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8:55 PM ET, February 25, 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: Raw Story
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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 …
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 …
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
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.”
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Caroline Kelly / CNN:
Two abortion restriction bills that forced tough votes for vulnerable senators fail in the Senate
Politico:
Schumer meets with Bullock as Montana filing deadline for Senate seat nears
Discussion: The Week
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
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.
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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
Politico:
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.
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CNBC:
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
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
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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 …
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Politico:
Bloomberg internal poll claims Bernie would sink downballot Dems
Discussion: The Hill, Breitbart, Townhall and CNN
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 …
Vox:
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 …
Justine Coleman / The Hill:
Trump doctor hid cauliflower in mashed potatoes to improve diet: report  —  President Trump's former doctor reportedly hid cauliflower in his mashed potatoes in an attempt to improve the president's diet.  —  Former White House physician Ronny Jackson told The New York Times that he regretted leaving …
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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.
Politico:
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.
Discussion: The Hill, GovExec.com and Raw Story
ARLnow.com:
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
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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 …
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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.
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.
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.
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Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:   A socialist is likely to win the 2020 election. No, not Bernie Sanders.
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: CNN and ABC News
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: Just Security and Progress Pond
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
A Sanders Visit to New Hampshire Set Off Alarms He'd Primary Obama  —  Bernie Sanders has insisted he was not on the verge of a primary run against Barack Obama during the summer of 2011—but that would have been news to activists in New Hampshire at the time, who were watching his schedule …
Discussion: New York Post
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
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
A next-generation Bush runs headlong into Trump's GOP  —  SUGAR LAND, Texas — To House Republicans desperate for a suburban revival, the answer lies in a candidate like Pierce Bush.  —  The son of Neil Bush and grandson of George H.W. Bush speaks reverently of the contributions of immigrants …
 
 
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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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