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5:40 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.
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
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Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Donald Trump's taste for well-done steaks is disqualifying
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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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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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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
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
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: 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
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 …
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.
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
 
 
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Olaf Ekberg / The American Mirror:
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Charles Thompson / PennLive.com:
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David Sherfinski / Washington Times:
John Kasich: There's ‘no way’ I would team up with Donald Trump
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Heather Mac Donald / National Review:
Divisive Rhetoric? Trump Didn't Start This Fire
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Bill / The Hill:
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Richard A. Epstein / Hoover Institution:
The Rise of American Protectionism
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
Joe Tacopino / New York Post:
Tech mogul accused of keeping ex-stripper as sex slave for 13 years