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3:05 PM ET, February 27, 2020


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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 …
Discussion: SFist and Raw Story
Pence Picks Top U.S. AIDS Official for Coronavirus Response
Discussion: Twitchy
New York Times:
Trump Has a Problem as the Coronavirus Threatens the U.S.: His Credibility
Discussion: Washington Post
Nicole Wetsman / The Verge:
Mike Pence, who enabled an HIV outbreak in Indiana, will lead US coronavirus response
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
Trump, Pence try to manage coronavirus response amid new fears it could spread
Discussion: IJR
John Whitehouse / Media Matters for America:
After Trump appoints Pence to oversee coronavirus response, initial reports don't include …
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: The Hill, Politico 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 …
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Beast
A.G. Gancarski / Florida Politics:
Latest poll: Joe Biden surging, Mike Bloomberg fading in Florida primary
Discussion: Washington Post
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
How Joe Biden could soon be the Bernie Sanders alternative
Discussion: The Hill
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Poll: Biden retakes lead in Florida
Discussion: Florida Politics and Breitbart
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.
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 …
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 …
Mario Loyola / The Atlantic:   Trump's DOJ Interference Is Actually Not Crazy
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:
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: National Review, Fox News, UPI and NPR
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 …
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: Fast Company
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 …
Discussion: New Republic, Mediaite and The Week
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
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Judge may hold Mueller-ensnared Russia firm in contempt  —  A Donald Trump-appointed federal judge on Thursday said she's considering holding in contempt of court a Russian firm charged with interfering in the 2016 presidential election after it failed to comply with a government subpoena.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.”
Alicia Luke / The Lid:
20 Years After Socialist Takeover, 1 In 3 Venezuelans Are Starving  —  One of every three people in Venezuela is fighting to put enough food on the table, according to a study published Sunday by the U.N. World Food Program.  Venezuelans are starving  —  The assessment found that 9.3 million people are “food insecure.”
Discussion: Fox News
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.
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Trump's Coronavirus Press Conference Wasn't Exactly Reassuring  —  Once again, the president is making the situation as risky for himself as possible.  —  Believe it or not, I was all ready to praise Donald Trump this time.  I really thought when he announced a press conference …
Discussion: NBC News, Raw Story and The Hill
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Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Charlie Kirk: Mitt Romney Should Be Booed ‘Every Time His Name Is Mentioned’
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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?
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
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Trump freaks out about all the wrong things
Kyle Shideler / The Federalist:
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Washington Post:
First person in U.S. tests positive for coronavirus with no known link to foreign travel
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:
Rudy Giuliani complains he only has ‘five friends left’ after forgetting to hang up on Daily News reporter
Discussion: Gothamist and Raw Story