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5:25 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
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
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.
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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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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 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
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.
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
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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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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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 …
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 …
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Breitbart sends ‘cease and desist’ letters to former staffers  —  Breitbart is getting litigious.  —  The company sent out cease and desist letters to some of the employees who left the company in the past week, multiple sources with knowledge of the letters told POLITICO.
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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Olaf Ekberg / The American Mirror:
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David Sherfinski / Washington Times:
John Kasich: There's ‘no way’ I would team up with Donald Trump
Discussion: The Week
Heather Mac Donald / National Review:
Divisive Rhetoric? Trump Didn't Start This Fire
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Discussion: WGN-TV and AOL
Arturo Garcia / Raw Story:
Samantha Bee tears into Ted Cruz: He's so hated not even God can stand talking to him
Robin Harding / CNBC:
Donald Trump's rise sparks alarm in Japan
Discussion: USA Today and The Daily Caller
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