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4:45 PM ET, March 23, 2016


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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Jeb Bush endorses Ted Cruz  —  In a surprise announcement, Jeb Bush will endorse Ted Cruz on Wednesday as an antidote to the “divisiveness and vulgarity” of Donald Trump, providing a badly needed boost to the Texas senator - but it's one that comes dangerously late in a game that Trump is dominating.
David Weigel / Washington Post:
AIPAC's apology for Trump speech is unprecedented … This morning, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu experienced something that American politicians have become all too familiar with — being overshadowed by Donald Trump.  —  The prime minister's video-linked speech …
Donald J. Trump / Salon:
These guys are utterly terrifying: The GOP primary marches on, but yesterday proved that both of the options are horrible  —  Both Trump & Cruz made clear by their responses to Brussels that they're both spectacularly ill-suited to lead  —  Last night's Republican primaries were always considered …
Discussion: US News and Hullabaloo
Jeb Bush backs Ted Cruz for president  —  Washington (CNN)Jeb Bush endorsed Ted Cruz on Wednesday morning, calling his former rival for the Republican presidential nomination a “principled conservative” and urging fellow Republicans to reject Donald Trump as the next GOP nominee.
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Reid: ‘Never, ever, ever underestimate Trump’  —  Harry Reid has some advice for Democrats already celebrating Hillary Clinton as the next president: Don't underestimate Donald Trump.  —  While Democratic groups and the party committees circulate all the reasons that Trump could doom …
Discussion: ABC News and The Daily Caller
Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump: Cruz stole my policies, Michael Douglas' line
Gabby Morrongiello / Washington Examiner:
Poll: Most Republicans want the GOP to unite behind Trump
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Scott Walker: “Ted Cruz Is The Only One Who's Got A Chance” To Beat Donald Trump
Discussion: The Resurgent
Ryan Struyk / ABC News:
A Look at What Tuesday Night Means for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton
Discussion: Associated Press and
Paul Ryan sounds alarm about disheartening state of politics  —  House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday warned against getting “disheartened” about the current state of politics, saying that Americans can't lose faith in their government.  —  In a sweeping speech, the Wisconsin Republican implicitly rebuked …
Discussion: ABC News, The Week and WND
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Why Trump is winning: His supporters think America is screwing over whites  —  THE MORNING PLUM:  —  Donald Trump continued stomping towards the GOP nomination with a big win in Arizona last night, which will stir more anxiety among GOP elites who worry that his strategy of courting white backlash …
Alice Ollstein / ThinkProgress:
Paul Ryan Apologizes For Calling The Poor ‘Takers’  —  In a Capitol Hill speech billed as a repudiation of the tone of the 2016 election, House Speaker Paul Ryan apologized for his own past rhetoric about poor people of color.  —  “There was a time when I would talk about a difference between 'makers …
Caitlin Cruz / Talking Points Memo:
Whites ‘Losing Out’ To Minorities, Majority Of Trump Backers Say
Discussion: Mediaite and Washington Post
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Ryan: ‘Disheartening’ politics risks distrust of government
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Ted Johnson / Variety:
Disney, Marvel to Boycott Georgia if Religious Liberty Bill Is Passed  —  The Walt Disney Co. and Marvel Studios indicated opposition to a Georgia religious liberty bill pending before Gov. Nathan Deal, saying that they will take their business elsewhere “should any legislation allowing …
Sam Budnyk / The Emory Wheel:
Emory Students Express Discontent With Administrative Response to Trump Chalkings  —  The following day, University President James W. Wagner, as well as representatives from College Council (CC) and Student Government Association (SGA) sent emails to the Emory community to address student concerns and responses.
