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7:55 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 …
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.”
Schumer meets with Bullock as Montana filing deadline for Senate seat nears  —  Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer met with Gov. Steve Bullock in Montana last weekend as Democrats make a last-ditch effort to woo him to run for the Senate this year, according to multiple sources familiar with the meeting.
Discussion: The Week
Caroline Kelly / CNN:
Two abortion restriction bills that forced tough votes for vulnerable senators fail in the Senate
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
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 …
Washington Post:
White House struggles to contain public alarm over coronavirus  —  Top White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told The Washington Post late Monday that investors should consider “buying these dips” in the stock market amid the coronavirus panic.  The message was to take advantage of one-day slumps and “buy low.”
Tobias Hoonhout / National Review:   Health Officials Expect U.S. Coronavirus Outbreak: 'It's More of a Question of When'
Federal judge rebukes Trump over Roger Stone jury comments  —  A federal judge swung back at President 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
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 …
Bloomberg internal poll claims Bernie would sink downballot Dems
Discussion: The Hill, Breitbart, CNN and Townhall
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 …
U.S. Department of Justice:
Man Arrested for Attempting to Blow Up Vehicle at Pentagon  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va. - An Arkansas man will make his initial appearance in federal court at 2 p.m. today on charges relating to his alleged attempt at blowing up a vehicle at the Pentagon yesterday.  —  According to court documents …
BREAKING: Man Accused of Trying to Blow Up Car in Pentagon Parking Lot
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Breitbart
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.
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
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 …
Trump again considering Texas congressman to be intel chief after his candidacy floundered last year  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump is revisiting the idea of nominating Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe to be the next Director of National Intelligence, two sources told CNN.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Talking Points Memo
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.
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
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
Stephen Wade / Associated Press:
IOC member casts doubt on postponing or moving Tokyo Games  —  TOKYO (AP) — A senior member of the International Olympic Committee said Tuesday that if it proves too dangerous to hold the Olympics in Tokyo this summer because of the coronavirus outbreak, organizers are more likely to cancel it altogether than to postpone or move it.
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.
Stuart M. Gerson / Just Security:
Let the Rule of Law Rule Law Enforcement: Reflections on the Current Attorney General's Tenure  —  Years ago, when I was a young Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, I was charged with the prosecution of a popular sitting United States Senator.
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Russian Court Further Detains Ex-Marine on Charges His Family Calls False
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California Lottery officials shortchanged schools by millions, state audit says
C.J. Pearson / Fox News:
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Jessica Goodheart / Capital & Main:
Under Trump, Income Growth Slows Across U.S.
 Earlier Items: 
New York Post:
FBI, NYPD raid fashion mogul Peter Nygard's Times Square office in sex-trafficking probe
Discussion: Gothamist
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
Pete Buttigieg vs. Amy Klobuchar: An Abridged History of Midwestern Iciness
Wall Street Journal:
Iran's Deputy Health Minister Contracts Coronavirus
Discussion: Daily Kos and IJR
Meagan Flynn / Washington Post:
Trump slams Sotomayor and Ginsburg, says they should recuse themselves from ‘Trump-related’ cases
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