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7:45 AM ET, February 26, 2016

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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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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.
Lee Drutman / Vox:
Marco Rubio's chances were always poor  —  Ranked choice voting could have told us this sooner  —  A new poll has Donald Trump beating Marco Rubio 44 percent to 28 percent in Rubio's home state of Florida.  This is devastating news for Rubio.  It also is bad news for the conventional wisdom …
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Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Five Big Questions After a G.O.P. Debate That Targeted Trump  —  Were Brakes Just Put on the Trump Juggernaut?  —  Something profound happened on the stage in Houston on Thursday night.  Both Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz stopped focusing on each other long enough to turn toward the person …
Holly Bailey / Yahoo Politics:
Rubio goes after Trump in fiery GOP debate  —  HOUSTON — After weeks of holding his fire on Donald Trump, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio tore into the Republican presidential frontrunner at Thursday's GOP debate, going after Trump's position on immigration and targeting Trump's key argument for his candidacy: his business record.
Douglas Heye / The Huffington Post:
How The Republican Party Has Failed To Dig Up Dirt On Donald Trump  —  GOP operatives are alarmed.  Democrats are astonished.  —  WASHINGTON — It's no secret that rival campaigns were caught off guard by Donald Trump's ascent in the Republican primary.  But the extent to which they are …
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
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
David Duke Urges His Supporters To Volunteer And Vote For Trump
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
This poll showing Donald Trump romping in Florida is very, very bad news for Marco Rubio
MJ Lee / CNN:
Republican debate: 5 things to watch
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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.
KAKE-TV:
WATCH LIVE: Sheriff: 4 to 7 killed, up to 30 hurt in mass shooting in Hesston … Headlines List  —  HESSTON, Kan. (KAKE) —  Several people have been killed, and as many as 20 are hurt in a shooting at Excel Industries in Hesston.  —  Officers responded Thursday afternoon to the report …
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KBSL-TV:
Excel Industries shooter identified as Cedric Ford  —  Update: Eyewitness News has learned that Newton Medical Center is on lockdown due to police activity in the area.  —  Update: Multiple eyewitnesses and employees at Excel Industries identify the shooter as Cedric Ford, 38, an employee at the company in Hesston.
Ksn Tv / KSNG-TV:
1 dead, “up to 20 injured” in shooting at Excel Industries in Hesston
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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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Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
University of Missouri Fires Melissa Click, Who Tried to Block Journalist at Protest
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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.
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Carson: I'll Consider The ‘Fruit Salad Of Their Life’ When Picking SCOTUS Nom  —  Dr. Ben Carson said Thursday night that the most important qualification he'd consider when selecting a new justice to nominate for the Supreme Court was “the fruit salad of their life.”
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Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Former Mexican president: 'I'm not going to pay for that f—ing wall' … Former Mexican President Vicente Fox says his nation will not pay for Donald Trump  —  's proposed border wall.  —  “I declare — I'm not going to pay for that f—ing wall,” he told Fusion's Jorge Ramos during an interview Thursday.
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Rafa Fernandez De Castro / Fusion:
Former Mexican President to Donald Trump: 'I'm not going to pay for that f**king wall'
Darren Goode / Politico:
Cruz won't hold up Flint aid deal in Senate  —  Ted Cruz won't block a bipartisan Senate bill that would provide hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of aid for Flint, Mich. and other communities that need to upgrade their drinking water infrastructure.  —  “Cruz has reviewed the bill …
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Clinton regrets 1996 remark on ‘super-predators’ after encounter with activist  —  Candidates battle for young black votes … State of the 2016 race  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. — Black voters are the linchpin of Hillary Clinton's strategy for winning the South Carolina Democratic presidential primary …
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Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton on ‘superpredator’ remarks: 'I shouldn't have used those words'
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.
WPMT FOX43:
23-year-old Ukrainian National arrested after posing as Harrisburg high school student  —  HARRISBURG, PA. - Harrisburg Police have confirmed they have arrested Artur Samarin, 23.  Samarin was charged with Theft, Identity Theft, and Tampering with Public Records.  —  Samarin was using the false identity of Asher Potts.
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 …
 
 
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