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8:15 AM ET, February 25, 2020


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The State:
The State endorses Pete Buttigieg in the South Carolina Democratic Party primary  —  The Democratic Party's presidential nominee will face a formidable general election opponent in Republican President Donald Trump, an incumbent armed with a strong economic record and a force of personality …
Bloomberg internal poll claims Bernie would sink downballot Dems  —  Bernie Sanders' nomination could drag down vulnerable House Democrats trying to hold onto their competitive districts, according to a new poll conducted for Mike Bloomberg's campaign that is circulating among members …
Discussion: The Guardian
Mark Murray / NBC News:
NBC News poll: Biden holds narrow lead over Sanders in South Carolina  —  Biden performs best among black and moderate voters, while Sanders holds lead with progressives and those under 45  —  WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. …
Associated Press:
Democrats unload on Sanders in likely debate preview  —  CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Bernie Sanders is facing the greatest test of his presidential campaign as his Democratic rivals prepare to launch a series of attacks on the Vermont senator during what could be a pivotal debate on the eve of the South Carolina primary.
Discussion: Redstate, CNN, NBC News and Politico
Who Will Win The South Carolina Democratic Debate?
Discussion: Washington Post
Luke Darby / GQ:
Bloomberg's Paid “Volunteers” Are Telling Voters to Support Other Candidates
Discussion: NOQ Report
Public Policy Polling:
South Carolina Looks Like A Two Person Race
Elena Schneider / Politico:   Buttigieg launching Super Tuesday TV ads
Scott Bixby / The Daily Beast:
Bernie Staffer Mocked Warren's Looks, Pete's Sexuality on Private Twitter Account  —  The private Twitter account of a newly promoted campaign staffer indicates that at least some of Sen. Bernie Sanders' most toxic support is coming from inside the house.  —  During the most recent presidential …
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 — Comments from Senator Bernie Sanders praising aspects of the Communist Cuban revolution drew …
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Florida Dems in uproar after Sanders' Cuba comments
Griff Witte / Washington Post:
In Cold War travels, Bernie Sanders found much to admire behind enemy lines.  Now that's a problem for his campaign.
Gregg Re / Fox News:
Bernie Sanders reveals ‘major plans’ to be funded by new taxes, massive lawsuits, military cuts
Discussion: CNN, New York Times, Bloomberg and The Hill
Lee Smith / Just The News:
Declassified FBI memos undercut Mueller team claims that Papadopoulos hindered Russia probe  —  Prosecutor who recently resigned from Roger Stone case signed court filings omitting evidence of witness cooperation  —  Newly declassified FBI memos directly conflict with court filings …
Discussion: Redstate and The Gateway Pundit
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Here's What The Lead Roger Stone Juror Wrote In Her Jury Questionnaire
Discussion: Redstate and TheBlaze
John Solomon / Just The News:
House Republicans considering criminal referrals against Mueller prosecutors
Discussion: NOQ Report and The Gateway Pundit
Trump faces ‘black swan’ threat to the economy and reelection  —  Stock markets tumbled around the world.  The number of coronavirus cases mushroomed in advanced nations like Italy, Japan and South Korea.  And travel bans expanded as leaders confronted the nightmarish prospect of a spreading virus swallowing their nations.
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.
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Among Those Pressing Trump to Weed Out Disloyalty: Clarence Thomas's Wife  —  A group led by Ginni Thomas has targeted officials in the administration, and lobbied for its own preferred choices.  As the president's distrust in those serving him has grown, so has its sway.
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Making Sense of the Harvey Weinstein Verdict  —  The former Hollywood power-player is likely to face a long prison sentence despite being acquitted of the most serious charges he faced.  —  Though a New York State jury convicted Harvey Weinstein on two felony sexual-assault charges Monday …
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 …
Why Senate Dems aren't freaking out about Bernie  —  House Democrats are warning of a down-ballot bloodbath and centrists are freaking out.  But Bernie Sanders' colleagues have a more placid take on the rise of democratic socialist: Bernie can beat Donald Trump.
Discussion: The Hill, Washington Post and Breitbart
Jim VandeHei / Axios:
The evidence doesn't back Democrats' panic that Bernie can't win - Axios
William Saletan / Slate:
The Voters Freaked Out by Socialism  —  Socialism doesn't freak out Democratic voters the way it freaks out other Americans.  That's a problem.  —  For the past month, the centrist Democrats running against Sen. Bernie Sanders have begged Democratic voters not to nominate him.
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
Minnesota man seeks to toss his murder conviction Sen. Amy Klobuchar stood behind for 17 years  —  A report revealed that the case was littered with inconsistencies.  —  A Minneapolis inmate who spent more than half his life so far behind bars says he was wrongfully convicted for murder …
Discussion: From A Black Body
ABC News:
Man blames Amy Klobuchar in part for murder conviction he wants tossed
Discussion: CNN
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
Harvey Weinstein Taken to Bellevue Hospital With Chest Pains  —  Harvey Weinstein was taken to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan on Monday after complaining of chest pains, according to his representative.  —  Weinstein was supposed to be transferred to the jail on Rikers Island, but was diverted to Bellevue.
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.
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
“Phil Is Doing His Best to Give Bernie His Due”: After a Sanders Surge and a Matthews Gaffe, MSNBC Prepares to Pivot  —  With Bernie rally coverage, Bernie-friendly guests, and a mandate to “seek out more smart, pro-Sanders voices,” the cable net confronts a new reality: “He's winning,” says a source.
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:
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 …
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Trump Speaks to Massive Indian Crowd, Mispronounces Almost Everything  —  TONGUE TWISTER  —  President Donald Trump addressed a massive public rally early Monday in India, where he showered the country and its prime minister with praise—but repeatedly struggled with his pronunciation.
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Republican Cynicism May Win Trump Re-election
Discussion: HuffPost
Fox News:
Appeals court upholds Trump administration rules against Title X funding for abortion
Discussion: NB Blog
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
These are the popular ideas progressives can win with (and some unpopular ones to avoid)
Discussion: Raw Story
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
McConnell, Looking to Energize Social Conservatives, Forces Votes on Abortion
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
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Discussion: The Week
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Discussion: The Independent
Burgess Everett / Politico:
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Discussion: The Hill
The FBI Is Investigating Massive Embezzlement of Border Patrol Union Funds
Discussion: Raw Story
Heidi Przybyla / NBC News:
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Discussion: New York Post