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8:30 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 …
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.
Jon Ralston / Reno Gazette-Journal:
Ralston Reports: ‘Reid-Culinary bond’ won Nevada for Clinton
Discussion: USA Today
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Trump has a stranglehold on the GOP nomination. So why isn't he getting credit?
Discussion: Politico
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Sanders has the resources and a plan to go the distance. Will it matter?
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
New York Times:
Ted Cruz and Donald Trump Head Toward Super Tuesday With G.O.P.'s Deepest Pockets
Isaac Arnsdorf / Politico:
Trump rewrites campaign cash rules
Discussion: The Resurgent and Washington Post
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Trump Optimists And Trump Skeptics Are About To Go To War
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.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Young and Black in South Carolina: How Will They Vote?
Discussion: Washington Post
J. D. Vance / National Review:
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
The New Shape of the Republican Race
Discussion: The Federalist
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The party decided in South Carolina.  Nobody cared.
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 …
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.
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:
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 …
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.
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
Erick Erickson / The Resurgent:
I Will Not Vote For Donald Trump.  Ever.  —  When I wrote in National Review that I was against Donald Trump, I said and have maintained since his entry into the race that if Donald Trump is the Republican nominee, I would support him.  No longer.  —  Donald Trump believes the federal government should fund Planned Parenthood.
Discussion: Politico
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Jonathan S. Tobin / Commentary Magazine:
Why Cruz is SC's Biggest Loser
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
Derek Hunter /
Demeaning The Office  —  When President Bill Clinton's affair …
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
Obama's rudeness hits new heights with Scalia, Schumer
Anabel Hernandez / Los Angeles Times:
Murder, torture, drugs: Cartel kingpin's wife says that's not the ‘El Chapo’ she knows
Discussion: The Week and TalkLeft
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Trump win confounds critics who thought gaffes would do him in
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

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