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9:00 AM ET, February 26, 2020


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Adrian Carrasquillo / Mediaite:
Dead Heat: Sanders and Biden Neck And Neck In New Texas Primary Poll  —  A new Progress Texas/Public Policy Polling survey reveals that the Texas primary is a dead heat, with former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders tied at 24% support, Mike Bloomberg at 17%, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 14%.
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: American Prospect and The Hill
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
‘What a Fiasco’: CBS News and Moderators Panned For ‘Disaster’ Debate  —  One of the clearest takeaways on social media throughout the South Carolina Democratic debate is CBS didn't deliver the best show.  —  The network received criticism for its handling of the debate, the messiness of the exchanges, and the type of questions asked.
Discussion: Jewish Insider and Vanity Fair
POLITICO Playbook: The crosstalk debate  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  [CROSSTALK] ... There was a lot of it Tuesday night.  Lots of interrupting, and shouting.  Few moments worth clipping and saving.  DRUDGE REPORT'S headline was “CBS MESSY.”  —  NYT'S JONATHAN MARTIN and ALEX BURNS …
Joseph Ax / Reuters:
Can Sanders beat Trump?  A growing number of Democratic voters say yes  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bernie Sanders' Democratic presidential rivals warn that nominating the self-described democratic socialist will ensure President Donald Trump's re-election, but a growing number of the party's voters …
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 …
Emily Stewart / Vox:
5 key moments from South Carolina's otherwise very messy Democratic debate
Discussion: Slate, The Bulwark, Fox News and Twitchy
John F. Harris / Politico:
Democrats needed a good debate, but got a bad one
Discussion: NBC News and Washington Post
Mike Brest / Washington Examiner:
Biden says 150 million people killed by guns since 2007
Discussion: The Federalist
Natasha Korecki / Politico:   Biden finally shows up to the debate stage — just in time
Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
Biden backer quips that GOP, Russia may be colluding to elect Sanders
Discussion: NBC News
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.”
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 …
The Hill:
Lawmakers raise alarms over Trump coronavirus response
Discussion: American Greatness
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.
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Romney: Trump administration unprepared for coronavirus outbreak
Washington Post:
Live updates: Spread of coronavirus in U.S. appears inevitable, health officials warn …
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
Trump tightens his grip on intelligence
Discussion: The Atlantic
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 …
Congress braces for potential surveillance debacle after Barr briefing
Discussion: The Hill, Fox News and UPI
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
Seth Cousins / Washington Post:
I was a juror in the Roger Stone trial.  Attacking our foreperson undermines our service.  —  Seth Cousins was a juror in the Roger Stone trial.  —  Lost amid the avalanche of allegations about the trial and sentencing of Roger Stone are some critical facts and a striking irony …
Federal judge rebukes Trump over Roger Stone jury comments
Discussion: Don Surber and VICE
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
ABC News suspends correspondent David Wright after Project Veritas sting  —  ABC News suspended one of its veteran correspondents late Tuesday for unguarded remarks he made in a video by operatives of Project Veritas, the conservative group that records “undercover” footage of mainstream journalists …
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
The Markup:
Swinging the Vote?  —  Google's black box algorithm controls which political emails land in your main inbox.  For 2020 presidential candidates, the differences are stark.  —  Pete Buttigieg is leading at 63 percent.  Andrew Yang came in second at 46 percent.  And Elizabeth Warren looks like she's in trouble with 0 percent.
Discussion: The Guardian
Ilan Berman / National Review:
In Iran, an Electoral Flop  —  The regime's continued rogue behavior has left the country increasingly isolated.  —  What if you held a national election and no one turned out?  That's the situation currently confronting Iranian officials, who are grappling with the aftermath …
Discussion: Breitbart
Cnaan Liphshiz / The Times of Israel:
Carnival float in Spain features Nazi uniforms and trains with crematoria  —  Israeli embassy lashes ‘vile and repugnant’ procession in Campo de Criptana for ‘making fun of the murder of millions of Jews by the Nazis’  —  JTA — At a carnival procession in Spain, participants dressed …
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Media, political elites who didn't see Trump in 2016 are blowing it again with Bernie Sanders  —  Like most journalists who write about national politics, I was multitasking Monday night — my right eye on the ever-flowing stream of bile, with the occasional floating pearl, known as Twitter, and my left eye on cable news.
Discussion: CNN and IJR
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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Coronavirus? Yes, but First: Soda Ban. CBS Criticized After a Chaotic Debate
Issues & Insights:
Coronavirus For All: Dems' Plans Would Make Us Sick
Anthony Man / Sun-Sentinel:
Wilton Manors Mayor Justin Flippen dies at age 41
Discussion: Queerty
Mother Jones:
QAnon May Be Resting, But It Will Never Die
Discussion: Raw Story
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Biden pledges to nominate black woman to Supreme Court
Lauren Egan / NBC News:
Democratic candidates slam ‘great genius’ Trump for botching coronavirus response
 Earlier Items: 
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
Tom Steyer's push for term limits is a truly awful idea
Discussion: Breitbart
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
A Sanders Visit to New Hampshire Set Off Alarms He'd Primary Obama
Discussion: New York Post
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
When Two Judges Knocked Down Sentences to Protect Immigrants From Deportation, Amy Klobuchar's Office Appealed and Won
Discussion: ABC News
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
Washington Post:
70 former U.S. senators: The Senate is failing to perform its constitutional duties