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5:40 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.
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.
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.
Nick Gass / Politico:
Haley: I'll support Trump if it comes to that  —  Despite backing Marco Rubio for the Republican nomination, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says she would support Donald Trump if he emerges as her party's nominee.  —  “We've said that we would support the nominee if they get the nomination …
Discussion: WYFF-TV, RedState and Mediaite
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
That time Marco Rubio went full Trump on Donald Trump  —  Candidates battle for young black votes  — “It's time to pull his mask off so that people can see what we're dealing with here.  What we are dealing with here, my friends, is a con artist.  He is a con artist.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Vox
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Trump has bladder issues, suggests Rubio as he unleashes a torrent of attacks at first post-debate rally
Holly Bailey / Yahoo Politics:
Trump strikes back against rivals with huge Christie endorsement
Discussion: Politico
Jonathan Bernstein /
Trump's Debate Was a Disaster. If Voters Notice.
Leon H. Wolf / RedState:
Scared Donald Trump to Hide Behind Chris Christie's Skirt
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 …
Naomi Jagoda / The Hill:
IRS: Nothing prevents Trump from releasing tax returns  —  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump  —  is not prohibited from releasing his tax returns because he is being audited, according to the Internal Revenue Service.  —  “Nothing prevents individuals from sharing their own tax information,” the IRS said in a statement.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Hot Air
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
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 …
John Koblin / New York Times:
Melissa Harris-Perry Walks Off Her MSNBC Show After Pre-Emptions  —  Melissa Harris-Perry said she was refusing to go on the MSNBC show she hosts this Saturday, following several weeks of pre-emptions and what she described as a loss of editorial control.  —  In an email sent to people …
New York Times:
Kansas Gunman Got Court Warning Just Before Attack  —  NEWTON, Kan. — A gunman who killed three people and injured more than a dozen at a Kansas manufacturing plant worked at that factory, and had been served with a restraining order just 90 minutes before he began his shooting spree, the county sheriff said Friday.
Pony leads California police on a wild unicorn chase  —  Escaped ‘unicorn’ sends officers on a wild chase  —  (CNN)A fairy-tale photo shoot turned into an episode of “COPS” when a “unicorn” made a break for it.  —  Wednesday night, Juliette, a white pony adorned with a fake horn …
Discussion: Jezebel and
USA Today:
Pony dressed as unicorn leads Calif. authorities on wild chase
Discussion: Sputnik International
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
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: RedState and
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Twilight of the Apparatchiks  —  Lack of self-awareness can be fatal.  The haplessness of the Republican establishment in the face of Trumpism is a case in point.  —  As many have noted, it's remarkable how shocked — shocked! — that establishment has been at the success of Donald Trump's racist, xenophobic campaign.
Jesse / CBS New York:
Man Slashed On Subway In Midtown; Latest Crime Stats Reveal Disturbing Trend Across NYC  —  NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A man was slashed on the subway Friday morning in Midtown in an incident that's part of a disturbing trend across the city, both above and underground.
Discussion: New York Magazine
New York Times:
U.S. Economy Grew at 1% Rate in Fourth Quarter  —  WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy's slowdown in the final three months of 2015 wasn't quite as bad as initially thought.  —  The gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic health, grew at an annual rate of 1 percent in the fourth quarter …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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 …
David Mastio / USA Today:
Poll finds Sanders & Clinton backers twice as racist as Rubio supporters: David Mastio  —  The rest of the story about that goofy YouGov survey that found Trump voters were fans of slavery  —  Bernie Sanders supporters are 50% more likely than Hillary Clinton supporters to disapprove …
Iran election: Counting starts after high turnout  —  Polls have closed in Iran's first election since a deal with world powers over the country's nuclear programme and the lifting of sanctions.  —  Voting was extended three times as crowds reportedly flocked to polling stations.  Turnout was said to be high.
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.”
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 …
The Local:
‘Soldiers of Allah’ to counter Soldiers of Odin in Norway  —  People with known ties to the Oslo Islamist scene claim to have created the group ‘Soldiers of Allah’ (Jundullaah) to counter the controversial Soldiers of Odin group now patrolling Norwegian streets.
Discussion: Infowars
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Betsy Z. Russell /
Idaho legislator says trauma prevents pregnancy in rape, incest victims
Discussion: and Raw Story
Caroline May / Breitbart:
Laid Off Disney Worker Breaks Down in Tears Before Senate Panel
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
Tennessee's new official state rifle is so powerful it can “destroy commercial aircraft”
Discussion: Mediaite and
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
Kmdougherty / CBS Philly:
Apple's Lawyer: If We Lose, It Will Lead To A ‘Police State’
Discussion: The Week
Agence France-Presse:
Germany says uncertain where 130,000 registered migrants are
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Republican jabfest highest rated debate in months
Discussion: RedState and Politico
Jon Favreau / The Daily Beast:
Why Electing Hillary in '16 Is More Important Than Electing Obama in '08
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Shakesville
Michael Nunez / Gizmodo:
Mark Zuckerberg Asks Racist Facebook Employees to Stop Crossing Out Black Lives Matter Slogans