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7:45 AM ET, February 27, 2020

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Roni Caryn Rabin / New York Times:
C.D.C. Confirms First Possible Community Transmission of Coronavirus in U.S.  —  A case in California may be the first infection without a known link to travel abroad.  —  A person in California who was not exposed to anyone known to be infected with the coronavirus, and had not traveled …
Discussion: SFist, CCN.com and Wall Street Journal
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Jaclyn Cosgrove / Los Angeles Times:
California coronavirus case could be first spread within U.S. community, CDC says  —  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating what could be the first case of novel coronavirus in the United States involving a patient who neither recently traveled out of the country nor was in contact with someone who did.
Discussion: The Week
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.
Washington Post:
First person in U.S. tests positive for coronavirus with no known link to foreign travel  —  A person in Northern California has contracted the coronavirus without traveling to regions hit by the outbreak or coming in contact with anyone known to have the infection, the first sign the disease …
Washington Post:
Trump downplays risk, places Pence in charge of coronavirus outbreak response  —  President Trump announced Wednesday that Vice President Pence will lead the administration's response to the deadly coronavirus in an attempt to reassure the public amid growing concerns of a global health crisis …
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 …
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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
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.
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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 …
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
YouTube:
South Carolina, Joe Biden Can't Be Trusted
Discussion: Bloomberg and POLITICUSUSA
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Democratic megadonor urges Pelosi and Schumer to pick a candidate in a bid to stop Bernie Sanders  — Democratic megadonor Bernard Schwartz has started reaching out to party leaders to encourage them to coalesce around a candidate for president in order to stop the surge of Sen. Bernie Sanders.
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New York Times:   Democratic Leaders Willing to Risk Party Damage to Stop Bernie Sanders
Politico:   Inside Bernie's relationship with Chuck and Nancy
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:   Pelosi faces a challenge to House majority beyond her control: Bernie Sanders
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:   Trump says Pelosi trying to create ‘panic’ with coronavirus comments
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Buttigieg plots risky delegate strategy to survive Super Tuesday  —  The former mayor is unlikely to win any states on March 3 but hopes to rack up delegates in select places to keep his campaign going.  —  Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg.  Win McNamee/Getty Images
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Politico:
Bloomberg goes from savior to goat in a week
Discussion: The Daily Beast
New York Times:   'He Hasn't Been Here': Why Joe Biden Lags in Super Tuesday States
Nathaniel Rakich / FiveThirtyEight:
Election Update: What Our Forecast Says About Every Super Tuesday State
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 …
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Politico:
Pentagon policy chief's firing was part of White House purge
Discussion: Raw Story and NBC News
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
Trump says coronavirus risk to Americans ‘very low,’ puts Pence in charge of gov't response
NBC News:
Trump cuts to national security staff may hurt coronavirus response, former officials say
Discussion: The Week
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 …
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Sister Toldjah / Redstate:
How It's Done: ‘Village People’ Shut Down Demands From Outrage Mob to Stop Trump Campaign's Use of Their Music  —  One of the more irritating things about an election year is how liberal entertainers commence with The Great Freakout™ over use of their music by Republican candidates for office during campaign events.
Politico:
Cops called on Bernie backers after bullhorn protests at officials' homes  —  Bernie supporter protests at house of Nevada Democratic Party chair  —  The night before the Nevada caucuses, the chairman of the state's Democratic Party called police after several supporters of Bernie Sanders gathered outside …
Discussion: TheBlaze, Townhall and Vanity Fair
Tampa Bay Times:
Tampa Bay Times announces temporary pay cut for full-time staff  —  A note from executives cites a tough start to the year.  —  Citing a tough start to the year financially, the Tampa Bay Times announced Wednesday that all full-time staffers will temporarily have their pay cut by 10 percent.
Jeff Schogol / Task & Purpose:
Marine commandant banishes Confederate symbols from all Corps installations  —  Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger has ordered all Confederate-related paraphernalia to be removed from Marine Corps installations, his spokesman confirmed on Wednesday.  —  Military analyst B. A. Friedman …
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?)
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 …
Will Weissert / Associated Press:
Online ‘impersonator’ tried to contact campaigns, DNC says  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic National Committee has warned its presidential candidates to be cautious after Bernie Sanders' campaign reported that an “impersonator” with a domain registered overseas had posed as one of its staffers …
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Bloomberg:
S&P 500 Futures Fall on U.S. Virus Case Without Outbreak Ties  — S&P 500 index futures trim early losses, still down 0.7%  — Virus spread threatens to derail global economic growth  —  U.S. stock index futures fell after American health authorities said they've identified …
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 …
CNN:
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 …
Eliza Relman / Business Insider:
Experts say officials need a ‘plan B’ for the 2020 elections in case the coronavirus continues to spread in the US  — If the Wuhan coronavirus continues to spread in the US, it has the potential to disrupt the primaries and general election.  — The virus could alter the candidates' plans to hold campaign rallies and conventions.
 
 
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Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Louisiana GOP Rep. Abraham won't seek reelection
Discussion: Politico and Fox News
Newsday:
Health officials: Over 100 people on Long Island monitored for coronavirus risk
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
Christian Nationalism was the big loser of last night's debate
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Analysis: Trump's war on truth takes a dangerous turn as he attacks the media's coronavirus coverage
Discussion: Twitchy
Luke Money / Los Angeles Times:
Ugly battles erupt as residents fight housing coronavirus patients in their cities
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Montgomery County has fired its top two public defenders
 Earlier Items: 
Phillip M. Bailey / Courier-Journal:
Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie opposes anti-lynching bill named for Emmett Till
Washington Post:
ICE has run facial-recognition searches on millions of Maryland drivers
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Why is a college senior helping run a key White House office?
Jason Ganz / Data For Progress:
Sanders Ahead in Virginia and Colorado
Discussion: Denver Post
James Kirchick / Tablet Magazine:
The 11% Majority  —  Hardly a Democratic presidential debate …