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11:41 PM ET, February 25, 2016


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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
David Duke Urges His Supporters To Volunteer And Vote For Trump  —  “Voting against Donald Trump at this point is really treason to your heritage.”  —  —  David Duke, a white nationalist and former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard, is urging the listeners of his radio program to volunteer and vote for Donald Trump.
Douglas Heye / The Huffington Post:
How The Republican Party Has Failed To Dig Up Dirt On Donald Trump  —  GOP operatives are alarmed.  Democrats are astonished.  —  WASHINGTON — It's no secret that rival campaigns were caught off guard by Donald Trump's ascent in the Republican primary.  But the extent to which they are …
MJ Lee / CNN:
First on CNN: Rubio prepares for contested convention  — Marco Rubio's campaign is preparing for a contested Republican Convention as one option to take the GOP nomination away from Donald Trump and Ted Cruz  —  Houston (CNN)Marco Rubio's campaign is preparing for a contested Republican Convention …
Lee Drutman / Vox:
Marco Rubio's chances were always poor  —  Ranked choice voting could have told us this sooner  —  A new poll has Donald Trump beating Marco Rubio 44 percent to 28 percent in Rubio's home state of Florida.  This is devastating news for Rubio.  It also is bad news for the conventional wisdom …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Republicans Have Totally Lost Their Mojo  —  A few hours ago I wondered why none of the other Republican candidates has seriously attacked Donald Trump.  I got a bunch of responses, most of which related to policy.  They can't attack him for his xenophobia because most of them support …
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Trump leads Rubio Even Head To Head in Florida  —  PPP's newest Florida Republican poll (conducted Wednesday and Thursday before the debate) finds Donald Trump dominant in the state.  He's getting 45% to 25% for Marco Rubio, 10% for Ted Cruz, 8% for John Kasich, and 5% for Ben Carson.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
This poll showing Donald Trump romping in Florida is very, very bad news for Marco Rubio
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Poll: Trump crushes Rubio in Florida
Holly Bailey / Yahoo Politics:
Rubio goes after Trump in fiery GOP debate
Discussion: Politico
MJ Lee / CNN:
Republican debate: 5 things to watch
Discussion: New York's PIX11 and Vox
Michael Nunez / Gizmodo:
Mark Zuckerberg Asks Racist Facebook Employees to Stop Crossing Out Black Lives Matter Slogans  —  The Black Lives Matter movement has shed light on the racial profiling, police brutality, and racial inequality experienced by the African-American community across America.
Columbia Daily Tribune:
University of Missouri curators vote to fire Melissa Click  —  Melissa Click, an assistant professor of mass media at the University of Missouri, demands a journalist leave the Concerned Student 1950 camp area in November.  The Missouri Board of Curators voted 4-2 in favor …
Advancing Missouri:
Statement from University of Missouri leadership  —  Pam Henrickson, chair of the University of Missouri Board of Curators, released the following statement today:  —  Last week, the Board of Curators received the investigative report detailing the relevant facts surrounding recent conduct by MU assistant professor, Dr. Melissa Click.
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
University of Missouri Fires Melissa Click, Who Tried to Block Journalist at Protest
Discussion: Jezebel and The Week
WATCH LIVE: Sheriff: 4 to 7 killed, up to 30 hurt in mass shooting in Hesston … Headlines List  —  HESSTON, Kan. (KAKE) —  Several people have been killed, and as many as 20 are hurt in a shooting at Excel Industries in Hesston.  —  Officers responded Thursday afternoon to the report …
Discussion: WTVC-TV, Little Green Footballs and NPR
Excel Industries shooter identified as Cedric Ford  —  Update: Eyewitness News has learned that Newton Medical Center is on lockdown due to police activity in the area.  —  Update: Multiple eyewitnesses and employees at Excel Industries identify the shooter as Cedric Ford, 38, an employee at the company in Hesston.
