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12:50 PM ET, March 21, 2016


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CBS News:
CBS/NYT Poll: Majority of Americans support restoring U.S.-Cuba ties  —  As President Obama travels Cuba for his historic trip, a majority of Americans support restoring U.S.-Cuba diplomatic ties, according to a new CBS News/New York Times poll.  —  Fifty-two percent approve of the president's handling …
Sen. Ted Cruz / Politico:
In Cuba, Obama Will Legitimize the Corrupt and Ignore the Oppressed
Alan Gomez / USA Today:
Cuba arrests dozens of human rights protesters before Obama's arrival
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Democrats to Sanders: Time to wind it down  —  Democratic senators of all stripes are as impressed as they are surprised by Bernie Sanders' insurgent campaign.  —  But the time has come, they say, for Sanders to start winding things down.  —  After holding their fire on Sanders …
Discussion: Hit & Run, Towleroad and Hot Air
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Sanders crushes Clinton among Democrats abroad
Discussion: The Week
Associated Press:   Gaffe Proof? Trump Vs. Clinton Tests Political Pitfalls
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
John Roberts Criticized Supreme Court Confirmation Process, Before There Was a Vacancy  —  WASHINGTON — Last month, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. delivered some blunt remarks about the Supreme Court confirmation process.  The Senate should ensure that nominees are qualified, he said, and leave politics out of it.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Supreme Court nominee Garland bows out of more cases  —  Supreme Court nominee and D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Merrick Garland begged off at least nine more court cases in recent days, signaling that he is suspending his work as chief judge on that court through at least mid-April.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Declines to Hear Challenge to Colorado's Marijuana Laws  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an unusual lawsuit challenging Colorado's legalization of recreational marijuana.  —  “The State of Colorado authorizes, oversees, protects and profits …
New York Times:
Donald Trump Is Finally Uniting Top Republican Donors — Against Him  —  The prospect of a Donald J. Trump nomination is accomplishing what a diverse and talented field of Republican presidential contenders could not: uniting the party's big-money donor establishment.
John Kasich / Plain Dealer:
John Kasich's presidential campaign began March with $1.25 million, new filing shows
Discussion: RedState and The Resurgent
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Trump headed for a whipping in Utah
Eli Stokols / Politico:
Trump plans AIPAC surprise  —  Over the nine months of his presidential campaign, Donald Trump has yet to step to a podium and read from a script.  That changes Monday, when he is set to address more than 18,000 people attending the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference in Washington.
Liz Kreutz / ABC News:
Hillary Clinton Slams Donald Trump Over Israel-Palestine: 'Some Things Aren't Negotiable'
Frank Rich / New York Magazine:
Can we please retire the notion that Donald Trump is hijacking someone else's party?  —  In mid-July of 2015, a month after Donald Trump announced his presidential run, I joined a gaggle of political junkies in a clubby bar four blocks from the White House to hear a legendary campaign strategist expound on the race ahead.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Trump puts GOP House majority in jeopardy  —  Donald Trump is on the verge of two things once thought to be impossible: winning the Republican presidential nomination, and putting Republicans' historically large House majority in danger.  —  Democrats have for the past year discussed …
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Priebus: ‘You let the process play out’ … Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus in an interview Sunday dismissed the notion that presidential candidates who fall just short of the necessary number of delegates should receive the Republican nomination.
Discussion: Politico and Infowars
Man arrested for sex on Vegas Ferris wheel fatally shot after leaving Houston club  —  Two suspects have been arrested after a driver was gunned down Saturday morning in southwest Houston.
