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8:45 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 …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
This poll showing Donald Trump romping in Florida is very, very bad news for Marco Rubio  —  Candidates battle for young black votes … State of the 2016 race  —  Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop in Tampa, Florida.  —  There hadn't been a good poll in Florida for a while, until Thursday morning.
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
What Is Marco Rubio Waiting For?
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Poll: Trump crushes Rubio in Florida
MJ Lee / CNN:
Republican debate: 5 things to watch
Discussion: New York's PIX11
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.
Fox News:
Missouri professor Melissa Click fired after protest scuffles caught on video
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Poll: Trump's negatives among Hispanics rise; worst in GOP field … Donald Trump has used the issue of immigration to help make himself the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, but his harsh rhetoric also has earned him the highest negative ratings among Hispanic voters …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Rubio just launched a searing attack on Trump. Here's why it may fail.
Tyler Tynes / The Huffington Post:
Black Lives Matter Activists Interrupt Hillary Clinton At Private Event In South Carolina  —  They wanted her to account for some of her past statements on racial justice.  —  Politics Fellow, The Huffington Post  —  Two Black Lives Matter activists interrupted a private Hillary Clinton …
Esme E Deprez / Bloomberg Business:
South Carolina Feminists Want Woman President Who Isn't Clinton
Sarah Wheaton / Politico:
Democrats escalate Supreme Court shame campaign
Discussion: USA Today, The Hill, CNN and Daily Kos
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'
Darren Goode / Politico:
Cruz holding up Flint aid deal in Senate  —  Ted Cruz is standing in the way of a bipartisan Senate bill to provide hundreds of millions of dollars in aid for Flint, Mich., and other communities that need to upgrade their drinking water infrastructure.  —  Senate Democrats blinked …
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.
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.
Christopher Cameron / The Statesman:
Political science professor forecasts Trump as general election winner  —  A professor of political science at Stony Brook University has forecasted that Donald Trump has a minimum 97 percent chance of winning the general election as the Republican nominee.  —  Professor Helmut Norpoth's …
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 …
Cody Derespina / Associated Press:
‘Cecil Effect’ dangerous for lions, guides  —  Lion overpopulation has become a serious issue in Zimbabwe.  (Byron du Preez)  —  The international backlash against big game hunters triggered by last year's killing of a beloved lion named “Cecil” could spell doom for hundreds of the beasts who now roam a Zimbabwe preserve.
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 …
Jason Leopold / VICE News:
While US Attorney General, Eric Holder Used Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's Birth Name as His Official Email Address  —  Former US Attorney General Eric Holder is a huge fan of NBA hall of famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.  —  So much so that Holder used Abdul-Jabbar's birth name, Lew Alcindor …
Discussion: Infowars, The Hill and The Daily Caller
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Eli Watkins / CNN:
When is it?  —  The debate will take place on Thursday …
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
Steven Mann / Times Argus:
Police: Child's farm tale turns out to be pot
Discussion: LawNewz and Associated Press
Gale Holland / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. is seizing tiny homes from the homeless
Discussion: Hit & Run and KTLA
Maayan Groisman / Jerusalem Post:
Report: Dozens of Russian generals in Syria killed after a car bomb hits their military base
Austin American-Statesman:
Cruz, Clinton still lead in Texas
Paul Watson / Infowars:
NY Times Columnist Jokes About Assassination Attempt Ending Trump's Campaign
MIT Technology Review:
Google Unveils Neural Network with “Superhuman” Ability to Determine the Location of Almost Any Image
Discussion: Daily Mail and The Verge
New York Times:
Donald Trump to Foreign Workers for Florida Club: You're Hired