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12:20 PM ET, February 25, 2020


 Top Items: 
Who Will Win The South Carolina Democratic Debate?
Discussion: Washington Post
Public Policy Polling:   Tight Three Way Contest in North Carolina
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 …
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 …
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Putin Would Hate President Bernie Sanders  —  The Russian autocrat may support Sanders, but Sanders doesn't support him.  —  On Friday, The Washington Post reported that U.S. officials had briefed Bernie Sanders that Russia was trying to boost his fortunes in the Democratic primary fight, as it did in 2016.
Sally Goldenberg / Politico:
Bloomberg's debate strategy: Nuke Bernie
Discussion: Townhall, Daily Kos, NPR and CNN
Scott Roxborough / Hollywood Reporter:
Hillary Clinton Says She Would Support Bernie Sanders, Comments on Harvey Weinstein
Discussion: National Review
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.
Olivia Gazis / CBS News:
Intelligence agency pushes back on reports that it said Russia is actively aiding Trump  —  The Office of the Director of National Intelligence pushed back Monday on reports that a senior intelligence official told lawmakers that the Russian government was actively aiding President Trump's re-election …
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 …
Discussion: Jacobin, Townhall, CNN and Instapundit
David Harsanyi / National Review:
Why Bernie Sanders's Praise of Fidel Castro Matters
Discussion: Washington Free Beacon and Twitchy
Aaron Leibowitz / Miami Herald:
An ‘anti-communist concert’ is coming to Miami. The city's government is a sponsor.
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
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Hill
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
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
The loneliness of Elizabeth Warren: 'I feel like I'm living in a movie'  —  In an interview with NBC News, the senator from Massachusetts opened up about the experience of running for the White House.  —  Elizabeth Warren was hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail in central Washington …
The Daily Beast:   Elizabeth Warren Built an Unrivaled Ground Game. Here's Why it Failed.
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 and The Hill
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.
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.
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.
Bernie Sanders looks electable in surveys — but it could be a mirage  —  New research suggests Sanders would drive swing voters to Trump — and need a youth turnout miracle to compensate.  —  The most important factor for Democratic voters in the 2020 primary is electability …
Discussion: New York Times
George Prayias / The Rush Limbaugh Show:
Overhyped Coronavirus Weaponized Against Trump  —  RUSH: Folks, this coronavirus thing, I want to try to put this in perspective for you.  It looks like the coronavirus is being weaponized as yet another element to bring down Donald Trump.  Now, I want to tell you the truth about the coronavirus.
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 …
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Two Senate Iran hawks are pushing a new nuclear deal  —  U.S. nuclear diplomacy with Iran has reached a stalemate.  So two Iran hawks from different parties have teamed up to promote a new scheme they think could result in a new and better nuclear deal.  If they can just convince their colleagues …
Yun Li / CNBC:
10-year Treasury yield drops to record low of 1.32% as coronavirus fears rise  —  The 10-year Treasury yield fell to a record low as coronavirus fears raised concerns about global economic growth and sent investors scrambling into the safety of U.S. government bonds.  —  TREASURYS
David Lauter / Los Angeles Times:
Bernie Sanders has broad support in diverse California communities, new poll finds  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders has widespread support among communities of color in California, outstripping his nearest Democratic rivals, former Vice President Joe Biden and former New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, according to a new statewide poll.
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: NBC News
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Acosta to Trump: CNN's ‘record on delivering the truth is a lot better than yours sometimes’  —  CNN's chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta, told President Trump on Tuesday that his network's “record on delivering the truth is a lot better” than his “sometimes” after the president broached …
Joshua Caplan / Breitbart:
Brain Freeze: Joe Biden Says He's ‘Candidate for the United States Senate’  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden made yet another gaffe Monday, saying in a South Carolina campaign speech that he is a “candidate for the United States Senate” and that people could “vote for the other Biden” …
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Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
DNC adds red states Georgia and Texas to list of 2020 targets
Connor Radnovich / Statesman Journal:
Oregon Senate Republicans walk out in protest of cap-and-trade bill
Discussion: Washington Post
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
House and Senate Dems split over Sanders
Caroline Kelly / CNN:
Senate to vote on two abortion restriction bills
Associated Press:
Rep. Fred Upton announces he will seek 18th term in Congress
Discussion: The Hill
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Biden's ridiculous claim he was arrested trying to see Mandela
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Post-Impeachment Staff Purge Has Folks in Ukraine Nervous
Discussion: Raw Story
 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?