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5:10 PM ET, February 27, 2016


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New York Times:
Inside the Republican Party's Desperate Mission to Stop Donald Trump  —  The scenario Karl Rove outlined was bleak.  —  Addressing a luncheon of Republican governors and donors in Washington on Feb. 19, he warned that Donald J. Trump's increasingly likely nomination would be catastrophic, dooming the party in November.
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Rubio's verbal assault on Trump continues, joined by seven-figure ad buys  —  OKLAHOMA CITY — It was the biggest crowd Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) had gotten in this state, perhaps a thousand voters filling the floor of a downtown event center to hear him.  And for 10 minutes …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Politico
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Will Conservatives Abandon Donald Trump in the General Election?  —  The New York Times has a big story this morning about the trials and tribulations of the Republican Party establishment in their efforts to stop Donald Trump.  I would like to draw your attention to two things.  First this:
Kristen East / Politico:
Jan Brewer endorses Donald Trump  —  Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Saturday endorsed Donald Trump for president.  —  Trump has made immigration a central issue in his campaign for president, vowing to build a wall along the southern border of the United States and promising to have Mexico pay for it.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and CNN
Ashley Young / CNN:
Ex-Mexican President Fox: Donald Trump reminds me of Hitler  — Former Mexican President Vicente Fox on Friday kept up his withering criticism of Donald Trump, saying the GOP front-runner reminds him of Adolf Hitler  — “He has offended Mexico, Mexicans, [and] immigrants.  He has offended the Pope.
New York Daily News:
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie endorses Donald Trump for president
Discussion: Joe.My.God., The Week, CNN and Mediaite
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg Business:
Chris Christie Delivers Major Blow to Party Elites Resisting Trump
Lindsey Ellefson / Mediaite:
The ‘Stump for Trump’ Girls Just Said on CNN That Marco Rubio Had ‘A Gay Lifestyle’
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Donald Trump Might Not Keep Paying for His Campaign Himself, Chris Christie Suggests
Discussion: CNN
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Sanders puts South Carolina in rear-view mirror  —  AUSTIN — South Carolina is holding its Democratic primary today, but you wouldn't know it just by listening to Bernie Sanders.  —  Jetting off to Austin from Columbia, S.C. this morning — before stops in Dallas and Rochester, Minnesota …
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
S.C. Democrats head to the polls; Clinton, Sanders head out of state
Olaf Ekberg / The American Mirror:
VIDEO: Bill Clinton snaps at veteran during speech: ‘Shut up and listen to my answer’  —  The long hours and grueling pace of the presidential campaign may be finally catching up with a rapidly aging Bill Clinton.  —  During an appearance in Bluffton, South Carolina on Friday …
Discussion: RedState
Elliot Smilowitz / The Hill:
Rubio mocks Trump for spelling, ‘spray tan,’ ‘Hair Force One’ plane  —  is running for president, but it sounds like he would settle for a Comedy Central special.  —  Rubio on Saturday continued his mockery of rival Donald Trump  —  , going after the businessman's spelling errors and “spray tan” at a campaign event in Kennesaw, Ga.
Justin Fox /
Stuff Keeps Getting Cheaper  —  Since 1995, durable goods (cars, televisions, computers and the like) have been getting cheaper in the U.S. That's even as the prices of services and nondurables have mostly kept rising.  —  In the chart above, prices are viewed using 2009 as the base year.
Discussion: Equitable Growth
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Founder Of French Far Right Party Endorses Trump  —  Jean-Marie Le Pen, the larger-than-life founder of France's far-right Front National party, endorsed Donald Trump on his Twitter feed on Saturday.  —  “If I was American I would vote for Donald Trump,” Le Pen tweeted.  “May God protect him!”
Orlando Sentinel:
Seventh graders arrested, accused of putting pepper flakes in teacher's soda … Three seventh-graders at Deltona Middle School are facing criminal charges after allegedly putting crushed red pepper flakes in their teacher's can of Mountain Dew, a Volusia County sheriff's spokesman said.
Discussion: New York's PIX11 and NBC News
Brittny Mejia / Los Angeles Times:
California Highway Patrol needed nearly four hours to catch a runaway ‘unicorn’  —  A California Highway Patrol helicopter tracked down an escaped unicorn on Wednesday in Madera Ranchos.  —  When a caller reported a “unicorn-like” animal galloping down an open Central Valley road …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Cases for Public Investment  —  One of the annoying aspects of the Sanders/Friedman flap was the assumption of many Sanders supporters that anyone who doesn't accept extravagant economic projections is against a big program of public investment.  Actually, it was destructive as well as annoying …
Discussion: Equitable Growth
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John O'Sullivan / National Review:
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Avi Selk / The Scoop Blog:
Ahmed Mohamed's ex-school district sues state to keep civil rights investigation secret
Discussion: Fox17
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
A 16-Year-Old Solves Britain's Immigration Problem
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
Rebecca Rosenberg / New York Post:
‘Hate-crime killer’ caught on camera: ‘I f-king shot him dead!’
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Romer and Romer on Friedman  —  Christina Romer and David Romer respond …
Brady Dennis / Washington Post:
U.S. details 9 Zika pregnancies: 2 abortions, 2 miscarriages, 1 baby with ‘severe microcephaly’
Lachlan Markay / Washington Free Beacon:
Feds Flag Thousands of Illegal Bernie Sanders Contributions
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
Ramesh Ponnuru / National Review:
Maryanne Trump Barry vs. Samuel Alito on Abortion