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7:30 AM ET, February 22, 2016


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David Lightman / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Trump poised to step on the GOP accelerator  —  GOP delegate selection process favors front-runners  —  Nevada caucus up next; Trump favored He leads in 8 of the next states  —  CHARLESTON, S.C.  —  Things sure look good for Donald Trump.  —  The Republican presidential race expanded across …
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Now Trump ‘Not Sure’ If Rubio's Eligible to Be President (UPDATED)  —  Donald Trump slyly raised questions this morning about Marco Rubio's eligibility to be president.  —  Yesterday, Trump retweeted something a supporter sent to him that seemed to gin up questions about Rubio's eligibility to be president in addition to Ted Cruz's:
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:   Trump has a stranglehold on the GOP nomination. So why isn't he getting credit?
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Trump win confounds critics who thought gaffes would do him in
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The party decided in South Carolina.  Nobody cared.
Isaac Arnsdorf / Politico:
Trump rewrites campaign cash rules
Discussion: The Resurgent and Washington Post
New York Times:
Ted Cruz and Donald Trump Head Toward Super Tuesday With G.O.P.'s Deepest Pockets
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Gothamist
ABC News:
ANALYSIS: Donald Trump Takes Ownership of Republican Party
Discussion: Downtrend and Associated Press
Jon Ralston / Reno Gazette-Journal:
Ralston Reports: ‘Reid-Culinary bond’ won Nevada for Clinton  —  I'd like to congratulate the winner of the Nevada Democratic caucus: Harry Reid.  —  What's that, you say?  Reid wasn't running?  What am I talking about?  —  Saturday may well be the day that altered the course …
Discussion: USA Today
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Sanders has the resources and a plan to go the distance.  Will it matter?  —  Bernie Sanders, his momentum slowed by a loss to Hillary Clinton in Nevada, faces two tests in the weeks ahead: parceling out his formidable resources to the states that offer his best targets …
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Associated Press:
Clinton Heads South, Aims for Delegate Edge Over Sanders
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
GOP candidates chart different paths as race goes national on Super Tuesday
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
Barring a catastrophe, her nomination is inevitable.
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders says lower turnout contributed to his Nevada loss to Hillary Clinton
Discussion: Occidental Dissent and Politico
Walter Smith-Randolph / WWMT-TV:
Alleged gunman worked as Uber driver during deadly shooting spree; passenger shares story  —  KALAMAZOO COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - In an exclusive interview with Newschannel 3, a passenger of Jason Dalton's details his Uber experience before Dalton allegedly shot eight people across Kalamazoo County.
Taylor Millard / Hot Air:
Why Charles Koch's awesome Bernie Sanders op-ed matters in future elections  —  Charles Koch has written an awesome op-ed in The Washington Post where he explains how he and Bernie Sanders actually agree on an issue.  It's one of the very few issues where the Tea party and Occupy Wall Street seemed …
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Fall of the House of Bush: How last name and Donald Trump doomed Jeb  —  For Jeb Bush's campaign, August was a cruel month.  Donald Trump's attacks on the former Florida governor as a ­"low-energy" politician were beginning to stick, and the two were bickering over immigration.
Discussion: Downtrend, Yahoo Politics and Politico
J. D. Vance / National Review:
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:   The New Shape of the Republican Race
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Black divisions matter in Dem race  —  In all of Congress, only two Democrats have endorsed Bernie Sanders  —  , the independent senator and democratic socialist from Vermont.  —  How can that be?  —  Already, close to half of Iowa Democrats and nearly two-thirds of Democrats in New Hampshire …
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Zika has been linked to birth defects.  Now it may be causing paralysis.  —  TURBO, Colombia - The Zika epidemic flaring across the Americas has produced several hot spots with large numbers of cases.  But there is no place quite like Turbo.  —  The mosquito-borne virus has spread rapidly …
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
U.S. Scrambles to Contain Growing ISIS Threat in Libya  —  THIES, Senegal — The Islamic State's branch in Libya is deepening its reach across a wide area of Africa, attracting new recruits from countries like Senegal that had been largely immune to the jihadist propaganda …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Washington Post
Derek Hunter /
Demeaning The Office  —  When President Bill Clinton's affair with intern Monica Lewinsky was exposed, it was a new low for the office of president.  It wasn't the first affair by a president (or Clinton), not by a long shot.  But the fact it was with an intern and he committed perjury behind …
Anabel Hernandez / Los Angeles Times:
Murder, torture, drugs: Cartel kingpin's wife says that's not the ‘El Chapo’ she knows  —  She sweeps into the restaurant dressed elegantly in black slacks and a sleeveless, pale pink blouse, a white ribbon tied demurely at the neck.  Her bag is Prada.  If there are bodyguards, they have waited discreetly outside.
Discussion: The Week and TalkLeft
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Boris Johnson / Telegraph:
Boris Johnson exclusive: There is only one way to get the change we want - vote to leave the EU
Discussion: The Week and Vox Popoli
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
Obama's rudeness hits new heights with Scalia, Schumer
Agence France-Presse:
Leading Hindu priest decapitated in Bangladesh
Discussion: Jihad Watch
NBC News:
Meet the Press - February 21, 2016
Discussion: Politicus USA and Althouse
Clyde Haberman / New York Times:
16 Years After Bush v. Gore, Still Wrestling With Ballot-Box Rules
Sam Adams /
Crowd CHEERS as Germany migrant hostel is burned out - and even try to stop firefighters battling the blaze
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Donnie Wahlberg endorses Rubio
Discussion: Raw Story
Caitlin Yilek / The Hill:
Muslim group challenges Trump to debate
Discussion: Raw Story
David Alandete / EL PAÍS:
Bashar al-Assad: “80 countries support the terrorists in Syria”
Discussion: NBC News, The Atlantic and NPR
Daily Mail:
‘Child’ asylum seeker caught out by his teeth: Afghan who claimed to be just 12 is revealed …
Tarini Parti / BuzzFeed:
Trump Campaign Aggressively Tried To Hire Staffers From Koch Group
Discussion: The Hill