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4:35 PM ET, February 27, 2020


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New York Times:
Pence Will Control All Coronavirus Messaging From Health Officials  —  Government health officials and scientists will have to clear statements with the vice president's office, one of three people designated as the administration's primary coronavirus official.
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Let's Call It Trumpvirus  —  If you're feeling awful, you know who to blame.  —  So, our Coronavirus Czar is going to be ... Mike Pence.  Feeling more secure?  —  “I know full well the importance of presidential leadership,” the vice president said as soon as he was introduced in his new role.
New York Times:
Coronavirus Patient in California Was Not Tested for Days  —  A California coronavirus patient had to wait days to be tested because of restrictive federal criteria, despite doctors' suggestions.  —  The patient, who has tested positive, may be the first person to be infected through community spread …
New York Times:
Trump Has a Problem as the Coronavirus Threatens the U.S.: His Credibility
Discussion: Washington Post
ABC News:
Coronavirus live updates: Possible 1st case of ‘community spread’ in US
Discussion: The Hill
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Biden Maintains Lead  —  Sanders and Steyer jockey for second  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Joe Biden stays well atop the field in South Carolina, according to the third Monmouth ("Mon-muth") University Poll of likely Democratic primary voters there.  Tom Steyer and Bernie Sanders are fighting for the second spot.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
How Joe Biden could soon be the Bernie Sanders alternative
Discussion: The Hill
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Buttigieg is unlikely to win any states on Super Tuesday. Here's his strategy to stay alive.
Discussion: Redstate
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Bloomberg campaign manager: ‘South Carolina is not going to matter’
Discussion: Associated Press
New York Times:
Democratic Leaders Willing to Risk Party Damage to Stop Bernie Sanders  —  Interviews with dozens of Democratic Party officials, including 93 superdelegates, found overwhelming opposition to handing Mr. Sanders the nomination if he fell short of a majority of delegates.
Washington Post:
U.S. workers without protective gear assisted coronavirus evacuees, HHS whistleblower says  —  Officials at the Department of Health and Human Services sent more than a dozen workers to receive the first Americans evacuated from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak …
Jasper Scherer / Houston Chronicle:
Bloomberg says he would close campaign offices if Sanders wins nomination and rejects his support  —  Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg said Thursday he would shutter his presidential campaign operation if someone else wins the nomination and rejects his support …
Discussion: New York Post
A.G. Gancarski / Florida Politics:
Latest poll: Joe Biden surging, Mike Bloomberg fading in Florida primary
Discussion: Washington Post
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Poll: Biden retakes lead in Florida
Wall Street Journal:
Michael Bloomberg's Campaign Sought Andrew Yang's Backing, Floated Vice- Presidential Slot  —  Yang didn't commit to join forces  —  Michael Bloomberg's presidential campaign has made overtures to Democrat Andrew Yang, courting the former candidate's endorsement and floating the possibility …
Pence Says He's in Charge of U.S. Virus Response, Not HHS's Azar  — Trump appointed Pence to take over U.S. response on Wednesday  — Vice President added Birx, top AIDS official, to virus team  —  Vice President Mike Pence said he is now leading the government's coronavirus task force instead …
Discussion: Twitchy
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Silencing Fauci?  —  I've been watching the mix of very worrisome …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Trump's Coronavirus Press Conference Wasn't Exactly Reassuring
Discussion: NBC News, Raw Story and The Hill
Lindsay Crouse / New York Times:
My Ex-Boyfriend's New Girlfriend Is Lady Gaga  —  How do you compare yourself with one of the most famous women in the world?  —  Ms. Crouse is a senior staff editor in Opinion.  —  I was eating bodega grapes at my desk on a recent Monday morning, gearing up to wrangle my inbox, when my phone started buzzing:
Discussion: The Week and Page Six
Corey Brettschneider / Politico:
Why President Trump Can't Pardon Roger Stone  —  Speculation that President Donald Trump might pardon Roger Stone has reached a fever pitch after Stone's sentencing by a federal judge and the president's repeated hints that he thinks the verdict unfair.  But fortunately, the Constitution's framers imagined …
BuzzFeed News:
Clearview's Facial Recognition App Has Been Used By The Justice Department, ICE, Macy's, Walmart, And The NBA  —  The United States' main immigration enforcement agency, the Department of Justice, retailers including Best Buy and Macy's, and a sovereign wealth fund in the United Arab Emirates …
Martyn McLaughlin / Scotsman:
Scots ministers told to seek ‘unexplained wealth order’ for Donald Trump resorts  —  The Scottish Government has been urged to apply for an unexplained wealth order to investigate Donald Trump's deals to acquire his Scottish properties.  —  Patrick Harvie MSP, co-leader of the Scottish Greens …
Los Angeles Times:
California grapples with growing coronavirus threat as businesses pull out of state events  —  California is coming to terms with the growing threat posed by coronavirus, as two communities issued emergency orders and a patient in Northern California was described by authorities as potentially …
China prepares 100,000 ducks to battle Pakistan's locust swarms  —  China is preparing to deploy 100,000 ducks to neighbouring Pakistan to help tackle swarms of crop-eating locusts.  —  Chinese agricultural experts say a single duck can eat more than 200 locusts a day and be more effective than pesticides.
