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4:30 PM ET, February 20, 2016


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Caitlin Cruz / Talking Points Memo:
Cruz Campaign Sends SC Mailer Morphing Rubio's And Obama's Faces (PHOTO)  —  Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) latest move in South Carolina is a mailer that merges President Barack Obama's face with that of Cruz's rival Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). … South Carolina state Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter (D) …
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.
John McCormick / Bloomberg Business:
Combative Trump Takes on Boeing, Apple at Close of South Carolina Race  —  As Donald Trump barreled toward his next test of strength in the Republican nomination fight, the billionaire confronted two top U.S. companies, a popular pope and virtually anyone else in his way.
Discussion: Bloomberg Politics
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Bush on joining a Trump ticket: ‘No’  —  Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush on Saturday sneezed at the notion of serving as the running mate to primary front-runner Donald Trump.  —  “No,” he responded sharply to a reporter in South Carolina, drawing laughs.  “Let's be clear, I don't think he would ask me.”
Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
In Football-Mad South Carolina, Rubio Offers the Greatest Pander of All  —  University of Florida graduate said all his rivals rooted against Clemson in the championship  —  CLEMSON, S.C. - Florida Sen. Marco Rubio came up with a new reason for South Carolina voters to back him on Saturday …
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
GOP campaigns trade allegations of dirty tricks in South Carolina
Discussion: Yahoo Politics
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Kasich's chief strategist: ‘No path forward’ for Jeb Bush
Discussion: The Hill
Andrew Prokop / Vox:
South Carolina Republican primary 2016: poll closing time and what to expect
Discussion: New York Times and Hullabaloo
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Nevada Democrats start to caucus, as Sanders looks to upset Clinton
Associated Press:
The Latest: Trump leads GOP race with a third of the votes
Discussion: Yahoo Politics
John McCormick / Bloomberg Business:   South Carolina, Nevada Votes to Test Anti-Establishment Mood
Robby Soave / Hit & Run:
Did Twitter's Orwellian ‘Trust and Safety’ Council Get Robert Stacy McCain Banned?  —  Remember a few days ago, when Twitter elevated anti-GamerGate leader Anita Sarkeesian to its “Trust and Safety Council,” an imperious-sounding committee with Robespierre-esque powers to police discussion on the social media platform?
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
The #FreeStacy Story: Why Was My @rsmccain Account Suspended?  —  Unexpectedly, and without explanation, my @rsmccain Twitter account was suspended Friday evening.  Based on past experiences, my guess would be that this resulted from a complaint by one of the leading “social justice warriors” …
Jonathan Levin / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
A trend or just coincidence?  —  Twitter, an invaluable news aggregator …
Discussion: RedState
Datechguy / Da Tech Guy Blog:
The Twitter Star Chamber Suspends Stacy McCain
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Colton Lochhead / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Attempt to place Review-Journal obituary for Hillary Clinton prompts report to Secret Service  —  The Las Vegas Review-Journal on Friday reported a possible threat related to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton after a man tried to place an obituary notice for the former secretary of state.
Olaf Ekberg / The American Mirror:   PHOTOS: Small Clinton crowd on NV caucus eve
New York Times:
Superdelegates, Clarify Your Role
Discussion: Prairie Weather and VTDigger
Los Angeles Times:
Analysis Timing is everything — and Hillary Clinton's timing is awful
Discussion: Mother Jones and RedState
Liz Goodwin / Yahoo Politics:
Hillary Clinton's week-long sprint to save Nevada
Discussion: Politico
Scott Eric Kaufman / Salon:
Paul Krugman: For wonks like me, Bernie Sanders is frankly horrifying  —  Sanders is just as delusional when it comes to the economics as those vying for a spot on the GOP ticket  —  Paul Krugman pulled no punches in his Friday New York Times column, claiming that Democratic presidential …
Discussion: the daily howler and Slantpoint
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.
Yamiche Alcindor / New York Times:
Man Captured on Film Being Arrested in a 1963 Protest is Bernie Sanders, His Campaign Says
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg Business:
U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Republicans on North Carolina Voting Map  —  The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for a new congressional voting map in North Carolina this year, rejecting a Republican bid to reinstate district lines thrown out by a lower court.
Discussion: AOL
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
North Carolina redistricting delay denied
CBS News:
Early entrance polls show close race in Nevada Democratic caucuses  —  3:30 p.m.One issue that has come up in the primary and caucus season for the Democratic candidates is whether they will continue to pursue President Obama's policies or whether they will move in another direction.
Discussion: AOL and Business Insider
Gregory Katz / Associated Press:
CAMERON: BRITAIN'S REFERENDUM ON EU MEMBERSHIP TO BE JUNE 23  —  LONDON (AP) — A historic referendum on whether Britain should stay in the European Union will be held on June 23, Prime Minister David Cameron announced Saturday, even as he declared his belief that the U.K. would be …
Laura Kuenssberg / BBC:
EU referendum: Cameron sets June date for UK vote
Discussion: Infowars and The Agonist
Michael Gove / Coffee House:
Why I'm backing Brexit
Discussion: National Review
Mike Giglio / BuzzFeed:
America Is Now Fighting A Proxy War With Itself In Syria  —  Confusion in the Obama administration's Syria policy is playing out on the ground as U.S.-backed groups begin battling each other.  —  Reporting From  —  Istanbul, Turkey  —  A YPG fighter stands near a wall on the Syria-Turkey border.
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 …
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NBC News:
Clinton Lead Over Sanders Among Latino Voters Rapidly Narrowing
Discussion: The Atlantic
New York Post:
Two NYPD cops shot in Brooklyn
Discussion: Gothamist and Weasel Zippers
Washington Post:
The IRS gives up on fighting ‘dark money’
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan D. Salant / New Jersey Online:
Christie's Bridgegate bills now top $10M
Discussion: The Week
Jonathan Kandell / New York Times:
Umberto Eco, 84, Best-Selling Academic Who Navigated Two Worlds, Dies
Discussion: The Atlantic, Guardian and Slantpoint