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3:25 PM ET, March 16, 2016


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Jake Sherman / Politico:
Boehner backs Paul Ryan for president  —  BOCA RATON, Fla. — Former Speaker John Boehner said Paul Ryan should be the Republican nominee for president if the party fails to choose a candidate on the first ballot.  —  “If we don't have a nominee who can win on the first ballot …
Bloomberg Business:
Trump Says He'll Skip Debate, Warns of Possible Convention Riots  —  Fresh off three more primary victories, Donald Trump said Wednesday he'll blow off the next Republican presidential debate and warned of “riots” if power-brokers deny him the nomination at the convention even if he's leading in the delegate count.
David Wells /
Trump: 'I won't be there' for Fox News debate in Salt Lake City  —  Donald Trump said Wednesday morning he will not be at the GOP presidential primary debate next week in Salt Lake City.  —  “I will say this.  I will say this.  I think we've had enough debates.  We've had 11 or 12 debates.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Trump, Cruz vow to barricade Kasich from convention  —  The two leading GOP campaigns intend to muscle the Ohio governor out of the race.  —  Advisers to Donald Trump and Ted Cruz say there's no way they'll allow John Kasich to even compete at a contested national convention — let alone prevail.
David French / National Review:
Keep Fighting — There Is No Other Choice  —  Trump greets supporters after Tuesday's primary results.  (Win McNamee/Getty)  —  There is no sugar-coating tonight's results.  Even the one, small bright spot — John Kasich denying Donald Trump Ohio's delegates — may end up presenting …
John Harwood / CNBC:
Paul Ryan won't categorically rule out accepting GOP nom
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Ryan to POLITICO: ‘I am not going to be the nominee’
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
GOP debate canceled after Trump pulls out
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Week
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Hillary Clinton had an amazing night — and not just because of her victories
Discussion: Washington Post
Annie Karni / Politico:
Hillary slams the door on Bernie
New York Times:
Rubio's Exit Leaves Trump With an Open Path to 1,237 Delegates
Discussion: Political Wire
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton's Excellent Night, and a Peek Ahead to the Fall
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgressPage Array:
Who Is Merrick Garland?  —  Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the longest serving Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, offered his own thoughts on who President Obama should nominate to fill the seat left open by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia last week.
New York Times:
Obama Chooses Merrick Garland for Supreme Court  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama on Wednesday said he would nominate Merrick B. Garland as the nation's 113th Supreme Court justice, choosing a centrist appeals court judge for the lifetime appointment and daring Republican senators …
Chuck Grassley:
Grassley Statement on the President's Nomination of Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court  —  Senator Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, made the following statement after President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland, the Chief Judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals …
Eliza Collins / Politico:
GOP Supreme Court blockade showing early cracks  —  Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may be holding the line, but a handful of Senate Republicans say they would meet with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland — a sign of emerging cracks in the brick wall the GOP has presented thus far.
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg Business:   Garland Could Claim U.S. Supreme Court's Ideological Center
Fred Imbert / CNBC:
McConnell: Senate won't consider Garland nomination
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Liberals flirt with lowering bar on Supreme Court confirmation
Discussion: ABC News
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama to nominate Merrick Garland to Supreme Court
NBC News:
Obama to Nominate Federal Judge Merrick Garland For the Supreme Court
Jared Fogle — Beaten and Bloodied in Prison Yard Ambush  —  BEATEN AND BLOODIED  —  in Prison Yard Ambush … Jared Fogle got a surprise beatdown in federal prison from an inmate who has major issues with child molesters ... TMZ has learned.  —  According to docs, Fogle got jumped …
Nicole Hensley / New York Daily News:
Ex-Subway pitchman Jared Fogle attacked in bloody Colorado prison brawl  —  Convicted pedophile and ex-Subway pitchman Jared Fogle was pummeled in a vicious prison yard attack, according to a new report.  —  The disgraced Indiana sex offender suffered a swollen face, scratched neck …
Matt Adams / Fox 59:   Disgraced Subway spokesman Jared Fogle suffers bloody nose during prison yard beating
Ben Winslow /
GOP presidential debate in SLC canceled  —  SALT LAKE CITY — Monday's GOP presidential debate scheduled here in Utah has been canceled, FOX 13 News has confirmed.  —  The decision to cancel the debate followed Donald Trump's announcement on “FOX & Friends” that he would not be appearing.
J. Freedom Du Lac / Washington Post:
Trump: 'I think you'd have riots' if contested convention results in a different nominee
Discussion: Mediaite, NPR and 89.3 KPCC
WGN Web Desk / WGN-TV:
Waukegan man calls 911 claiming to have killed 19 children  —  Share Update: … WAUKEGAN, Ill. — Authorities arrested a man after he called them claiming to have killed 19 children in Lake County, Illinois.  —  According to a statement by the Lake County Sheriff's Office …
Discussion: KFOR-TV and
Matthew J. Belvedere / CNBC:
We choose the nominee, not the voters: Senior GOP official  —  Headed towards a contested convention: Unbound delegate  —  Curly Haugland, RNC Rules Committee, and Gary Emineth, former chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party, talk about Republican convention rules and why it could lead to a contested convention.
Nick Gass / Politico:
RNC spokesman: Trump ‘speaking figuratively’ about convention riots  —  If the Republican National Committee is worried about the possibility of a contentious contested convention, one of its top officials showed no signs of concern Wednesday, even after the party's front-runner warned …
Darcie Loreno /
Polar bear ‘contained’ after escaping area at Cincinnati Zoo … CINCINNATI, Ohio — A polar bear has been contained after breaching its enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo.  —  No animals or people were harmed. … The incident happened Wednesday at around 11:30 a.m.
Discussion: WGN-TV
Rick Scott / Facebook:
GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT CALLS ON REPUBLICANS TO COME TOGETHER  —  I'm asking all Republicans today to come together and begin preparing to win the general election in November.  —  With his victories yesterday, I believe it is now time for Republicans to accept and respect the will of the voters and coalesce behind Donald Trump.
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