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7:00 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.
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
Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:   Trump Criticizes The Republican Party: It's ‘Not Being Run Properly’
Associated Press:
The Latest: Rubio: Trump Wrong to Refuse to Condemn Duke
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
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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Eli Stokols / Politico:
Sen. Jeff Sessions endorses Trump  —  Donald Trump won another major endorsement Sunday, surprising the political world when he walked onto the stage for a rally in Madison, Ala., with Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions.  —  Two days ahead of Super Tuesday when 11 states will cast votes …
Discussion: Political Wire
Nicki Rossoll / ABC News:
Despite Endorsement, Chris Christie Still Disagrees With Some of Donald Trump's Policies
Politico:
CLINTON'S ROMP ‘dramatically narrows’ Sanders path …
Discussion: New York Times
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript: Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, and Bernie Sanders
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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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Breaking down the GOP's Super Tuesday map
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Super Tuesday Scorecard: Big night possible for Donald Trump
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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Caitlin Yilek / The Hill:
Trump tells Christie: ‘Get on the plane and go home’  —  told Chris Christie to “go home” after the New Jersey governor introduced the billionaire at a campaign rally in Arkansas on Saturday.  —  “Get on the plane and go home,” Trump is heard saying to Christie.
Awr Hawkins / Breitbart:
Celebrities to Wear Gun Control Bracelets at Oscars While Surrounded by Massive Increase in Armed Security  —  Celebrities like Patricia Arquette, Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, and others, plan to make wear gun control bracelets at the 2016 Oscars while benefiting from massive increases in armed security at the event.
Discussion: Instapundit and The Gateway Pundit
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Did Trump Bankroll Planned Parenthood Abortionists?  —  Is that why he refuses to release his tax returns?  —  After it was revealed this summer that Planned Parenthood was selling the organs and body parts of aborted human beings to biotech companies, Donald Trump said he wasn't sure …
Discussion: NO QUARTER USA NET
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John Cassidy / New Yorker:   Donald Trump's Business Record Demands More Scrutiny
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.
Kelley King / WDTN-TV:
Pastor killed in Dayton church shooting, brother believed to be shooter  —  DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — A Dayton pastor is dead after being shot inside his church.  —  The Montgomery County Coroner's Office has identified the pastor as William Schooler, 70, of Dayton.
Discussion: NBC News, Crime Blog and WCMH-TV
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 …
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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Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Top DNC official leaves post to back Sanders
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Hobby Lobby founder endorses Rubio
Discussion: Raw Story
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
 Earlier Items: 
BBC:
Iran election: Reformists win all 30 Tehran seats
Discussion: The Week
David Atkins / Washington Monthly:
End the Superdelegates. End the Caucuses. For Democracy's Sake.
Discussion: Hot Air and Booman Tribune