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1:45 PM ET, February 25, 2020


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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 …
Discussion: National Review and New York Times
Bloomberg internal poll claims Bernie would sink downballot Dems  —  Bernie Sanders' nomination could drag down vulnerable House Democrats trying to hold onto their competitive districts, according to a new poll conducted for Mike Bloomberg's campaign that is circulating among members …
Discussion: CNN, Townhall and The Hill
Public Policy Polling:   Tight Three Way Contest in North Carolina
Brian Murphy / Raleigh News & Observer:
Two NC Democrats in Congress already picked Biden. Now David Price makes his choice.
Discussion: Vox, FiveThirtyEight and The Hill
Who Will Win The South Carolina Democratic Debate?
Discussion: Washington Post
New York Times:
Tonight's Democratic Debate: Everyone vs. Bernie Sanders
Discussion: CNBC, NBC News and Washington Post
Wall Street Journal:
Iran's Deputy Health Minister Contracts Coronavirus  —  Death toll from the virus rises to at least 15 in Iran with around 1,000 people being tested for the infection  —  The number of people killed by the coronavirus in Iran has risen to at least 15, the country's health ministry said …
Discussion: IJR and Daily Kos
New York Times:
‘Recipe for a Massive Viral Outbreak’: Iran Emerges as a Worldwide Threat  —  Long a regional crossroads, Iran is spreading the new coronavirus to a host of neighboring countries.  Many are ill equipped to cope.  —  Religious pilgrims, migrant workers, businessmen, soldiers and clerics …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Can Bernie Sanders really beat Trump?  His pollster makes the case.  —  Now that Senator Bernie Sanders has become the clear favorite for the Democratic nomination, the Vermont independent's rivals — and many in the Democratic Party — are sounding loud, clanging alarms about his viability against President Trump.
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.
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
In Georgia Senate race, a new GOP target: Bernie Sanders
Discussion: Washington Post and The Hill
Meagan Flynn / Washington Post:
Trump slams Sotomayor and Ginsburg, says they should recuse themselves from ‘Trump-related’ cases  —  President Trump went after Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a pair of tweets and at a news conference in India on Tuesday, days after Sotomayor issued …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Demands 2 Liberal Justices Recuse Themselves From His Cases
Trump faces ‘black swan’ threat to the economy and reelection  —  Stock markets tumbled around the world.  The number of coronavirus cases mushroomed in advanced nations like Italy, Japan and South Korea.  And travel bans expanded as leaders confronted the nightmarish prospect of a spreading virus swallowing their nations.
Quinta Jurecic / The Atlantic:
Trump's Most Dangerous Destruction Yet  —  During the 2016 presidential campaign, many observers worried about what Donald Trump might do with the U.S. intelligence apparatus.  These organizations kill people, after all, with scary flying robots.  They have the ability to spy on huge numbers of people all over the world.
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Putin Would Hate President Bernie Sanders
Olivia Gazis / CBS News:   Intelligence agency pushes back on reports that it said Russia is actively aiding 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 …
The Daily Beast:
Elizabeth Warren Built an Unrivaled Ground Game.  Here's Why it Failed.  —  “Oh God it's so sad,” said Sean Bagniewski, the chair of the Polk County Democrats.  “There was a point this fall when all of us thought she basically had it in the bag.”  —  Elizabeth Warren started early.
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
The loneliness of Elizabeth Warren: 'I feel like I'm living in a movie'
Discussion: The Week
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 …
P R Sanjai / Bloomberg:
Disney India Blocks John Oliver Show Critical of Narendra Modi
Discussion: The Hill, Washington Post and Slate
The Markup:
Suckers List: How Allstate's Secret Auto Insurance Algorithm Squeezes Big Spenders  —  Insurers are supposed to price based on risk, but Allstate's algorithm put a thumb on the scale  —  Seven years ago, Allstate Corporation told Maryland regulators it was time to update its auto insurance rates.
