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4:00 PM ET, February 24, 2020

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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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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 …
Discussion: The Hill, Tangle, The Guardian, Vox and Bloomberg
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% …
Chris Cillizza / CNN:   The 1 thing that might slow down Bernie Sanders is a very, very long shot
Josh Lederman / NBC News:
Vandalism hits Bloomberg campaign offices across the U.S.
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Democrats, stop freaking out about Bernie Sanders
Melissa Quinn / CBS News:
Tim Scott says Sanders is the Democrat who poses biggest threat to Trump
Discussion: IJR and TheBlaze
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Bloomberg launches broadside against Sanders on gun control
Discussion: Breitbart
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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Associated Press:
Harvey Weinstein found guilty in landmark #MeToo moment  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein was convicted Monday of rape and sexual assault against two women and could be sent to prison for decades, sealing his dizzying fall from powerful Hollywood studio boss to archvillain of the #MeToo movement.
Discussion: The Week, TheBlaze and Gothamist
James Queally / Los Angeles Times:
Harvey Weinstein verdict: The case now moves to Los Angeles
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and INSIDER
Business Insider:
Harvey Weinstein will be in Rikers Island jail until his sentencing next month after a jury found …
Discussion: INSIDER
Wall Street Journal:   Weinstein Convicted of Third-Degree Rape and First-Degree Criminal Sexual Act
CBS New York:
Harvey Weinstein Trial: Guilty On 2 Counts, Not Guilty Of More Serious Charges
Shayna Jacobs / Washington Post:
Harvey Weinstein guilty on two charges, acquitted on others in New York sexual assault case
Discussion: The Atlantic, Fox News, The Week and INSIDER
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.
Eli Clifton / Responsible Statecraft:
Trump's new acting Director of National Intelligence conducted undisclosed work for Hungary's far-right government  —  An investigation by Responsible Statecraft has found that President Trump's newly installed acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, knowingly provided …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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 …
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: National Review and Bern Notice
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Who would win a Trump-Sanders election?
Discussion: CNN and Florida Politics
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Bernie Sanders' disastrous answer on ‘60 Minutes’  —  (CNN)Bernie Sanders, the clear front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, was asked over the weekend how much his various plans would cost if implemented.  He didn't know. … Here's the exchange between Sanders and Anderson Cooper on “60 Minutes”:
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Anderson Cooper / CBS News:
Bernie Sanders on being the Democratic frontrunner and taking on Donald Trump
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: IJR, Observer, The Week and Rolling Stone
Nihar Kabinittal / Associated Press:
Thomas criticizes a previous high court opinion - his own  —  Justice Clarence Thomas has made no secret of his dislike of past Supreme Court decisions written by other justices, including seminal opinions about abortion rights, press freedoms and a defendant's right to a lawyer
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Tyler Olson / Fox News:
In Supreme Court dissent, Thomas cites Thomas in arguing to overturn decision authored by Thomas
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:
FBI's ‘Case Agent 1’ Stephen Somma ‘primarily responsible’ for FISA failures  —  The Justice Department Inspector watchdog referred FBI agent Stephen Somma for disciplinary review after an investigation into alleged Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuses.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Awful new details about Trump's purge should alarm us all  —  President Trump's ongoing purge of his administration is rapidly getting worse, so it's urgent that we accurately frame what's really driving it, to avoid letting it get shrouded in a story line about Trump's unchecked emotions and pathologies.
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Let's get to the memos.  —  1. The Jessie Liu memo …
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Investigated Suspicious Pro-Sanders Content  —  Social-media giant hasn't substantiated the activity it reviewed; senior officials alerted to internal probe  —  Facebook Inc. in recent weeks investigated suspicious content supporting Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders's presidential campaign, said people familiar with the matter.
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.
Discussion: The Hill
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
HR McMaster to publish book that may pose headaches for Trump  —  Donald Trump is trying to stop the publication of a book by his third national security adviser, John Bolton, but he will soon have to contend with a volume published by his second.  —  Lt Gen HR McMaster will publish Battlegrounds …
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Is Making a Big Mistake  —  It has to do with respect.  —  The last four presidents — Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump — are four very different politicians.  But they have one crucial similarity: They all tried to appeal to voters who weren't obvious supporters.
Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:
Bernie Sanders Rolls Out $1.5 Trillion Plan For Free, Universal Child Care  —  It's the latest early childhood plan from a 2020 Democratic candidate — and it could be the biggest.  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Monday rolled out a plan under which the federal government would make child care …
 
 
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Ronald J. Hansen / Arizona Republic:
Arizona congressional candidate suspends campaign after heroin overdose
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Sister Toldjah / Redstate:
Howls of Laughter Erupt After NYT Columnist Paul Krugman Suggests Sanders Is ‘Not a Wannabe Authoritarian’
Discussion: National Review and Twitchy
Bloomberg:
U.S. Considers Expelling Chinese Journalists After Americans Barred
Paul Wood / Spectator USA:
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 Earlier Items: 
Jennifer Kabbany / The College Fix:
VIDEO: Heather Mac Donald defends due process, debunks 1-in-5 rape stat as hostile crowd shrieks in protest
Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
Inside the troubled Bernie Sanders campaign, from Russian bots to American trolls
Discussion: Raw Story and Big League Politics
Sophia Tesfaye / Salon:
Russian meddling is real — but Republicans have broader plans to ruin our elections