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12:00 PM ET, February 28, 2020


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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 …
ABC News:
Coronavirus live updates: FDA reports 1st drug shortage due to novel coronavirus outbreak  —  The FDA said the issue continues to be “an evolving and very dynamic” one.  —  Countries around the world are scrambling to respond to the influx of new coronavirus cases outside of China.
Discussion: Breitbart
ProPublica:   Key Missteps at the CDC Have Set Back Its Ability to Detect the Potential Spread of Coronavirus
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump seeks a ‘miracle’ as virus fears mount
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
House seeks interviews with prosecutors who quit Stone case after Trump's intervention  —  House Democrats are seeking interviews with the four career prosecutors who quit the case of Roger Stone, a longtime confidant of President Donald Trump, after Trump and Justice Department leaders intervened to demand a lighter jail sentence.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Judiciary Committee Demands Testimony From Prosecutors Who Quit Stone Case
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Mary Clare Jalonick / Associated Press:   Dems launch Justice Department probe, seek Stone interviews
Robert Reich / American Prospect:   Five Ways William Barr Is Turning America Into a Dictatorship
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:   Judiciary Committee chairman asks Barr to permit testimony from four career prosecutors who quit the Roger Stone case
Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
Former U.S. prosecutors in Washington call on new head Tim Shea to assert independence from Barr, Trump
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
When a Pandemic Meets a Personality Cult  —  The Trump team confirms all of our worst fears.  —  So, here's the response of the Trump team and its allies to the coronavirus, at least so far: It's actually good for America.  Also, it's a hoax perpetrated by the news media and the Democrats.
Alexander Heffner / USA Today:
Trump's terrible coronavirus response hands 2020 Democrats a chance to show they can lead
Washington Post:
Trump says he can bring in coronavirus experts quickly. The experts say it is not that simple.
Washington Post:
Coronavirus pushes Trump to rely on experts he has long maligned
Discussion: New York Times
Anthony Brooks / WBUR:
WBUR Poll: Sanders Opens Substantial Lead In Mass., Challenging Warren On Her Home Turf  —  With Super Tuesday just days away, a new WBUR poll finds Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders well ahead of Sen. Elizabeth Warren in her home state of Massachusetts.  —  The poll shows Sanders is the choice …
David Lauter / Los Angeles Times:
Bernie Sanders holds 2-1 lead in California, poll shows  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders has taken a commanding lead in California's Democratic presidential race, ahead of his nearest rival by 2 to 1 and on track to win a majority of the huge trove of delegates at stake in the state's March 3 primary …
Discussion: The Hill
Joe Cunningham / Redstate:
Even in Massachusetts, It's Clear Elizabeth Warren Is Done
Discussion: WBUR
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Media Covering Coronavirus to ‘Bring Down the President,’ Mulvaney Claims  —  The acting White House chief of staff plays down the risks of the virus and criticizes the media for not covering Mr. Trump's son Barron, something Melania Trump has asked it not to do.
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
With coronavirus, Trump's lies and his reassurances backfire  —  It mattered when the White House press secretary, in his first day on the job, lied about President Trump's inaugural crowd size.  —  It mattered when Trump said that wind turbines cause cancer.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Reuters
David Brooks / New York Times:
No, Not Sanders, Not Ever  —  He is not a liberal, he's the end of liberalism.  —  A few months ago, I wrote a column saying I would vote for Elizabeth Warren over Donald Trump.  I may not agree with some of her policies, but culture is more important than politics.  She does not spread moral rot the way Trump does.
Ben Jacobs / GEN:
Michael Bloomberg's North Carolina Game Is Seriously Unlike Anything Else  —  The Super Tuesday state is the former New York mayor's best shot at primary delegates — and he knows it  —  eeing the Bloomberg presidential campaign up close, there is no easy way to describe it.
Jenna Portnoy / Washington Post:
Sen. Tim Kaine endorses Joe Biden before key primary elections  —  Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), the 2016 vice presidential nominee, is endorsing former vice president Joe Biden for the Democratic presidential nomination, hoping to give him a boost before Saturday's South Carolina primary and Virginia's primary on Super Tuesday.