Scott Bixby / The Daily Beast:
Bernie Staffer Mocked Warren's Looks, Pete's Sexuality on Private Twitter Account  —  The private Twitter account of a newly promoted campaign staffer indicates that at least some of Sen. Bernie Sanders' most toxic support is coming from inside the house.  —  During the most recent presidential …
Sarah Cascone / artnet News:
Rebekah Mercer, Billionaire Donor to Anti-Science Causes, Is Off the American Museum of Natural History's Board After Years of Protest  —  There had been widespread calls from museum curators and scientists for Mercer to step down.  —  More than two-dozen American Museum of Natural History curators called …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Nihar Kabinittal / Associated Press:
Court closes courthouse door on slain Mexican teen's family  —  The Supreme Court is ruling 5-4 to close the courthouse door on the parents of a Mexican teenager who was shot dead over the border by an American agent  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Tuesday to close the courthouse door …
Discussion: Washington Post and NBC News
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Bloomberg's girlfriend, Diana Taylor, on concerns over NDAs: ‘Get over it’  —  “Life has changed.  I grew up in that world, it was a bro culture,” Taylor said.  —  Billionaire Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg's girlfriend, Diana Taylor, has a message for those bothered …
Sally Goldenberg / Politico:
Bloomberg's debate strategy: Nuke Bernie  —  Mike Bloomberg and a handful of staffers spent Monday at the so-called “happiest place on earth,” preparing for the bruising task ahead the next day.  —  Hunkered down at the Four Seasons hotel in Florida's Disney World, the former New York mayor prepared …
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
William Saletan / Slate:
The Voters Freaked Out by Socialism  —  Socialism doesn't freak out Democratic voters the way it freaks out other Americans.  That's a problem.  —  For the past month, the centrist Democrats running against Sen. Bernie Sanders have begged Democratic voters not to nominate him.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Biden's ridiculous claim he was arrested trying to see Mandela  —  “This day, 30 years ago, Nelson Mandela walked out of prison and entered into discussions about apartheid.  I had the great honor of meeting him.  I had the great honor of being arrested with our U.N. ambassador on the streets …
Gwendolyn Wu / Houston Chronicle:
Study: Short-term health plans leave patients with bigger out-of-pocket costs  —  Short-term health insurance plans sold as a cheaper alternative to Affordable Care Act plans may cost patients more in the long run.  —  A new study from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, a Washington-based …
Discussion: Raw Story
Josh Kovensky / Talking Points Memo:
Exclusive: Ex-Prosecutor In Moldova Targeted By Grenell Dishes On New DNI  —  Before acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell entered government, he had a different career path: spin doctor, hired by a range of foreign clients.  —  Grenell embarked in 2016 on a public relations campaign …
Discussion: CNN, The Week and The Daily Beast
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Julie Watson / Associated Press:
California congressman's vacated seat unleashes GOP slugfest
Discussion: Raw Story
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
DNC adds red states Georgia and Texas to list of 2020 targets
Yun Li / CNBC:
10-year Treasury yield drops to record low of 1.32% as coronavirus fears rise
Discussion: The Guardian
Scott Roxborough / Hollywood Reporter:
Hillary Clinton Says She Would Support Bernie Sanders, Comments on Harvey Weinstein
Discussion: National Review
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Post-Impeachment Staff Purge Has Folks in Ukraine Nervous
Discussion: Raw Story
David Lauter / Los Angeles Times:
Bernie Sanders has broad support in diverse California communities, new poll finds
Joshua Caplan / Breitbart:
Brain Freeze: Joe Biden Says He's ‘Candidate for the United States Senate’
 Earlier Items: 
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
Clemency for Rod Blagojevich Came After Long Campaign Tailored to Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
NBC News:
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has died aged 91
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Internal Docs Show Why the U.S. Military Publishes North Korean and Russian Malware
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
'Gray Matter'-Deficient Americans
Tyler Cowen / Bloomberg:
How Fast Can a Virus Destroy a Supply Chain?