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1:25 PM ET, February 23, 2020


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Jennifer De Pinto / CBS News:
CBS News poll: In South Carolina, Biden's lead narrows, with Sanders and Steyer on his heels  —  The contest in South Carolina looks very different heading into its final week than it did last fall.  Joe Biden (28%) has only a single-digit lead with Bernie Sanders (23%) now right behind him.
Ryan Lizza / Politico:
Sanders eviscerates conventional wisdom about why he can't win  —  LAS VEGAS — On Saturday in Nevada, Bernie Sanders laid waste not just to his five main rivals but also to every shard of conventional wisdom about the Democratic presidential primaries.  —  You could see the dominoes …
Washington Post:
As Bernie Sanders's momentum builds, down-ballot Democrats move to distance themselves  —  Former astronaut Mark Kelly, the Democratic Party's hope for flipping a U.S. Senate seat in Arizona, tried to do no harm this month when he was asked about Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Here is Democrats' last chance to get this right  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) racked up an impressive win in the Nevada caucuses, crushing his opponents and expanding his support to older voters and Hispanics.  Unless Democrats manage to alter the race swiftly and dramatically …
Discussion: The Atlantic and Politico
Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
Joe Biden, on the ropes, looks for first win as 2020 campaign moves to South Carolina  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden, leaving Las Vegas behind, is placing all his chips on South Carolina as his best — and perhaps last — chance to reverse a string of losses in early-voting states and mount …
Bloomberg needs to take down Sanders — immediately  —  Joe Lockhart was White House press secretary from 1998-2000 in President Bill Clinton's administration.  He co-hosts the podcast “Words Matter.”  The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own.  View more opinion at CNN.
Discussion: Vox, The Mahablog, Reason and CANNONFIRE
Third Way:
Stand up to Bernie or You - and We - All Lose  —  Memo to Vice President Biden; Mayor Bloomberg; Mayor Buttigieg; Senator Klobuchar; and Senator Warren  —  At the Las Vegas debate, each of you took aim at one another, often to withering effect.  But with few exceptions, you declined to really challenge Senator Sanders.
Paula Bolyard / PJ Media Home:   Stunning: A Delusional Socialist Just Blew Away the Democrat Competition in Nevada. Now What?
Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
After The Nevada Caucuses, Bernie Sanders Is The Man To Beat
Your 2020 Nevada Democratic caucus results
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Bernie Sanders Wins Nevada — Putting Him In The Driver's Seat To Win The Nomination
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders decisively wins Nevada caucuses
Discussion: Fox News
New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Wins Nevada Caucuses, Strengthening His Primary Lead
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and TheStreet
ABC News:
With help from Latino voters, Bernie Sanders hits the Nevada jackpot
Discussion: Fox News and Mother Jones
Ella Nilsen / Vox:
Bernie Sanders just won the Nevada caucuses
New York Times:
Nevada Caucuses 2020: Live Results  —  Bernie Sanders has won the Nevada caucuses, according to The Associated Press.  For the latest updates, follow our live blog.
Megan Messerly / The Nevada Independent:
Buttigieg's campaign alleges numerous errors in caucus vote-counting  —  Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg's campaign, in a letter sent to the Nevada State Democratic Party just before midnight on Sunday, is alleging numerous errors in how early vote totals were folded into the Caucus Day process.
Discussion: Fox News and UPI
Zach Montellaro / Politico:   Buttigieg claims inconsistencies in Nevada results
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
MSNBC panel disparages Nevada voters for picking Bernie Sanders: ‘Sounds a lot like political suicide’
Discussion: NB Blog
David Rothkopf / The Daily Beast:
Trump Is Lobotomizing Our Government  —  Trump's national security adviser has made clear that he sees his job as serving as a kind of human cocktail of drugs for the erratic president—part palliative, part sedative.  —  BEAST INSIDE  —  For just over a century, since America arrived …
Discussion: Raw Story
ABC News:
National security adviser Robert O'Brien disputes Russian meddling to favor Trump's reelection
Washington Post:
Responding to news of Russian interference, Trump sends chilling message to U.S. intelligence community
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Security adviser: I've seen no intel of Moscow helping Trump
Discussion: HuffPost and ABC News
Washington Post:
Coronavirus cases spike in Italy, China says most new infections limited to Hubei, South Korea declares ‘red alert’  —  The latest novel coronavirus figures from China suggest that the outbreak remains worst in locked-down Hubei province, where 630 new cases and 96 more deaths were reported Saturday evening.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Wall Street Journal reporters protest ‘sick man’ headline in Wall Street Journal  —  The Wall Street Journal's China staff is urging the newspaper to apologize for a headline that prompted the Chinese government to expel three of its journalists this week.  —  The email from the Journal's China bureau …
Stephania Taladrid / New Yorker:
What Bernie Sanders Is Doing Differently to Win Over Latino Voters  —  On President's Day, Daniel Parra met a group of friends at Eldorado High School, in East Las Vegas.  The Bernie Sanders campaign was holding a soccer tournament there that a friend of Parra's had posted about on Snapchat.
Yahoo News:
Latinos, Sanders's secret weapon in Nevada, could make him unstoppable on Super Tuesday
Discussion: BuzzFeed News
New York Times:
How Bernie Sanders Dominated in Nevada
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
We have entered the Trump Unbound era — and journalists need to step it up.  —  When Donald Trump was elected, the media spent months figuring out how to cover a far-from-ordinary presidency.  —  Some will argue that many journalists never rose to that challenge — that they normalized Trump …
Wall Street Journal:
Tapping Trump's Anger About 2016 Surveillance, White House Seeks Overhaul of Spying Law  —  Effort is spurred by president's criticism of the investigation of former campaign adviser Carter Page
Suhauna Hussain / Los Angeles Times:
They're paid to tweet for Mike Bloomberg.  They don't necessarily support him  —  A vocal Bernie Sanders supporter.  A Chicagoan with zero followers on Twitter.  A dozen registered Republicans.  These are some of the digital soldiers Michael R. Bloomberg's presidential campaign has recruited …
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Jon Levine / New York Post:
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Dan Diamond / Politico:
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Ian Millhiser / Vox:
Justice Sotomayor warns the Supreme Court is doing special favors for the Trump administration
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and Slate
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