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4:00 PM ET, February 26, 2016

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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Chris Christie Endorses Donald Trump and Calls Marco Rubio ‘Desperate’  —  Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey endorsed Donald J. Trump on Friday, a major turn in a wild race and one that gives the New York businessman a significant boost as he heads into the pivotal “Super Tuesday” contests.
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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.
Leon H. Wolf / RedState:
This Epic Video Shows that Marco Rubio is Not Done Embarrassing Trump Yet  —  I'm going to share with you a video here of Rubio making a speech at a rally today.  Normally, my policy here is to always include a transcript with these videos, but I'm going to break that policy just this once …
Discussion: Moe Lane and Shot in the Dark
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Trump has bladder issues, suggests Rubio as he unleashes a torrent of attacks at first post-debate rally  —  The GOP debate in three minutes Candidates battle for young black votes  —  DALLAS — For the first eight minutes of his final pre-Super Tuesday rally in Texas, Sen. Marco Rubio …
Leon H. Wolf / RedState:
Scared Donald Trump to Hide Behind Chris Christie's Skirt  —  This is how desperate Donald Trump is to change the news cycle.  Trump has had Christie's endorsement in his back pocket the whole time.  He could have released this whenever he wanted to.  He did it today to try to divert attention …
Nick Gass / Politico:
Haley: I'll support Trump if it comes to that
Discussion: WYFF-TV, RedState and Mediaite
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
That time Marco Rubio went full Trump on Donald Trump
Discussion: Mother Jones and Vox
New York Times:
In Republican Debate, a Feisty Marco Rubio Lays Into Donald Trump
Nick Gass / Politico:
Chris Christie endorses Donald Trump
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Marco Rubio came out swinging at Trump, and one punch really landed: Trump University
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 …
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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.
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Winners, losers in final GOP debate before Super Tuesday
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Trump leads Rubio Even Head To Head in Florida
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
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
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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New York Times:
Kansas Gunman Got Court Warning Just Before Attack
Scott Bland / Politico:
Donors ask GOP consulting firm to research independent presidential bid  —  Conservative donors have engaged a major GOP consulting firm in Florida to research the feasibility of mounting a late, independent run for president amid growing fears that Donald Trump could win the Republican nomination.
Discussion: ballot-access.org
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 …
Tegna / WUSA:
2nd Marine attacked, left for dead in DC … WASHINGTON (WUSA9) — Not one but two Marines were brutally attacked on February 12 in two unrelated incidents.  —  One attack happened at a McDonald's when two teenagers assaulted and robbed a veteran Marine.  —  A second Marine …
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
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: Washington Monthly and Shakesville
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Donald Trump: We're going to ‘open up’ libel laws  —  Donald Trump said on Friday he plans to change libel laws in the United States so that he can have an easier time suing news organizations.  —  During a rally in Fort Worth, Texas, Trump began his usual tirade against newspapers …
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Scalia Took Dozens of Trips Funded by Private Sponsors  —  WASHINGTON — Antonin Scalia was the longest-tenured justice on the current Supreme Court and the country's most prominent constitutionalist.  But another quality also set him apart: Among the court's members, he was the most frequent traveler …
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
Tennessee's new official state rifle is so powerful it can “destroy commercial aircraft”  —  The Barrett .50 caliber rifle is a powerful gun.  Originally designed for military use, its rounds can “penetrate light armor, down helicopters, destroy commercial aircraft, and blast through rail cars …
Discussion: Mediaite and timesfreepress.com
Greg Howard / Deadspin:
How SB Nation Published Their Daniel Holtzclaw Story  —  Last week, Vox Media's SB Nation published “Who Is Daniel Holtzclaw?”, a 12,000-word profile of a 29-year-old former Oklahoma City police officer who this winter was tried for raping 13 black women while on duty; convicted on 18 of 36 charges of rape …
 
 
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Jesse / CBS New York:
Man Slashed On Subway In Midtown; Latest Crime Stats Reveal Disturbing Trend Across NYC
Discussion: New York Magazine
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Twilight of the Apparatchiks  —  Lack of self-awareness can be fatal.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Richard Smart / Guardian:
Japan's population declines for first time since 1920s - official census
Discussion: The Atlantic and Slate
Betsy Z. Russell / Spokesman.com:
Idaho legislator says trauma prevents pregnancy in rape, incest victims
Discussion: addictinginfo.org and Raw Story
Caroline May / Breitbart:
Laid Off Disney Worker Breaks Down in Tears Before Senate Panel
CBS Denver:
Bill Would Require Reporting Of Non-Vaccinated Children
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Gayathri Vaidyanathan / Scientific American:
Did Global Warming Slow Down in the 2000s, or Not?
Discussion: Power Line, Coffee House and Nature
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Republican jabfest highest rated debate in months
Discussion: RedState and Politico
Washington Post:
The CNN-Telemundo Republican debate transcript, annotated
Robert Kagan / Washington Post:
Trump is the GOP's Frankenstein monster. Now he's strong enough to destroy the party.