What We're Following This Morning

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Another GOP debate: This one won’t have Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon who acknowledged after Super Tuesday that his presidential campaign was over. Fox News hosts the debate in Detroit that begins at 9 p.m. ET. Donald Trump, the Republican front-runner, will be in attendance, as will Megyn Kelly, the Fox News host with whom he had a much-publicized feud last August. Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, as well as Governor John Kasich, will debate Trump.

But before that...: Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee in 2012, will deliver what’s being labeled a major speech at the University of Utah on the state of the U.S. presidential race. He is expected to cast doubts on Trump’s candidacy. Here is an excerpt released this morning:

Update: More here

Lest you think it’s smooth sailing on the Democratic side: The Washington Post reported last night that the Justice Department has struck an immunity deal with a former Hillary Clinton IT staffer in exchange for his cooperation on the FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s use of a personal email account while she served as secretary of state. A spokesman for Clinton, the presidential front-runner on the Democratic side, told Politico her campaign was “pleased” at the development.  For more on the Clinton scandals, go here.

North Korea’s response to expanded UN sanctions: The communist state fired several short-range projectiles into the Sea of Japan. The UN sanctions, which were unanimously approved yesterday, were in apparent retaliation for the North’s nuclear test and rocket launch.

News from last night here