Five things to watch in Acela primaries tonight | TheHill

Five things to watch in Acela primaries tonight | TheHill

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are poised for big nights on Tuesday. The pressure is on Trump to run up the score at a period in the race when the map has lined up favorably for him. Polls show Trump is headed for a big victory in Pennsylvania, the biggest delegates prize of the day. According to […]

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Unpopularity Contest: Poll Shows Grim Outlook for 2016 Winner – NBC News

Unpopularity Contest: Poll Shows Grim Outlook for 2016 Winner – NBC News

As the American public views the 2016 presidential campaign, it’s seeing many more flaws than strengths, according to results from a new national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Nearly seven-in-10 registered voters say they couldn’t see themselves supporting Republican frontrunner Donald Trump; 61 percent say they couldn’t back fellow Republican Ted Cruz; and 58 percent […]

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When Reagan Almost Won: The 1976 GOP Convention

When Reagan Almost Won: The 1976 GOP Convention

The first and only ballot was breathtakingly close: Ford, 1,187; Reagan 1,070, with 1,130 (half the number of delegates plus one) needed to nominate. Ford’s margin over Reagan was a slim 117 delegates. A shift of only 59 delegates would have given the nomination to Reagan–with its 30 delegates, Mississippi would have provided half of […]

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Let Me Ask America a Question – By Donald J. Trump in The Wall Street Journal

Let Me Ask America a Question – By Donald J. Trump in The Wall Street Journal

“Mr. Cruz has toured the country bragging about his voterless victory in Colorado … Mr. Cruz is celebrating their disenfranchisement. … Mr. Cruz loudly boasts every time party insiders disenfranchise voters in a congressional district by appointing delegates who will vote the opposite of the expressed will of the people who live in that district. … […]

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Tonight’s Debate: Sanders’ last shot to shake up the race – POLITICO

Tonight’s Debate: Sanders’ last shot to shake up the race – POLITICO

Amid the Democratic primary’s most contentious week, Sanders and Hillary Clinton will go toe-to-toe in Brooklyn. NEW YORK — Thursday night’s Brooklyn debate is Bernie Sanders’ last chance to shake up the race in a state where he must pull off a major upset to change the dynamics of the Democratic primary. The debate at […]

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Karl Rove-backed PAC warms to Trump

Karl Rove-backed PAC warms to Trump

The strategist publicly questions Trump’s electability, but privately his PAC tells donors Trump can win. Karl Rove has publicly blasted Donald Trump as “a petty man consumed by resentment and bitterness” with little gravitas and almost no chance of beating Hillary Clinton. But privately, the super PAC conceived by Rove is suggesting to its donors […]

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White House demands Maryland SuperPAC pull Senate ad

White House demands Maryland SuperPAC pull Senate ad

President Barack Obama’s administration is slamming a new gun control-themed ad from a super PAC backing Rep. Donna Edwards. The ad hit the wrong nerve with the Obama administration, where gun control is the most emotional issue from the Oval Office on down. In an unprecedented and forceful move, President Barack Obama’s administration is slamming […]

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Bernie stops being polite and Hillary starts getting real – POLITICO

Bernie stops being polite and Hillary starts getting real – POLITICO

  “Clinton on Wednesday accused Sanders of not being a Democrat and of siding with the gun lobby against the families of the children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting. Sanders riled his supporters at a Philadelphia rally Wednesday night by claiming Clinton is not qualified for the Oval Office, and […]

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Sanders: Hillary Clinton’s not qualified to be president

Sanders: Hillary Clinton’s not qualified to be president

In the city of Brotherly Love, the home of Rocky Balboa, the place where disgruntled Eagles fans once booed Santa Claus, the increasingly personal and bitter fight for the Democratic nomination took a sharp pugilistic turn Wednesday night. The issue: whether either candidate is even fit for the White House. Hillary Clinton is not qualified […]

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New York is suddenly far more important than Clinton or Sanders ever expected – POLITICO

New York is suddenly far more important than Clinton or Sanders ever expected – POLITICO

