And Bush Sets Up Meetings With Rubio, Kasich, and Cruz. Former presidential hopeful Jeb Bush plans to meet with Marco Rubio, John Kasich, and Ted Cruz in Florida ahead of Thursday's GOP debate, according to a Bush aide. But he will reportedly not be meeting with the Republican front-runner, Donald Trump. (Ashley Parker, The New York Times)
U.S. Captures ISIS Operative. According to American and Iraqi officials, the U.S. has detained a chemical-weapons expert who, under interrogation, provided information the military used to target two chemical weapons facilities this week. The operative was captured last month during a raid in northern Iraq by a special-operations team. (Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Susannah George, The Associated Press)
Controversial Proposal Goes Forward. Republicans in the Missouri Senate ended a 36-hour filibuster led by Democrats on a proposal that would protect wedding vendors and religious organizations from penalties if they refused to cater to same-sex couples. The Senate Republicans gave the measure preliminary approval in a 23-9 vote, with a final vote expected Thursday before it moves to the House. (Jack Suntrup and Kurt Erickson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Europe Closes Its Borders. Macedonia, Croatia, and Slovenia shut their borders, effectively blocking the route thousands of refugees use to reach Northern Europe. The move comes just days after Turkey and the EU started talks on how to reduce the flow of refugees. (Patrick Kingsley, The Guardian)
Tomorrow in One Paragraph. The Republican presidential candidates will debate in Miami at 8:30 p.m. ET in an event hosted by CNN, Salem Media Group, and The Washington Times. And Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will also be in Florida ahead of the state’s March 15 primary.
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“Guests sipped martinis at an open bar on the patio as waitresses dressed in tuxedos served cocktail weenies, Beef Wellington, and mini-lobster rolls to ravenous reporters. ‘I like Mr. Trump a lot,’ said Paul O'Neill, the former New York Yankee who, dressed in a open-collar shirt and dark suit, was among the 200 or so club members in attendance on Tuesday. ‘We play golf together. I belong to his club. I hope he does well.’” Bloomberg’s Michael C. Bender on the insiders with the front-row seats at Donald Trump’s news conference Tuesday night.
Bernie’s Florida Problem. The Democratic candidate might have a tough time beating Hillary Clinton in Florida’s upcoming primary because he hasn’t spent enough time in the state. (Gabriel Debenedetti, Politico)
Utah in a Post-‘Sister Wives’ Era. The state’s Republican-controlled legislature is attempting to reinstate the ban on polygamy and make it a punishable crime. Here’s how the fight got to the second-highest federal court—and could go all the way to the Supreme Court. (Amber Phillips, The Washington Post)