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12:20 PM 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%.
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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
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.
Discussion: Townhall and The Daily Caller
Adrian Carrasquillo / Mediaite:   Dead Heat: Sanders and Biden Neck And Neck In New Texas Primary Poll
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Bernie, Biden, CBS — Everyone lost at this week's Democratic debate
Discussion: Power Line
Joseph Ax / Reuters:   Can Sanders beat Trump? A growing number of Democratic voters say yes
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 …
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Politico:
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.
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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: Denver Post, Fox News, VICE and ABC7
Politico:
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 …
Politico:
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
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Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
U.S. intel officials worry their latest findings about Russian election interference are being distorted
Discussion: National Review and IJR
Julian E. Barnes / New York Times:
New Intelligence Chief Asks Election Czar to Remain in Post
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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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
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.
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Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Sanders' campaign rejects Bloomberg's help in general election: 'It's a hard no'
Discussion: National Review, NB Blog and Bloomberg
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.
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.
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
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Mona Charen / National Review:   The Moral Failing of Bernie Sanders
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 …
Discussion: VICE, Raw Story, Slate and New York Post
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: The crosstalk debate
Discussion: NBC News and Washington Post
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.
Discussion: VICE
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Does Anyone Have a Clue About How to Fight Back Against Trump's Racism?  —  Moderates and progressives have a lot to lose by ignoring each other on this crucial question.  —  Mr. Edsall contributes a weekly column from Washington, D.C. on politics, demographics and inequality.
Discussion: Raw Story and Althouse
Brian Linville / The Federalist:
Why Bernie Sanders As Democrats' Nominee Would Be Best For The Country  —  Better to gird for the fight against socialism now than to put it off to another day.  —  The 2020 election is underway, and America's attention has shifted to the Democratic primaries.
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Congress warns Pentagon not to move money to fund Trump wall  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers from both parties told Pentagon leaders on Wednesday that the Defense Department is undermining its own efforts to get military money by diverting billions of dollars for the construction of President Donald Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall
Discussion: The Hill
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
 
 
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Concepción de León / New York Times:
Katie Hill, Who Quit Congress Amid Ethics Inquiry, Will Publish Memoir
Discussion: The Hill
Wall Street Journal:
Wealthy Americans Already Pay Their Share
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Warren revives disputed pregnancy discrimination claim at Democratic debate
Jenni Vincent / Herald-Mail Media:
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ABC News:
FiveThirtyEight Politics Podcast: Biden fights for a win in South Carolina debate
Discussion: Apple Podcasts
Justin Elliott / ProPublica:
Steve Bannon's Use of Private Jet Linked to Chinese Businessman Could Violate Campaign Finance Law
Discussion: Raw Story and electionlawblog.org
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 Earlier Items: 
The Markup:
Swinging the Vote?  —  Google's black box algorithm controls …
Discussion: The Guardian
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Coronavirus? Yes, but First: Soda Ban. CBS Criticized After a Chaotic Debate.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Issues & Insights:
Coronavirus For All: Dems' Plans Would Make Us Sick
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
Cnaan Liphshiz / The Times of Israel:
Carnival float in Spain features Nazi uniforms and trains with crematoria
Ali Breland / Mother Jones:
QAnon May Be Resting, But It Will Never Die
Discussion: Raw Story
Ilan Berman / National Review:
In Iran, an Electoral Flop