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7:00 PM ET, February 25, 2020


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Washington Post:
Live updates: Spread of coronavirus in U.S. appears inevitable, health officials warn; U.S. financial markets drop sharply  —  Health officials in the United States warned Tuesday that the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country appears inevitable, marking a significant change in tone …
New York Times:
Coronavirus Live Updates: Iran's Deputy Health Minister Tests Positive  —  An Italian doctor staying at a resort in the Canary Islands was also feared to have the virus.  New outbreaks in Europe, Asia and the Middle East are renewing fears of a coming global pandemic.
Yahoo Finance:
CDC Tells Americans to Start Readying for Outbreak: Virus Update  —  (Bloomberg) — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Americans to prepare for a coronavirus outbreak at home that could lead to significant disruptions of daily life.  Congress was told that there's shortage …
Discussion: Fortune
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump's DHS head has a brutal exchange on coronavirus — courtesy of a GOP senator  —  The Department of Homeland Security is coordinating the U.S. government's response to the increasing threat of the novel coronavirus.  The agency has also been under the control of acting head Chad Wolf …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and The Independent
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Romney: Trump administration unprepared for coronavirus outbreak  —  Sen. Mitt Romney (Utah), a prominent Republican voice in Congress, told senior Trump administration officials Tuesday that they are not adequately prepared for the possibility the coronavirus may spread more widely in the United States.
Coronavirus live updates: US confirms 53 cases, CDC outlines pandemic planning  —  HHS Secretary Azar offers update on coronavirus outbreak … 3:52 pm: US health officials say human trials on coronavirus vaccine to start in 6 weeks  —  Human trials testing a potential vaccine …
Discussion: The Root, Raw Story and New York Times
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
McConnell warns Republicans speculation on Sanders as the nominee ‘may be a bit foolish’  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that Republican speculation about whether Sen. Bernie Sanders may be the easiest Democrat to beat “may be a bit foolish.”
Politico:   Schumer meets with Bullock as Montana filing deadline for Senate seat nears
Jordain Carney / The Hill:   Democrats block two Senate abortion bills
Matthew Daly / Associated Press:
Senate GOP again thwarted on bills to restrict abortion
Discussion: Politico
Congress braces for potential surveillance debacle after Barr briefing
Discussion: Fox News and The Last Refuge
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:   Anti-abortion bills fail to advance in Senate vote
Fred Imbert / CNBC:
Larry Kudlow says US has contained the coronavirus and the economy is holding up nicely  — “We have contained this.  I won't say [it's] airtight, but it's pretty close to airtight,” said Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council.  — He added that, while the outbreak is a …
Tobias Hoonhout / National Review:   Health Officials Expect U.S. Coronavirus Outbreak: 'It's More of a Question of When'
Eli Okun / Politico:
Kudlow breaks with CDC on coronavirus: ‘We have contained this’
Discussion: Washington Post
Washington Post:
70 former U.S. senators: The Senate is failing to perform its constitutional duties  —  The following signers are all former U.S. senators: Dean Barkley (I-Minn.), Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), David Boren (D-Okla.), Bill Bradley (D-N.J.), Bill Brock …
Bernie Sanders looks electable in surveys — but it could be a mirage  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders at the South Carolina Democratic Party's “First in the South” dinner on February 24, 2020 in Charleston, South Carolina.  Drew Angerer/Getty Images  —  New research suggests Sanders would drive swing voters …
Federal judge rebukes Trump over Roger Stone jury comments  —  A federal judge swung back at Donald Trump on Tuesday over his heated criticism of the Roger Stone case, warning that the president's commentary about his longtime associate's conviction had helped fuel threats to the jury.
Trump slams Roger Stone juror right before she testifies at retrial request hearing
Discussion: Daily Kos
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Judge Amy Berman Jackson criticizes Trump's attacks on Roger Stone juror
Discussion: VICE
BREAKING: Man Accused of Trying to Blow Up Car in Pentagon Parking Lot  —  (Updated at 1:50 p.m.) A 19-year-old man from Arkansas has been charged with trying to blow up a car in the Pentagon parking lot Monday morning.  —  The charges, announced Tuesday afternoon, follow …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Breitbart
New York Times:
New Delhi Streets Turn Into Battleground Between Hindus and Muslims  —  As President Trump tours India's capital, where at least 11 people have been killed in communal clashes that have upended a working-class neighborhood.  —  NEW DELHI — In one part of New Delhi, President Trump …
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 …
Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
What Bernie Sanders Should Have Said About Socialism and Totalitarianism in Cuba
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 Hill, Breitbart, CNN and Townhall
Abby Livingston / The Texas Tribune:
Bernie Sanders stokes question for Texas Democrats: How would his nomination affect their down-ballot plans?  —  Sanders supporters say he'll bring new voters to the polls to help Democrats flip Texas, but some establishment figures are in panic mode.  —  FORT WORTH — U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey …
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
When Two Judges Knocked Down Sentences to Protect Immigrants From Deportation, Amy Klobuchar's Office Appealed and Won  —  Between June 1, 1997, and October 31, 1998, Elsayed Salim and his wife dutifully filled out paperwork they needed to file with the state to receive financial support and food stamps for their family.
