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2:15 PM ET, February 28, 2016


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Alex Pareene / Gawker:
How We Fooled Donald Trump Into Retweeting Benito Mussolini  —  Is Donald Trump a fascist?  Experts, historians, and pundits have debated the question for months.  One thing has been certain for a while now: He tweets like one.  That's why, last year, Gawker's Ashley Feinberg created …
Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:
Gawker Takes Credit For Mussolini Account That Trump Retweeted  —  Gawker took credit on Sunday for trolling Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump with an account that tweeted quotes by dictator Benito Mussolini, but credited them as quips from the real estate mogul.
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Trump explains tweeting Mussolini quote  —  Donald Trump said on NBC's “Meet the Press” that he retweeted a quote from Benito Mussolini, the Italian fascist dictator, because he wants to “be associated with interesting quotes.”  —  “Chuck, it's OK to know it's Mussolini.  Look, Mussolini was Mussolini.
NBC News:
Christie Campaign's Finance Co-Chair Calls on Donors to Reject Trump  —  Meg Whitman, the CEO of Hewlett-Packard who had an official role with Gov. Chris Christie's now-suspended presidential campaign, called his endorsement of Trump, “an astonishing display of political opportunism.”
Nicki Rossoll / ABC News:
Discussion: Yahoo Politics
CLINTON'S ROMP ‘dramatically narrows’ Sanders path …
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript: Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, and Bernie Sanders
Discussion: Politicus USA
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
As Trump rolls into ‘Super Tuesday,’ Rubio hopes to hang on
Harry Enten / FiveThirtyEight:
With All Eyes On Trump, Clinton Is Winning The Democratic Nomination  —  UPDATE (Feb. 27, 9:12 p.m.): We've updated the numbers below to reflect the latest exit poll data and precinct returns.  —  In South Carolina today, Hillary Clinton scored her biggest victory yet in the Democratic presidential primary.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Super Tuesday Scorecard: Big night possible for Donald Trump  —  is poised to grow his delegate lead over the Republican field with a strong showing on Super Tuesday.  —  The long-time GOP front-runner leads in the latest polls in eight of the 11 states that will vote on March 1 …
Discussion: Hot Air
ABC News:
Black Voters Boost Clinton in South Carolina
New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Wins South Carolina Primary
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Sanders on South Carolina results: ‘Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose’
Discussion: Washington Post and The Week
Molly Ball / The Atlantic:
Barack Obama's Heir
Discussion: New York Times and The Week
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Trump won't disavow support from KKK, David Duke  —  Washington (CNN)Donald Trump wouldn't disavow former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke's support for his presidential bid, saying Sunday that he knows nothing about the white supremacist leader.  —  “Just so you understand, I don't know anything about David Duke, OK?”
Camila Domonoske / NPR:
Trump Won't Condemn KKK, Says He ‘Knows Nothing About White Supremacists’
Associated Press:
The Latest: Clinton Asks TN Worshippers to Reject Prejudice
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
James Queally / Los Angeles Times:
Ku Klux Klan rally in Anaheim erupts in violence; three stabbed
Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Criticizes The Republican Party: It's ‘Not Being Run Properly’  —  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump criticized the Republican party on Sunday, and said that it was not “being run properly.”  —  Trump told CNN host Jake Tapper that he was representing “a lot of anger out there” …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
From Obama to Trump  —  THE spectacle of the Republican Party's …
David Atkins / Washington Monthly:
End the Superdelegates. End the Caucuses. For Democracy's Sake.
Discussion: Hot Air and Booman Tribune
John Cassidy / New Yorker:
Donald Trump's Business Record Demands More Scrutiny  —  On July 10th of last year, six days before Donald Trump confirmed rumors that he was entering the 2016 Presidential race, David Cay Johnston, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, published a piece at The National Memo that was headlined “21 Questions For Donald Trump.”
Brian Faler / Politico:
Rubio, Cruz release partial tax returns
Dan McLaughlin / RedState:
Marco Rubio Gives Democratic Strategists The Vapors
Discussion: MSNBC and JustOneMinute
New York Times:
Hillary Clinton, ‘Smart Power’ and a Dictator's Fall … By the time Mahmoud Jibril cleared customs at Le Bourget airport and sped into Paris, the American secretary of state had been waiting for hours.  But this was not a meeting Hillary Clinton could cancel.  Their encounter could decide whether America was again going to war.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
MSNBC to sever ties with Melissa Harris-Perry after host's critical email  —  MSNBC intends to part ways with host Melissa Harris-Perry after she complained about preemptions of her weekend program and implied that there was a racial aspect to the cable-news network's treatment, insiders at MSNBC said.
Sylvan Lane / The Hill:
Ex-CIA chief: Armed forces would have to disobey Trump  —  The former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency said Friday that if the military would have to disobey Donald Trump  —  if he followed through on certain campaign promises as president.
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Andrea Vogt / Telegraph:
Italian city to limit ‘ethnic eateries’ after explosion in kebab shops
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Ian Hanchett / Breitbart:
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Kasich: I'll drop out if I lose Ohio
Discussion: RedState
Caitlin Yilek / The Hill:
Aaron Carter endorses Trump for president
Discussion: Mediaite and The Daily Caller
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
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