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2:50 PM 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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Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
In Football-Mad South Carolina, Rubio Offers the Greatest Pander of All  —  University of Florida graduate said all his rivals rooted against Clemson in the championship  —  CLEMSON, S.C. - Florida Sen. Marco Rubio came up with a new reason for South Carolina voters to back him on Saturday …
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Kasich's chief strategist: ‘No path forward’ for Jeb Bush  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. — John Kasich is claiming a scalp in the Republican presidential race: that of Jeb Bush.  —  Kasich's chief strategist, John Weaver, predicted Saturday morning that Bush's campaign would end with the day's South Carolina primary …
Discussion: The Hill
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 Fox Business
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Trump cites story of general who dipped bullets in pigs' blood to deter Muslims
Discussion: New York Magazine and The Week
Valerie Bauerlein / Wall Street Journal:
Critics See Racial Subtext in Obama-Rubio Photo Mashup
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
John McCormick / Bloomberg Business:
South Carolina, Nevada Votes to Test Anti-Establishment Mood
Discussion: Bloomberg Politics and Slantpoint
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Nevada Democrats start to caucus, as Sanders looks to upset Clinton
Discussion: Politico, Common Dreams and Guardian
Associated Press:   The Latest: Trump leads GOP race with a third of the votes
USA Today:   Ted Cruz: South Carolina will be like Iowa
Alan I. Abramowitz / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Who Will Win the Nominations? Lessons From Iowa and New Hampshire
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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.
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New York Times:
Superdelegates, Clarify Your Role
Discussion: VTDigger and Prairie Weather
Olaf Ekberg / The American Mirror:   PHOTOS: Small Clinton crowd on NV caucus eve
Sarah Jones / Politicus USA:
Republicans Are Trying To Rig The Nevada Democratic Caucus To Hurt Hillary Clinton
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
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
The #FreeStacy Story: Why Was My @rsmccain Account Suspended?  —  Unexpectedly, and without explanation, my @rsmccain Twitter account was suspended Friday evening.  Based on past experiences, my guess would be that this resulted from a complaint by one of the leading “social justice warriors” …
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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
Robby Soave / Hit & Run:
Did Twitter's Orwellian ‘Trust and Safety’ Council Get Robert Stacy McCain Banned?  —  Remember a few days ago, when Twitter elevated anti-GamerGate leader Anita Sarkeesian to its “Trust and Safety Council,” an imperious-sounding committee with Robespierre-esque powers to police discussion on the social media platform?
Jonathan Levin / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:   A trend or just coincidence?  —  Twitter, an invaluable news aggregator …
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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Laura Kuenssberg / BBC:
EU referendum: Cameron sets June date for UK vote
Discussion: Infowars and The Agonist
Michael Gove / Coffee House:
Why I'm backing Brexit
Discussion: National Review
Washington Post:
European leaders strike deal to try to keep Britain in the E.U.
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.
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 …
Scott Eric Kaufman / Salon:
Paul Krugman: For wonks like me, Bernie Sanders is frankly horrifying  —  Sanders is just as delusional when it comes to the economics as those vying for a spot on the GOP ticket  —  Paul Krugman pulled no punches in his Friday New York Times column, claiming that Democratic presidential …
Discussion: Slantpoint and the daily howler
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 …
NBC News:
Clinton Lead Over Sanders Among Latino Voters Rapidly Narrowing  —  SurveyMonkey national weekly election tracking survey of the Democratic nomination contest shows a rapid narrowing of Hilary Clinton's lead over Bernie Sanders among Latino voters over the past two weeks.
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 …
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Mike Giglio / BuzzFeed:
America Is Now Fighting A Proxy War With Itself In Syria  —  Confusion in the Obama administration's Syria policy is playing out on the ground as U.S.-backed groups begin battling each other.  —  Reporting From  —  Istanbul, Turkey  —  A YPG fighter stands near a wall on the Syria-Turkey border.
Caitlin Yilek / The Hill:
Report: Cruz, Carson met secretly in storage closet to discuss feud  —  Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Ben Carson met in a storage closet Thursday night to attempt and smooth over their feud, according to The Daily Beast.  —  The meeting, which was set up by Cruz during …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Cruz, Carson Held Secret Meeting About Dirty Tricks in a Closet
 
 
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