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6:20 PM ET, February 26, 2016

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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Chris Christie Endorses Donald Trump and Calls Marco Rubio ‘Desperate’  —  Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey endorsed Donald J. Trump on Friday, a major turn in a wild race and one that gives the New York businessman a significant boost as he heads into the pivotal “Super Tuesday” contests.
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Lynnley Browning / Bloomberg Business:
Trump's 12 Years of Audits ‘Very Unusual,’ Ex-IRS Agent Says  —  Agency's review doesn't preclude him from releasing returns  —  Pressure could mount as GOP rivals plan their own releases  —  Donald Trump's disclosure that his tax returns have been under review by the Internal Revenue Service …
Leon H. Wolf / RedState:
This Epic Video Shows that Marco Rubio is Not Done Embarrassing Trump Yet  —  I'm going to share with you a video here of Rubio making a speech at a rally today.  Normally, my policy here is to always include a transcript with these videos, but I'm going to break that policy just this once …
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Rubio suggests Trump wet his pants on debate stage  —  Marco Rubio relentlessly mocked Donald Trump on Friday, escalating the attacks he unleashed during Thursday night's debate and even suggesting the Republican frontrunner may have wet his pants on the stage.
Jonathan Bernstein / BloombergView.com:
Trump's Debate Was a Disaster.  If Voters Notice.  —  Donald Trump is better at TV than anyone else who has ever appeared in presidential debates.  Much better.  —  He also has no capacity at all to speak coherently on policy.  He's lazy: He's developed about five minutes, maybe 10, of talking points, and he sticks with them.
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
IRS Commissioner Says Donald Trump's Audit Scenario ‘Rare’  —  It's “rare” for an individual taxpayer to be audited every year, as Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump says he has, said John Koskinen, the commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service.
Discussion: Mediaite
Nick Gass / Politico:
Chris Christie endorses Donald Trump  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie endorsed presidential frontrunner Donald Trump on Friday in a stunning announcement that adds fuel to the real estate mogul's runaway campaign.  —  “I am proud to be here to endorse Donald Trump for president of the United States …
Nick Gass / Politico:
Haley: I'll support Trump if it comes to that  —  Despite backing Marco Rubio for the Republican nomination, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says she would support Donald Trump if he emerges as her party's nominee.  —  “We've said that we would support the nominee if they get the nomination …
Discussion: WYFF-TV, RedState and Mediaite
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
How Marco Rubio Could Lose Every State on Super Tuesday and Still Win  —  Marco Rubio has not won a state, a fact that worries allies and pleases skeptics who mock his chances to win the Republican presidential nomination.  —  It doesn't even sound as if the Rubio team knows when it will win one.
Naomi Jagoda / The Hill:
IRS: Nothing prevents Trump from releasing tax returns
Discussion: Hot Air
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
That time Marco Rubio went full Trump on Donald Trump
Discussion: Mother Jones and Vox
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Trump has bladder issues, suggests Rubio as he unleashes a torrent of attacks at first post-debate rally
Brian Beutler / New Republic:   Marco Rubio's Trump Attacks Expose Uncomfortable Truths for the Right
Leon H. Wolf / RedState:
Scared Donald Trump to Hide Behind Chris Christie's Skirt
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Winners, losers in final GOP debate before Super Tuesday
Holly Bailey / Yahoo Politics:
Trump strikes back against rivals with huge Christie endorsement
Discussion: Politico
John Koblin / New York Times:
Melissa Harris-Perry Walks Off Her MSNBC Show After Pre-Emptions  —  Melissa Harris-Perry said she was refusing to go on the MSNBC show she hosts this Saturday, following several weeks of pre-emptions and what she described as a loss of editorial control.  —  In an email sent to people …
Heidi Hemmat / FOX31 Denver:
Teacher files lawsuit, saying 13-year-old student beat, bullied her … LOVELAND, Colo. — A Colorado teacher is speaking out after she says she was beaten and bullied by her own student, and prohibited by her superiors from reporting the abuse.  —  “I was told that was my job …
Discussion: KFOR-TV
Scott Bland / Politico:
Donors ask GOP consulting firm to research independent presidential bid  —  Conservative donors have engaged a major GOP consulting firm in Florida to research the feasibility of mounting a late, independent run for president amid growing fears that Donald Trump could win the Republican nomination.
Discussion: RedState and ballot-access.org
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Donald Trump: We're going to ‘open up’ libel laws  —  Donald Trump said on Friday he plans to change libel laws in the United States so that he can have an easier time suing news organizations.  —  During a rally in Fort Worth, Texas, Trump began his usual tirade against newspapers …
CNN:
Pony leads California police on a wild unicorn chase  —  Escaped ‘unicorn’ sends officers on a wild chase  —  (CNN)A fairy-tale photo shoot turned into an episode of “COPS” when a “unicorn” made a break for it.  —  Wednesday night, Juliette, a white pony adorned with a fake horn …
Discussion: Jezebel and myfox8.com
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USA Today:
Pony dressed as unicorn leads Calif. authorities on wild chase
Discussion: Sputnik International
Peter Shane / Washington Monthly:
What Do We Call Options Worse Than “Nuclear?”  —  Remember when the Democrats' move in 2012 to partially curtail the use of the Senate filibuster was called the “nuclear option?”  I fear the blogosphere will soon be tasked to generate hyperbolic epithets yet more cataclysmic.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Discourse.net
Chad Livengood / Detroit News:
Ex-State Reps. Courser, Gamrat to face felony charges  —  Lansing — Attorney General Bill Schuette said Friday warrants have been issued for the arrest of former state Reps. Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat for felony charges of misconduct in office related to their failed attempts to cover …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Twilight of the Apparatchiks  —  Lack of self-awareness can be fatal.  The haplessness of the Republican establishment in the face of Trumpism is a case in point.  —  As many have noted, it's remarkable how shocked — shocked! — that establishment has been at the success of Donald Trump's racist, xenophobic campaign.
David Mastio / USA Today:
Poll finds Sanders & Clinton backers twice as racist as Rubio supporters: David Mastio  —  The rest of the story about that goofy YouGov survey that found Trump voters were fans of slavery  —  Bernie Sanders supporters are 50% more likely than Hillary Clinton supporters to disapprove …
New York Times:
U.S. Economy Grew at 1% Rate in Fourth Quarter  —  WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy's slowdown in the final three months of 2015 wasn't quite as bad as initially thought.  —  The gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic health, grew at an annual rate of 1 percent in the fourth quarter …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Scalia Took Dozens of Trips Funded by Private Sponsors  —  WASHINGTON — Antonin Scalia was the longest-tenured justice on the current Supreme Court and the country's most prominent constitutionalist.  But another quality also set him apart: Among the court's members, he was the most frequent traveler …
Detroit Free Press:
Top Snyder aides urged going back to Detroit water  —  The city of Flint, Snyder's top legal aide wrote in October 2014, “should try to get back on the Detroit system as a stopgap ASAP before this thing gets too far out of control.”  —  Two of Gov. Rick Snyder's top lawyers privately advocated moving …
 
 
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