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9:45 AM ET, February 26, 2016


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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.
New York Times:
In Republican Debate, a Feisty Marco Rubio Lays Into Donald Trump  —  Senator Marco Rubio, alarmed by Donald J. Trump's ascendancy and worried that his presidential chances were slipping away, unleashed a barrage of attacks on the real estate mogul's business ethics, hiring practices …
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
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.
Holly Bailey / Yahoo Politics:
Rubio goes after Trump in fiery GOP debate  —  HOUSTON — After weeks of holding his fire on Donald Trump, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio tore into the Republican presidential frontrunner at Thursday's GOP debate, going after Trump's position on immigration and targeting Trump's key argument for his candidacy: his business record.
Lee Drutman / Vox:
Marco Rubio's chances were always poor
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:   Rubio, Cruz throw everything they can at front-runner Trump
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Winners, losers in final GOP debate before Super Tuesday
Will Rahn / The Daily Beast:
Robot Rubio Turns Terminator on Donald Trump
Discussion: The Federalist
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.
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.
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 …
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
Washington Post:
The CNN-Telemundo Republican debate transcript, annotated … State of the 2016 race  —  The hall is set before the Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston.  (Pat Sullivan/AP) … CNN's Wolf Blitzer introduced the candidates, laid out the rules and the debate began.
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 …
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
University of Missouri Fires Melissa Click, Who Tried to Block Journalist at Protest
Discussion: Jezebel and The Week
Chad Livengood / Detroit News:
Emails: Flint water warnings reached gov's inner circle  —  Lansing — Two top advisers to Gov. Rick Snyder urged switching Flint back to Detroit's water system in October 2014 after General Motors Co. said the city's heavily chlorinated river water was rusting engine parts …
Detroit Free Press:
Top Snyder aides urged going back to Detroit water
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama to meet McConnell, Grassley to discuss Supreme Court vacancy  —  President Obama will convene a long-anticipated meeting at the White House next Tuesday with top Republican senators to discuss the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:   Carson: I'll Consider The ‘Fruit Salad Of Their Life’ When Picking SCOTUS Nom
Rafa Fernandez De Castro / Fusion:
Former Mexican President to Donald Trump: 'I'm not going to pay for that f**king wall'  —  Update Feb. 25, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. Donald Trump took to Twitter to demand an apology from former Mexican President Vicente Fox: … In an exclusive interview earlier this week with Univision …
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Former Mexican president: 'I'm not going to pay for that f—ing wall'
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 …
WBUR Poll: In Mass., Clinton Edges Sanders, While Trump Leads Big  —  As Massachusetts prepares to vote in the state's presidential primaries this coming Tuesday, a new WBUR poll shows Donald Trump holds a hefty lead among likely Republican voters (topline, crosstabs).
Discussion: Political Wire and Politico
John McCormick / Bloomberg Business:
Trump Dominates in Bloomberg Poll of ‘SEC Primary’ States
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 …
Anna Giaritelli / Washington Examiner:
Al Sharpton might ‘get out of here’ if Trump wins  —  Rev. Al Sharpton told attendees at a Center for American Progress Action Fund event Thursday he would flee the country if Donald Trump won the election, in order to avoid being deported by Trump.  —  Sharpton, a Democrat …
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 …
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton on ‘superpredator’ remarks: 'I shouldn't have used those words'
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Clinton: Trump's ‘Divisive’ Rhetoric Doesn't ‘Fit’ With The Trump I Knew
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New York Times:
Transcript of the Republican Presidential Debate in Houston
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