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11:00 AM ET, February 26, 2016

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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 …
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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.
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.
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
How Marco Rubio Could Lose Every State on Super Tuesday and Still Win  —  Marco Rubio has not won a state, a fact that worries allies and pleases skeptics who mock his chances to win the Republican presidential nomination.  —  It doesn't even sound as if the Rubio team knows when it will win one.
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Winners, losers in final GOP debate before Super Tuesday  —  There were fireworks galore when the Republican presidential candidates took to the stage on Thursday night for their final clash before Super Tuesday.  —  Front-runner Donald Trump  —  came to the CNN debate in Houston knowing …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:   Rubio, Cruz throw everything they can at front-runner Trump
Lee Drutman / Vox:
Marco Rubio's chances were always poor
Discussion: ballot-access.org
NBC News:
Cedric Larry Ford Kills 3, Injures 14 in Kansas Shooting Spree  —  Three people were killed and 14 injured Thursday after a gunman drove through two Kansas towns taking shots at people before opening fire at his workplace, police said.  —  The assailant, who was identified by victims' family members …
Discussion: Hit & Run, Associated Press and WATE-TV
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CNN:
Kansas shooting: Gunman kills 3 at lawn care company  —  Hesston, Kansas (CNN)A gunman burst into the Kansas lawn care company where he worked Thursday, spraying bullets that killed three people before police shot him dead.  —  The shooter wounded 14 people, all but two of them on the grounds …
Discussion: Vox and CBS New York
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.
Detroit Free Press:
Top Snyder aides urged going back to Detroit water  —  The city of Flint, Snyder's top legal aide wrote in October 2014, “should try to get back on the Detroit system as a stopgap ASAP before this thing gets too far out of control.”  —  Two of Gov. Rick Snyder's top lawyers privately advocated moving …
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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 …
Discussion: Detroit Free Press
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 …
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Will Rahn / The Daily Beast:
Robot Rubio Turns Terminator on Donald Trump
Discussion: The Federalist
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.
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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
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Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:   Carson: I'll Consider The ‘Fruit Salad Of Their Life’ When Picking SCOTUS Nom
Jon Favreau / The Daily Beast:
Why Electing Hillary in '16 Is More Important Than Electing Obama in '08  —  A former Obama '08 speechwriter explains how why Secretary Clinton is a lot more compelling than you might think.  —  I hear you're still not Ready for Hillary.  —  I get it.  I didn't start off as her biggest fan either.
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Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Clinton regrets 1996 remark on ‘super-predators’ after encounter with activist
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton on ‘superpredator’ remarks: 'I shouldn't have used those words'
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Trump says audits might be linked to his religion  —  suggested that the Internal Revenue Service may be auditing him because he is a “strong Christian.”  —  In an interview with CNN immediately after Thursday's debate, the presidential hopeful complained about repeated audits to his business …
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Hot Air and Raw Story
WBUR:
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: Here & Now, Political Wire and Politico
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Denise Grady / New York Times:
First Uterus Transplant in U.S. Bolsters Pregnancy Hopes of Many  —  Surgeons at the Cleveland Clinic have performed the first uterus transplant in the United States, the clinic announced Thursday.  —  The operation, which took nine hours, was performed Wednesday, using a uterus from a deceased organ donor.
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Cleveland Clinic:
Cleveland Clinic Performs Nation's First Uterus Transplant
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 …
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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 …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Clinton: Trump's ‘Divisive’ Rhetoric Doesn't ‘Fit’ With The Trump I Knew  —  In an interview that aired Friday on MSNBC's “Morning Joe,” Hillary Clinton said she's been surprised by Donald Trump's transformation from “good company” to a “mean-spirited” and “offensive” person.
Discussion: The Week
 
 
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Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Associated Press:
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