Discussion: CBS New York and New York Magazine
Ksn Tv / KSNG-TV:
1 dead, “up to 20 injured” in shooting at Excel Industries in Hesston
Discussion: WIAT-TV, WCMH-TV and The Week
Darren Goode / Politico:
Cruz won't hold up Flint aid deal in Senate  —  Ted Cruz won't block a bipartisan Senate bill that would provide hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of aid for Flint, Mich. and other communities that need to upgrade their drinking water infrastructure.  —  “Cruz has reviewed the bill …
Eric Wolff / Politico:
Senate known when that hotline bling
Sarah Wheaton / Politico:
Democrats escalate Supreme Court shame campaign
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Former Mexican president: 'I'm not going to pay for that f—ing wall' … Former Mexican President Vicente Fox says his nation will not pay for Donald Trump  —  's proposed border wall.  —  “I declare — I'm not going to pay for that f—ing wall,” he told Fusion's Jorge Ramos during an interview Thursday.
Rafa Fernandez De Castro / Fusion:
Former Mexican President to Donald Trump: 'I'm not going to pay for that f**king wall'
Robert Kagan / Washington Post:
Trump is the GOP's Frankenstein monster.  Now he's strong enough to destroy the party.  —  Robert Kagan is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a contributing columnist for The Post.  —  When the plague descended on Thebes, Oedipus sent his brother-in-law to the Delphic oracle to discover the cause.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Poll: Trump's negatives among Hispanics rise; worst in GOP field
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Clinton regrets 1996 remark on ‘super-predators’ after encounter with activist  —  Candidates battle for young black votes … State of the 2016 race  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. — Black voters are the linchpin of Hillary Clinton's strategy for winning the South Carolina Democratic presidential primary …
Tyler Tynes / The Huffington Post:
Black Lives Matter Activists Interrupt Hillary Clinton At Private Event In South Carolina
Mark Bergen / Re/code:
Google Will Join Microsoft in Backing Apple With a Legal Filing in FBI Case  —  Google plans to follow Microsoft in throwing its legal support behind Apple in its increasingly contentious dispute with the federal government around the iPhone connected with the San Bernardino terror attacks, according to sources.
Tal Kopan / CNN:
Republican debate: Live updates  —  Live updates and video from the CNN Republican debate in Houston, Texas.
23-year-old Ukrainian National arrested after posing as Harrisburg high school student  —  HARRISBURG, PA. - Harrisburg Police have confirmed they have arrested Artur Samarin, 23.  Samarin was charged with Theft, Identity Theft, and Tampering with Public Records.  —  Samarin was using the false identity of Asher Potts.
Lindsay Gibbs / ThinkProgressPage Array:
British Parliament Tells NFL It Is ‘Unacceptable’ To Bring ‘New Racial Slurs’ To Britain  —  The Washington NFL team is scheduled to play in London this fall, and two members of the British Parliament aren't happy about it.  —  “We were shocked to learn the derivation of the term 'R*dskin …
Discussion: Washington Post, ESPN and Slantpoint
New York Times:
Mrs. Clinton, Show Voters Those Transcripts  —  “Everybody does it,” is an excuse expected from a mischievous child, not a presidential candidate.  But that is Hillary Clinton's latest defense for making closed-door, richly-paid speeches to big banks, which many middle-class Americans still blame …
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Chris Isidore / CNNMoney:
Donald Trump to be witness in federal case accusing him of fraud
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Carson: I'll Consider The ‘Fruit Salad Of Their Life’ When Picking SCOTUS Nom
Discussion: Political Wire
William Bender /
Point Breeze meeting ends after ‘anti-Semitic’ comments
Cody Derespina / Associated Press:
‘Cecil Effect’ dangerous for lions, guides
Edward Morrissey / The Fiscal Times:
Obamacare Is Wide Open to Fraud - and They're Not Going to Fix It
Discussion: Hot Air
Thomas Piketty / The New York Review of Books:
A New Deal for Europe  —  The far right has surged in just a few years …
Matthew Watkins / The Texas Tribune:
UT Architecture Dean Cites Campus Carry as a Reason for Departure
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John McCormick / Bloomberg Business:
Trump Dominates in Bloomberg Poll of ‘SEC Primary’ States
Discussion: Political Wire
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Carson PAC pushes for VP slot
Steven Mann / Times Argus:
Police: Child's farm tale turns out to be pot
Discussion: LawNewz and Associated Press
Jason Leopold / VICE News:
While US Attorney General, Eric Holder Used Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's Birth Name as His Official Email Address
Discussion: The Daily Caller, The Hill and Infowars
Maayan Groisman / Jerusalem Post:
Report: Dozens of Russian generals in Syria killed after a car bomb hits their military base