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12:45 PM ET, February 28, 2020


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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
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Media's coronavirus stories trying to hurt Trump, Mick Mulvaney says as he urges public to turn off TV
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump seeks a ‘miracle’ as virus fears mount
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
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
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
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: Breitbart and The Hill
CNN polls: Bernie Sanders holds big leads in California and Texas ahead of critical Super Tuesday vote  —  (CNN)Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders holds substantial leads in the two largest states to vote in next week's Super Tuesday lineup of primaries, according to new CNN polls conducted by SSRS in California and Texas.
Akela Lacy / The Intercept:   Bloomberg Has Hired the Vice Chairs of the Texas and California Democratic Parties
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.
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 …
Joe Cunningham / Redstate:
Even in Massachusetts, It's Clear Elizabeth Warren Is Done
Discussion: WBUR
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
Christina Maxouris / CNN:
California patient with unknown origin of coronavirus is in serious condition, official says  —  (CNN)The California patient who tested positive for the coronavirus days after being hospitalized is in serious condition and intubated, California Rep. John Garamendi told CNN's Erin Burnett.
Discussion: The Week and New York Post
Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
Airstrike Hits Turkish Forces in Syria, Raising Fears of Escalation  —  The Turkish Army suffered mass casualties in an airstrike, officials said, an attack that could set off a direct conflict between Turkey and Russia.  —  ISTANBUL — The Turkish Army suffered mass casualties in an airstrike …
Daily Sabah:
Turkey will no longer stop Syrian migrant flow to Europe, official says
Matthew Bodner / NBC News:
Russia deploys warships to Syria coast after Turkey loses 33 soldiers in attack
Discussion: UPI
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.
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
The Real Objective of Mob Violence Against Muslims in India  —  During the past several days, more than thirty people have been killed in mob violence primarily targeting Muslims in the Indian capital of New Delhi.  At the center of the conflict is the Citizenship Amendment Act (C.A.A.) …
Rana Ayyub / TIME:   Narendra Modi Looks the Other Way as New Delhi Burns
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
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren Gets Giant Lift From Persist PAC  —  A super PAC announced late Thursday that it was buying $9 million in television and digital ads.  It will be one of the largest ad buys by a super PAC in the 2020 Democratic primary.  —  Senator Elizabeth Warren, who entered …
Jenna Portnoy / Washington Post:   Sen. Tim Kaine endorses Joe Biden before key primary elections
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.
ABC News:
Coronavirus live updates: WHO raises global risk from ‘high’ to ‘very high’  —  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
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.
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
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.
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Sophie Mann / Just The News:
Michael Flynn seeks total exoneration, not pardon, says his attorney
Discussion: American Greatness
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Appeals court rejects unfair competition suit against Trump's D.C. hotel
Discussion: The Hill
CBS News:
Michael Bloomberg says no other candidate for president has his level of experience
Discussion: The Hill
Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
Donald Trump, Bernie Bro
Discussion: Slate
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
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Examiner:
A Bernie Sanders nomination is Nancy Pelosi's nightmare
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Isn't Easing Coronavirus Forebodings
Discussion: Raw Story
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Roger Stone lashes out in Florida testimony
Discussion: Mediaite
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Republicans growing nervous about 2020 economy
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Elise Stefanik, newest star of Trumpworld, has turned impeachment into a fundraising boon
Patrick Strudwick / BuzzFeed News:
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