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10 things you need to know today: March 6, 2016

Julie Kliegman
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Trump wins Louisiana and Kentucky; Cruz takes Kansas, Maine

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz handily won the Kansas and Maine Republican caucuses on Saturday, but Donald Trump won Kentucky and Louisiana, the most delegate-packed state of the Super Saturday contests. During a victory speech, Trump called on Marco Rubio, who came in third in most of the Saturday contests, to exit the race, saying, "You have to be able to win, and he has not been able to win."


Hillary Clinton wins Louisiana; Bernie Sanders takes Kansas, Nebraska

Hillary Clinton won a dominating victory in Louisiana, the state hosting the only primary of Super Saturday, by an almost 50-point margin. Rival Bernie Sanders had a big night of his own, notching victories in the Democratic caucuses in Kansas and Nebraska. Sanders' wins, however, are likely not enough to dramatically cut into Clinton's formidable delegate lead over the Vermont senator, after the former secretary of state swept the South on Super Tuesday.


Democrats face off during debate in Flint

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are squaring off during CNN's Democratic debate in Flint, Michigan, meeting for the first time since Super Saturday. In Saturday's contests, Clinton scored a win in Louisiana, while Sanders won the support of Kansas and Nebraska.


Bowe Bergdahl's defense asks to interview Donald Trump

Bowe Bergdahl's defense team requested Saturday to interview Donald Trump regarding his disparaging public comments about the soldier. Bergdahl, who was captured by militants in Afghanistan and tortured for years after leaving his post in 2009, faces military court charges of desertion and endangering fellow soldiers. Bergdahl's team has suggested Trump's comments "irreparably compromised" the sergeant's right to a fair trial.


Ted Cruz wins CPAC straw poll

The voters at the Conservative Political Action Conference have spoken, with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) winning the straw poll. CPAC says 2,659 attendees participated in the annual poll, and 40 percent chose Cruz as their first choice for president, followed by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) with 30 percent, Donald Trump with 15 percent, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich with 8 percent. In 2013, 2014, and 2015, former Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky won the straw poll.


Justice Department official: 3-year-olds can represent themselves in immigration court

Senior Justice Department official Jack Weil has testified that small children are capable of representing themselves in immigration court. "I've taught immigration law literally to 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds," Weil said. "It takes a lot of time. It takes a lot of patience." The deposition is part of a case where the American Civil Liberties Union and activist groups are pushing for the government to offer appointed counsel for kids in immigration court who can't afford lawyers.


Pope Francis condemns 'diabolical' attack that killed nuns in Yemen

On Saturday, Pope Francis condemned an attack that killed 16 people in Yemen the day before, including four nuns. He called the incident an "act of senseless and diabolical violence." Gunmen reportedly stormed a retirement home Friday, handcuffing victims before shooting them in the head. The nuns were reportedly from India, Rwanda, and Kenya.


Peyton Manning reportedly retires from the NFL

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning told his team Saturday he'll retire after 18 seasons in the National Football League, sources told ESPN and The Associated Press. Manning has two Super Bowl rings, including one as quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, where he spent most of his professional career. Recently, Manning underwent scrutiny as a sexual assault case from his time at the University of Tennessee resurfaced. Manning is expected to formally announce his retirement in a news conference Monday.


Lena Dunham hospitalized with ruptured ovarian cyst

Girls creator and star Lena Dunham was hospitalized Saturday due to a ruptured ovarian cyst, her spokeswoman said. She will need to undergo surgery before being released. Dunham has been open about her endometriosis, a chronic condition where tissue that typically grows inside the uterus grows outside instead. Approximately 1 in 10 women experience the disorder.


Louis C.K. takes down Donald Trump in scathing letter

Comedian Louis C.K. took down Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump on Saturday in the postscript of his weekly email newsletter. "Please stop it with voting for Trump. It was funny for a little while," C.K. wrote. "But the guy is Hitler. And by that I mean that we are being Germany in the '30s." In the long, scathing note, C.K. urges Republican voters to choose a different candidate, calling Trump a "cancer." "You're better than that," he told readers.

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