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10:15 AM ET, February 27, 2020


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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.
Bloomberg tumbles heading into Super Tuesday  —  The Mike Bloomberg bubble has burst.  —  After a steady, weeks-long climb in national polls, fueled by extravagant spending on ads, staff and events, Bloomberg's presidential campaign has plateaued.  The abrupt reversal of fortune …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
What The Race Looks Like If Biden Wins — Or Doesn't Win — South Carolina  —  Joe Biden didn't get off to the start his campaign was hoping for in Iowa and New Hampshire.  But the news has been better for him lately.  He finished a (distant) second place in Nevada behind Bernie Sanders, his best performance of the campaign so far.
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Buttigieg plots risky delegate strategy to survive Super Tuesday  —  CHARLESTON, S.C. — Pete Buttigieg is going delegate hunting.  —  Despite a brutal Super Tuesday map unlikely to hand him any statewide wins, the former South Bend mayor is looking to reinforce his claim as a Democratic alternative …
A.G. Gancarski / Florida Politics:   Latest poll: Joe Biden surging, Mike Bloomberg fading in Florida primary
Washington Post:
Obama demands South Carolina TV stations pull misleading ad attacking Biden
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Poll: Biden retakes lead in Florida
Discussion: Florida Politics
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Ugly pro-Trump ad weaponizes audio of Obama, showing what's coming
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and The Hill
CNN:   Warren says she's ready to run until convention even if she's behind in delegates
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Biden falsely attacks Trump over a food stamp policy supported by Bloomberg
Discussion: Fox News and Althouse
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 and
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Jaclyn Cosgrove / Los Angeles Times:
California coronavirus case could be first spread within U.S. community, CDC says
Discussion: The Week
New York Times:
Trump Has a Problem as the Coronavirus Threatens the U.S.: His Credibility
Discussion: Washington Post and Bloomberg
Washington Post:
Live updates: Vice President Pence will be in charge of coronavirus response, Trump announces …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Bruce Golding / New York Post:
Rudy Giuliani asked me to cancel elex so he'd stay mayor post-9/11: Pataki
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Gina Harkins /
Top Marine Orders Confederate Paraphernalia to Be Removed from All Bases
Discussion: Slate
Justin Wise / The Hill:
WHO official calls Trump comments on coronavirus response ‘incoherent’  —  Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, special advisor to the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), said Wednesday that he found President Trump's press conference on his administration's response to the coronavirus outbreak a “little incoherent.”
Bloomberg:   S&P 500 Futures Fall on U.S. Virus Case Without Outbreak Ties
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 …
Pentagon policy chief's firing was part of White House purge  —  The White House demanded the ouster of Pentagon policy chief John Rood last week after the former industry executive opposed the administration on plans to pull U.S. troops from Syria and its policy toward Chinese tech giant Huawei …
Discussion: NBC News and Raw Story
Rich Lowry / Politico:
The White House Shouldn't Downplay the Coronavirus
Discussion: National Review
Inside Bernie's relationship with Chuck and Nancy  —  When Harry Reid needed to clinch a deal to save the beleaguered Veterans Affairs Department in 2014, he left much of it to Bernie Sanders.  Three years later, when Chuck Schumer sought a powerful ally to build public support to save Obamacare …
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.
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.
Cops repeatedly called on Bernie backers  —  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 his home at 11 p.m …
John Whitehouse / Media Matters for America:
After Trump appoints Pence to oversee coronavirus response, initial reports don't include how he enabled Indiana HIV outbreak  —  President Donald Trump has announced that Vice President Mike Pence would oversee the coronavirus response.  —  While there are many troubling aspects …
Bethania Palma /
Did Trump Fire the US Pandemic Response Team?  —  Claim  —  The Trump administration fired the U.S. pandemic response team in 2018 to cut costs.  —  Rating  —  Origin  —  Amid warnings from public health officials that a 2020 outbreak of a new coronavirus could soon become …
Discussion: Fortune, The Bulwark and Raw Story
Associated Press:
AP-NORC poll: Election security, integrity worry Americans  —  FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2019, file photo, a man feeds a ballot card into a digital voting machine during a demonstration in Raleigh, N.C. Americans have widespread concerns about the security and integrity of elections.
New York Times:
Trump Campaign Sues New York Times Over 2019 Opinion Article  —  The lawsuit concerns an essay published by the Opinion section of The Times in March 2019, headlined “The Real Trump-Russia Quid Pro Quo.”  —  President Trump's re-election campaign sued The New York Times for libel on Wednesday …
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Trump campaign sues The New York Times for libel over Russia opinion article
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Kyle Shideler / The Federalist:
How Do You Solve A Problem Like Ilhan Omar?
Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Fact check: Bloomberg claims stop-and-frisk ‘got out control,’ so he cut it back
Discussion: IJR
Jonathan S. Tobin /
Where was Bernie when Americans fought for Soviet Jewry?
Washington Post:
Bolivia dismissed its October elections as fraudulent.  Our research found no reason to suspect fraud.
Cristina Gallardo / Politico:
Heathrow Airport expansion ruled illegal by UK court
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Louisiana GOP Rep. Abraham won't seek reelection
Discussion: Politico and Fox News
Tampa Bay Times:
Tampa Bay Times announces temporary pay cut for full-time staff
 Earlier Items: 
Sister Toldjah / Redstate:
How It's Done: ‘Village People’ Shut Down Demands From Outrage Mob to Stop Trump Campaign's Use of Their Music
Health officials: Over 100 people on Long Island monitored for coronavirus risk
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