After Sanders racked up his sixth victory in the last seven contests Tuesday — and he’s likely to win again in Saturday’s Wyoming caucus — Clinton now faces the unavoidable fact that she must win New York by a convincing margin or face a barrage of questions about whether her campaign is faltering. Nothing short […]

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If Ted Cruz Keeps This Pace, Trump Won’t Get a Majority of Delegates – New York Times

If Ted Cruz Keeps This Pace, Trump Won’t Get a Majority of Delegates – New York Times

Donald Trump’s loss in Wisconsin — his biggest defeat in a primary so far — is being interpreted as a sign that he lost ground after a series of high-profile miscues on abortion and other issues. But the real surprise Tuesday night was not the weakness of Mr. Trump but the strength of Ted Cruz. […]

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Supreme Court rejects conservative challenge to ‘one person, one vote’

Supreme Court rejects conservative challenge to ‘one person, one vote’

Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that states may satisfy “one person, one vote” rules by drawing legislative districts based on total population of a place, a defeat for conservative interests who wanted the districts based only on voting-age populations. The case, Evenwel v. Abbott, was considered to be one of biggest on voting rights this […]

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Top Republicans talking up Paul Ryan as 2016 nominee

Top Republicans talking up Paul Ryan as 2016 nominee

On the eve of the Wisconsin primaries, top Republicans are becoming increasingly vocal about their long-held belief that Speaker Paul Ryan will wind up as the nominee, perhaps on the fourth ballot at a chaotic Cleveland convention. One of the nation’s best-wired Republicans, with an enviable prediction record for this cycle, sees a 60 percent […]

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Why Emily’s List is spending big to defeat a progressive Democrat – WaPo

Why Emily’s List is spending big to defeat a progressive Democrat – WaPo

According to the Washington Post, the pro-choice women’s group Emily’s List is committing at least $2.4 million from its super PAC — Women Vote! — to help Rep. Donna F. Edwards (D) defeat Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D) … Emily’s List argues that its mission is to elect pro-choice Democratic women, regardless of who gets toppled […]

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Superintendent, comptroller spar over usefulness of Maryland ‘Beg-a-thon’

Superintendent, comptroller spar over usefulness of Maryland ‘Beg-a-thon’

ANNAPOLIS — The annual “Beg-a-thon” for school construction funding in Annapolis has become so political and disrespectful, the process should be scrapped, school superintendents are saying. “Our experience has been that the members of the BPW [Board of Public Works] often do not question the construction projects but use the time as a forum to […]

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Jeb Bush endorses Ted Cruz

Jeb Bush endorses Ted Cruz

“Ted is a consistent, principled conservative who has demonstrated the ability to appeal to voters and win primary contests,” the former Florida governor says. 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 […]

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Brussels Airport and Metro Explosions: Suicide Attacker Suspected – NBC News

Brussels Airport and Metro Explosions: Suicide Attacker Suspected – NBC News

A series of explosions rocked the check-in zone of Brussels Airport and the Belgian capital’s subway on Tuesday. Source: Brussels Airport and Metro Explosions: Suicide Attacker Suspected – NBC News

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John Roberts Criticized Supreme Court Confirmation Process, Before There Was a Vacancy

John Roberts Criticized Supreme Court Confirmation Process, Before There Was a Vacancy

Ten days before Justice Antonin Scalia died, Chief Justice Roberts said that the Senate should ensure that nominees are qualified, and leave politics out of it. Read more at the New York Time: John Roberts Criticized Supreme Court Confirmation Process, Before There Was a Vacancy

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Congress setting new bar for doing nothing

Congress setting new bar for doing nothing

It’s gotten so small-ball that one congressman introduced a bill to recognize the significance of magic. The biggest achievement in the House last week was a party-line vote to file a brief in a court case. In other action, GOP leaders all but conceded they won’t be able to pass a budget, the party’s first […]

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Democrats to Sanders: Time to wind it down – POLITICO

Democrats to Sanders: Time to wind it down – POLITICO

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 for the better part of a year, the senators — all backers of Hillary Clinton — are gently […]

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Trump headed for a whipping in Utah – Politico

