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Public Policy Polling:
South Carolina Looks Like A Two Person Race  —  PPP's newest poll of Democratic primary voters in South Carolina finds it looking like a two person race, with only Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders reaching double digits in their support.  Biden gets 36% to 21% for Sanders, with Elizabeth Warren at 8% …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Sanders Rises as Primary Voters Grow More Confident About His Chances Against Trump  —  32% say Sanders is their first choice to take on Trump in November  —  Getty Images / Morning Consult illustration by Samantha Elbouez  — Democratic primary voters increasingly believe Sanders …
Josh Lederman / NBC News:
Vandalism hits Bloomberg campaign offices across the U.S.
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:   Unthinkability Bias Comes for the Democrats
Amy for America:
From: Justin Buoen, Campaign Manager
Discussion: The Hill
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Mike Bloomberg prepares media onslaught against Democratic front-runner Bernie Sanders  — Mike Bloomberg's presidential campaign plans to unleash its cash-flush media operation against Bernie Sanders in the wake of the Vermont senator's resounding victory in the Nevada caucuses.
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Max Boot / Washington Post:
Vote for Bernie, elect Trump  —  Watching Bernie Sanders roll through the Democratic primaries — he won the Nevada caucuses on Saturday by more than 25 points over his nearest rival — gives me the same sinking feeling, the same combination of dread and despair, that I felt watching Donald Trump roll through …
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Democrats, stop freaking out about Bernie Sanders
Chris Cillizza / CNN:   The 1 thing that might slow down Bernie Sanders is a very, very long shot
Washington Post:
Richard Grenell's paid consulting included work for U.S. nonprofit funded mostly by Hungary  —  Two years before President Trump nominated him to become ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell wrote an op-ed about Nigeria's highly charged 2015 presidential race, a move that drew notice from Nigerian media.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Susan Collins breaks with Trump over Grenell  —  Sen. Susan Collins broke with President Donald Trump's decision to replace his acting director of national intelligence with U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, deeming the longtime GOP operative inexperienced for the critical position.
Discussion: The Hill
Eli Clifton / Responsible Statecraft:
Trump's new acting Director of National Intelligence conducted undisclosed work for Hungary's far-right government
Discussion: Raw Story
Patricia Mazzei / New York Times:
Sanders's Comments on Fidel Castro Provoke Anger in Florida  —  Bernie Sanders told “60 Minutes” that it would be “unfair” to say “everything is bad” about Cuba's Communist revolution.  —  MIAMI — Cuban exiles and Democrats in Florida on Monday angrily rejected comments …
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
If Democrats Aren't Terrified of Bernie, They're Not Paying Attention  —  Watching the Brexit debacle from afar, it seemed impossible to understand how the Labour Party could know full well it needed to win a national election in order to prevent an irreversible setback, yet harness itself to Jeremy Corbyn …
Dave Jamieson / HuffPost:
The Young Turks' Progressive Founder Urged His Staff Not To Unionize  —  In a tense meeting with employees, Cenk Uygur argued that a union doesn't belong at a small news network struggling to make profits.  —  Top leadership at the progressive news network The Young Turks held an all-staff meeting …
New York Times:
Harvey Weinstein Is Found Guilty on Two Counts: Live Updates  —  Mr. Weinstein is guilty of criminal sexual act in the first degree and rape in the third degree.  —  RIGHT NOW Harvey Weinstein is guilty of criminal sexual act in the first degree and rape in the third degree.  —  Here's what you need to know:
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Ronald J. Hansen / Arizona Republic:
Arizona congressional candidate suspends campaign after heroin overdose  —  (Photo: via Chris Taylor Republican For Arizona CD1 website)  —  Chris Taylor, a Safford city councilman who is running for Congress, overdosed on heroin last week and since has suspended his campaign.
Jim VandeHei / Axios:
The evidence doesn't back Democrats' panic that Bernie can't win - Axios  —  Virtually every national and swing state poll shows Sanders tied with or beating Trump.
Discussion: Bern Notice and National Review
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Who would win a Trump-Sanders election?
Discussion: The Week
Ben Conarck / Miami Herald:
A Miami man who flew to China worried he might have coronavirus.  He may owe thousands  —  After returning to Miami last month from a work trip in China, Osmel Martinez Azcue found himself in a frightening position: he was developing flu-like symptoms, just as coronavirus was ravaging the country he had visited.