Clare Malone / FiveThirtyEight:
Why Donald Trump?  —  The night before Super Tuesday I was on a plane from Oklahoma City to Cleveland, my hometown, when a thought struck me: I truly had no idea what was going on in America.  —  I'd been traveling a fair bit during the rush of primary season, and you start to feel unstuck when you do that.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Jason Newman / Rolling Stone:
A Tribe Called Quest's Phife Dawg Dead at 45  —  Malik Taylor's distinct voice and nimble flow helped anchor landmark hip-hop albums  —  Malik Taylor, the rapper known as Phife Dawg whose nimble, clever rhymes helped launch A Tribe Called Quest to both commercial and critical success, died Wednesday at the age of 45.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
NPR starts ‘Trump Training’ to deal with threats  —  Donald Trump's campaign events have apparently become such a minefield for reporters that one major news organization has taken the extraordinary step of offering its correspondents a version of training for dealing with real minefields.
Discussion: Mediaite and FishbowlDC
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Does Obama Have This Right?  —  Sulaimaniya, Iraq — As one could see from President Obama's recent interview in The Atlantic, he pretty much hates all the Middle East's leaders including those of Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Iran and the Palestinians.
Gillian Mohney / ABC News:
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Bachmann: Maybe God Uses Terrorist Attacks To Humiliate Obama  —  Michele Bachmann, the former congresswoman turned End Times prophet, took to WorldNetDaily today to blast President Obama for his approach to fighting the terrorist group ISIS.  —  As Bachmann sees it, ISIS strikes whenever …
Discussion: WND, Mediaite and Raw Story
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Reminder: Liberalism Is Working, and Marxism Has Always Failed  —  <span>Never too early to start planning the counterrevolution.</span>  —  Yesterday, President Obama visited Cuba at a moment when his presidency is at an apogee, and international communism is mired in a long, terminal decline.
The Huffington Post:
Terms and Conditions  —  Welcome to The Huffington Post.  Please read these Terms and Conditions before using, or submitting content in any form or medium for publication on, The Huffington Post.  By continuing to use us, or by submitting content for publication on The Huffington Post …
Richard Lardner / Associated Press:
Officials say Guantanamo transfers have killed Americans  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans have been killed by prisoners released from the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a senior Obama administration official told lawmakers Wednesday, triggering sharp criticism from Republicans opposed to shuttering the facility.
Washington Post:
Belgian authorities capture suspect in Brussels attacks … BRUSSELS — Authorities captured a suspect linked to the Brussels bloodshed Wednesday following a massive manhunt, as details emerged of the suicide attackers: two brothers who brought chaos and bloodshed to the city at the heart of European unity …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Divided Supreme Court hears Obamacare birth control challenge  —  A sharply divided Supreme Court on Wednesday considered whether Obamacare's birth control coverage requirement violated the rights of religious institutions, with Justice Anthony Kennedy — the likely swing vote …
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Intel chairman: Brussels attacks appeared to target Americans  —  The terror attacks in Brussels on Tuesday appear to have been designed to hit Americans, according to the head of the House Intelligence Committee.  —  “From my vantage point, it does look like an attack on Americans,” …
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Adam Edelman / New York Daily News:
Top adviser to Richard Nixon admitted that ‘War on Drugs’ …
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Border Patrol Union Chief Says Arrests Of Afghans And Pakistanis Have Skyrocketed This Year
Discussion: WND
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Obama Admin Engaged in Secret Talks to Pay Iran Nearly $2 Billion
Discussion: The PolitiStick
Saritha Rai / Bloomberg Business:
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Discussion: The Next Web, The Verge and Mashable
Brendan Klinkenberg / BuzzFeed:
Tinder Adds “Swipe The Vote” So You Can Hook Up With Candidates
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama goes after Cruz for urging patrols of Muslim neighborhoods
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air and Washington Free Beacon
David Dayen / New Republic:
Is Retaking the House a Democratic Pipe Dream?
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Obama: I'm not underplaying terror threats
Discussion: ABC News and The Week
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Bloomberg Business:
Virgin America Weighs Sale After Receiving Interest
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Foreign policy adviser downplays Trump's ‘torture’ talk
Discussion: RedState, NPR and Daily Kos
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Four GOP lawmakers reject bills to promote women in science
Discussion: Raw Story
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
A.J. Daulerio Doesn't Regret Child Sex Quip At Hogan-Gawker Trial
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Racine Teenager Rescued by Police After Unexpectedly Giving Birth
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