Trump headed for a whipping in Utah – Politico

But the state’s Republican royalty can’t decide whether it prefers Cruz or Kasich. The good news for Donald Trump’s foes: Three lions of Utah Republican politics agree the insurgent billionaire is the wrong choice for 2016. The bad news: They can’t agree on the right choice to stop him. Story Continued Below Mitt Romney, beloved […]

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Obama picks Merrick Garland for Supreme Court, ‘one of America’s sharpest legal minds’

President Obama said Wednesday that he will nominate federal Judge Merrick Garland to serve on the Supreme Court, challenging the resolve of Republican senators opposed to an election-year confirmation by naming an experienced jurist with a strong reputation as a centrist. In an appearance together in the White House Rose Garden, Obama praised Garland as […]

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Trump on rally shutdown: ‘What ever happened to freedom of speech?’

Trump on rally shutdown: ‘What ever happened to freedom of speech?’

Trump said he put off his event to avoid ‘real violence.’ Donald Trump expressed frustration on having to cancel his rally in Chicago on Friday night in a phone interview on MSNBC. “It’s a little bit sad when you can’t have a rally in a major city in this country … What ever happened to […]

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Marco Rubio Campaign Urges Supporters to Back John Kasich in Ohio

Marco Rubio Campaign Urges Supporters to Back John Kasich in Ohio

A top aide to Senator Marco Rubio urged his supporters in Ohio to support Gov. John Kasich in that state’s primary, giving fresh momentum to efforts to stop Donald J. Trump a day after a debate in which his rivals declined to take a swing at the leading Republican presidential candidate. Source: Marco Rubio Campaign […]

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Sanders stuns Clinton in Michigan – POLITICO

Sanders stuns Clinton in Michigan – POLITICO

Bernie Sanders scored one of the biggest victories of his underdog campaign Tuesday by beating Hillary Clinton in Michigan, a delegate-rich state where she led by double digits in the closing days before voting. The 2-point upset came after both candidates invested time and money in the state, and fuels the argument from Sanders’ camp […]

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Trump rebounds in White House race; Sanders surprises Clinton

Republican front-runner Donald Trump racked up primary wins in the big prize of Michigan as well as Mississippi and Hawaii on Tuesday, brushing off a week of blistering attacks from the party’s establishment and expanding his lead in the White House nominating race. Republican front-runner Donald Trump racked up primary wins in the big prize […]

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Trump to GOP: “As a party we should come together and stop this foolishness.” – POLITICO

Trump to GOP: “As a party we should come together and stop this foolishness.” – POLITICO

Donald Trump demanded that Republicans unify behind his campaign on Saturday night, arguing that conservatives who don’t back his campaign should fear the consequences of a third-party bid. In another boisterous victory speech-press conference combo, Trump called on Sen. Marco Rubio to leave the race and suggested that he might not even bother to campaign […]

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Marco Rubio gets massacred – The Washington Post

Marco Rubio gets massacred – The Washington Post

“Super Saturday” ended up being a Saturday night massacre for Marco Rubio. The establishment’s landslide choice to win the GOP nomination no longer seems capable of even finishing in second place. If the Florida senator wants to salvage his political career, it is time that his quixotic quest for the White House comes to an […]

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Sanders lives to fight another day – POLITICO

Sanders lives to fight another day – POLITICO

Bernie Sanders stayed alive on Saturday, but it will take a dramatic reversal of political fortunes for him to overtake Hillary Clinton. Sanders scored wins in the Kansas and Nebraska caucuses, riding support among the state’s largely white electorates to win by a comfortable margin in both states. But Clinton won overwhelmingly in Louisiana, with […]

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Clinton shellacks Sanders in Louisiana – POLITICO

Clinton shellacks Sanders in Louisiana – POLITICO

Hillary Clinton won the Louisiana Democratic primary on Saturday, easily dispatching Bernie Sanders. Clinton’s victory was widely expected, as she held an overwhelming lead in state polls heading into the March 5 primary. The former secretary of state also had the backing of Louisiana’s Democratic establishment, with endorsements from the Landrieu family and Rep. Cedric Richmond, […]

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Delegate Math: Everything you need to know about awarding delegates in the presidential primary – The Washington Post

