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1:10 PM ET, February 26, 2016

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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, Politico and The Week
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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.
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 …
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.
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Rubio suggests Trump wet his pants on debate stage  —  Marco Rubio relentlessly mocked Donald Trump on Friday, escalating the attacks he unleashed during Thursday night's debate and even suggesting the Republican frontrunner may have wet his pants on the stage.
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
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Rubio super PAC launches fresh attacks on Trump
WBUR:
WBUR Poll: In Mass., Clinton Edges Sanders, While Trump Leads Big
Discussion: Here & Now, Politico and Political Wire
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
Discussion: Detroit Free Press
Ryan Felton / Guardian:
Michigan governor's advisers warned about Flint water crisis months before disclosure
Heidi Hemmat / FOX31 Denver:
Teacher files lawsuit, saying 13-year-old student beat, bullied her … LOVELAND, Colo. — A Colorado teacher is speaking out after she says she was beaten and bullied by her own student, and prohibited by her superiors from reporting the abuse.  —  “I was told that was my job …
Discussion: KFOR-TV
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.
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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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
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.
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.
Discussion: Shakesville
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
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
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
Peter Shane / Washington Monthly:
What Do We Call Options Worse Than “Nuclear?”  —  Remember when the Democrats' move in 2012 to partially curtail the use of the Senate filibuster was called the “nuclear option?”  I fear the blogosphere will soon be tasked to generate hyperbolic epithets yet more cataclysmic.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Discourse.net
 
 
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Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Clinton: Trump's ‘Divisive’ Rhetoric Doesn't ‘Fit’ With The Trump I Knew
Discussion: The Week
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
How Biden killed John Roberts's nomination in 1992
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
Anna Giaritelli / Washington Examiner:
Al Sharpton might ‘get out of here’ if Trump wins
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Lindsay Gibbs / ThinkProgressPage Array:
British Parliament Tells NFL It Is ‘Unacceptable’ To Bring ‘New Racial Slurs’ To Britain
Discussion: Washington Post and ESPN
Rafa Fernandez De Castro / Fusion:
Former Mexican President to Donald Trump: 'I'm not going to pay for that f**king wall'