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4:15 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 …
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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.”
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Nicki Rossoll / ABC News:
Discussion: Yahoo Politics
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript: Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, and Bernie Sanders
Discussion: Politicus USA
Politico:
CLINTON'S ROMP ‘dramatically narrows’ Sanders path …
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?”
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David Edwards / Raw Story:
Donald Trump: ‘It would be very unfair’ to disavow KKK and David Duke until I ‘do research on them’
Discussion: Bipartisan Report
Associated Press:
The Latest: Clinton Asks TN Worshippers to Reject Prejudice
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
From Obama to Trump  —  THE spectacle of the Republican Party's Trumpian meltdown has inspired a mix of glee and fear among liberals — glee over their rivals' self-immolation, and fear that what arises from the destruction will be worse.  —  What it hasn't inspired is much in the way of self-examination …
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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” …
David Atkins / Washington Monthly:
End the Superdelegates. End the Caucuses. For Democracy's Sake.
Discussion: Hot Air and Booman Tribune
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
‘Cockamamie’: Kasich campaign rejects talk of brokered convention  —  John Kasich's campaign rejected suggestions Sunday that it's pursuing a strategy to knock out Donald Trump at a brokered Republican National Convention in July.  —  During a conference call with reporters …
Discussion: ABC News and Political Wire
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Super Tuesday Scorecard: Big night possible for Donald Trump
Discussion: Hot Air
Dan McLaughlin / RedState:
Marco Rubio Gives Democratic Strategists The Vapors
Discussion: MSNBC and JustOneMinute
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
As Trump rolls into ‘Super Tuesday,’ Rubio hopes to hang on
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Melissa Harris-Perry is out at MSNBC  —  Melissa Harris-Perry will not be back on MSNBC.  —  On Sunday morning, two days after the host's private fight with management went public, an MSNBC spokesman confirmed that the channel is “parting ways” with her.  —  Earlier in the morning …
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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.
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Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:   Sanders on South Carolina results: ‘Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose’
Molly Ball / The Atlantic:
Barack Obama's Heir
Discussion: Pitchfork, New York Times and The Week
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.
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Hobby Lobby founder endorses Rubio  —  The prominent conservative founder of Hobby Lobby on Sunday endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio  —  (R-Fla.) for president while ripping apart GOP front-runner Donald Trump  —  David Green, founder and CEO of the arts-and-crafts chain store …
Discussion: Raw Story
BBC:
Iran election: Reformists win all 30 Tehran seats  —  Allies of Iran's reformist President Hassan Rouhani have won a landslide victory in Tehran, in the first parliamentary vote since Iran signed a nuclear deal with world powers.  —  With 90% of the votes counted, the pro-Rouhani List of Hope …
Discussion: The Week
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Top DNC official leaves post to back Sanders  —  A leader of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) announced Sunday that she is stepping down from her post to support the presidential candidacy of Sen. Bernie Sanders  —  (I-Vt.).  —  (D-Hawaii), who serves as a vice chairwoman of the DNC …
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.”
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Brian Faler / Politico:
Rubio, Cruz release partial tax returns
 
 
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Caitlin Yilek / The Hill:
Trump tells Christie: ‘Get on the plane and go home’
Taylor Winkel / KECI:
Amber Alert: 4-year-old girl out of Wolf Point
Discussion: NBC News
Washington Post:
With Trump leading in Virginia, Rubio makes a big play
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Andrea Vogt / Telegraph:
Italian city to limit ‘ethnic eateries’ after explosion in kebab shops
Discussion: Althouse