León Krauze / New Yorker:
Me Gusta Trump: Portrait of a Hispanic Trump Voter  —  John Castillo grew up in Lincoln Heights, the heart of Hispanic Los Angeles, in a tight-knit Mexican-American family.  His father's name was Juan, but his mother decided to name their son John.  He attended Cathedral High School …
Eric Martin / Bloomberg Business:
Stop Trump Movement Gets Boost From Mexico's Efforts in U.S.  —  Consulates in U.S. Promote Citizenship For Immigrants  —  Charm Offensive Seeks to bolster Image of Mexico in U.S.  —  Mexico is mounting an unprecedented effort to turn its permanent residents in the U.S. into citizens …
Discussion: Infowars
Caitlin Cruz / Talking Points Memo:
Man Arrested On Suspicion Of Assaulting Trump Protester Is Active Duty Air Force  —  Officials confirmed late Sunday night that the 32-year-old man arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor assault at a Donald Trump rally in Tucson is an airman assigned to a nearby base.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Gabrielle Bluestone / Gawker:
Donald Trump Danced Onstage With Ben Carson While a Man Serenaded Them With a Special Song  —  Finally something delightful this primary: Donald Trump and Ben Carson trapped onstage and on-camera for the entire duration of a special live rendition of the song “Stand By Me”.
Discussion: The Week
Charles Gasparino / New York Post:
Will Hillary get charged, or what?  —  FBI chief James Comey and his investigators are increasingly certain presidential nominee Hillary Clinton violated laws in handling classified government information through her private e-mail server, career agents say.
Alice Ollstein / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Federal Court Rules Prison Gerrymandering Unconstitutional  —  The Federal District Court for Florida's Northern District ruled Monday that the prison gerrymandering in Florida's Jefferson County unconstitutionally dilutes the voting power of its residents.
Discussion: ACLU of Florida
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Johns Hopkins researchers poke a hole in Apple's encryption  —  Apple's growing arsenal of encryption techniques — shielding data on devices as well as real-time video calls and instant messages — has spurred the U.S. government to sound the alarm that such tools are putting the communications …
Discussion: The Verge and Engadget
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
The Mutual Dependence of Donald Trump and the News Media  —  Did you catch the Trump-Kelly bout Friday night?  What a show.  —  It had Donald J. Trump, The Likely Republican Presidential Nominee, throwing the first punch (of that day) at the star Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly by composing …
Jessie Hellman / The Hill:
Former UN ambassador: Putin is ‘up to something’  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin pulled his military out of Syria for economic reasons, former U.N. ambassador Bill Richardson said during an interview with John Catsimatidis Sunday.  —  “I think he's up to something again,” Richardson said.
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Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:
The costs of Obama's Syria policy are apparent to everyone but him
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Paul Watson / Infowars:
Tucson Cop: Anti-Trump Protesters “Most Hateful People I've Ever Seen”
Erin Durkin / New York Daily News:
Leonardo DiCaprio says China can be ‘hero for the environmental movement’ on issue of climate change
Discussion: Guardian and The Daily Caller
Ted Johnson / Variety:
Lena Dunham Says She's Received ‘More Hostility’ for Backing Clinton Over Sanders
Discussion: The Week
The Independent:
The official name of a new multi-million pound research vessel could be the RRS Boaty McBoatface …
Discussion: Althouse and Mediaite
Milo Yiannopoulos / Breitbart:
Jack Dorsey: You're A Liar. Censorship Is Rampant On Twitter
Joel Kotkin / The Daily Beast:
Trumpism: America's Berlusconi Moment
Discussion: Instapundit
 Earlier Items: 
Brendan O'Connor / Gawker:
Trump Campaign Names “Veterans for Trump” …
Discussion: Raw Story
John Fund / National Review:
Could Early Voting Elect Donald Trump and Skew the System?
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Learning Lessons From Outrage
Discussion: Daily Kos
How to Rob a Central Bank
Matea Gold / Washington Post:
Donald Trump's personal investment in campaign climbs to nearly $25 million
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Fear and Loathing: ‘Kazika the Mad Jap’ Could Not Be Reached for Comment
Discussion: American Power and Vox Popoli
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Va. Republicans take redistricting fight to the Supreme Court