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9:30 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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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.
New York Times:
Donald Trump and Chris Christie Start a Bully Bromance  —  Those who have witnessed Gov. Chris Christie's performance both in New Jersey and in the national arena over the past couple of years almost could have seen Friday's sweaty embrace of Donald Trump coming.  Almost.
Discussion: Politico and The Week
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
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.
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg Business:
Chris Christie Delivers Major Blow to Party Elites Resisting Trump
Discussion: WMTW-TV
Brian Beutler / New Republic:   Marco Rubio's Trump Attacks Expose Uncomfortable Truths for the Right
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: RedState, WYFF-TV and Mediaite
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
8 times Chris Christie suggested Donald Trump shouldn't be president
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.
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.
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Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
In South Carolina, will Clinton's expected victory shift momentum?
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 …
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Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Group to Air Ads Featuring Ex-Students Saying Trump University Deceived Them
Discussion: Newsmax, RedState, Hot Air and Instapundit
New York Times:
Inside the Republican Party's Desperate Mission to Stop Donald Trump  —  The scenario Karl Rove outlined was bleak.  —  Addressing a luncheon of Republican governors and donors in Washington on Feb. 19, he warned that Donald J. Trump's increasingly likely nomination would be catastrophic, dooming the party in November.
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.
Olaf Ekberg / The American Mirror:
VIDEO: Bill Clinton snaps at veteran during speech: ‘Shut up and listen to my answer’  —  The long hours and grueling pace of the presidential campaign may be finally catching up with a rapidly aging Bill Clinton.  —  During an appearance in Bluffton, South Carolina on Friday …
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
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.
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: Hot Air and National Review
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 …
Brady Dennis / Washington Post:
U.S. details 9 Zika pregnancies: 2 abortions, 2 miscarriages, 1 baby with ‘severe microcephaly’  —  At least two pregnant women in the United States infected with the Zika virus have chosen to have abortions in recent months, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday, while two others have suffered miscarriages.
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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Naomi Jagoda / The Hill:
IRS: Nothing prevents Trump from releasing tax returns
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Hot Air
 
 
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Rebecca Rosenberg / New York Post:
‘Hate-crime killer’ caught on camera: ‘I f-king shot him dead!’
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Gothamist
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Romer and Romer on Friedman  —  Christina Romer and David Romer respond …
David Alexander / Reuters:
U.S. test-fires ICBMs to stress its power to Russia, North Korea
Discussion: LewRockwell
Phillip M. Bailey / Courier-Journal:
AT&T sues city over ‘Google Fiber’ proposal
Discussion: VentureBeat, Techdirt and The Verge
Justin Fishel / ABC News:
Clinton's Private Email: 1,500 More Pages Made Public
Discussion: Hot Air
Chad Livengood / Detroit News:
Ex-State Reps. Courser, Gamrat to face felony charges
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
New York Times:
U.S. Economy Grew at 1% Rate in Fourth Quarter
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
 Earlier Items: 
The Local:
‘Soldiers of Allah’ to counter Soldiers of Odin in Norway
Discussion: Infowars
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”
Heidi Hemmat / FOX31 Denver:
Teacher files lawsuit, saying 13-year-old student beat, bullied her
Discussion: KFOR-TV