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12:25 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 …
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. …
Public Policy Polling:
South Carolina Looks Like A Two Person Race
Josh Lederman / NBC News:
Vandalism hits Bloomberg campaign offices across the U.S.
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 …
Discussion: Washington Times and Twitchy
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 …
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.
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: Washington Post, The Hill and Breitbart
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 …
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Florida Dems in uproar after Sanders' Cuba comments
Gregg Re / Fox News:
Bernie Sanders reveals ‘major plans’ to be funded by new taxes, massive lawsuits, military cuts
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.
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.
Luke Darby / GQ:
Bloomberg's Paid “Volunteers” Are Telling Voters to Support Other Candidates
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.
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:   Making Sense of the Harvey Weinstein Verdict
New York Times:
Harvey Weinstein Is Found Guilty on Two Counts: Live Updates
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
A Trump-Sanders election would destroy our politics  —  It is a sad, strange experience to witness the destruction of American political institutions right before your eyes.  From one perspective, this has come in a swift, confusing rush of events.  From another, it has seemed to unfold in slow motion.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Sanders winds up boosting Trump on foreign policy
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Klobuchar's uncompelling argument to stay in the race
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Here's What The Lead Roger Stone Juror Wrote In Her Jury Questionnaire  — The lead juror at Roger Stone's trial said in a written questionnaire that she was “not sure” whether she posted online about the Russia investigation, though her Twitter feed shows that she posted multiple stories about the probe.
Discussion: Redstate and TheBlaze
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
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Susan Collins breaks with Trump over Grenell
Discussion: The Hill
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.
Caitlin Yilek / Washington Examiner:
Clarence Thomas wife among conservative activists leading Trump efforts to compile ‘deep state’ hit list  —  The wife of conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is spearheading an effort to remove officials suspected of undermining President Trump.
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Among Those Pressing Trump to Weed Out Disloyalty: Clarence Thomas's Wife
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
In Supreme Court dissent, Thomas cites Thomas in arguing to overturn decision authored by Thomas
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: The Hill, HuffPost and New York Times
Politico:   Trump sending coronavirus budget request to Congress
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Discussion: Raw Story
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