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4:20 PM ET, February 26, 2020


 Top Items: 
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 …
Rasmussen Reports:
Trump Thumps Sanders in Head-to-Head Matchup  —  President Trump would KO Democrat front-runner Bernie Sanders if the 2020 presidential election were held today.  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds Trump earning 50% support among Likely U.S. Voters to Sanders' 43%.
CBS News:
South Carolina debate watchers most impressed by Sanders and Biden — CBS News poll  —  It was a debate that viewers said brought clarity, but in which most viewers said the candidates spent more time criticizing each other than making the case for themselves.
Matt Vespa / Townhall:
The One Democrat Who Is Scaring Ann Coulter...And It's Not Bernie Sanders  —  The South Carolina Democratic debate is over.  Sen. Bernie Sanders was put in the crosshairs, there were some tussles between Biden and Tom Steyer.  Warren and Bloomberg threw some jabs at one another, and then …
Discussion: The Mary Sue, The Week and Daily Kos
Rebecca Klar / The Hill:
Biden leads by 18 points in South Carolina: poll
Discussion: Vox and Outside the Beltway
Kirk Brown / Greenville News:   Joe Biden has big lead in South Carolina primary, per Clemson University's Palmetto Poll
White House considers appointing coronavirus czar  —  The White House is weighing whether to appoint a coronavirus czar to coordinate the response to the spreading epidemic, according to two people familiar with the matter.  —  Officials are still debating whether such a role is necessary …
Pippa Stevens / CNBC:
Trump is reportedly furious that the stock market is plunging on coronavirus fears  —  President Donald Trump is reportedly furious that stocks are plunging, believing that health officials' warnings have spooked investors, The Washington Post reported Tuesday night, citing two people familiar with the president's thinking.
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Trump to hold news conference on coronavirus US threat
Discussion: The Hill and Fox News
The Daily Beast:
Donald Trump Wants You to Know He Has the Coronavirus Totally Under Control
Discussion: New York Post and Politico
John Harwood / CNN:   The government had a model for handling Ebola. Trump has ditched it
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 …
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  —  A Texas man is accused of targeting a ProPublica reporter who named him as a leader in the white supremacist Atomwaffen Division by calling police to his office and home.
David Harsanyi / National Review:
How Can Bernie Sanders Happen in America?  —  There are many good reasons not to normalize socialism here.  —  A number of pundits have recently argued that younger voters, especially those under 30, are less inclined to be bothered when they hear the word “socialism,” since they have no firsthand memory of the Cold War.
James Kirchick / Tablet Magazine:   The 11% Majority  —  Hardly a Democratic presidential debate …
Mona Charen / National Review:   The Moral Failing of Bernie Sanders
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 …
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: Daily Kos and The Atlantic
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.
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 …
Discussion: NBC News and The Daily Beast
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 …
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.
Adam Elmahrek / Los Angeles Times:
Elizabeth Warren again is pressed on past claims of Native American heritage  —  More than 200 Cherokees and other Native Americans have signed a letter urging Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren to fully retract her past claims to being Native and help dispel false beliefs held …
Sam Gringlas / NPR:
With An Election On The Horizon, Older Adults Get Help Spotting Fake News  —  Toggle more options  —  At the Schweinhaut Senior Center in suburban Maryland, about a dozen seniors gather around iPads and laptops, investigating a suspicious meme of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Jared Holt / Right Wing Watch:
PragerU Loses Appeal in Lawsuit Against Google, YouTube  —  The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that Prager University, a nonprofit organization created by right-wing commentator Dennis Prager, had no legal ground to stand on in its lawsuit against Google and YouTube …
Discussion: Reason
Andrew Selsky / Associated Press:
‘No way out’: Demographics drive GOP nosedive on West Coast  —  BEND, Ore. (AP) — In the early 1990s, the population of Bend was around 25,000 and leaned Republican.  A lumber mill operated along the banks of the Deschutes River in Oregon's high-desert country.  —  Today, the lumber mill is an REI outdoor recreation store.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Bernie: I'd Rather Lose Than Let Bloomberg Spend Money on Me  —  The more moderate supporters of Bernie Sanders insist that, despite his simplistic and often demagogic slogans, he is in reality a hardheaded politician ready to make the necessary compromises to advance his agenda.
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
John Sipher Screen / Standpoint:
Murdering reality: the spurious spies of fiction  —  Hollywood lacks the wit and the will to convey the complexities of the secret world  —  “Too fanciful to stomach”: John Krasinski in Amazon's “Jack Ryan” series (©AMAZON PRIME)  —  I recently watched the second season of Amazon's series Jack Ryan.
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Biden announces ‘six figure’ Super Tuesday ad campaign  —  Joe Biden's campaign is launching advertising in Super Tuesday states — but the small ad buy leaves the former vice president significantly outmatched by most of his Democratic rivals as 14 states prepare to vote on March 3.
Discussion: NBC News
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: NBC News
New York Times:
Children Freeze to Death as Attack Prompts Largest Exodus of Syrian War  —  The Syrian government's assault on a rebel-held province has created one of the worst humanitarian emergencies of a brutal nine-year war.  —  REYHANLI, Turkey — The baby wasn't moving.  Her body had gone hot, then cold.
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Kate Irby / Fresno Bee:
Group asks Congress to investigate how Devin Nunes is paying for his lawsuits
Discussion: IJR and Raw Story
Dana Thiede / KARE-TV:
Bernie Sanders to rally in Minnesota on Super Tuesday eve
Pew Research Center:
Naturalized Citizens Make Up Record One-in-Ten U.S. Eligible Voters in 2020
Discussion: NBC News, CNN, UPI and The Week
Bailey Lipschultz / Bloomberg:
FDA Official Warns Coronavirus on Path to Becoming Pandemic
Cnaan Liphshiz / Jerusalem Post:
1 in 5 Europeans says secret Jewish cabal runs the world, survey finds
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Anne Barnard / New York Times:
After Trump Mocks a Sea Wall in New York, Plan Is Abruptly Shelved
Discussion: Gothamist
A Bernie Bro and His Mom Try to Cross Their Political Divide
New York Times:
Kerik Had ‘Hit Bottom.’ Then Trump Pardoned Him.
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
How to Make the Debates Less Terrible
Discussion: The Hill
Jeffrey Gottfried / Pew Research Center:
Americans' news fatigue isn't going away - about two-thirds still feel worn out
Julia Carrie Wong / The Guardian:
Mike Bloomberg's campaign is polluting the internet
Discussion: Townhall and Washington Post
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Does Anyone Have a Clue About How to Fight Back Against Trump's Racism?
Discussion: Raw Story and Althouse
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Congress warns Pentagon not to move money to fund Trump wall
Discussion: The Hill
Brian Linville / The Federalist:
Why Bernie Sanders As Democrats' Nominee Would Be Best For The Country
Arizona Republic:
The Arizona Republic will no longer make candidate endorsements. Here's why
Anthony Man / Sun-Sentinel:
Wilton Manors Mayor Justin Flippen dies at age 41