Delegate Math: Everything you need to know about awarding delegates in the presidential primary – The Washington Post

Everything you need to know about delegate math in the presidential primary Great article! By John Sides for The Washington Post. The key to winning the presidential nomination isn’t winning Iowa, or New Hampshire, or certainly the news cycle. It is winning delegates. But how do primary and caucus outcomes translate into delegates? The answer […]

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Welcome to the GOP civil war – Politico

Welcome to the GOP civil war – Politico

On Super Tuesday, a cocky Donald Trump vanquished the Republican establishment. On Payback Thursday, the establishment mounted a serious counterattack that undercut Trump’s chances in November and pushed the party into open civil war. Story Continued Below Telling his fans “We’ll have so much winning, you’ll get bored with winning” is a bombastic staple of […]

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Romney rips Trump as a ‘phony’ and a ‘fraud’ – POLITICO

Romney rips Trump as a ‘phony’ and a ‘fraud’ – POLITICO

Mitt Romney opened a new front in the Republican Party’s civil war on Thursday, releasing excerpts of a blistering attack on GOP front-runner Donald Trump — who wasted no time hitting the party’s 2012 nominee right back. The speech, according to portions of it released by Romney’s office, will slam Trump as “a phony” and […]

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Fox News ‘finished with Rubio’ – TheHill

Fox News ‘finished with Rubio’ – TheHill

Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio’s rough week got worse on Wednesday with a New York Magazine report that the head of Fox News has decided to stop giving the Florida senator prominent, favorable coverage. “We’re finished with Rubio,” Roger Ailes told one of the network’s hosts recently, according to three unnamed sources. “We can’t do […]

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Trump again threatens independent bid – Politico

Trump again threatens independent bid – Politico

Donald Trump said Thursday he is being treated unfairly by the Republican establishment and may run as an independent. “I am watching television — and I am seeing ad, after ad, after ad put in by the establishment, knocking the hell out of me, and it’s really unfair,” Trump said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “But […]

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Justice Dept. grants immunity to staffer who set up Clinton email server – The Washington Post

Justice Dept. grants immunity to staffer who set up Clinton email server – The Washington Post

The Justice Department has granted immunity to the former State Department staffer who worked on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private email server, a sign the FBI investigation into possible criminal wrongdoing is progressing. A senior U.S. law enforcement official said the FBI had secured the cooperation of Bryan Pagliano who worked on Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign […]

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Time off the bench: The social lives of Supreme Court justices – The Washington Post

Time off the bench: The social lives of Supreme Court justices – The Washington Post

Sotomayor is probably closest to Scalia in personality: outgoing and accustomed to interacting with her clerks, neighbors and community. Last year, she enjoyed a high-profile lunch in New York with George Clooney and his wife, Amal — the human-rights lawyer worked for Sotomayor as a student at New York University’s law school. She didn’t automatically […]

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Time off the bench: The social lives of Supreme Court justices – The Washington Post

Time off the bench: The social lives of Supreme Court justices – The Washington Post

2006, Stephen Colbert was the featured entertainer at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, where he skewered everyone in the room. His satirical speech was cutting and spared no one, and it was greeted with a stony reception and tepid applause. Colbert, it seemed, had misjudged the crowd and bombed. “When it was over no […]

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The GOP has two weeks to take down Donald Trump – The Washington Post

The GOP has two weeks to take down Donald Trump – The Washington Post

hat is remarkable is that the anti-Trump forces only recently awoke to the reality that Trump was on track to take the nomination. Instead, Trump has awakened a voting bloc that has soured on the party leadership. As he has continued to win, his support has continued to grow. In Georgia, Alabama and Massachusetts, he […]

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Southern states help Clinton extend her lead over Sanders

Southern states help Clinton extend her lead over Sanders

Hillary Clinton bested rival Bernie Sanders in seven Super Tuesday states, strengthening her momentum as she marches toward the Democratic presidential nomination. Propelled in part by a sweep of Southern states with large black voting populations, Clinton is now on a path toward a permanent lead among delegates that will be hard for Sanders to […]

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