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10:00 AM ET, February 26, 2020


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Adrian Carrasquillo / Mediaite:
Dead Heat: Sanders and Biden Neck And Neck In New Texas Primary Poll  —  A new Progress Texas/Public Policy Polling survey reveals that the Texas primary is a dead heat, with former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders tied at 24% support, Mike Bloomberg at 17%, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 14%.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Biden delivered the strong debate showing he needed.  Sanders gave his worst.  —  Former vice president Joe Biden needed to pummel Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), while former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg needed to show he is not a hopeless candidate who has wasted more than $500 million.
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Sanders surpasses Biden among African American voters: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Discussion: American Prospect, IJR and The Hill
John F. Harris / Politico:
Democrats needed a good debate, but got a bad one
Discussion: NBC News and Washington Post
Joseph Ax / Reuters:   Can Sanders beat Trump? A growing number of Democratic voters say yes
Matt Vespa / Townhall:
The One Democrat Who Is Scaring Ann Coulter...And It's Not Bernie Sanders
Discussion: Daily Kos
Natasha Korecki / Politico:   Biden finally shows up to the debate stage — just in time
NBC News:
Live Blog / South Carolina Democratic debate live updates: Candidates face off in Charleston
Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
Biden backer quips that GOP, Russia may be colluding to elect Sanders
Discussion: NBC News
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.”
Fred Imbert / CNBC:
Larry Kudlow says US has contained the coronavirus and the economy is holding up nicely
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
‘What a Fiasco’: CBS News and Moderators Panned For ‘Disaster’ Debate  —  One of the clearest takeaways on social media throughout the South Carolina Democratic debate is CBS didn't deliver the best show.  —  The network received criticism for its handling of the debate, the messiness of the exchanges, and the type of questions asked.
Discussion: Jewish Insider and Vanity Fair
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Coronavirus?  Yes, but First: Soda Ban.  CBS Criticized After a Chaotic Debate  —  Over two hours, the CBS moderating team struggled to keep control, calling for order as candidates talked over their questioners and each other.  —  Eighty-three minutes had elapsed in Tuesday night's Democratic debate …
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Bernie, Biden, CBS — Everyone lost at this week's Democratic debate
Discussion: Power Line
CBS News:
Democrats try to stop Sanders' momentum in fiery debate  —  The first question at the Charleston, South Carolina, debate went to Bernie Sanders, who quickly became the target of the other six Democrats on stage Tuesday night.  —  “CBS Evening News” anchor Norah O'Donnell kicked off the debate …
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Week
Emily Stewart / Vox:
5 key moments from South Carolina's otherwise very messy Democratic debate
Discussion: Slate, The Bulwark, Fox News and Twitchy
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 …
Katie Glueck / New York Times:
How Biden's Campaign Explains His ‘Arrest’ in South Africa  —  Joe Biden's claim of being arrested trying to see Nelson Mandela drew skepticism.  His campaign called it a “separation.”  —  CHARLESTON, S.C. — At least three times this month, Joseph R. Biden Jr. has asserted that he was arrested …
POLITICO Playbook: The crosstalk debate  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  [CROSSTALK] ... There was a lot of it Tuesday night.  Lots of interrupting, and shouting.  Few moments worth clipping and saving.  DRUDGE REPORT'S headline was “CBS MESSY.”  —  NYT'S JONATHAN MARTIN and ALEX BURNS …
The Boston Globe:
The Boston Globe Editorial Board endorses Elizabeth Warren  —  But one candidate stands out as a leader with the qualifications, the track record, and the tenacity to defend the principles of democracy, bring fairness to an economy that is excluding too many Americans, and advance a progressive agenda.
Trump tightens his grip on intelligence  —  President Donald Trump is tightening his grip on the intelligence community as part of a post-acquittal purge of career officials and political appointees deemed insufficiently loyal, and the abrupt firing of his last intel chief is only the tip of the iceberg …
Discussion: The Atlantic and Daily Kos
Julian E. Barnes / New York Times:
New Intelligence Chief Asks Election Czar to Remain in Post
Discussion: The Hill
Nora Gámez Torres / Miami Herald:
Havana gives front-page coverage to Bernie Sanders for praising Fidel Castro  —  Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders views on the Cuban revolution have earned him a storm of criticism in the U.S. But there's one place where his comments have received glowing, front-page reviews: Cuba.
Discussion: Mediaite
Garrett Martin / Paste - Recently Added:
Who Is Mike Bloomberg's Comedy Writer?
Discussion: Breitbart
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.
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.”
Congress braces for potential surveillance debacle after Barr briefing
Discussion: The Hill, Fox News and UPI
Abby Livingston / The Texas Tribune:   Bernie Sanders stokes question for Texas Democrats: How would his nomination affect their down-ballot plans?
Seth Cousins / Washington Post:
I was a juror in the Roger Stone trial.  Attacking our foreperson undermines our service.  —  Seth Cousins was a juror in the Roger Stone trial.  —  Lost amid the avalanche of allegations about the trial and sentencing of Roger Stone are some critical facts and a striking irony …
Anthony Man / Sun-Sentinel:
Wilton Manors Mayor Justin Flippen dies at age 41 … Justin Flippen, the mayor of Wilton Manors, died suddenly Tuesday.  —  Flippen was 41.  He was elected mayor in 2018 after serving as a city commissioner.  —  City officials said that Flippen apparently was driving …
Discussion: Queerty
Cnaan Liphshiz / The Times of Israel:
Carnival float in Spain features Nazi uniforms and trains with crematoria  —  Israeli embassy lashes ‘vile and repugnant’ procession in Campo de Criptana for ‘making fun of the murder of millions of Jews by the Nazis’  —  JTA — At a carnival procession in Spain, participants dressed …
Arizona Republic:
The Arizona Republic will no longer make candidate endorsements.  Here's why  —  Opinion: Readers have made it clear: You want to be informed about elections but not told how to vote.  We hear you.  —  CONNECT  —  Our highest calling as a news organization is to bring you important facts quickly …
Li Yuan / New York Times:
Coronavirus Weakens China's Powerful Propaganda Machine  —  Beijing is pushing tales of perseverance, but many young people are openly questioning the Communist Party's message.  —  Exhausted medical workers with faces lined from hours of wearing goggles and surgical masks.
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
AI Comes to the Tax Code  —  Governments turn to machine learning to boost revenue as taxpayers seek to reduce their bills  —  IRVINE, Calif.—Tax cheats, beware: The machines are watching.  —  Governments are increasingly relying on machine learning and data analytics to analyze troves …
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Steve Bannon's Use of Private Jet Linked to Chinese Businessman Could Violate Campaign Finance Law
Discussion: Raw Story
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Colum Lynch / Foreign Policy:
How America's First Jewish President Could Be Tougher on Israel Than His Predecessors
Discussion: The National Interest
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Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Media, political elites who didn't see Trump in 2016 are blowing it again with Bernie Sanders
Discussion: CNN and IJR
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 Earlier Items: 
Ilan Berman / National Review:
In Iran, an Electoral Flop
Discussion: Breitbart
Lauren Egan / NBC News:
Democratic candidates slam ‘great genius’ Trump for botching coronavirus response
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
A Sanders Visit to New Hampshire Set Off Alarms He'd Primary Obama
Discussion: New York Post
Ivan Nechepurenko / New York Times:
Russian Court Further Detains Ex-Marine on Charges His Family Calls False
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
N.S.A. Phone Program Cost $100 Million, but Produced Only Two Unique Leads
Discussion: Just Security and Progress Pond
Washington Post:
70 former U.S. senators: The Senate is failing to perform its constitutional duties