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1:50 AM ET, February 26, 2020


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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.”
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
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:
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 …
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
Washington Post:
Behind our sluggish response to coronavirus, an unnecessary battle over funding
Discussion: IJR, Raw Story and The Hill
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 …
CBS News:
Democrats try to stop Sanders' momentum in fiery debate  —  The first question at the Charleston, South Carolina, debate went to Bernie Sanders, who quickly became the target of the other six Democrats on stage Tuesday night.  —  “CBS Evening News” anchor Norah O'Donnell kicked off the debate …
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Week
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Sanders surpasses Biden among African American voters: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders has widened his lead for the Democratic presidential nomination and overtaken Joe Biden in support among African Americans - a voting bloc that until now has largely favored …
Discussion: The Hill
Sawyer Click / NBC News:
Early on, Bernie Sanders is the focus  —  The start of this debate couldn't have looked more different for Mike Bloomberg.  —  Bloomberg, who was attacked 10 times in the first 10 minutes of last week's debate, was attacked only once in the first 10 minutes tonight.
NBC News:
Live Blog / South Carolina Democratic debate live updates: Candidates face off in Charleston  —  The 10th Democratic debate will be the last before the nominating contests in South Carolina on Saturday and 14 other states on Super Tuesday.  —  The leading Democratic presidential candidates came …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Dems, Want to Defeat Trump? Form a Team of Rivals
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
‘What a Fiasco’: CBS News and Moderators Panned For ‘Disaster’ Debate
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Emily Stewart / Vox:
5 key moments from South Carolina's otherwise very messy Democratic debate
Dems yell, scold and interrupt in tense South Carolina debate
Discussion: Associated Press and TheBlaze
Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
Biden backer quips that GOP, Russia may be colluding to elect Sanders
Discussion: NBC News
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.”
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Abby Livingston / The Texas Tribune:   Bernie Sanders stokes question for Texas Democrats: How would his nomination affect their down-ballot plans?
Congress braces for potential surveillance debacle after Barr briefing
Discussion: The Hill, Fox News and UPI
Matthew Daly / Associated Press:
Senate GOP again thwarted on bills to restrict abortion
Discussion: NBC News, The Hill and Politico
Schumer meets with Bullock as Montana filing deadline for Senate seat nears
Discussion: The Week
Caroline Kelly / CNN:
Two abortion restriction bills that forced tough votes for vulnerable senators fail in the Senate
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:   Anti-abortion bills fail to advance in Senate vote
A new senior leader at the White House personnel office: A college senior  —  The White House has hired a college senior to be one of the top officials in its powerful Presidential Personnel Office, according to three administration officials familiar with the matter.
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.
Yahoo Finance:
CDC Tells Americans to Start Readying for Outbreak: Virus Update
Discussion: Fortune
New York Times:
Coronavirus Live Updates: Iran's Deputy Health Minister Tests Positive
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.
Discussion: VICE
Trump slams Roger Stone juror right before she testifies at retrial request hearing
Discussion: Daily Kos
Julian E. Barnes / New York Times:
New Intelligence Chief Asks Election Czar to Remain in Post  —  The move was a peace offering to the intelligence agencies the new director oversees, and the election security official, Shelby Pierson, sought to reassure Americans that the vote remains secure.
Discussion: The Hill and The Atlantic
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 …
The Boston Globe:
The Boston Globe Editorial Board endorses Elizabeth Warren  —  But one candidate stands out as a leader with the qualifications, the track record, and the tenacity to defend the principles of democracy, bring fairness to an economy that is excluding too many Americans, and advance a progressive agenda.
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 …
Garrett Martin / Paste - Recently Added:
Who Is Mike Bloomberg's Comedy Writer?  —  Earlier this month Katie Couric went on Bill Maher's show (which still exists, somehow) and mentioned that Mike Bloomberg's campaign was hiring a comedy writer. … This news came out right after it was revealed that Bloomberg was also paying popular …
Discussion: Breitbart
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Public health experts raise alarm as coronavirus spreads  —  A global pandemic outbreak of a new coronavirus will almost inevitably spread to the United States, public health experts are warning, putting new pressure on the Trump administration to act as cases begin to mount outside of the Chinese epicenter.
The Hill:
Lawmakers raise alarms over Trump coronavirus response
Discussion: American Greatness
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.
Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
What Bernie Sanders Should Have Said About Socialism and Totalitarianism in Cuba  —  There are two ways to misinterpret the comments Bernie Sanders made in a “60 Minutes” interview that aired on Sunday night.  When asked by the host, Anderson Cooper, to explain his long-ago praise …
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
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Discussion: The Federalist
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
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Discussion: Breitbart
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Discussion: American Prospect
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
N.S.A. Phone Program Cost $100 Million, but Produced Only Two Unique Leads
Discussion: Just Security and Progress Pond
Robert O'Harrow / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Daily Kos