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4:50 PM ET, March 15, 2016

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Shane Goldmacher / Politico:
Top conservatives gather to plot third-party run against Trump  —  Three influential leaders in the conservative movement have summoned other top conservatives for a closed-door meeting this Thursday in Washington D.C. to talk about how to stop Donald Trump and, should he become the Republican nominee …
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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.
BuzzFeed:
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 …
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Sabrina Siddiqui / Guardian:
Rubio: Trump is ‘an embarrassment’ and Republicans will pay big in November  —  Speaking with the Guardian, the Florida senator - whose fate is sealed if he fails to win his home state Tuesday - said the billionaire is cultivating a party of fear  —  The Republican party will be consigned …
Discussion: Mediaite
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Can Bernie Sanders Pull Off An Upset In Ohio?  —  Bernie Sanders's win in Michigan last week was a massive upset relative to the pre-election polls of the state's voters, which had shown Hillary Clinton ahead by an average of 21 percentage points.  In fact, Sanders may have pulled off …
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MilitaryTimes:
Military Times survey: Troops back Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders for president
Discussion: WHNT-TV
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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David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
Gaffe Track: Clinton's Benghazi Amnesia
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
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.
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Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Donald Trump is making conservatives turn on the white working class
Discussion: Boing Boing
John Harwood / New York Times:
A Situation in Which Donald Trump Wins the White House
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Charles Thompson / PennLive.com:
Suspended Pa. Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin resigns from bench in email scandal  —  Suspended Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin tendered his resignation from the state's high court Tuesday, ending a six-month fight for survival in an angry court of public opinion.
Discussion: Philly.com
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Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
GOPer On SCOTUS Nom: 'I'll Consider' But ‘Decision Has Already Been Made’
Discussion: Daily Kos
Patrick Marley / JSOnline:   JoAnne Kloppenburg stayed on case involving group that opposed her
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.
Bloomberg Business:
Obama May Counter Trump on Immigrants With Supreme Court Pick  —  Indian-born Srinivasan could be first Asian-American justice  —  Obama may announce U.S. Supreme Court nomination this week  —  President Barack Obama's U.S. Supreme Court nomination may prove to be his sharpest repudiation yet …
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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
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
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Patrick Howell O'Neill / The Daily Dot:
Donald Trump's volunteer contract forbids all criticism of Trump for life  —  Donald Trump's campaign requires volunteers to sign a contract that forbids them from criticizing the Republican presidential front-runner, his family members, any Trump businesses or products, or his campaign.
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: KTLA, New York's PIX11 and KFOR-TV
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: WNEP-TV and Daily Mail
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.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama denounces rise of ‘vulgar and divisive’ politics of Trump  —  President Obama on Tuesday decried the rise of “vicious” politics in comments aimed at Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump  —  Speaking at a St. Patrick's Day luncheon at the Capitol, the president warned that …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and RedState
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
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 …
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.
Josh Rogin / BloombergView.com:
Trump's Long Romance With Russia  —  When Donald Trump talks about his desire to have good relations between the U.S. and Russia, it's not a recent attraction.  Trump's attempts to expand his business and his brand there date back decades, and this history casts a shadow over his pro-Russian foreign policy.
 
 
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Shawnmcginnis / KTLA:
Palos Verdes Girl Paralyzed After Doing Backbend Refuses to Give Up Hope She'll Dance Again
Discussion: WNEP-TV, New York's PIX11 and KFOR-TV
David Sherfinski / Washington Times:
John Kasich: There's ‘no way’ I would team up with Donald Trump
Discussion: The Week
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
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Arturo Garcia / Raw Story:
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Robin Harding / CNBC:
Donald Trump's rise sparks alarm in Japan
Discussion: USA Today and The Daily Caller
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Top liberal leaders call for ‘massive’ anti-Trump campaign
Joe Tacopino / New York Post:
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