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5:40 AM ET, March 16, 2016


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Tal Kopan / CNN:
Primary results: Live updates  —  Primary election results and updates as they happen as voters in Florida, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois and North Carolina go to the ballot box.
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: New York Times and Eschaton
John McCormick / Bloomberg Business:
Trump Wins Florida as Rubio Suspends Campaign for President  —  Florida senator staked campaign on winning his home state  —  Ohio, Illinois, North Carolina also up for grabs in primaries  —  Billionaire Donald Trump is poised to win Florida's Republican presidential primary …
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Politico, ABC News and Allen B. West
New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Wins 4 Races, Rebounding From Michigan Loss  —  Hillary Clinton swept major primaries in Florida, North Carolina and Ohio on Tuesday, rebounding from her upset loss to Bernie Sanders in Michigan a week earlier and securing a political and psychological victory for her campaign.
Andrew Prokop / Vox:
Tonight's results will determine whether Trump takes a near-insurmountable lead
Discussion: Business Insider and AOL
Nick Gass / Politico:   Hillary Clinton wins Illinois Democratic primary
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 …
New York Times:
A Distant Second at Home, Marco Rubio Ends a Disappointing Campaign  —  MIAMI — Marco Rubio tried everything to project experience and statesmanship.  He held forth on the intricacies of Middle East geopolitics.  He rattled off the dangers of a nuclear-armed North Korean dictator.
Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
The Rubio Campaign Ends Where It Began  —  This was never how it was supposed to end for Marco Rubio, the man who once seemed ordained to save the Republican Party.  Not in Florida, of all places, and certainly not at the hands of Donald Trump.  —  “After tonight while it is clear …
Rick Klein / ABC News:
ANALYSIS: Trump Rolls Through Rubio, as Cruz and Kasich Offer Narrowing Alternate Paths
Sabrina Siddiqui / Guardian:
Rubio: Trump is ‘an embarrassment’ and Republicans will pay big in November
Discussion: NBC News, Common Dreams, Mediaite and MSNBC
CBS Miami:
Marco Rubio Suspends Campaign After Losing Florida Primary
Discussion: Politico
Eli Stokols / Politico:
Rubio suspends presidential campaign
Discussion: Western Journalism
Shane Goldmacher / Politico:
Top conservatives gather to plot third-party run against Trump  —  Three influential leaders of the conservative movement have summoned other top conservatives for a closed-door meeting Thursday in Washington, D.C., to talk about how to stop Donald Trump and, should he become the Republican nominee …
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.
Discussion: Slantpoint and The Week
Ellen Barry / New York Times:
Indian Town Prays for a ‘Son’ on Supreme Court
Discussion: Hit & Run
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Grassley denies knowledge of group backing him in court battle
Charles Thompson /
Suspended Pa. Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin resigns from bench in email scandal
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 …
Sonny Bunch / Washington Free Beacon:
This One Strange Fact About Donald Trump Disqualifies Him From the Presidency  —  There's really only one appropriate way to order a good steak in a nice restaurant: medium rare.  —  OK, I can make an allowance for rare.  Not my cup of tea, usually; that being said, at least that doesn't kill the flavor.
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Insider: Trump to skip GOP debate for pro-Israel conference  —  will miss the final Republican presidential debate to address a major pro-Israel lobbying organization instead, according to an insider.  —  “Hearing that Trump secured a Monday night speaking slot at AIPAC conf. in D.C,” …
Discussion: Breitbart and Politico
Manu Raju / CNN:
Ted Cruz urged to apologize for attacks against Mitch McConnell  —  Ted Cruz warns: Nominate Trump and Hillary Clinton wins  — GOP senators are urging Ted Cruz to apologize for his attacks against Majority Leader Mitch McConnell  —  Washington (CNN)Senior Senate Republicans are calling …
Henry Olsen / National Review:
Decision Desk, Ides of March: Et Tu, GOP?  —  “Beware the Ides of March,” the soothsayer told Caesar.  Election soothsayers, aka pundits, have been saying the same to the GOP for months.  March 15 will not only determine the fates of many Republican aspirants; it may even decide whether …
Discussion: New York Times
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.
New York Times:
Measuring Donald Trump's Mammoth Advantage in Free Media
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
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Kevin Glueck / KGAN:
Iowa City man charged with hate crime for assaulting black man
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Bernie's longshot victory strategy
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Avianne Tan / ABC News:
11-Year-Old Girl Donates Allowance to Help Get Bulletproof Vests for K-9s in Ohio
Discussion: Mashable and Fox News Insider
Tara Golshan / Vox:
Read: Hillary Clinton's victory speech was a turn to the battle against Donald Trump
Discussion: Washington Post
Ann Domeck /
Cleveland poll worker arrested after fighting with other workers and pulling a gun
 Earlier Items: 
Heather Mac Donald / National Review:
Divisive Rhetoric? Trump Didn't Start This Fire
Discussion: Instapundit and Washington Post