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10:50 AM 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 …
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 …
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:
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
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 sweeps all five 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.
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.
What's going on in Missouri?  —  Washington (CNN)With vote counting …
Discussion: RedState, FiveThirtyEight and Politico
Nicholas J.C. Pistor / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Recounts possible in both of Missouri's presidential primaries
Discussion: The Week
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Kasich won Ohio. Now what?
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Rubio's Exit and the G.O.P.'s Spoiled Buffet
Discussion: USA Today and New York Magazine
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Trump, Cruz vow to barricade Kasich from convention
Discussion: ABC News
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
5 takeaways from Tuesday's primaries
New York Times:
What's Next for Both Parties
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.
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.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Liberals flirt with lowering bar on Supreme Court confirmation  —  When Senate Democrats gutted the filibuster for most nominations in 2013, they refused to touch the rules governing the Supreme Court — but some liberals are now starting to reconsider.  —  With President Barack Obama set …
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.
NBC News:
Obama to Nominate Federal Judge Merrick Garland For the Supreme Court  —  Obama to nominate Merrick Garland as SCOTUS replacement 2:23  —  President Barack Obama will nominate federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, a White House official told NBC News …
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.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama to nominate Merrick Garland to Supreme Court
Discussion: Raw Story
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:   Obama to announce Supreme Court nominee at 11 a.m.
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Trump: Senate should block Obama's Supreme Court nominee
Discussion: The Week
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg Business:
Obama to Announce U.S. Supreme Court Nominee at 11 A.M. Today
Discussion: ABC News and USA Today
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
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Goodbye, Bushism
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Rubio's demise marks the last gasp of the Republican reboot
Robert Draper / New York Times:   Donald Trump and the Fall of the Republican Campaign Guru
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
Deborah Tannen / TIME:
The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy of Disliking Hillary Clinton  —  Deborah Tannen is a linguistics professor at Georgetown University.  —  She is faced with a sexist double bind  —  President Barack Obama recently commented that in 2008 Hillary Clinton had to do everything he did, but she had to get up earlier to have her hair done.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Two Trump delegates with ‘foreign’ names underperform in Illinois
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Marine general to Congress: We might not be ready for another war
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Judicial Crisis Network plans $2 million ad campaign opposing Obama's court pick
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A Fair Way to Choose a Republican Nominee
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Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Insider: Trump to skip GOP debate for pro-Israel conference
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