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1:00 PM ET, February 27, 2020


 Top Items: 
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.
Discussion: Politico, The Hill and National Review
Bloomberg tumbles heading into Super Tuesday  —  The Mike Bloomberg bubble has burst.  —  After a steady, weekslong climb in national polls, fueled by extravagant spending on ads, staff and events, Bloomberg's presidential campaign has plateaued.  The abrupt reversal of fortune …
A.G. Gancarski / Florida Politics:
Latest poll: Joe Biden surging, Mike Bloomberg fading in Florida primary  —  Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg trail badly  —  New polling says former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is back on top with Florida voters, staving off former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Discussion: Washington Post
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Buttigieg plots risky delegate strategy to survive Super Tuesday
Discussion: Redstate
Andrew Harnik / Bangor Daily News:
The case for Klobuchar: Minnesota senator is best choice for Democrats
Discussion: The Hill
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Poll: Biden retakes lead in Florida
Discussion: Florida Politics
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 …
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.”
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
Trump Has a Problem as the Coronavirus Threatens the U.S.: His Credibility
Discussion: Washington Post
New York Times:
Pence Will Control All Coronavirus Messaging From Health Officials
Discussion: Washington Post and LiveScience
Roni Caryn Rabin / New York Times:
C.D.C. Confirms First Possible Community Transmission of Coronavirus in U.S.
Discussion: and SFist
Washington Post:
Live updates: Vice President Pence will be in charge of coronavirus response, Trump announces …
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.
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
Mario Loyola / The Atlantic:   Trump's DOJ Interference Is Actually Not Crazy
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.
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:
Top House Intelligence investigator departing Capitol Hill  —  (CNN)Dan Goldman, a former federal prosecutor who played a major role in the impeachment proceedings, is leaving his perch on the House Intelligence Committee, a move that underscores how House Democrats are shifting away …
Politico:   Inside Bernie's relationship with Chuck and Nancy
Associated Press:
Sanders' rise fuels Dems' angst over keeping House control
Discussion: The Hill and Florida Politics
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 …
Gina Harkins /
Top Marine Orders Confederate Paraphernalia to Be Removed from All Bases
Discussion: Raw Story and Slate
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
Pence Picks Top U.S. AIDS Official for Coronavirus Response  — Deborah Brix worked as global AIDS coordinator under Obama  — Trump says Pence leading the administration's virus response  —  Vice President Mike Pence has selected the State Department's top AIDS official, Deborah Birx …
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.
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission:
Actor Steven Seagal Charged With Unlawfully Touting Digital Asset Offering  —  The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced settled charges against actor Steven Seagal for failing to disclose payments he received for promoting an investment in an initial coin offering (ICO) conducted by Bitcoiin2Gen (B2G).
Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Sanders Tax  —  How our Electoral College ratings might change if he becomes the presumptive nominee  —  KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE  — If Democrats nominated Bernie Sanders, they would, initially, start off with somewhat of a penalty in our Electoral College ratings.
Discussion: Political Wire
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
Windsor Mann / The Week:
Trump freaks out about all the wrong things  —  You don't need to worry about the epidemic that's spreading rapidly around the world, killing all those people, and creating economic turmoil, according to someone who knows nothing about it.  —  “The Coronavirus is very much under control in the U.S.A. …
Discussion: PJ Media Home and Washington Post
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
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Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Trump's Coronavirus Press Conference Wasn't Exactly Reassuring
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
Madison Pauly / Mother Jones:
Mark Halperin Says Murderers Are Treated More Fairly Than Canceled People
Discussion: Fast Company
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
The Case for Elizabeth Warren
Discussion: The Mary Sue and Townhall
Rachel Treisman / MPR News:
What Amy Klobuchar is really saying when she talks about having ‘receipts’
 Earlier Items: 
Kyle Shideler / The Federalist:
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Where was Bernie when Americans fought for Soviet Jewry?
Associated Press:
AP-NORC poll: Election security, integrity worry Americans
Discussion: The Hill
Pentagon policy chief's firing was part of White House purge
Discussion: Raw Story and NBC News
Health officials: Over 100 people on Long Island monitored for coronavirus risk
Discussion: New York Post
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
At least seven dead including shooter in rampage at Molson Coors