Discussion: ABC News and CNN
Joe Walsh / Washington Post:
I'm no fan of Bernie Sanders.  But #NeverTrump means never Trump.  —  Sorry, GOP outcasts, but #SometimesTrump just doesn't cut it.  —  This isn't complicated.  “Never Trump,” “never-Trump” or, if you prefer, #NeverTrump has always been a straightforward concept — the word “never” is right there in the name.
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:   A socialist is likely to win the 2020 election. No, not Bernie Sanders.
Jon Gambrell / Associated Press:
Iran says official who played down virus fears is infected  —  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The head of an Iranian government task force on the coronavirus who had urged the public not to overreact about its spread has tested positive for the illness himself, authorities said Tuesday …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
N.S.A. Phone Program Cost $100 Million, but Produced Only Two Unique Leads  —  A disputed program that allowed the National Security Agency to gain access to logs of Americans' domestic calls and texts yielded only one significant investigation, according to a newly declassified study.
Discussion: Progress Pond
Gary Fineout / Politico:
2 Florida Democrats sue to keep Sanders off primary ballot  —  TALLAHASSEE — Two Florida Democrats are suing to block Bernie Sanders from running as a Democrat in the state's March 17 presidential primary.  —  In the lawsuit filed Monday in circuit court in Leon County …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ben Ritz / Forbes:
Even With New Pay-Fors, Bernie's Agenda Still Has A $25 Trillion Hole  —  I write about U.S. tax & budget policy from a center-left perspective.  —  Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has made some extraordinary promises in his campaign for president, including free health care, a federal jobs guarantee …
Discussion: Bloomberg, New York Times, Breitbart and IJR
Robert O'Harrow / Washington Post:
Trump nominee to federal court once called for abolishing Social Security, several government agencies  —  A Trump nominee to serve on a court that hears claims against the government once argued that several federal agencies should be eliminated and that Social Security should be abolished …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Charlie Warzel / New York Times:
Russia Wants to Meddle in Our Election.  We're Helping.  —  Last week is proof.  —  Mr. Warzel is an Opinion writer at large.  —  For all the talk since 2016 of foreign election interference and Russian “meddling,” it seems few people really understand the information war and how not to play into the hands of our enemies.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Dems, Want to Defeat Trump?  Form a Team of Rivals  —  You can win in a landslide.  —  If this election turns out to be just between a self-proclaimed socialist and an undiagnosed sociopath, we will be in a terrible, terrible place as a country.  How do we prevent that?  —  That's all I am thinking about right now.
Zahra Hirji / BuzzFeed News:
The Coronavirus Outbreak Could Impact The 2020 Presidential Primaries  —  US citizens living in China have been told they won't be able to cast their vote in person for the Democratic primary next month and will instead need to vote online, according to Democrats Abroad, the group in charge of overseeing voting overseas.
Harvey Weinstein Recorded A Robocall For Mike Bloomberg In 2005  —  The disgraced movie producer backed the then-mayor's reelection, and Bloomberg appointed him to a charity board.  —  Few public figures were mourning Harvey Weinstein's downfall on Monday.
Discussion: NBC News, Twitchy and The Hill
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John F. Harris / Politico:
Confessions of a Slow Learner: American Politics Really Is Sexist
Discussion: The Hill, Associated Press and NBC News
David Brennan / Newsweek:
Joe Biden claims to have worked on 2016 Paris climate deal with Chinese leader who died in 1997
Discussion: PJ Media Home, Fox News and Power Line
New York Post:
FBI, NYPD raid fashion mogul Peter Nygard's Times Square office in sex-trafficking probe
Discussion: Gothamist
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Pete Buttigieg vs. Amy Klobuchar: An Abridged History of Midwestern Iciness
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Olivia Gazis / CBS News:
Intelligence agency pushes back on reports that it said Russia is actively aiding Trump
The Daily Beast:
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Wall Street Journal:
Iran's Deputy Health Minister Contracts Coronavirus
Discussion: Daily Kos and IJR
Sarah Cascone / artnet News:
Rebekah Mercer, Billionaire Donor to Anti-Science Causes, Is Off the American Museum …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Meagan Flynn / Washington Post:
Trump slams Sotomayor and Ginsburg, says they should recuse themselves from ‘Trump-related’ cases
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