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11:10 AM ET, February 26, 2020


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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%.
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Sanders surpasses Biden among African American voters: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Discussion: IJR, American Prospect and The Hill
Joseph Ax / Reuters:   Can Sanders beat Trump? A growing number of Democratic voters say yes
Natasha Korecki / Politico:   Biden finally shows up to the debate stage — just in time
Ryan Lizza / Politico:
A Bernie slayer fails to emerge at Tuesday's debate
Discussion: NBC News and The National Interest
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.
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Bernie, Biden, CBS — Everyone lost at this week's Democratic debate
Discussion: Power Line
CBS News:
South Carolina debate watchers most impressed by Sanders and Biden — CBS News poll
Discussion: Townhall
Emily Stewart / Vox:
5 key moments from South Carolina's otherwise very messy Democratic debate
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.
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 Week and Daily Kos
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 (I-VT) tied at 24% support, Mike Bloomberg (D-NY) at 17%, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) at 14%.
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 …
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.”
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Trump to hold news conference on coronavirus US threat  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he'll discuss the coronavirus threat at a White House news conference Wednesday, a day after he sought to minimize fears of the virus spreading widely across the U.S.
Discussion: VICE, Fox News and ABC7
A new senior leader at the White House personnel office: A college senior  —  The White House has hired a college senior to be one of the top officials in its powerful Presidential Personnel Office, according to three administration officials familiar with the matter.
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
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.
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Sanders' campaign rejects Bloomberg's help in general election: 'It's a hard no'
Discussion: Bloomberg
Mona Charen / National Review:
The Moral Failing of Bernie Sanders  —  Sanders was not a liberal during the Cold War.  He was an outright Communist sympathizer.  —  According to CNN, Bernie Sanders “has been consistent for 40 years.”  Some find this reassuring.  Bernie is not a finger-in-the-wind politician who tacks …
Nora Gámez Torres / Miami Herald:
Havana gives front-page coverage to Bernie Sanders for praising Fidel Castro
Discussion: Mediaite
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
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
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: Florida Politics and Queerty
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.
The Hill:
Lawmakers raise alarms over Trump coronavirus response
Discussion: American Greatness
Brandon Morse / Redstate:
Not the Babylon Bee: Sanders Says He Will Help Minorities Start Businesses to Sell Drugs  —  Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has an idea on how to help the black and Latino communities, and it's not as compassionate and woke as he thinks.  —  Sanders thinks that in order to really give minority communities …
Discussion: Townhall
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.
Jenni Vincent / Herald-Mail Media:
Foundation focused on immigration buys Berkeley Springs castle for $1.4M  —  BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — The VDARE Foundation, a Connecticut-based nonprofit focused on immigration policy, has purchased the Berkeley Springs castle in a $1.4 million real estate deal that includes 12 parcels.
‘Socialist’ ABC Reporter Admits Bosses Spike News Important to Voters, 'Don't Give Trump Credit' … BREAKING: Senior ABC Correspondent David Wright on Hidden Camera: How 'Bosses Don't See an Upside' for Reporting News; ‘The Truth Suffers’; Says ABC Doesn't ‘Give Trump Credit for What Things He Does Do’; …
Discussion: Fox News and Deadline
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 …
Discussion: National Review
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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Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Warren revives disputed pregnancy discrimination claim at Democratic debate
Brian Linville / The Federalist:
Why Bernie Sanders As Democrats' Nominee Would Be Best For The Country
ABC News:
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Discussion: Apple Podcasts
Justin Elliott / ProPublica:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Li Yuan / New York Times:
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Discussion: National Review
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Colum Lynch / Foreign Policy:
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Discussion: Washington Post
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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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Ali Breland / Mother Jones:
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Discussion: Raw Story
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Discussion: Breitbart
CBS News:
Democrats try to stop Sanders' momentum in fiery debate
Discussion: Reason, Mother Jones and The Week