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12:55 PM ET, February 25, 2020


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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
Joshua Caplan / Breitbart:
Brain Freeze: Joe Biden Says He's ‘Candidate for the United States Senate’
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: Daily Kos
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.
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: 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 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  —  The president ratcheted up a fight with a judicial system he sees as biased against him.  —  NEW DELHI — President Trump lashed out at two liberal Supreme Court justices on Tuesday, escalating his battle with the judicial system …
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
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.
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.
Trump Says Markets Are Down Over Bernie Sanders Worries
Discussion: Political Wire
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
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 …
David Harsanyi / National Review:
Why Bernie Sanders's Praise of Fidel Castro Matters
Discussion: Washington Free Beacon and Twitchy
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'
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Townhall, The Hill, NPR, CNN and Daily Kos
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
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 …
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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
Connor Radnovich / Statesman Journal:
Oregon Senate Republicans walk out in protest of cap-and-trade bill
Discussion: Washington Post
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
David Lauter / Los Angeles Times:
Bernie Sanders has broad support in diverse California communities, new poll finds
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?