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10:10 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: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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
Matthew Daly / Associated Press:
Senate GOP again thwarted on bills to restrict abortion
Discussion: NBC News and Politico
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
Schumer meets with Bullock as Montana filing deadline for Senate seat nears
Discussion: The Week
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.
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
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
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
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, and Raw Story
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
Tom Steyer's push for term limits is a truly awful idea  —  Term limits are great ... if you like corruption and incompetence.  —  Billionaire and presidential candidate Tom Steyer thinks the problem with Congress is that its members have too much experience.
Discussion: Breitbart
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 …
Zahra Hirji / BuzzFeed News:
The Coronavirus Outbreak And The 2020 Presidential Primaries Could Be On A Collision Course  —  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 …
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Stuart M. Gerson / Just Security:
Let the Rule of Law Rule Law Enforcement: Reflections on the Current Attorney General's Tenure
C.J. Pearson / Fox News:
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Jessica Goodheart / Capital & Main:
Under Trump, Income Growth Slows Across U.S.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
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Discussion: Just Security and Progress Pond
 Earlier Items: 
Robert O'Harrow / Washington Post:
Trump nominee to federal court once called for abolishing Social Security, several government agencies
Discussion: Daily Kos
Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: AG Barr names new fed prison system director
Discussion: The Hill
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
The Daily Beast:
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Wall Street Journal:
Iran's Deputy Health Minister Contracts Coronavirus
Discussion: Daily Kos and IJR
The Markup:
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