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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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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.
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.
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 …
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Rubio jokes that Trump may have wet his pants during debate  —  's manhood during a rally Friday morning, portraying the GOP front-runner as a coward and suggesting he may have wet himself during Thursday night's presidential debate.  —  “He called me Mr. Meltdown.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Rubio and Trump now at war for the GOP's future  —  Marco Rubio and Donald Trump emerged Friday as the principal antagonists in an all-out brawl for the future of the Republican Party, as establishment opposition to the front-runner's candidacy started to crumble with a high-profile endorsement by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
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
Leon H. Wolf / RedState:
This Epic Video Shows that Marco Rubio is Not Done Embarrassing Trump Yet
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
8 times Chris Christie suggested Donald Trump shouldn't be president
Nick Gass / Politico:
Haley: I'll support Trump if it comes to that
Discussion: WYFF-TV, Mediaite and RedState
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Rubio suggests Trump wet his pants on debate stage
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
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.
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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.
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.
Discussion: Sputnik International and fox8.com
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 and Slantpoint
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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: The Hill and Mediaite
Phillip M. Bailey / Courier-Journal:
AT&T sues city over ‘Google Fiber’ proposal  —  AT&T filed a lawsuit in federal court Thursday alleging Louisville lacks jurisdiction to allow high-speed Internet service providers such as Google Fiber to install equipment on its utility poles.  —  The telecommunications giant …
Discussion: VentureBeat, The Verge and Techdirt
Justin Fishel / ABC News:
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
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
 
 
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