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4:15 AM ET, February 27, 2016

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Lindsey Ellefson / Mediaite:
The ‘Stump for Trump’ Girls Just Said on CNN That Marco Rubio Had ‘A Gay Lifestyle’  —  You know those “Stump for Trump Girls, Lynette “Diamond” Hardaway and Rochelle “Silk” Richardson?  Well, in case you don't follow them on Twitter and didn't get the memo, they were on CNN this morning.
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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.
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Group to Air Ads Featuring Ex-Students Saying Trump University Deceived Them  —  Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz assailed Donald J. Trump in the presidential debate on Thursday for his involvement in Trump University, a defunct educational company that triggered a massive fraud suit against Mr. Trump.
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Donald Trump Might Not Keep Paying for His Campaign Himself, Chris Christie Suggests  —  Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey told his finance team late Friday that he anticipates that Donald J. Trump, who often boasts that he is funding his own campaign, will begin to solicit campaign contributions …
Discussion: CNN
Brian Beutler / New Republic:
Marco Rubio's Trump Attacks Expose Uncomfortable Truths for the Right  —  They raise the question of how a crooked demagogue managed to commandeer the Republican Party, almost without trying.  —  If you scroll back through social media, a couple things about the commentariat's real-time reaction …
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.
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:   Rubio jokes that Trump may have wet his pants during debate
Nick Gass / Politico:
Haley: I'll support Trump if it comes to that
Discussion: WYFF-TV, Mediaite and RedState
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
8 times Chris Christie suggested Donald Trump shouldn't be president
Leon H. Wolf / RedState:
This Epic Video Shows that Marco Rubio is Not Done Embarrassing Trump Yet
John Koblin / New York Times:
Melissa Harris-Perry Walks Off Her MSNBC Show After Pre-emptions  —  In an unusually public flare-up, one of MSNBC's television personalities clashed with the network on Friday in a dispute about airtime and editorial freedom and said she was refusing to host the show that bears her name this weekend.
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Jamil Smith:
Melissa Harris-Perry's Email to Her #nerdland Staff  —  On Friday afternoon, media reports emerged about my friend Melissa Harris-Perry's refusal to host her eponymous weekend program on MSNBC on Saturday.  I was one of the original producers on the show when it launched in 2012, leaving for another job in 2015.
Lachlan Markay / Washington Free Beacon:
Feds Flag Thousands of Illegal Bernie Sanders Contributions  —  Thousands of contributions to Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' campaign in January violated federal campaign finance laws, election regulators said on Thursday.  —  The Federal Election Commission sent a letter …
Discussion: National Review
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Robert Reich / Facebook:
I endorse Bernie Sanders for President of the United States.  He's leading a movement to reclaim America for the many, not the few.  And such a political mobilization - a “political revolution,” as he puts it -\-\ is the only means by which we can get the nation back from the moneyed interests …
Discussion: Raw Story, Slantpoint and Vox Popoli
Bernie Sanders:
Sanders Voted for 1994 Crime Bill to Support Assault Weapons Ban, Violence Against Women Provisions
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Vox
A Current Affair / 9news.com.au:
Queensland man has spent ‘$100,000’ contesting $250 speeding ticket  —  A Queensland man who has allegedly spent hundreds of thousands of dollars contesting a $250 speeding fine has vowed to become the first person to contest a speeding ticket in the High Court of Australia.
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
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Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
What happens when Hillary Clinton crashes a bachelor party?  She's in the photos.  —  Candidates battle for young black votes  —  The campaign trail has taken Hillary Clinton through coffee shops and bakeries, diners and ice cream parlors, stands at state fairs where they fry things that shouldn't be fried.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Governing Cancer of Our Time  —  We live in a big, diverse society.  There are essentially two ways to maintain order and get things done in such a society — politics or some form of dictatorship.  Either through compromise or brute force.  Our founding fathers chose politics.
Discussion: Salon, Slantpoint and Daily Kos
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.
Isabel Kershner / New York Times:
She Was Asked to Switch Seats.  Now She's Charging El Al With Sexism.  —  JERUSALEM — Renee Rabinowitz is a sharp-witted retired lawyer with a Ph.D. in educational psychology, who escaped the Nazis in Europe as a child.  Now she is about to become a test case in the battle over religion …
Ramesh Ponnuru / National Review:
Maryanne Trump Barry vs. Samuel Alito on Abortion  —  From last night's debate: … I think Trump doesn't know what he's talking about, starting with the fact that judicial opinions and bills are not the same thing.  —  What Cruz has mentioned in the past is Judge Maryanne Trump Barry's opinion …
Ian Tuttle / National Review:
Yes, Trump University Was a Massive Scam  —  Many people believe that higher education is a de facto scam.  Trump University, Donald Trump's real-estate institution, was a de jure one.  —  First thing first, Trump University was never a university.  When the “school” was established in 2005 …
Adam Harrington / CBS New York:
Yoko Ono Taken To Hospital From Upper West Side Home  —  NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Yoko Ono was removed from her Upper West Side home Friday evening for what was initially reported to be a possible stroke — though her publicist later said she was suffering from the flu.
Discussion: Page Six, Pitchfork and The FADER
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
 
 
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Jesse / CBS New York:
Man Slashed On Subway In Midtown; Latest Crime Stats Reveal Disturbing Trend Across NYC
Discussion: New York Magazine
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Donald Trump: We're going to ‘open up’ libel laws
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
Tennessee's new official state rifle is so powerful it can “destroy commercial aircraft”
CBS Denver:
Bill Would Require Reporting Of Non-Vaccinated Children
Peter Shane / Washington Monthly:
What Do We Call Options Worse Than “Nuclear?”
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Discourse.net