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9:15 PM ET, February 26, 2020


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Washington Post:
Obama demands South Carolina TV stations pull misleading ad attacking Biden  —  Former president Barack Obama is calling on South Carolina television stations to stop running an ad from a super PAC supporting President Trump that uses Obama's words out of context in a misleading attack on former vice president Joe Biden.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Ugly pro-Trump ad weaponizes audio of Obama, showing what's coming  —  There's now a good chance that Joe Biden will win South Carolina, which could give him an opening to right his campaign heading into Super Tuesday.  While Bernie Sanders is still the clear frontrunner …
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Obama to TV stations: Take down misleading Biden attack ad
Discussion: The State and Raw Story
Jamie Lovegrove / Post and Courier:
Biden says 2020 rivals should consider dropping out if they can't win over black voters
Discussion: Political Wire
South Carolina, Joe Biden Can't Be Trusted
Discussion: Fortune
Rebecca Klar / The Hill:
Biden leads by 18 points in South Carolina: poll
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
‘The View’ co-hosts react to the last Democratic debate before Super Tuesday: ‘It was really chaotic’
Discussion: Associated Press and The Wrap
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:
Rudy Giuliani complains he only has ‘five friends left’ after forgetting to hang up on Daily News reporter  —  Rudy Giuliani is having phone trouble again — and this time, it's sad.  —  The former New York mayor forgot to hang up on a Daily News reporter Wednesday and, thinking he was off the line …
Bruce Golding / New York Post:
Rudy Giuliani asked me to cancel elex so he'd stay mayor post-9/11: Pataki  —  He wanted to be “America's mayor” a whole lot longer.  —  Rudy Giuliani secretly asked then-New York Gov. George Pataki to cancel New York City's 2001 mayoral election so he could remain in office following the Sept. 11 terror attack, a new book reveals.
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
Washington Post:
Live updates: Vice President Pence will be in charge of coronavirus response, Trump announces as he seeks to reassure the public about crisis  —  BREAKING: President Trump made the announcement at a news conference where he discussed his administration's response to the virus.
The Daily Beast:
Donald Trump Takes Coronavirus So Seriously He Just Put Mike Pence in Charge  —  The president said he would also bring on an official from the State Department to help the task force coordinate on the virus.  —  President Donald Trump said Wednesday night that Vice President Mike Pence …
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
Trump says coronavirus risk to Americans ‘very low,’ puts Pence in charge of gov't response  —  The president addressed the outbreak at the White House, surrounded by the administration's public health experts.  —  President Donald Trump on Wednesday attempted to ease growing fears …
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
At least seven dead including shooter in rampage at Molson Coors  —  In one of the worst shootings in Wisconsin history, at least seven people were killed — including a gunman — during a shooting rampage Wednesday afternoon on the Milwaukee campus of Molson Coors, according to multiple sources.
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Trump campaign sues The New York Times for libel over Russia opinion article  — President Donald Trump's presidential campaign sued The New York Times for libel over a 2019 opinion piece.  — The campaign is seeking millions of dollars in damages for what it claimed was The Times' false claims …
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Trump campaign sues New York Times for libel over 2019 op-ed
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
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 …
‘Socialist’ ABC Reporter Admits Bosses Spike News Important to Voters, 'Don't Give Trump Credit'
Betsy Swan / The Daily Beast:
Facial-Recognition Company That Works With Law Enforcement Says Entire Client List Was Stolen  —  Clearview AI, which contracts with law enforcement after reportedly scraping 3 billion images from the web, now says someone got “unauthorized access” to its list of customers.
Washington Post:   ICE has run facial-recognition searches on millions of Maryland drivers
Bloomberg once said Social Security was the biggest Ponzi scheme and argued for cuts to entitlements  —  Washington (CNN)Mike Bloomberg has vowed as a Democratic candidate for president to “strengthen entitlement programs.”  But when he was mayor of New York City, Bloomberg twice compared Social Security …
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“Catastrophic”: Trump Is Fighting With Advisers Over Pardoning Roger Stone  —  Trump, goaded by Tucker Carlson, is building the drama before pulling the trigger, while Mulvaney, Cipollone, and Kushner argue against—could Barr resign?  (And will coronavirus spoil Trump's campaign close-up?)
NBC News:
Trump cuts to national security staff may hurt coronavirus response, former officials say  —  “For the first time since 9/11, you don't have someone directly reporting to the president responsible [for threats like] pandemics,” an ex-official said.  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's decision …
Discussion: The Week
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Trump has no clue what to do in a disaster
Discussion: CNBC, and Daily Kos
John Harwood / CNN:   The government had a model for handling Ebola. Trump has ditched it
The Daily Beast:
MSNBC Benches Contributor Who Smeared Bernie Sanders Staffers  —  Johnson was a regular fixture on MSNBC, providing analysis of the Democratic primary, but he has disappeared from the network since making incendiary comments about the senator.  —  Following MSNBC contributor …
Jason Ganz / Data For Progress:
Sanders Ahead in Virginia and Colorado  —  Authors: Sean McElwee, Executive Director of Data for Progress, Jason Ganz, CTO of Data for Progress,  —  From 2/23 to 2/25, Data for Progress Data for Progress surveyed 499 likely voters in Virginia and 471 likely voters in Colorado via text to web.
