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Sheldon Adelson Is Poised to Give Donald Trump a Donation Boost  


The casino magnate Sheldon G. Adelson told Donald J. Trump in a private meeting last week that he was willing to contribute more to help elect him than he has to any previous campaign, a sum that could exceed $100 million, according to two Republicans with direct knowledge of Mr. Adelson’s commitment.

As significant, Mr. Adelson, a billionaire based in Las Vegas, has decided that he will significantly scale back his giving to congressional Republicans and direct most of his contributions to groups dedicated to Mr. Trump’s campaign. - Referenced Article

Donald Trump taunted by Cruz and Rubio during Republican debate  

The Guardian By : Staff Reporting

Donald Trump faced a barrage of attacks from rivals Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz on Thursday night during a Republican presidential debate that was at times nasty and crude but offered few moments that looked likely to reset a race that remains Trump’s to lose.

The two senators ganged up for a second time in a row on the brash billionaire over his immigration stance, business record and overall temperament, but Trump swatted them away by condescendingly branding them “Little Marco” and “Lying Ted”. - Referenced Article

From Outsider to Left Out: How Ben Carsons Candidacy Flopped  

NBC News By : Kim Johnson Flodin

Just hours after vowing to stay in the race until there was a clear nominee, Dr. Ben Carson all but waved the white flag.

"I do not see a political path forward in light of last evening's Super Tuesday primary results," the retired pediatric neurosurgeon said in an email to supporters on Wednesday afternoon. - Referenced Article

As Ted Cruz Stumbles, Marco Rubio Is on the Move  

Wall Street Journal By : REID J. EPSTEIN and BYRON TAU

The battle between Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz intensified Monday as Mr. Rubio tried to cement himself as the clear establishment candidate for the Republican presidential nomination and Mr. Cruz ousted a top spokesman amid allegations of dirty tricks. - Referenced Article

50% of GOP voters feel betrayed by their party  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

New Hampshire looming, 2016 hopefuls make their case  

CNN By : Tom LoBianco and Elizabeth Landers

With just days to go before New Hampshire voters head to the polls for the first-in-the-nation primary, top presidential candidates from both parties sat down with CNN's Jake Tapper for Sunday's CNN "State of the Union."

Billionaire businessman Donald Trump, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie each made their case for why they deserved voters' support, as well as taking a few shots at their competitors. - Referenced Article

Clinton and Sanders Leave Iowa in a Virtual Tie  

NBC News By : Staff Reporting

The Democratic battle in Iowa was so close that both Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — the 74-year-old socialist with no major endorsements — and Hillary Clinton left the state without a clear-cut victory.

The race was too close to call when the candidates headed to the airport to escape an impending blizzard, bound for New Hampshire and its primary just over a week away. - Referenced Article

George Pataki Drops In And Then Out Of 2016 Presidential Race  

Huffington Post By : Amber Ferguson

Former New York Gov. George Pataki (R) announced Tuesday that he is dropping out of the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, bringing the once 17-member GOP field to 12 candidates.

Pataki announced his decision Tuesday evening in a TV spot airing on NBC affiliates in the three early caucus and primary states: Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. - Referenced Article

Obama most admired man; Trump tied for 2nd  

USA Today By : David Jackson

Once again, President Obama tops the annual Gallup Poll for most admired man, although this year an intriguing pair is tied for second.

Donald Trump and Pope Francis both finished with 5% of respondents who named them their most admired man, well behind Obama's 17%. - Referenced Article

GOP Outsiders Flex Muscles as 2015 Comes to an End  


In a 2015 filled with fascinating political stories -- Donald Trump's rise and durability, Bernie-mania, Joe Biden's Hamlet-on-the-Potomac act, John Boehner stepping down from Congress -- maybe the most amazing one has been the strength and size of the Republican Party's outsider/anti-establishment wing.

Today's new national Quinnipiac poll provides an exclamation point to that story: Donald Trump 28%, Ted Cruz 24%, Marco Rubio 12%, Ben Carson 10%, Chris Christie 6%, Jeb Bush 4%; no one else gets more than 2%. Add up the Trump/Cruz/Carson percentages, and you get 62%. - Referenced Article

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