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8:25 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.
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 …
Post and Courier:
Pro-Ted Cruz robocall blasting Trump and Gov. Haley on Confederate flag  —  A pro-Ted Cruz robo-telephone call blasts Donald Trump for his support of the Confederate flag coming down.  An honor guard from the South Carolina Highway patrol removes the Confederate battle flag …
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 …
Gary Legum / Salon:
Ted Cruz declares war on gluten-free meals (because we are living through the dumbest election in history)
Discussion: Slantpoint and
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
Marist Poll:
2/19: Trump in Close Race in South Carolina... Clinton with Wide Lead
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.
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.
John McCormick / Bloomberg Business:
South Carolina, Nevada Votes to Test Anti-Establishment Mood  —  Trump eyes win in South as Democrats battle for western state  —  Barbara Bush returns to campaign trail seeking votes for son  —  Donald Trump confronted two top U.S. companies, a popular pope and virtually anyone else …
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 …
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Insiders predict Trump win in South Carolina, Clinton in Nevada
Discussion: Politicus USA
Olaf Ekberg / The American Mirror:
PHOTOS: Small Clinton crowd on NV caucus eve  —  Not even actress Eva Longoria could fill the seats at Hillary Clinton's final rally before the Nevada caucuses Saturday.  —  Photos show a small crowd at the Clark County Government Center Amphitheater in Las Vegas Friday night.
Dolores Huerta:
On Immigration, Bernie Sanders is Not Who He Says He Is.
Discussion: US News
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
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 …
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
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
John Gouch / Newsstand:
Palmetto Poll: Frequent voters in South Carolina favor Trump
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 …
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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Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
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Discussion: Daily Wire
Anita Kumar / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
At least 1,730 Clinton emails contain classified material
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Richard Fausset / New York Times:
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