Discussion: Denver Post
Larry Neumeister / Associated Press:
Court sides with Trump in ‘sanctuary cities’ grant fight  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump administration can withhold millions of dollars in law enforcement grants to force states to cooperate with U.S. immigration enforcement, a federal appeals court in New York ruled Wednesday in a decision …
U.S. Department of Justice:
Arrests in Four States of Racially Motivated Violent Extremists Targeting Journalists and Activists  —  Defendants Created and Coordinated Nationwide Delivery of Threatening Posters  —  Four racially motivated violent extremists from across the U.S. were arrested and charged today …
James Kirchick / Tablet Magazine:
The 11% Majority  —  Hardly a Democratic presidential debate has transpired without Sen. Bernie Sanders criticizing former Vice President Joe Biden for his vote authorizing the Iraq War.  It's a fair criticism, and one that Sanders, who opposed the war as a congressman, is well positioned to make.
U.S. Department of Justice:
Former Atomwaffen Division Leader Arrested for Swatting Conspiracy  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A former leader of the white supremacist group Atomwaffen Division was arrested today on charges related to his alleged role in a conspiracy that conducted multiple swatting events that occurred here in the Eastern District of Virginia.
Discussion: VICE and The Verge
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Five arrested, accused of targeting journalists as part of neo-Nazi Atomwaffen group
U.S. Department of Justice:
The Department of Justice Creates Section Dedicated to Denaturalization Cases  —  The Civil Division's Denaturalization Section Will Investigate and Litigate the Denaturalization of Terrorists, War Criminals, Sex Offenders, and Other Fraudsters  —  The Department of Justice today announced …
Discussion: CNN, National Review and TheBlaze
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Pelosi faces a challenge to House majority beyond her control: Bernie Sanders  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has carefully managed every aspect of building and maintaining her Democratic majority — from leading fundraising efforts to crafting a policy agenda to making the reluctant decision to pursue the impeachment of President Trump.
John Solomon / Just The News:
Ex-FBI unit chief blows whistle on Comey, McCabe over warrantless spying  —  Retired agent says bureau's Obama-era leaders ignored privacy, cost warnings, may have retained program for ‘political espionage’  —  The FBI agent who ran the bureau's warrantless spying program said Wednesday …
Philip Pullella / Reuters:
Pope to Catholics: For Lent, give up trolling  —  VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - During Lent, Catholics are called on to give up something, like sweets.  On Wednesday, Pope Francis added a modern twist to the list of things to quit during the season and beyond: insulting people on social media.
Phillip M. Bailey / Courier-Journal:
Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie opposes anti-lynching bill named for Emmett Till  —  U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie burnished his reputation as “Mr. No” in Congress once again on Wednesday by joining a handful of lawmakers who opposed a measure that would make lynching a federal hate crime.
U.S. Stock Futures Drop as Trump Fails to Assuage Virus Concerns  — S&P 500 mired in five-day losing streak, longest since August  — Virus spread threatens to derail global economic growth  —  U.S. stock index futures fell as President Donald Trump's speech failed …
Luke Money / Los Angeles Times:
Ugly battles erupt as residents fight housing coronavirus patients in their cities  —  The coronavirus has yet to become a major health threat in Orange County.  But a proposal to eventually place some patients at a state-owned facility in Costa Mesa has sparked a political battle …
Helaine Olen / Washington Post:
Coronavirus makes the case for Medicare-for-all  —  Osmel Martinez Azcue wanted to do the right thing, for both his own health and the health of the nation.  When the Florida resident came down with flu-like symptoms shortly after returning from a trip to China, he immediately went to a local hospital to get tested for coronavirus.
Discussion: The Week, Twitchy and Slate
Zeke Miller / Associated Press:
Campaign to open Trump community centers to woo black voters  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Flush with cash, President Donald Trump's campaign is stepping up its outreach to black Americans as it tries to claw away support from the traditionally Democratic voting bloc ahead of November's general election.
Discussion: Politico, Washington Post and NBC News
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Myah Ward / Politico:
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Discussion: The Hill
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
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Discussion: The Daily Caller
New York Times:
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 Earlier Items: 
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Matt Vespa / Townhall:
The One Democrat Who Is Scaring Ann Coulter...And It's Not Bernie Sanders
Discussion: The Mary Sue, The Week and Daily Kos