CNN:
Bloomberg called Warren ‘scary’ and vowed to ‘defend the banks’ in closed-door 2016 event  —  Warren drags Bloomberg: He's an arrogant billionaire  —  (CNN)Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg said at a private event in 2016 that his presidential campaign platform would have been to …
James Hamblin / The Atlantic:
You're Likely to Get the Coronavirus  —  In May 1997, a 3-year-old boy developed what at first seemed like the common cold.  When his symptoms—sore throat, fever, and cough—persisted for six days, he was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Hong Kong.  There his cough worsened, and he began gasping for air.
Discussion: The Week
Heidi Przybyla / NBC News:
Cardiology director says there's one heart measure Sanders could disclose but isn't  —  Exclusive: By releasing one simple indicator of his heart health, Sanders could address lingering questions, the president of the American College of Cardiology says.  —  WASHINGTON — Democratic …
Discussion: New York Post and Political Wire
CNBC:
DOW PLUNGES 1,000 POINTS  —  Matrix's Katz: You want to buy into the dips and the coronavirus uncertainty  —  Stocks fell sharply on Monday, with Dow Jones Industrial Average losses reaching 1,000 points at midday.  The number of coronavirus cases outside China surged …
New York Times:
Sanders Says He'll Attract a Wave of New Voters.  It Hasn't Happened.  —  Bernie Sanders has so far prevailed by expanding his appeal among traditional Democratic voters, not by driving record turnout.  —  CHARLESTON, S.C. — It is the most politically provocative part …
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Trump's Doctor Thought He Had a Ticket to Congress.  It Hasn't Been So Easy.  —  Ronny Jackson is one of 15 candidates in a crowded Republican primary.  And the White House hasn't gone out of its way to help.  —  WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Dressed in cowboy boots and jeans …
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:
In 2019 speech, Bloomberg mocked Brooklyn father and son who died from heroin as ‘not a good family’  —  Mike Bloomberg poked fun last year at a father and son who died from heroin overdoses at the same Brooklyn party, calling them “not a good family” to laughs from a crowd of business executives, the Daily News has learned.
George Prayias / The Rush Limbaugh Show:
Overhyped Coronavirus Weaponized Against Trump  —  RUSH: Folks, this coronavirus thing, I want to try to put this in perspective for you.  It looks like the coronavirus is being weaponized as yet another element to bring down Donald Trump.  Now, I want to tell you the truth about the coronavirus.
Margalit Fox / New York Times:
Katherine Johnson Dies at 101; Mathematician Broke Barriers at NASA  —  She was one of a group of black women mathematicians at NASA and its predecessor who were celebrated in the 2016 movie “Hidden Figures.”  —  They asked Katherine Johnson for the moon, and she gave it to them.
Discussion: io9, IJR, Observer, The Week and Rolling Stone
Paul Wood / Spectator USA:
Andy Khawaja: ‘The whistleblower’  —  This article is in The Spectator's March 2020 US edition.  Subscribe here.  —  It's after 2 a.m. in Club 38, a nightspot in an old railway shed in Beirut.  The DJ is in the cab of a rusty train.  Lights sweep across a dense crowd below.
Discussion: Raw Story
Theodore Schleifer / Vox:
Silicon Valley asked Elizabeth Warren to help with a fundraiser.  She said no — but only eventually.  —  Elizabeth Warren put up this sign in downtown San Francisco last year.  Justin Sullivan/Getty Images  —  The devil with Elizabeth Warren's fundraising pledge is in the details.
NBER:
Does Race Matter for Police Use of Force?  Evidence from 911 Calls  —  NBER Working Paper No. 26774  —  NBER Program(s):Law and Economics Program, Labor Studies Program … You may purchase this paper on-line in .pdf format from SSRN.com ($5) for electronic delivery.  —  Access to NBER Papers
 
 
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Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump sending coronavirus budget request to Congress
Politico:
Why Senate Dems aren't freaking out about Bernie
Discussion: Breitbart
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Here's What The Lead Roger Stone Juror Wrote In Her Jury Questionnaire
Discussion: Redstate
Katie Notopoulos / BuzzFeed News:
The Guy Behind “Homeless Hotspots” Now Works For The Bloomberg Campaign
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Assange fight draws in Trump's new intel chief
ProPublica:
The FBI Is Investigating Massive Embezzlement of Border Patrol Union Funds
NBC News:
House struggles to get Hyde records on supposed Yovanovitch surveillance
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
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Crackdown on immigrants who use public benefits takes effect
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
In Supreme Court dissent, Thomas cites Thomas in arguing to overturn decision authored by Thomas
Sister Toldjah / Redstate:
Howls of Laughter Erupt After NYT Columnist Paul Krugman Suggests Sanders Is ‘Not a Wannabe Authoritarian’
Discussion: National Review and Twitchy
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Is Making a Big Mistake
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
HR McMaster to publish book that may pose headaches for Trump
Discussion: The Week