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5:50 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.
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: Common Dreams and Mediaite
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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Nick Gass / Politico:
Rubio vows to stay in even if he loses Florida  —  Even if he loses in his home state of Florida on Tuesday, Sen. Marco Rubio said he will continue on the campaign trail.  —  “Tomorrow, our plan is to be in Utah campaigning irrespective of tonight,” Rubio told Orlando sports talk station WDBO on Tuesday.
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 …
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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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.
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
Gaffe Track: Clinton's Benghazi Amnesia
Discussion: Western Journalism and Fox News
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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Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Donald Trump's taste for well-done steaks is disqualifying
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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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Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Donald Trump is making conservatives turn on the white working class  —  One of the great conceits of conservative punditry over the past 15 years has been the notion that American politics is dominated by affluent liberal snobs who disdain white working-class America and its communities.
Discussion: Boing Boing
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John Harwood / New York Times:
A Situation in Which Donald Trump Wins the White House
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Katherine Krueger / Talking Points Memo:
Carson: I Didn't Really Want To Endorse Trump, But He Offered Me A Position (VIDEO)  —  Former GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson said while he wished there was a “path” for him to endorse another candidate, he's anticipating a role in Republican Donald Trump's possible administration.
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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
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 and Above the Law
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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
Jennifer Hansler / ABC News:
House of Representatives Bill Would Recognize Magic as ‘National Treasure’  —  A bill to recognize magic as a “rare and valuable art form and national treasure” was introduced into the House of Representatives Tuesday.  —  The bill claims that magic “has not been properly recognized …
Discussion: Mediaite
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Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Pete Sessions pushes to get magic recognized as national treasure
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.
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Jerry Springer: Republicans should pay me for copying my show  —  Jerry Springer says that he should be paid for the way the Republican debates mimic his shows.  —  Springer, who appeared on MSNBC's Steve Kornacki's show on Tuesday, was asked about the comparison between the 2016 race and his often racy and violent tabloid talk show.
Discussion: Political Wire
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MilitaryTimes:
Military Times survey: Troops back Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders for president
Discussion: Politico and WHNT-TV
Shawnmcginnis / KTLA:
Palos Verdes Girl Paralyzed After Doing Backbend Refuses to Give Up Hope She'll Dance Again  —  Five-year-old Eden Hoelscher suffered a traumatic spinal injury while doing a backbend on the living room floor of her Palos Verdes home right before Christmas.  —  The injury left …
Discussion: WNEP-TV, New York's PIX11 and KFOR-TV
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, WREG-TV and KTLA
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
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 …
 
 
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama denounces rise of ‘vulgar and divisive’ politics of Trump
Discussion: RedState
Bloomberg Business:
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Peter Stone / Guardian:
Koch donors divided over failure to stop Donald Trump
Heather Mac Donald / National Review:
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Donald Trump's rise sparks alarm in Japan
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