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
No, Bernie Sanders isn't authentic. Just like Trump.
Discussion: Slate, The Daily Caller and CNN
Hannah Dreier / ProPublica:
When the Billionaire Family Behind the Opioid Crisis Needed PR Help, They Turned to Mike Bloomberg  —  Bloomberg gave media advice to the Sacklers and recommended his longtime mayoral spokesman to them.  The relationship could shadow his presidential bid.  —  Long celebrated …
Discussion: National Review
Daily Sabah:
Turkey will no longer stop Syrian migrant flow to Europe, official says  —  Turkey has decided to no longer stop Syrian refugees from reaching Europe by land and sea, a senior Turkish official told Reuters on Thursday, in anticipation of the imminent arrival of refugees from Syria's Idlib where nearly a million have been displaced.
Christina Maxouris / CNN:
California patient with unknown origin of coronavirus is in serious condition, official says
Discussion: The Week and New York Post
Pat Rynard / Iowa Starting Line:
Final Iowa Caucus Results: Pete Buttigieg Wins  —  The final Iowa Caucus results are finally final: Pete Buttigieg has won (still).  —  This evening, the Iowa Democratic Party released the results of the recount requested by Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg's campaigns for 23 precincts.
Associated Press:   AP decides not to declare Iowa caucus winner after recount
Republicans storm out of coronavirus briefing after Democrat rips Trump's response  —  Several House Republicans walked out of a closed-door coronavirus briefing Friday with Trump health officials in protest after a senior Democrat blasted the Trump administration's handling of the response effort.
Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
What's on Mike Pence's schedule as coronavirus point man?  A fundraiser in Florida.  —  The $25,000-per-plate GOP event featuring the vice president is in Longboat Key.  —  The country's new point man on coronavirus response, Vice President Mike Pence, is expected to travel to Florida on Friday — but not on a public health mission.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Roger Stone lashes out in Florida testimony  —  Take a look inside a Roger Stone Deposition  —  Roger Stone looked like a man on edge, under extreme stress and struggling to contain pent-up fury.  —  The GOP provocateur was just days away from finding out his fate from a criminal case …
Discussion: Mediaite
The Daily Beast:
Trump Spends 45 Minutes With ‘Deep State’ Play Actors Amid Coronavirus Mayhem  —  Meanwhile, the man he tapped to run point on the virus, VP Pence, took to a conservative activists conference and had meetings with pro-Trump media luminaries.  —  NATIONAL HARBOR, MD — One day after briefing …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
GOP scramble is on to succeed Donald Trump in 2024  —  NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — President Donald Trump is locked in a tough reelection battle, yet the Republicans looking to succeed him are already circling.  —  They're visiting early primary states, reaching out to major donors, and …
Discussion: Breitbart
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Akela Lacy / The Intercept:
Bloomberg Has Hired the Vice Chairs of the Texas and California Democratic Parties
Megan Davies / Reuters:
Investment Advisors Worry U.S. Response To Coronavirus Is Too Little Too Late
Discussion: Mother Jones
A high school student created a fake 2020 candidate. Twitter verified it
Christal Hayes / USA Today:
Aides, lawmakers work behind the scenes to try to sway Trump on Jeff Sessions before Alabama Senate primary
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Examiner:
A Bernie Sanders nomination is Nancy Pelosi's nightmare
Rana Ayyub / TIME:
Narendra Modi Looks the Other Way as New Delhi Burns
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Isn't Easing Coronavirus Forebodings
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Republicans growing nervous about 2020 economy
Françoise Mouly / New Yorker:
Brian Stauffer's “Under Control”
Discussion: The Week and HuffPost
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Elise Stefanik, newest star of Trumpworld, has turned impeachment into a fundraising boon
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump just pushed one of his worst conspiracy theories yet
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Bloomberg
Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders's Scandinavian fantasy
Discussion: National Review
Patrick Strudwick / BuzzFeed News:
White Gay Men Are Destroying Queer Black Lives With “Party ‘n’ Play” Sex And Meth Addiction