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8:55 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
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: CNN, Fox News, Redstate and NBC News
Trump Says Markets Are Down Over Bernie Sanders Worries
Discussion: Political Wire
Who Will Win The South Carolina Democratic Debate?
Discussion: Washington Post
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Mike Bloomberg prepares media onslaught against Democratic front-runner Bernie Sanders
Sally Goldenberg / Politico:   Bloomberg's debate strategy: Nuke Bernie
Luke Darby / GQ:
Bloomberg's Paid “Volunteers” Are Telling Voters to Support Other Candidates
Discussion: NOQ Report
Elena Schneider / Politico:   Buttigieg launching Super Tuesday TV ads
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:   A socialist is likely to win the 2020 election. No, not Bernie Sanders.
Public Policy Polling:
South Carolina Looks Like A Two Person Race
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.
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly, The Hill and CNN
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Is the Intelligence Community planning to meddle in 2020 election?
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Susan Collins breaks with Trump over Grenell
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:   'Gray Matter'-Deficient Americans
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.
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.
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 …
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
John Solomon / Just The News:
House Republicans considering criminal referrals against Mueller prosecutors
Discussion: NOQ Report and The Gateway Pundit
NBC News:
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has died aged 91  —  Mubarak ruled Egypt with an iron fist until he was overthrown during the so-called Arab Spring, uprisings that toppled leaders throughout the region.  —  Hosni Mubarak, Egypt's former president who ruled the country from 1981 until …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge sets hearing on Roger Stone's new-trial motion  —  A judge has scheduled a pair of hearings for Tuesday in longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone's criminal case, as she considers how to resolve a motion Stone's defense filed seeking a new trial based on alleged misconduct by one of the jurors in his case.
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Here's What The Lead Roger Stone Juror Wrote In Her Jury Questionnaire
Discussion: Redstate and TheBlaze
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.
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.
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.
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, Breitbart and Washington Post
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.
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Republican Cynicism May Win Trump Re-election
Discussion: HuffPost
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Discussion: Althouse
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New York Times:
Sanders Says He'll Attract a Wave of New Voters. It Hasn't Happened.
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
A Trump-Sanders election would destroy our politics
Discussion: The Week