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12:00 PM ET, February 26, 2016

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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.
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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 …
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.
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.
Lynnley Browning / Bloomberg Business:
Trump's 12 Years of Audits ‘Very Unusual,’ Ex-IRS Agent Says  —  Agency's review doesn't preclude him from releasing returns  —  Pressure could mount as GOP rivals plan their own releases  —  Donald Trump's disclosure that his tax returns have been under review by the Internal Revenue Service …
Discussion: The Hill and The Week
WBUR:
WBUR Poll: In Mass., Clinton Edges Sanders, While Trump Leads Big
Discussion: Here & Now, Political Wire and Politico
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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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 …
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
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Donald Trump's Mexico border wall will be as high as 55 feet, according to Donald Trump
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
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
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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Ryan Felton / Guardian:
Michigan governor's advisers warned about Flint water crisis months before disclosure
Discussion: Detroit Free Press and Shakesville
Chad Livengood / Detroit News:
Emails: Flint water warnings reached gov's inner circle
Discussion: Detroit Free Press
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 …
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CNN:
Kansas shooting: Gunman kills 3 at lawn care company
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.
Kmdougherty / CBS Philly:
Apple's Lawyer: If We Lose, It Will Lead To A ‘Police State’  —  PHILADELPHIA (CNN) — Apple's attorney painted a scary picture if Apple loses its fight with the FBI.  —  In an interview with CNNMoney's Laurie Segall on Friday, Ted Olson warned of a government with “limitless” powers that could “listen to your conversations.”
Discussion: The Week
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
WATCH: Lindsey Graham Roasts His ‘Batsh*t’ Republican Colleagues  —  During a press dinner on Thursday night, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) let loose on the Republican party and the GOP presidential candidate, telling his party that it's going to have to “up its game.”
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Associated Press:
Graham on Trump: ‘Nut job’ who likely wins GOP nomination
Discussion: Associated Press and ABC News
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Republican jabfest highest rated debate in months  —  Thursday's GOP fight night was the highest-rated debate since December, according to overnight Nielsen ratings.  —  The debate averaged a 9.0 household rating on CNN and a 0.9 rating on the Spanish-language broadcast network Telemundo for a 9.9 rating overall.
Discussion: Politico
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.
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
Agence France-Presse:
Germany says uncertain where 130,000 registered migrants are  —  Berlin (AFP) - German authorities do not know the whereabouts of 130,000 asylum seekers, the government said in a parliamentary document seen by AFP on Friday.  —  Out of some 1.1 million asylum seekers registered in 2015 …
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 …
 
 
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