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7:10 PM ET, March 18, 2016

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Mitt Romney / Facebook:
This week, in the Utah nominating caucus, I will vote for Senator Ted Cruz.  —  Today, there is a contest between Trumpism and Republicanism.  Through the calculated statements of its leader, Trumpism has become associated with racism, misogyny, bigotry, xenophobia, vulgarity and, most recently, threats and violence.
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David Wasserman / The Cook Political Report:
House Republicans Staring Into the Abyss: 10 Ratings Changes Favor Democrats  —  “They're about to detonate a nuclear bomb on themselves,” said one savvy House Democratic strategist following Tuesday's primaries.  “If Ted Cruz is your back up plan, you're screwed,” the strategist gleefully added.
Discussion: Vox
The Cook Political Report:
2016 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR MARCH 18, 2016  —  Likely: These seats are not considered competitive at this point, but have the potential to become engaged.  —  Lean: These are considered competitive races, but one party has an advantage.  —  Toss-Up: These are the most competitive; either party has a good chance of winning.
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
As Hillary Clinton Sweeps States, One Group Resists: White Men  —  White men narrowly backed Hillary Clinton in her 2008 race for president, but they are resisting her candidacy this time around in major battleground states, rattling some Democrats about her general-election strategy.
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Jazz Shaw / Hot Air:
How we now know that Hillary Clinton will not be prosecuted for anything  —  John wrote yesterday about how Barack Obama has been working behind the scenes to move large dollar Democratic donors away from Bernie Sanders and towards Hillary Clinton.  This, combined with various attacks …
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Sanders surprises with controversial superdelegate strategy
Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
Sanders says Clinton does not have ‘insurmountable lead’
Mark Plotkin / The Hill:
Garland selection proves that to Obama, DC doesn't count  —  President Obama, in an attempt to show Merrick Garland's “compassion” and devotion to the public good, pointed out that the Supreme Court nominee by “tutoring a young student at Northeast D.C. elementary school each year for the past 18 years.”
Discussion: Politico and electionlawblog.org
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CBS News:
Threatening letter sent to Donald Trump's son, Eric  —  NEW YORK — The Secret Service, FBI and New York Police Department are investigating what sources tell CBS News is a threatening piece of mail sent to Donald Trump's son, Eric Trump.  —  The mail, sent to Eric Trump at his posh Manhattan residence …
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Washington Post:
Key suspect in Paris attacks captured in Brussels raid; four others arrested … PARIS — Belgian counterterrorism police raided an apartment block in Brussels on Friday and arrested Salah Abdeslam, a key suspect in last year's bloody terrorist attacks in Paris, after a shootout that left him wounded, European leaders said.
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Daily Mail:
‘We got him!’:  Police capture world's most wanted man as ISIS fugitive behind Paris attacks …
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Editor of top US Jewish newspaper: Boycott Trump at AIPAC  —  The editor-in-chief of a top Jewish-American newspaper is calling for a boycott of Donald Trump  —  's speech at a major pro-Jewish conference next week.  —  Jane Eisner of The Forward published a list this week of suggestions …
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Sandy Rashty / thejc.com:
Donald Trump is more than my boss, he is a patriarch
Wall Street Journal:
A Trump Reality Check  —  He is the least commanding GOP front-runner since Ford.  —  Donald Trump won't debate his Republican rivals again but he will continue to argue on Twitter.  On Thursday the businessman demanded an apology after we—"the dummies at the @WSJ Editorial Board" …
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David Brooks / New York Times:
No, Not Trump, Not Ever  —  The voters have spoken.  —  In convincing fashion, Republican voters seem to be selecting Donald Trump as their nominee.  And in a democracy, victory has legitimacy to it.  Voters are rarely wise but are usually sensible.  They understand their own problems.
Discussion: Washington Post and Instapundit
Ari Melber / NBC News:
RNC Rules: Insiders Speak Out on Contested Convention  —  Brokered Convention?  Here are the Rules 1:46  —  If no presidential candidate wins a majority of delegates and Republicans face a contested convention this summer, a small group of party insiders will have huge sway over who wins …
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Timothy Egan / New York Times:   Crackpot Party Crackup
Stephanie McNeal / BuzzFeed:
People Are Freaking Out Over This Girl's Sad Picture Of Her Grandpa  —  Papaw made dinner for six grandkids, but only one showed up. :'(  —  This is Kelsey Harmon, a college softball player from Oklahoma.  —  On Wednesday night, Harmon tweeted a photo of herself having dinner with her grandfather.
Heather Haddon / Wall Street Journal:
Chris Christie Says Donald Trump Didn't Mean ‘Literal Riots’  —  Gov. Chris Christie said that Donald Trump was speaking figuratively when he said earlier this week that there would be “riots” if he had the most delegates going into the Republican presidential convention but was denied the nomination.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Not Kidding: Senior Donald Trump Advisor Says Riots Aren't Violence
Discussion: Washington Free Beacon and Hot Air
Kyle Blaine / BuzzFeed:
How Donald Trump Bent Television To His Will  —  Staffers at the five major television networks are grappling with what role their organizations may have played in amplifying Donald Trump's successful campaign of insults, generalizations about minority groups, and at times flat-out lies.
abc13.com:
Sex offender David Wilson sentenced to life in prison  —  A jury sentenced sex offender David Wilson to life in prison hours after they convicted him of child sex assault.  —  Wilson, a previous sex offender, was accused of molesting two young girls.  —  The jury deliberated about an hour.
John R. Schindler / The New York Observer:
Hillary Has an NSA Problem  —  The FBI has been investigating Clinton for months—but an even more secretive Federal agency has its own important beef with her  —  For a year now, Hillary Clinton's misuse of email during her tenure as Secretary of State has hung like a dark cloud over her presidential campaign.
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Donald Trump is counting on an anti-trade backlash that doesn't appear to exist  —  Donald Trump offers largely orthodox conservative policy solutions on economic issues, with the important exception of trade.  On the question of trade deals, Trump is offering a right-wing nationalist spin …
Kate Royals / The Clarion Ledger:
Mississippi lawmaker to voter: ‘I could care less’  —  When a voter sent emails to state representatives over her concerns with the handling of the state's budget, one lawmaker wrote her back.  And his response has a lot of people hot under the collar.  Dustin Barnes/The Clarion-Ledger
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
USA Today:
Facebook is watching and tracking you more than you probably realize  —  Whenever you're on Facebook, do you ever get the feeling that you're being watched?  An ad pops up that's right up your alley, or three new articles show up in your feed that are similar to something you've just clicked on.
 
 
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Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Twitter Rules Out Long Tweets, Sticking to 140-Character Limit
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William Saletan / Slate:
Cruz 2020?  —  Recent history says the GOP won't learn its lesson next time around.
Michael A. Cohen / BostonGlobe.com:
The genealogy of American demagoguery
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Reuters:
Starwood gets higher $13 bln bid from Anbang, tops Marriott offer
Daily Mail:
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Chicago Sun Times:
Daughter of state rep. charged with stapling opponent's head
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Reuters:
SEC says Amazon should allow shareholder vote on gender pay
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Conservative group targets Sens. Manchin, Heitkamp with big ad buy in SCOTUS fight
Discussion: Salon and Say Anything
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Henry Goldman / Bloomberg Business:
Stabbing Surge Stumps NYC Police, Sows Fear Among Residents
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Anti-Trump forces contemplate the end