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3:20 PM ET, March 15, 2016


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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.
Primary Updates: Rubio Vows To Press On If He Loses Florida  —  If the presidential race were an action movie, we'd be in the montage phase.  Catch up quickly here:  — Five big states — Florida, Ohio, Illinois, North Carolina, and Missouri — are voting in primaries today …
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?
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.
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.
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
Gaffe Track: Clinton's Benghazi Amnesia
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Clinton: 'We didn't lose a single person' in Libya
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Donald Trump is making conservatives turn on the white working class
Discussion: Boing Boing
New York Times:
Allies Say Obama's Court Pick Is Near, and Will Be Hard for Republicans to Ignore
Discussion: Hit & Run
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.
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Donald Trump's taste for well-done steaks is disqualifying
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Donald Trump just hit a critical threshold for the GOP nomination — one that his opponents might not … The Northern Marianas are a collection of 15 islands in the Pacific Ocean, located at about the focal point of the Pacific Rim.  It's a United States territory, 179 square miles of land …
Discussion: Infowars and Politico
Josh Israel / ThinkProgressPage Array:
Ben Carson: I Didn't Want To Endorse Trump, But He Promised Me A Position  —  Dr. Ben Carson, who endorsed Donald Trump's presidential candidacy on Friday, appears less than enthusiastic about that decision.  And the real reason the unsuccessful GOP presidential hopeful endorsed his former rival could be a violation of federal law.
Bill Hoffmann / Newsmax:
Ben Carson to Newsmax: I'm Promised a Spot in Trump Administration
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: WNEP-TV, Daily Mail and LewRockwell
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 …
Bill / The Hill:
Press: Who is to blame?  Donald Trump  —  It's as old as the proverbs.  Hosea 8:7: “For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.”  It's a lesson you'd think Donald Trump  —  would have learned a long time ago, since he says the Bible is his second-favorite book.  Obviously not.
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 …
Discussion: USA Today and The Daily Caller
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, KFOR-TV and AOL
Deanna Boyd / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Video appears to show police officer pepper-spraying motorcyclists  —  Officer has been placed on administrative duties Bikers accuse officer of trying to cause wreck Police had received calls about cyclists driving recklessly  —  FORT WORTH  —  An officer has been pulled from patrol …
Jasmine Norwood / WTVR-TV:
Baby's body found wedged under driver's seat  —  RICHMOND, Va. — The mother of the Richmond infant found dead in a RV last fall was denied bond during a court hearing Tuesday.  —  Sabrina Malick, 29, was arrested and charged with second degree murder and felony child neglect in connection with her son Brendon Newton's death.
Discussion: New York's PIX11, KFOR-TV and KTLA
David Siders / Sacramento Bee:
Jerry Brown: If Trump wins, California might need a wall of its own  —  California governor jokes about protecting state from rest of the U.S.  —  Brown also takes aim at Rick Perry, calling him ‘forgotten’  —  Brown, a fourth-term Democrat, has signed liberal immigration-related measures
Evangelicals accuse fellow believers of abandoning faith to support Trump  —  Donald Trump's candidacy has sparked a civil war inside American Christianity.  —  Trump's popularity among self-identified evangelical Christians has led national figures in American Christianity …
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 …
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Peter Stone / Guardian:
Koch donors divided over failure to stop Donald Trump
Heather Mac Donald / National Review:
Divisive Rhetoric? Trump Didn't Start This Fire
Discussion: Instapundit and Washington Post
Jeff Mosier / The Scoop Blog:
Arsenic-tainted water fine to drink, Texas says
Discussion: RT
Reuven Blau / New York Daily News:
Michael Bloomberg's email from 12 years as NYC mayor remains unavailable to public …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
GOPer On SCOTUS Nom: 'I'll Consider' But ‘Decision Has Already Been Made’
Discussion: Daily Kos
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Ryan will back Trump if he's GOP nominee
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Jack Jenkins / ThinkProgressPage Array:
Trump's Pastor Friends Have One Thing In Common: They're All Rich
 Earlier Items: 
Brussels manhunt after gunfire in raid ‘on Paris suspects’
Discussion: Jihad Watch and The Jawa Report
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 /
Donald Trump: GOP leaders are ‘already calling’ me
Discussion: NPR, TPNN and Hot Air