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11:40 AM ET, February 25, 2020


 Top Items: 
Who Will Win The South Carolina Democratic Debate?  —  We're partnering with Ipsos to poll voters before and after the candidates take the stage.  —  At this point in the primary season, the field has usually started to shrink, but no such luck here in 2020: There will be seven candidates …
Discussion: Washington Post
Joshua Caplan / Breitbart:
Brain Freeze: Joe Biden Says He's ‘Candidate for the United States Senate’  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden made yet another gaffe Monday, saying in a South Carolina campaign speech that he is a “candidate for the United States Senate” and that people could “vote for the other Biden” …
Public Policy Polling:   Tight Three Way Contest in North Carolina
Wall Street Journal:
Iran's Deputy Health Minister Contracts Coronavirus  —  Death toll from the virus rises to at least 15 in Iran with around 1,000 people being tested for the infection  —  The number of people killed by the coronavirus in Iran has risen to at least 15, the country's health ministry said …
Meagan Flynn / Washington Post:
Trump slams Sotomayor and Ginsburg, says they should recuse themselves from ‘Trump-related’ cases  —  President Trump went after Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a pair of tweets and at a news conference in India on Tuesday, days after Sotomayor issued …
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
A socialist is likely to win the 2020 election.  No, not Bernie Sanders.  —  It once seemed unimaginable, but a proven socialist looks quite likely to win the 2020 presidential election.  —  No, I'm not talking about that socialist.  I'm referring to the one who already occupies the White House.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Can Bernie Sanders really beat Trump? His pollster makes the case.
Trump Says Markets Are Down Over Bernie Sanders Worries
Discussion: Political Wire
Fabiola Santiago / Miami Herald:
I went to school in Cuba under Castro.  Here's what it's like, Bernie Sanders  —  Look at the little girl in the picture.  —  In her serious demeanor, a front for fear — and in her story — you might find, Senator Bernie Sanders, some of the profundity lacking in your populist bid to become …
David Harsanyi / National Review:
Why Bernie Sanders's Praise of Fidel Castro Matters
Discussion: Washington Free Beacon, Twitchy and Vox
Aaron Leibowitz / Miami Herald:
An ‘anti-communist concert’ is coming to Miami. The city's government is a sponsor.
Sally Goldenberg / Politico:
Bloomberg's debate strategy: Nuke Bernie  —  Mike Bloomberg and a handful of staffers spent Monday at the so-called “happiest place on earth,” preparing for the bruising task ahead the next day.  —  Hunkered down at the Four Seasons hotel in Florida's Disney World, the former New York mayor prepared …
Discussion: Townhall, Daily Kos, CNN and NPR
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Bloomberg's girlfriend, Diana Taylor, on concerns over NDAs: ‘Get over it’
Discussion: The Hill
Luke Darby / GQ:   Bloomberg's Paid “Volunteers” Are Telling Voters to Support Other Candidates
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 …
Quinta Jurecic / The Atlantic:
Trump's Most Dangerous Destruction Yet  —  During the 2016 presidential campaign, many observers worried about what Donald Trump might do with the U.S. intelligence apparatus.  These organizations kill people, after all, with scary flying robots.  They have the ability to spy on huge numbers of people all over the world.
Olivia Gazis / CBS News:   Intelligence agency pushes back on reports that it said Russia is actively aiding Trump
The Markup:
Suckers List: How Allstate's Secret Auto Insurance Algorithm Squeezes Big Spenders  —  Insurers are supposed to price based on risk, but Allstate's algorithm put a thumb on the scale  —  Seven years ago, Allstate Corporation told Maryland regulators it was time to update its auto insurance rates.
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.
Scott Roxborough / Hollywood Reporter:
Hillary Clinton Says She Would Support Bernie Sanders, Comments on Harvey Weinstein  —  “It is imperative that we retire the incumbent,” the former U.S. Secretary of State said at the Berlin Film Festival.  About Weinstein's conviction, she said: “It was time for an accounting, and the jury clearly found that.”
Discussion: National Review
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
President Trump hails Weinstein conviction as ‘victory’ for women
Discussion: Agence France-Presse
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: CNN, The Hill and The Guardian
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.
P R Sanjai / Bloomberg:
Disney India Blocks John Oliver Show Critical of Narendra Modi
Discussion: Washington Post, The Hill and Slate
Sarah Cascone / artnet News:
Rebekah Mercer, Billionaire Donor to Anti-Science Causes, Is Off the American Museum of Natural History's Board After Years of Protest  —  There had been widespread calls from museum curators and scientists for Mercer to step down.  —  More than two-dozen American Museum of Natural History curators called …
The Daily Beast:
Elizabeth Warren Built an Unrivaled Ground Game.  Here's Why it Failed.  —  “Oh God it's so sad,” said Sean Bagniewski, the chair of the Polk County Democrats.  “There was a point this fall when all of us thought she basically had it in the bag.”  —  Elizabeth Warren started early.
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:   The loneliness of Elizabeth Warren: 'I feel like I'm living in a movie'
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.
Yun Li / CNBC:
10-year Treasury yield drops to record low of 1.32% as coronavirus fears rise  —  The 10-year Treasury yield fell to a record low as coronavirus fears raised concerns about global economic growth and sent investors scrambling into the safety of U.S. government bonds.  —  TREASURYS
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Two Senate Iran hawks are pushing a new nuclear deal  —  U.S. nuclear diplomacy with Iran has reached a stalemate.  So two Iran hawks from different parties have teamed up to promote a new scheme they think could result in a new and better nuclear deal.  If they can just convince their colleagues …
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
Clemency for Rod Blagojevich Came After Long Campaign Tailored to Trump  —  Republican consultant enlisted Fox News, Rudy Giuliani and Jesse Jackson to help get ex-governor out of prison  —  Rod Blagojevich's release from federal prison last week culminated a nearly two-year campaign to put …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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.
David Lauter / Los Angeles Times:
Bernie Sanders has broad support in diverse California communities, new poll finds  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders has widespread support among communities of color in California, outstripping his nearest Democratic rivals, former Vice President Joe Biden and former New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, according to a new statewide poll.
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Internal Docs Show Why the U.S. Military Publishes North Korean and Russian Malware  —  Newly released and previously secret documents explain in greater detail how, and why, a section of the U.S. military decides to publicly release a steady stream of adversarial countries' malware, including hacking tools from North Korea and Russia.
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Josh Israel / The American Independent:
Susan Collins is mad about ‘dark money’ ads. But she's the reason they're legal.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Associated Press:
Rep. Fred Upton announces he will seek 18th term in Congress
Discussion: The Hill
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Biden's ridiculous claim he was arrested trying to see Mandela
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Post-Impeachment Staff Purge Has Folks in Ukraine Nervous
Discussion: Raw Story
Larry O'Connor / Townhall:
Failed Never Trump Pundits Don't Speak For You, But MSM Can't Get Enough of Them
Jeryl Bier / The Dispatch:
Bernie Sanders Once Defended Daniel Ortega's Crackdown on Nicaraguan Citizens
Discussion: The Bulwark
Jocelyn Gecker / Associated Press:
AP: US opera union probe finds Plácido Domingo abused power
 Earlier Items: 
NBC News:
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has died aged 91
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
'Gray Matter'-Deficient Americans
Tyler Cowen / Bloomberg:
How Fast Can a Virus Destroy a Supply Chain?
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Republican Cynicism May Win Trump Re-election
Discussion: HuffPost
Belgian city of Aalst says anti-Semitic parade ‘just fun’
Discussion: Althouse
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