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7:45 AM ET, February 20, 2016

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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.
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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 …
Katherine Krueger / Talking Points Memo:
Cruz, Carson Reportedly Had Secret Meeting In A Closet: 'It Didn't Go Well'  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Ben Carson walked into a closet in South Carolina on Thursday night.  —  That's not a joke.  —  The two Republican candidates for president convened for a mano-a-mano meeting …
Caitlin Yilek / The Hill:
Report: Cruz, Carson met secretly in storage closet to discuss feud
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Katie Zezima / Washington Post:
Pro-Cruz super PAC ad criticizes Trump for supporting removal of Confederate flag
Discussion: NPR and addictinginfo.org
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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Associated Press:
The Latest: Trump leads GOP race with a third of the votes  —  MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — The Latest on campaign 2016 ahead of Saturday's South Carolina Republican primary and Nevada Democratic caucuses (all times Eastern Standard Time):  —  Donald Trump has emerged as the front-runner …
Gary Legum / Salon:
Ted Cruz declares war on gluten-free meals (because we are living through the dumbest election in history)  —  The 2nd-place candidate for the GOP nomination thinks its *very* important that the military not worry about gluten  —  Here is how head-smackingly ridiculous the 2016 election has gotten before we're even out of February.
Discussion: Slantpoint and ChrisWeigant.com
Marist Poll:
2/19: Trump in Close Race in South Carolina... Clinton with Wide Lead
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.
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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
Alan I. Abramowitz / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Who Will Win the Nominations? Lessons From Iowa and New Hampshire
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Insiders predict Trump win in South Carolina, Clinton in Nevada
Discussion: Politicus USA
John Gouch / Newsstand:
Palmetto Poll: Frequent voters in South Carolina favor Trump
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Harry Reid accuses Republicans of ‘trickery and gimmicks’ in Nevada caucuses  —  Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) accused members of the Republican Party of resorting to “trickery and gimmicks” to spoil his state's Democratic caucuses.  —  “These Republican plans to interfere …
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Sarah Jones / Politicus USA:
Republicans Are Trying To Rig The Nevada Democratic Caucus To Hurt Hillary Clinton  —  The party that screams about voter fraud while getting busted for voter fraud is at it again.  This time, it's a plot to hurt Hillary Clinton with an organized effort to rig the Democratic caucus.
Discussion: The People's View and Joe.My.God.
Harper Neidig / The Hill:   Nevada Dems threaten to prosecute people who vote in both caucuses
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Dolores Huerta:
On Immigration, Bernie Sanders is Not Who He Says He Is.  —  If you've been following the Democratic primary, you may have noticed that Bernie Sanders has positioned himself as a champion of the immigrant community.  From the letter he sent to Barack Obama last week, to the work he …
Discussion: US News
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Abby Phillip / Washington Post:   On caucus eve, Clinton's allies warn Nevada Latinos to beware of Bernie Sanders
Los Angeles Times:
Analysis Timing is everything — and Hillary Clinton's timing is awful
Discussion: Mother Jones and RedState
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 …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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.
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
Liam Stack / New York Times:
In Defense of Trump, Some Point (Wrongly) to Vatican Walls  —  Supporters of Donald J. Trump were quick to suggest on Thursday that Pope Francis was being hypocritical to criticize as un-Christian Mr. Trump's proposal to build a wall between the United States and Mexico because the pontiff himself lives …
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Anita Kumar / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
At least 1,730 Clinton emails contain classified material
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Richard Fausset / New York Times:
Supreme Court Won't Intervene in North Carolina Election Fight
Jesse Walker / Hit & Run:
The Southern Poverty Law Center Strikes Again
Discussion: VDARE and Sputnik International
Courtney Couillard / Columbia Daily Spectator:
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Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Dana Hull / Bloomberg Business:
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The Kochs Are Plotting A Multimillion-Dollar Assault On Electric Vehicles
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Joanne Kaufman / New York Times:
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Discussion: Gothamist
Donald Trump / Yahoo Politics:
Trump is accused of financially threatening woman during secret deposition
David Brooks / New York Times:
A Little Reality on Immigration