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10:55 AM ET, February 20, 2016

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Benjy Sarlin / MSNBC:
Trump hails torture, mass killings with ‘pigs blood’ ammo in SC  —  North Charleston, SC - Donald Trump closed his South Carolina campaign on Friday with a rambling speech highlighted by a giddy, almost childlike, enthusiasm for torturing and summarily executing the suspected enemies of America in the name of safety.
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Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Cruz, Carson Held Secret Meeting About Dirty Tricks in a Closet  —  Ted Cruz called a private meeting with the former neurosurgeon in South Carolina on Thursday night, the Carson campaign told The Daily Beast.  It did not go as planned.  —  Two grown men running for president met in a storage closet last night.
Andrew Prokop / Vox:
South Carolina Republican primary 2016: poll closing time and what to expect  —  Today, South Carolina will become the third state to cast its ballots in the Republican nomination contest.  Polls in the state will be open until 7 pm Eastern.  Democrats in the state, however, won't vote today …
Discussion: New York Times and Hullabaloo
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Bush staff float resumes with Florida consultants  —  Several Jeb Bush campaign workers are already shopping their résumés with Florida political consultants as expectations mount inside his team that their candidate won't push on after South Carolina.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Contests in South Carolina, Nevada to test the appeal of the outsiders
Discussion: Politico
Associated Press:   The Latest: Trump leads GOP race with a third of the votes
John McCormick / Bloomberg Business:   South Carolina, Nevada Votes to Test Anti-Establishment Mood
USA Today:   Ted Cruz: South Carolina will be like Iowa
Gary Legum / Salon:
Ted Cruz declares war on gluten-free meals (because we are living through the dumbest election in history)
Discussion: Slantpoint and ChrisWeigant.com
Alan I. Abramowitz / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Who Will Win the Nominations? Lessons From Iowa and New Hampshire
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Katherine Krueger / Talking Points Memo:
Cruz, Carson Reportedly Had Secret Meeting In A Closet: 'It Didn't Go Well'
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   In South Carolina, Bush family, friends gather as end nears
Caitlin Yilek / The Hill:
Report: Cruz, Carson met secretly in storage closet to discuss feud
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Colton Lochhead / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Attempt to place Review-Journal obituary for Hillary Clinton prompts report to Secret Service  —  The Las Vegas Review-Journal on Friday reported a possible threat related to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton after a man tried to place an obituary notice for the former secretary of state.
Discussion: Raw Story and Moe Lane
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New York Times:
Superdelegates, Clarify Your Role  —  Even after Bernie Sanders's overwhelming popular victory in New Hampshire on Feb. 9, some of his supporters began fretting about a new menace to his candidacy: “superdelegates” who — at least in theory — could deliver the nomination to Hillary Clinton in July's convention.
Discussion: Prairie Weather and VTDigger
Liz Goodwin / Yahoo Politics:
Hillary Clinton's week-long sprint to save Nevada
Discussion: Politico
Los Angeles Times:
Analysis Timing is everything — and Hillary Clinton's timing is awful
Discussion: Mother Jones and RedState
Dolores Huerta:
On Immigration, Bernie Sanders is Not Who He Says He Is.
Discussion: The Agonist and US News
Olaf Ekberg / The American Mirror:   PHOTOS: Small Clinton crowd on NV caucus eve
Abby Phillip / Washington Post:   On caucus eve, Clinton's allies warn Nevada Latinos to beware of Bernie Sanders
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Pro-Cruz Robocall Slams Trump Over Exchange With Lesbian Reporter  —  CLEMSON, S.C. — A new robocall going out to South Carolina voters on the eve of the state's Republican primary blasts Donald Trump as a culture war appeaser in the battle between gay rights and religious freedom …
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Katie Zezima / Washington Post:
Pro-Cruz super PAC ad criticizes Trump for supporting removal of Confederate flag
Discussion: NPR and addictinginfo.org
Clare Malone / FiveThirtyEight:
Why Nevada Polls Are Bad  —  The whiplash induced by the American presidential primary season is harrowing.  One week we are inundated by the snowy charms of Iowa and New Hampshire, beholden to king corn and, wrenchingly, dark prince heroin, and the next we are thrown headlong into Nevada …
Discussion: Politico and Deadline
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Gregory Katz / Associated Press:
CAMERON: BRITAIN'S REFERENDUM ON EU MEMBERSHIP TO BE JUNE 23  —  LONDON (AP) — A historic referendum on whether Britain should stay in the European Union will be held on June 23, Prime Minister David Cameron announced Saturday, even as he declared his belief that the U.K. would be …
Discussion: Associated Press
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Washington Post:
European leaders strike deal to try to keep Britain in the E.U.  —  BRUSSELS — Prime Minister David Cameron vowed late Friday to wage a relentless campaign to keep Britain in the European Union after striking a deal with fellow leaders that he said would transform the country's relationship with the 28-member bloc.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Reuters
Katherine Skiba / Chicago Tribune:
Arrest photo of young activist Bernie Sanders emerges from Tribune archives  —  A Chicago Tribune archival photo of a young man being arrested in 1963 at a South Side protest is Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, his campaign has confirmed, bolstering the candidate's narrative about his civil rights activism.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Towleroad
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Julia Hahn / Breitbart:
On Eve of South Carolina Vote, Nation's ICE Officers Detail How Marco Rubio Betrayed Them  —  In an exclusive Q&A with Breitbart News, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Council President Chris Crane provides never-before-heard details about the 2013 Gang of Eight immigration fight …
Datechguy / Da Tech Guy Blog:
The Twitter Star Chamber Suspends Stacy McCain  —  Before there was Milo Yiannopoulos there was Robert Stacy McCain.  A chain smoking, beer drinking, coffee guzzling hard nosed reporter who rather than simply going with the flow and repeating the conventional wisdom dared to go out into the field …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Anita Kumar / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
At least 1,730 Clinton emails contain classified material  —  State Department says none was marked classified during Clinton's tenure  —  Sixty-four of the newly released emails contained classified information  —  Next batch to be released next Friday, day before South Carolina primary
Kevin Rawlinson / Guardian:
Italian author Umberto Eco dies aged 84  —  The revered literary critic, author and essayist - most famous for 1980 novel Name of the Rose - has died at home  —  The novelist and intellectual Umberto Eco has died, aged 84, according to reports.  Eco, who was perhaps best known for his 1980 work …
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Jonathan Kandell / New York Times:
Umberto Eco, 84, Best-Selling Academic Who Navigated Two Worlds, Dies
Discussion: Slantpoint
Henry Olsen / National Review:
I Don't Believe The Latest SC Polls - Here's Why  —  Two polls, one from Clemson University and the other from Opinion Savvy, have been released since I wrote my blog post on SC.  Both have Trump in the high 20s, suggesting tomorrow night will be closer than I predicted.  Here's why I discount each poll.
Discussion: The Right Scoop
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David Gelernter / Weekly Standard:
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Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
Applesauce, broccoli left at Supreme Court in Scalia's memory
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Clinton faces tough questions on Wall Street speeches
Discussion: Daily Wire
Richard Fausset / New York Times:
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