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7:20 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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Inside the GOP Implosion and the War to Stop Trump  —  Here is a New York Times article you may have seen.  It describes the GOP's panicked, hyperbolic and yet utterly ineffectual rush to stop the Donald Trump juggernaut.  As I've said before, the GOP's Trump problem reminds of the regional and global powers efforts to destroy ISIS.
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: RedState, Outside the Beltway and CNN
Dan McLaughlin / RedState:
Marco Rubio Gives Democratic Strategists The Vapors  —  As the old saying goes, if you're taking flak, you're over the target.  The one big knock on Marco Rubio, despite his obvious strengths as a campaigner, has been about his toughness: that he was more Barry Sanders than Emmitt Smith …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and MSNBC
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
‘You Inspire Us All’  —  'You inspire us all.  " With that fulsome greeting, Pat Robertson welcomed Donald Trump this week to the stage of Regent University.  According to the school's catalogue, the university's name invokes the fact that “a regent is one who represents Christ, our Sovereign …
Michael Shepherd / Bangor Daily News:
LePage, Christie endorse Donald Trump for president
New York Daily News:
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie endorses Donald Trump for president
Discussion: Joe.My.God., The Week, CNN and Mediaite
Jacob Heilbrunn / The National Interest:
Why Trump Is Panicking Robert Kagan
Discussion: Mondoweiss
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg Business:
Chris Christie Delivers Major Blow to Party Elites Resisting Trump
James Queally / Los Angeles Times:
Ku Klux Klan rally in Anaheim erupts in violence; three stabbed  —  A protester was stabbed at the site of a Ku Klux Klan rally in Anaheim on Saturday.  —  Three people were stabbed and several arrested when a Ku Klux Klan rally in Anaheim erupted in violence Saturday, police said.
ABC News:
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Sanders puts South Carolina in rear-view mirror
Discussion: Washington Post
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
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 …
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.
Oliver Darcy /
‘I Will Not Be Used As a Tool for Their Purposes’: MSNBC Host Unleashes on Network in Brutal Letter  —  MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry blasted network executives in an email sent to colleagues and published online Friday, writing that recent decisions to substitute her weekend show …
Patrick Brennan / Marco Rubio:
Here Are Marco's Tax Returns.  Where Are Trump's?  —  The Rubio campaign released Marco and Jeanette Rubio's joint federal tax returns from 2010 to 2014.  The Rubios' income has included earnings from employment with the U.S. Senate and Florida International University, Marco's legal work, Marco's books, and Jeanette's business.
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
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.
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Discussion: Maggie's Farm
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