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9:45 AM ET, March 16, 2016


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John Harwood / CNBC:
Paul Ryan won't categorically rule out accepting GOP nom  —  House Speaker Paul Ryan decided not to run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, but he declined to rule out accepting it if a deadlocked party convention turns to him this summer.  —  “You know, I haven't given …
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Hillary Clinton had an amazing night — and not just because of her victories  —  Tuesday night was an amazing night for Hillary Clinton, and not just because her wins in Florida and Ohio made Bernie Sanders's path to the nomination nearly impossible.  —  Tuesday night was an amazing night …
Discussion: Washington Post
Yahoo Politics:
A big night for Clinton, as she wins in four states  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Tuesday was always supposed to be one of the most important nights in the Democratic presidential primary race, but for Hillary Clinton, it was even bigger than she and her team expected.
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Trump risks falling short of delegate count for nomination  —  has secured more than half of the delegates needed to win the Republican nomination, but will need to pick up his pace to reach a clinching 1,237 delegates and avoid a contested convention.  —  Trump's strong performance …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Kasich won Ohio.  Now what?  —  John Kasich tasted victory for the first time in 2016 with a primary win in Ohio, and it came at precisely the moment he lost his chance to become the Republican presidential nominee without unprecedented chaos.  —  Despite the victory celebration …
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Trump says he will skip Monday's Fox News debate  —  Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he will not participate in Monday's Fox News debate, and will instead speak at a conference of the pro-Israel lobby, AIPAC.  —  The Republican frontrunner was asked on “Fox & Friends” …
Discussion: The Week
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Rubio's Exit and the G.O.P.'s Spoiled Buffet
Discussion: USA Today and New York Magazine
Julia Edwards / Reuters:
Srinivasan or Garland likely Obama choice for U.S. Supreme Court: source  —  President Barack Obama is likely to announce either Judge Sri Srinivasan or Judge Merrick Garland as his pick for U.S. Supreme Court nominee and the announcement could come as early as Wednesday, a source familiar with the selection process said on Tuesday.
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Obama to Announce Supreme Court Nominee  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama will announce on Wednesday his choice to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, even in the face of Republican vows not to consider his nominee, Mr. Obama said in an email to supporters sent from the White House.
Tanya Somanader / The White House:
Email from President Obama: “I've Made My Decision”  —  Summary: The President sent a message to the White House email list to announce that he has chosen a nominee who is eminently qualified to sit on the Supreme Court. … Today, I will announce the person whom I believe is eminently qualified to sit on the Supreme Court.
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Obama to announce Supreme Court nominee at 11 a.m. … President Obama will announce his nominee to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court in the White House Rose Garden at 11 a.m., he said in an email to supporters Wednesday.  —  While Senate Republicans have said they will not consider …
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Trump: Senate should block Obama's Supreme Court nominee  —  President Barack Obama plans to announce his Supreme Court nominee on Wednesday, but Donald Trump thinks the Senate shouldn't give the pick a hearing.  —  “I don't think so, no I think they should do what they're doing,” …
Discussion: The Week
Burgess Everett / Politico:   Liberals flirt with lowering bar on Supreme Court confirmation
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama to announce SCOTUS nominee Wednesday
Ellen Barry / New York Times:
Indian Town Prays for a ‘Son’ on Supreme Court
Discussion: Towleroad and Hit & Run
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg Business:
Obama to Announce U.S. Supreme Court Nominee at 11 A.M. Today
Discussion: USA Today
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Grassley denies knowledge of group backing him in court battle
Shane Goldmacher / Politico:
Inside Marco's Hollow Campaign  —  Three days before Florida's climactic primary, Marco Rubio sank deep into a black leather armchair on his campaign bus.  He had just spent 25 minutes smiling wide for supporters at a high-end boutique selling $150 candles.
Discussion: Political Wire and Eschaton
CBS Miami:   Marco Rubio Suspends Campaign After Losing Florida Primary
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Goodbye, Bushism
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
5 takeaways from Tuesday's primaries
Discussion: BuzzFeed and New York Magazine
Robert Draper / New York Times:
Donald Trump and the Fall of the Republican Campaign Guru  —  As hapless as the news media and the Washington establishment have at times appeared as they flail about in the political tempest wrought by Donald Trump, there is another group in the 2016 election cycle that has come off looking …
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Rubio's demise marks the last gasp of the Republican reboot
Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
The Rubio Campaign Ends Where It Began
Hadas Gold / Politico:
POLITICO reporter denied access to Trump event  —  POLITICO reporter Ben Schreckinger was denied entry to Donald Trump's press conference on Tuesday night, despite having previously been granted credentials by the campaign.  —  The move followed a threat last week from Trump officials …
Shane Goldmacher / Politico:
Top conservatives gather to plot third-party run against Trump
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Boehner backs Paul Ryan for president  —  Former House Speaker John Boehner Wednesday endorsed current House Speaker Paul Ryan to be the Republican presidential nominee.  —  At the Republican convention, “anybody can be nominated,” Boehner said at a conference in Boca Raton, Fla.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Kevin Freking / Associated Press:
Libor Jany / Star Tribune:
Local authorities, feds investigating alleged ISIL ‘kill list’ for Minnesota law enforcement  —  Caliphate Cyber Army released names; FBI is investigating threat.  —  TEXT SIZE  —  An alleged ISIL “kill list” containing the personal information of dozens of Minnesota law enforcement officers …
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Bernie's longshot victory strategy  —  Bernie Sanders is falling further and further behind in pledged delegates — but even after Hillary Clinton's Tuesday romp, his campaign says there's a longshot strategy that lets him regain momentum and win the Democratic nomination by relying …
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Judicial Crisis Network plans $2 million ad campaign opposing Obama's court pick
Reagan / FiveThirtyEight:
What Happened In The March 15 Primaries
Nicholas J.C. Pistor / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Recounts possible in both of Missouri's presidential primaries
Discussion: CNN and The Week
Deborah Tannen / TIME:
The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy of Disliking Hillary Clinton
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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A Fair Way to Choose a Republican Nominee
Discussion: Hot Air
Kevin Glueck / KGAN:
Iowa City man charged with hate crime for assaulting black man
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 Earlier Items: 
Tara Golshan / Vox:
Read: Hillary Clinton's victory speech was a turn to the battle against Donald Trump
Discussion: Washington Post and Hullabaloo
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Insider: Trump to skip GOP debate for pro-Israel conference
Discussion: Breitbart and Politico
Henry Olsen / National Review:
Decision Desk, Ides of March: Et Tu, GOP?
Discussion: New York Times