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9:00 PM ET, March 16, 2016


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Tré Goins-Phillips /
‘You Son of a B***h’: Glenn Beck Slams ‘Delusional’ Kasich for Staying in the Race  —  After winning the Republican primary in his home state of Ohio Tuesday night, Republican presidential candidate John Kasich announced that he plans to stay the course.  Glenn Beck had a few choice words for him.
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 …
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.
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
The Economist rates Trump presidency among its top 10 global risks  —  A Donald Trump presidency poses a top-10 risk event that could disrupt the world economy, lead to political chaos in the U.S. and heighten security risks for the United States, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Trump, Cruz vow to barricade Kasich from convention
Annie Karni / Politico:
Hillary slams the door on Bernie
Discussion: Washington Post, New York Times and CNN
New York Times:
Rubio's Exit Leaves Trump With an Open Path to 1,237 Delegates
Bloomberg Business:
Trump Says He'll Skip Debate, Warns of Possible Convention Riots
Discussion: Politico, Hot Air and
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
GOP official: The party chooses the nominee, not the voters
Discussion: Political Wire
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Donald Trump Warns of ‘Riots’ if Party Blocks Him at Convention
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Trump risks falling short of delegate count for nomination
Nick Gass / Politico:
Nikki Haley backs Ted Cruz
Discussion: The Right Scoop
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.
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 …
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
GOP senators split with leadership on SCOTUS  —  A small group of Senate Republicans is breaking with its party's Supreme Court strategy, with lawmakers saying they're willing to meet with President Obama's pick to succeed Justice Antonin Scalia.  —  Seven Republicans so far have said they are open …
Josh Israel / ThinkProgressPage Array:
6 Quotes From Senate Republicans About Merrick Garland That Are Really Awkward Now
New York Times:
Obama Chooses Merrick Garland for Supreme Court
Rose Garden / The White House:
Remarks by the President Announcing Judge Merrick Garland as his Nominee to the Supreme Court
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Post
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 …
Discussion: Fox 59 and New York Post
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 …
Discussion: New York Magazine
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.
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.
Jordan Sargent / Gawker:
PBS News Story on First-Time Trump Voters Prominently Displays Longtime White Power Tattoos  —  Last night, PBS NewsHour ran a story on the Tilly family of Fayetteville, North Carolina.  The Tillys do not have a history of being active in politics, but various members of the family …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Trump Appears To Have Heavily Plagiarized Op-Ed From Carson  —  An op-ed penned this month by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and published online appears to be blatantly plagiarized from an article written days earlier under former rival Ben Carson's name, The Daily Caller has determined.
Kristin Salaky / Talking Points Memo:
Carson: You Have To Admit Trump Calling Me A Child Molester ‘Did Work’
Discussion: Daily Kos
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Trump Campaign Manager Denies Blacklisting Reporters  —  “I have a great relationship with these people.”  —  —  Donald Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, denied on Wednesday that the Trump campaign blacklists reporters who write critical stories about the candidate.
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For release at 2:00 p.m. EDT  —  Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in January suggests that economic activity has been expanding at a moderate pace despite the global economic and financial developments of recent months.  Household spending has been increasing …
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 …
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Sheldon Adelson on supporting Trump: ‘Why not?’  —  If Donald Trump is the nominee, Republican megadonor Sheldon Adelson says, “Why not” support him?  —  “Trump is a businessman.  I am a businessman.  He employs a lot of people.  I employed 50,000 people.  Why not?”
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Outspoken Trump Supporter: 'Riots Aren't Necessarily a Bad Thing'  —  Scottie Nell Hughes, an adamant Donald Trump supporter, defended the GOP frontrunner's comments (warnings?) about riots at the convention by saying that riots aren't necessarily that bad.  —  Trump warned of riots …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Jonathan V. Last / Weekly Standard:
Why Rubio Lost
Katie Pavlich /
House Unanimously Votes to Declare ISIS Extermination of Christians a Genocide, State Department Drags Its Feet
Discussion: RedState
Bill Gertz / Washington Free Beacon:
China, Russia Planning Space Attacks on U.S. Satellites
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Trump ad: Clinton not tough enough to face Putin, ISIS
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Andrew Rosati / Bloomberg Business:
Venezuela to Shut Down for a Week to Cope With Electricity Crisis
Salena Zito / Greensburg Tribune-Review:
Kasich's Pennsylvania ballot challenge withdrawn; clears way to primary
Discussion: Politico and Hot Air
Daily Mail:
Dear Harry, If you are really thinking about going to Yale, you must be nuts. …
Discussion: Power Line
M.L. Nestel / The Daily Beast:
Virginia Jails People for Even Smelling Like Alcohol
Discussion: Raw Story and The Week
 Earlier Items: 
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Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Trump's top foreign policy advisor? 'I'm speaking with myself'
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
NBC News:
Game Over? Clinton, Trump Surge Ahead of Rivals
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Washington Post
Aaron Klein / Breitbart:
Anti-Trump Groups Threaten ‘Largest Civil Disobedience Action of the Century’
Discussion: WND and Weasel Zippers
Darcie Loreno /
Polar bear ‘contained’ after escaping area at Cincinnati Zoo
Discussion: WGN-TV