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2:15 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 major boost as he heads into the pivotal “Super Tuesday” contests.
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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.
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
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  —  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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Marco Rubio came out swinging at Trump, and one punch really landed: Trump University
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
That time Marco Rubio went full Trump on Donald Trump
Discussion: Mother Jones and Vox
Nick Gass / Politico:
Haley: I'll support Trump if it comes to that
Discussion: RedState, WYFF-TV and Mediaite
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Trump has bladder issues, suggests Rubio as he unleashes a torrent of attacks at first post-debate rally
Leon H. Wolf / RedState:   Scared Donald Trump to Hide Behind Chris Christie's Skirt
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Rubio labels Trump a ‘con artist,’ Trump responds with ‘Mr. Meltdown’: Debate fight spills onto the campaign trail
Discussion: Politico, Business Insider and CNN
Will Rahn / The Daily Beast:
Robot Rubio Turns Terminator on Donald Trump
Discussion: The Federalist and Washington Post
WBUR:
WBUR Poll: In Mass., Clinton Edges Sanders, While Trump Leads Big
Discussion: Here & Now, Politico and Political Wire
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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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.
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
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.
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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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
IPBES:
Pollinators Vital to Our Food Supply Under Threat  —  Assessment Details Options for Safeguarding Pollinators  —  A growing number of pollinator species worldwide are being driven toward extinction by diverse pressures, many of them human-made, threatening millions of livelihoods and hundreds …
 
 
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Gayathri Vaidyanathan / Scientific American:
Did Global Warming Slow Down in the 2000s, or Not?
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Kmdougherty / CBS Philly:
Apple's Lawyer: If We Lose, It Will Lead To A ‘Police State’
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Agence France-Presse:
Germany says uncertain where 130,000 registered migrants are
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Republican jabfest highest rated debate in months
Discussion: Politico
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Elisabeth Behrmann / Bloomberg Business:
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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
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Republicans Have Totally Lost Their Mojo