016


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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
A Supreme Court Seat Sits Empty, and Calls to Fill It Dog Republicans  —  WASHINGTON — As Senator Orrin G. Hatch of Utah addressed the conservative Federalist Society luncheon on Friday at a Chinatown restaurant, young protesters from the liberal group Generation Progress suddenly broke into loud chants of …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Final preparations for court war  —  President Obama and his Republican opponents are making the final preparations for a public relations war over the vacancy on the Supreme Court.  —  It is likely to be one of the most heated confirmation fights in recent memory, with both sides expected …
Discussion: Hot Air and Associated Press
Los Angeles Times:
Southern California's Paul J. Watford is among Obama's top choices for Supreme Court
Discussion: Associated Press
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
N.C. sheriff's office won't file ‘inciting a riot’ charge against Trump  —  What's at stake in the Ohio GOP primary? … Catch up on the 2016 race  —  Republican front-runner Donald Trump will not face charges of inciting a riot after a raucous rally in North Carolina last week …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Cruz campaign doubles down in Illinois, Missouri, Ohio and North Carolina  —  PEORIA, Ill. — Ted Cruz's campaign is infusing half a million dollars into television and digital ad buys slated to run in Ohio, Illinois, Missouri and North Carolina ahead of the contests in those states on Tuesday …
Discussion: Washington Post
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Sanders gains on Clinton ahead of huge Tuesday contests  —  The race for the Democratic presidential nomination is tightening, with Sen. Bernie Sanders  —  in two key contests.  —  Sanders is leading Clinton in Missouri, and has cut into the Democratic frontrunner's lead in Ohio and Illinois …
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Pastor kicks off Trump rally by calling for Bernie Sanders to convert: 'Bernie's got to meet Jesus'  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  A North Carolina pastor warmed up the crowd at a Donald Trump rally by urging Sen. Bernie Sanders to become a Christian.
Discussion: Friendly Atheist
USA Today:
Poll shows that millennials would flock to Clinton against Trump  —  WASHINGTON — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has expanded his double-digit lead among millennials in the Democratic presidential race, but a new USA TODAY/Rock the Vote poll finds a way for Hillary Clinton to solve her generation gap: Donald Trump.
Discussion: Daily Kos and RedState
Military Times survey: Troops back Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders for president
Discussion: WHNT-TV
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 …
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Romney: Kasich has ‘the kind of record that you want in Washington’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Brad Wilmouth / NewsBusters:
CNN Anchor Taken Aback When GOP Guest Ties Clinton Camp to Birtherism
Discussion: BizPac Review
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.
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.
Andrew Higgins / New York Times:
Putin Orders Start of Syria Withdrawal, Saying Goals Are Achieved  —  MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on Monday ordered the withdrawal of the “main part” of Russian forces in Syria, a surprise move that he said was justified by the “overall completion” of Moscow's military mission in the war-ravaged country.
Denis Dyomkin / Reuters:
Putin orders start of Russian forces' withdrawal from Syria
Associated Press:
TODD PALIN EXPECTED TO RECOVER FROM SNOWMOBILE ACCIDENT  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An associate of Todd Palin says Sarah Palin's husband is expected to recover from a snowmobile accident in Alaska that left him hospitalized.  —  Scott Davis, Todd Palin's former snowmobile racing partner …
Discussion: Mediaite and Orlando Sentinel
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Trump Is No Accident  —  Establishment Republicans who are horrified by the rise of Donald Trump might want to take a minute to remember the glitch heard round the world — the talking point Marco Rubio couldn't stop repeating in a crucial debate, exposing him to devastating ridicule and sending his campaign into a death spiral.
Discussion: Mashable
Howard Fineman / The Huffington Post:
This Election Is 1968 All Over Again, And That's Not A Good Thing  —  Trump is George Wallace on steroids.  Cleveland resembles the Chicago of long ago.  And the bottom line back then was Richard Nixon.  —  Global Editorial Director, The Huffington Post  —  WASHINGTON — It was the spring …
James S. Robbins / USA Today:   If anti-Trump protests grow, they could hand Donald the election: James Robbins
Claude Brodesser-Akner / New Jersey Online:
Christie skips N.J. trooper funeral to campaign for Trump  —  TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie will not attend the Monday funeral of the New Jersey State Trooper who was killed in the line duty last week, and will instead spend the day campaigning out of state for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Associated Press:
Republicans controlling the House are pressing ahead with an annual fiscal measure despite lingering opposition from tea party conservatives over its endorsement of higher spending permitted by last year's bipartisan budget and debt deal.  —  Several GOP lawmakers exiting a Monday evening strategy session …
Discussion: Slantpoint
Julia Marsh / New York Post:
Gawker owner explains difference between a Miley and an Obama sex tape  —  Nick Denton, Miley Cyrus and Michelle and Barack Obama Photo: Patrick McMullan ; Getty Images ; AP  —  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Gawker publisher Nick Denton wouldn't hesitate to post a Miley Cyrus sex tape online …
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Sounding valedictory, Rubio blames ‘disintegration of our culture’ for nasty politics … WEST PALM BEACH — Giving what sounded like a valedictory address, Sen. Marco Rubio on Monday cited “the disintegration of our culture” for the increasingly nasty nature of American politics.
Toronto Sun:
Man in attack on Canadian Forces members in Toronto said ‘Allah’: Sources  —  TORONTO -  —  A brazen knife attack that sent two Canadian soldiers to hospital was disturbing enough, but police sources say it was the attacker uttering the word “Allah” that prompted Toronto Police to call in terror experts.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Pamela Geller
Dominic Holden / BuzzFeed:
White House Appoints First Transgender Person As Primary LGBT Liaison  —  Raffi Freedman-Gurspan is now the White House's main point of contact for LGBT groups on all issues.  —  President Barack Obama has appointed Raffi Freedman-Gurspan as the White House's primary LGBT liaison …
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
The Trump-Berlusconi Syndrome  —  In the mid-1980s, when I was covering Italy for The Wall Street Journal, I profiled a brash, bruising, billionaire businessman named Silvio Berlusconi who had made a fortune in real estate and parlayed that into a control of an almost unrivaled private television empire.
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Kwame Opam / The Verge:
@MichelleObama  —  The First Lady needed a turnip.
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Dominic Patten / Deadline:
CBS Sued Over 'Judge Judy's $47M Salary & Profits From Syndicated Series
Discussion: LawNewz
Sen. David Perdue / The Daily Signal:
Why Washington's Political Class Is Losing Control
Discussion: The Last Refuge
Lee Bergquist / JSOnline:
Wisconsin bill would create ban on plastic bag bans
South Florida / Sun-Sentinel:
Mayo: My choice at Trump rally - Leave or go to jail
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Ben Chapman / New York Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: City schools to offer free feminine hygiene products
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
New Anti-Trump Ad Quotes Trump Saying 'Women, You Gotta Treat ‘Em Like Sh**’ (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Week
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
The Great Divide
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Hot Air
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Two more staffers resign from Breitbart
Martin Longman / Washington Monthly:
Don't Call it Fascism?  —  Prepare to be concern-trolled by Clive Crook:
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Stop blaming Trump supporters for campaign violence
Watch: Dashcam video shows why you should never tailgate drivers
Discussion: KTLA, WGN-TV and WFLA-TV
Michael Bastasch / The Daily Caller:
BREAKING: EPA's Gold King Mine Blowout Was No Accident
Natalie Allison Janicello / The Times:
Updated: 134 cars involved in hours-long interstate pile-up