MJ Lee / CNN:
Bloomberg releases new heart health information and calls on Sanders to do the same  —  (CNN)Michael Bloomberg's campaign disclosed new information on Thursday about the health of the presidential candidate's heart, and called on Bernie Sanders, who suffered a heart attack last year …
Baltimore Sun:
Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh sentenced to 3 years for ‘Healthy Holly’ children's book fraud scheme  —  Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, who held elected offices in Baltimore for two decades and was elevated by voters to lead the city following the upheaval of 2015 …
David Wasserman / New York Times:
To Beat Trump, Democrats May Need to Break Out of the ‘Whole Foods’ Bubble  —  Election results in places near Whole Foods, Lululemon, Urban Outfitters and Apple  —  It's no secret that Democratic primary voters prize fall “electability.”  But for all the clamor about progressive versus moderate choices …
Allan Smith / NBC News:
'I can't even': Emails reveal EPA officials' reaction to Trump rant on toilets, showers  —  The president's claims about water pressure caught the attention of his environmental agency.  —  When the top EPA official overseeing its WaterSense program first heard President Donald Trump's rant …
Discussion: Raw Story
Ruth Graham / Slate:
The Bible That Oozed Oil  —  A small Georgia town, a prophecy about Donald Trump, and the story of how a miracle fell apart.  —  In the summer of 2016, God gave Johnny Taylor a prophecy.  It wasn't a specific vision, but something more like a promise.  After the presidential election that fall …
Zachary Petrizzo / Mediaite:
‘You Guys Are Total A**holes’: Dan Bongino Berates Mediaite Writer at CPAC  —  Fox News contributor Dan Bongino gave this writer an earful in the empty hallways of the Conservative Political Action Conference after it closed up for the night on Wednesday.  —  After Bongino's Fox News hit …
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
Sierra Blanca Is How Trump Crushes Bernie  —  There's an avalanche of opposition research coming for Bernie Sanders.  The story of Sierra Blanca is just the start.  —  There's a lot of discussion about the “oppo” that is coming down the mountain for Bernie Sanders if he's the Democratic nominee.
Discussion: Townhall
Madison Pauly / Mother Jones:
Mark Halperin Says Murderers Are Treated More Fairly Than Canceled People  —  The disgraced pundit is now portraying himself as a victim.  Of cancel culture.  —  One afternoon last week, disgraced political pundit Mark Halperin and three women settled onto stools in the basement …
Discussion: Mediaite and Fast Company
Megan Leonhardt / CNBC:
Americans are skipping medically necessary prescriptions because of the cost  —  For many Americans, the cost of regularly taking and filling their medications is too much.  So much so, 44% of respondents in a new online poll say that within the last year, they did not purchase at least …
Discussion: Washington Post and The Wrap
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
An unsung aide equal parts air traffic controller and caddie exits the Senate  —  Laura Dove often struggles to explain what her job is, exactly, given the vague title of “secretary for the majority” of the Senate.  —  Sometimes she uses “Game of Thrones” references, comparing herself …
Fred Imbert / CNBC:
Dow set to drop 400 points as worst week since the financial crisis continues  —  Wall Street set for more losses at open  —  U.S. stock futures on Thursday morning pointed to declines at the day's open amid concerns the coronavirus may be spreading in the U.S.
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
The Fox-Trump feedback loop is channeling Trump's coronavirus attacks on journalists, Democrats  —  Public health officials are struggling to contain the novel coronavirus COVID-19, which has now spread to at least 47 countries.  The Centers for Disease Control is warning that it expects …
Jeff Schogol / Task & Purpose:
Marine commandant banishes Confederate symbols from all Corps installations  —  Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger has ordered all Confederate paraphernalia to be removed from Marine Corps installations, his spokesman confirmed on Wednesday  —  Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger …
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The Economist:
The Supreme Court's chief justice is poised to decide a clutch of controversies
Brad Heath / USA Today:
Killed by a cartel.  Betrayed by his own?  US re-examines murder of federal agent featured in ‘Narcos’
Wall Street Journal:
White House Wants Signoff on Coronavirus Messaging
Derek Hunter / Townhall:
Trump Calls Out Sotomayor For Her Activism
Sam Levine / The Guardian:
How Alabama blocked a man from voting because he owed $4
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Judge may hold Mueller-ensnared Russia firm in contempt
Discussion: Raw Story
Alicia Luke / The Lid:
20 Years After Socialist Takeover, 1 In 3 Venezuelans Are Starving
Discussion: Fox News
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Charlie Kirk: Mitt Romney Should Be Booed ‘Every Time His Name Is Mentioned’
Discussion: The Week
 Earlier Items: 
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Top GOP rep suggests Durham probe will lead to charges
Discussion: Breitbart
For Democrats, Coronavirus Is the New Russia ... Or, Is It Ukraine?
Top House Intelligence investigator departing Capitol Hill
Bill Text / U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren …:
Senator Warren Unveils Legislation to De-Fund President's Border Wall, Use Funds to Combat Coronavirus Outbreak
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
The Case for Elizabeth Warren
Discussion: Daily Kos, The Mary Sue and Townhall
Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Sanders Tax  —  How our Electoral College ratings might change …
Windsor Mann / The Week:
Trump freaks out about all the wrong things