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9:05 AM ET, February 22, 2016


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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Donald Trump Hopes to Follow Hillary Clinton's Lead in Nevada  —  The shock and awe of a New York real estate developer-turned-reality television star's winning the South Carolina Republican primary on Saturday night blotted out the other major, parallel story of Hillary Clinton's victory in the Nevada caucuses.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Trump has a stranglehold on the GOP nomination.  So why isn't he getting credit?  —  Donald Trump cruised to a double-digit win over the Republican field on Saturday in South Carolina.  It was his second straight easy win — coming 11 days after he swept the New Hampshire primary by nearly 17 points.
Discussion: Politico
Jon Ralston / Reno Gazette-Journal:
Ralston Reports: ‘Reid-Culinary bond’ won Nevada for Clinton
J. D. Vance / National Review:
Did Ted Cruz Miscalculate His Support among Evangelicals?
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Trump win confounds critics who thought gaffes would do him in
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
The New Shape of the Republican Race
Discussion: The Federalist
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
Zachary Mider / Bloomberg Business:
Rubio Seeks Cash Infusion From Donors Who Backed Bush  —  The network that helped Bush and his allies break fundraising records is now in play.  —  zachmider  —  With Jeb Bush's departure from the presidential race on Saturday, a mighty fundraising army scattered.
Maeve Reston / CNN:
Jeb's 2016 departure draws out Mike Murphy critics  —  Las Vegas (CNN)In the unsparing judgment of the Twittersphere, there was one clear loser after Jeb's Bush's graceful exit from the Republican presidential race Saturday night: political strategist Mike Murphy and the Bush-allied super PAC Right to Rise USA, which he directed.
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 …
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:   Scalia's legacy: A court transformed
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:   Its power is derived from custom and deference.  How old-fashioned.
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
Wall Street Journal:
Young and Black in South Carolina: How Will They Vote?
Discussion: Washington Post
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
GOP candidates chart different paths as race goes national on Super Tuesday
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Donald Trump consults with Rudy Giuliani as he builds political kitchen cabinet  —  Fresh off back-to-back victories in the Republican presidential race, Donald Trump is moving to expand his tight-knit campaign by building a political kitchen cabinet that includes former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Erick Erickson / The Resurgent:
I Will Not Vote For Donald Trump. Ever.
Discussion: Politico
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:
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.
James Comey / Lawfare:
We Could Not Look the Survivors in the Eye if We Did Not Follow this Lead  —  The San Bernardino litigation isn't about trying to set a precedent or send any kind of message.  It is about the victims and justice.  Fourteen people were slaughtered and many more had their lives and bodies ruined.
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 …
Betsy McCaughey / New York Post:
Obama is looting the Treasury to pay off insurers  —  The Obama administration will tell any lie and break any law to prevent the president's signature health-care program from collapsing.  —  Insurance companies such as UnitedHealthcare and Aetna are losing billions trying to sell ObamaCare plans …
Discussion: Power Line
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 …
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 …
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Trump brags about winning with ‘short people, fat people, skinny people’  —  GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump  —  took a victory lap on Sunday evening after winning the South Carolina primary, bragging about his ability to win across multiple voting blocs.  —  “We won with everything.
Ben White / Politico:
Bloomberg's trial balloon isn't rising yet  —  NEW YORK — In the bar of the Four Seasons Hotel off Park Avenue one recent evening, the talk among senior bankers turned, as it often does these days, to the prospects of former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg making a run for the White House.
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Agence France-Presse:
Leading Hindu priest decapitated in Bangladesh
Discussion: Jihad Watch
NBC News:
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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
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Donnie Wahlberg endorses Rubio
Discussion: Politico and Raw Story