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11:35 AM ET, February 27, 2020


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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 and Politico
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 Hill and The Daily Beast
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
What The Race Looks Like If Biden Wins — Or Wins Big, Or Loses — In 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 …
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.
Andrew Harnik / Bangor Daily News:
The case for Klobuchar: Minnesota senator is best choice for Democrats
Discussion: The Hill
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Buttigieg plots risky delegate strategy to survive Super Tuesday
Discussion: Redstate
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Poll: Biden retakes lead in Florida
Discussion: Florida Politics
Washington Post:
Obama demands South Carolina TV stations pull misleading ad attacking Biden
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Ugly pro-Trump ad weaponizes audio of Obama, showing what's coming
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and The Hill
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 …
New York Times:
Trump Has a Problem as the Coronavirus Threatens the U.S.: His Credibility  —  Even his allies worry that President Trump has undermined his ability to appear presidential in a moment of national emergency.  —  WASHINGTON — When Hurricane Dorian crashed into the Atlantic Coast in September …
Discussion: Washington Post
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
Jaclyn Cosgrove / Los Angeles Times:
California coronavirus case could be first spread within U.S. community, CDC says
Discussion: UC Davis and The Week
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.
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:   Mr. Conservative: Pence builds outreach team for 2020 and beyond
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 …
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.”
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.
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: Slate
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.
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).
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: Washington Post
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 …
Associated Press:
Sanders' rise fuels Dems' angst over keeping House control
Discussion: Florida Politics
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.
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 …
Kyle Shideler / The Federalist:
How Do You Solve A Problem Like Ilhan Omar?  —  Ben Weingarten's new book ‘American Ingrate: Ilhan Omar and the Progressive-Islamist Takeover of The Democratic Party,’ makes a compelling argument that Democrats' sharp leftward turn threatens both American ideals and national security.
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
ABC News should be ashamed for caving to James O'Keefe's scam  —  How are news organizations not wise to this scam?  —  That's the reaction I had when I heard that ABC News had suspended reporter David Wright after Wright got secretly recorded by Project Veritas, the group run by conservative con artist James O'Keefe.
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, Vox and The Bulwark
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Discussion: Political Wire
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
Sierra Blanca Is How Trump Crushes Bernie
Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Fact check: Bloomberg claims stop-and-frisk ‘got out control,’ so he cut it back
Discussion: IJR
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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
Cristina Gallardo / Politico:
Heathrow Airport expansion ruled illegal by UK court
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Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
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Pentagon policy chief's firing was part of White House purge
Discussion: NBC News and Raw Story
Tampa Bay Times:
Tampa Bay Times announces temporary pay cut for full-time staff
Sister Toldjah / Redstate:
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Discussion: New York Post
U.S. Department of Justice:
Attorney General William P. Barr Delivers Remarks at the 2020 National Religious Broadcasters Convention