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10:40 AM ET, February 25, 2020


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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” …
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
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.  —  Now that Senator Bernie Sanders has become the clear favorite for the Democratic nomination, the Vermont independent's rivals — and many in the Democratic Party — are sounding loud, clanging alarms about his viability against President Trump.
Trump Says Markets Are Down Over Bernie Sanders Worries
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Eli Okun / Politico:
Trump calls for Sotomayor, Ginsburg to recuse themselves from cases dealing with his administration  —  President Donald Trump on Tuesday slammed Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, saying both should recuse themselves from cases involving him or his administration.
Discussion: CNN and One America News Network
Tyler Olson / Fox News:   Trump takes aim at Sotomayor, Schiff, CNN and more at New Delhi press conference
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 …
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 …
Aaron Leibowitz / Miami Herald:
An ‘anti-communist concert’ is coming to Miami.  The city's government is a sponsor.  —  Miami Mayor Francis Suarez and Commissioner Joe Carollo don't agree on much these days, but they were in lockstep Monday in promoting an “anti-communist concert” set for April 11 at the James L. Knight Center downtown.
David Harsanyi / National Review:
Why Bernie Sanders's Praise of Fidel Castro Matters
Discussion: Twitchy and Vox
Patricia Mazzei / New York Times:
Sanders's Comments on Fidel Castro Provoke Anger in Florida
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.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Is the Intelligence Community planning to meddle in 2020 election?
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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 …
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 …
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
'Gray Matter'-Deficient Americans  —  The billionaires and bureaucrats depend on the skilled workers they mock — and that makes them more than a little uneasy.  —  Former New York mayor and multibillionaire Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, four years ago at Oxford, England, dismissed farming, ancient and modern.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
If Democrats Aren't Terrified of Bernie, They're Not Paying Attention
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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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
Jennifer Gonnerman / New Yorker:
A Murder Trial in Reverse
Jocelyn Gecker / Associated Press:
AP: US opera union probe finds Plácido Domingo abused power
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
 Earlier Items: 
Luke Darby / GQ:
Bloomberg's Paid “Volunteers” Are Telling Voters to Support Other Candidates
Discussion: NOQ Report
New York Times:
Sanders Says He'll Attract a Wave of New Voters. It Hasn't Happened.
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