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9:40 AM ET, February 22, 2016

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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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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
Chris Perez / New York Post:
Donald Trump leads polls in 10 of next 14 voting states  —  Donald Trump is leading in 10 of the 14 states set to vote in Republican primaries or caucuses over the next two weeks.  —  Recent polls show that Trump is ahead in Nevada, Alabama, Alaska, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Virginia, Oklahoma, Minnesota and Louisiana.
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
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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.
Zachary Mider / Bloomberg Business:   Rubio Seeks Cash Infusion From Donors Who Backed Bush
Leigh Ann Caldwell / NBC News:
Rubio Campaign Is Ready to Milk Jeb Bush's Cash Cows
Derek Hunter / Townhall.com:
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 …
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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.
New York Times:
Donald Trump's Victory Spurs Renewed Scrambling Among Republicans  —  Mainstream Republicans arose on Sunday reeling from Donald J. Trump's sweeping victory in South Carolina, with some refusing to accept that he could be the eventual nominee and others acknowledging that his insurgent candidacy might soon be unstoppable.
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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Donald Trump Hopes to Follow Hillary Clinton's Lead in Nevada
J. D. Vance / National Review:
Did Ted Cruz Miscalculate His Support among Evangelicals?
Discussion: The Resurgent and The Daily Caller
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 …
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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
Rick Tyler / Facebook:
I want to apologize to Senator Marco Rubio for posting an inaccurate story about him here earlier today.  The story showed a video of the Senator walking past a Ted Cruz staffer seated in the lobby of a hotel reading his Bible.  The story misquoted a remark the Senator made to the staffer.
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.
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 …
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Wall Street Journal:
Young and Black in South Carolina: How Will They Vote?
Discussion: Washington Post
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
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.
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 and The Week
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.
 
 
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Donald Trump relishes wrecking the GOP
Oliver Jj Lane / Breitbart:
Young Boy Repeatedly Raped After He Was Billeted With Migrant Men
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Jonathan S. Tobin / Commentary Magazine:
Why Cruz is SC's Biggest Loser
Ben White / Politico:
Bloomberg's trial balloon isn't rising yet
Boris Johnson / Telegraph:
Boris Johnson exclusive: There is only one way to get the change we want - vote to leave the EU
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
U.S. Scrambles to Contain Growing ISIS Threat in Libya
Discussion: Mother Jones and Washington Post
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
Obama's rudeness hits new heights with Scalia, Schumer
 Earlier Items: 
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
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Zika has been linked to birth defects. Now it may be causing paralysis.
Agence France-Presse:
Leading Hindu priest decapitated in Bangladesh
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Taylor Millard / Hot Air:
Why Charles Koch's awesome Bernie Sanders op-ed matters in future elections
Clyde Haberman / New York Times:
16 Years After Bush v. Gore, Still Wrestling With Ballot-Box Rules
Sam Adams / Mirror.co.uk:
Crowd CHEERS as Germany migrant hostel is burned out - and even try to stop firefighters battling the blaze
Discussion: Vox Popoli
David Lightman / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Trump poised to step on the GOP accelerator
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Donnie Wahlberg endorses Rubio
Discussion: Politico and Raw Story