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9:45 AM ET, February 28, 2020

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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: Reuters
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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.
Dan Vergano / BuzzFeed News:
New York Is Making Its Own Coronavirus Test After The CDC's Tests Have Repeatedly Failed  —  Washington, D.C.  —  Federal health officials met with state and city public health labs on Wednesday to fix a crippling lack of options to diagnose the novel coronavirus, a shortfall driven by botched CDC testing kits.
Washington Post:
Trump says he can bring in coronavirus experts quickly. The experts say it is not that simple.
Discussion: ProPublica
Alexander Heffner / USA Today:
Trump's terrible coronavirus response hands 2020 Democrats a chance to show they can lead
New York Times:
Pence Will Control All Coronavirus Messaging From Health Officials
Geoff Earle / Daily Mail:
White House GAGS government health experts from speaking about coronavirus saying they must …
Discussion: Washington Post, POLITICUSUSA and CNN
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 …
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Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump seeks a ‘miracle’ as virus fears mount  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump is hoping for a “miracle” that will make the coronavirus disappear but tanking stock markets and signs the disease is stalking America are delivering their verdict on his scattershot management of the crisis.
Discussion: National Review and Balloon Juice
Politico:
Joe Biden's campaign isn't dead yet  —  CHARLESTON, S.C. — Just as his White House bid appeared to be sputtering to an ugly end, there are signs of life for Joe Biden still.  —  And perhaps more than that.  —  A second-place finish in Nevada, a major endorsement in South Carolina …
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
No, Bernie Sanders isn't authentic. Just like Trump.
Discussion: Slate, CNN and The Daily Caller
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren Gets Giant Lift From Persist PAC
Discussion: National Review
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Super PAC backing Warren makes $9 million Super Tuesday ad buy
Discussion: NBC News and The Hill
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.
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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Associated Press:   AP decides not to declare Iowa caucus winner after recount
Politico:
Buttigieg still leads Sanders after Iowa caucus recount
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Redstate and National Review
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Stephanie Murray / Politico:
Warren at risk of losing her home state
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Mother Jones
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
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Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Most Democrats Think Obama Has Endorsed a Democrat for President. (He Hasn't.)
Discussion: New York Times
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.
Discussion: Foreign Exchanges
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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
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.
Robert Reich / American Prospect:
Five Ways William Barr Is Turning America Into a Dictatorship  —  Trump's attorney general has corrupted the Justice Department and willfully abetted the president's lawlessness.  —  Attorney General William Barr, seen here earlier this month, has made only minimal gestures to push …
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Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:   Former U.S. prosecutors in Washington call on new head Tim Shea to assert independence from Barr, Trump
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.
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 …
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
FDA reports 1st drug shortage due to novel coronavirus outbreak  —  The FDA said the issue continues to be “an evolving and very dynamic” one.  —  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it's been alerted to the first manufacturing shortage of an unnamed drug, due to a viral coronavirus outbreak …
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Isn't Easing Coronavirus Forebodings  —  If it hits America hard, a lot will change—the national mood, cultural habits, the economy.  —  Punditry 101: It's bad when you don't write about what you're thinking about.  All week I was taking notes knowing I'd be looking at South Carolina, Super Tuesday and this week's debate.
Discussion: Raw Story
Patrick Strudwick / BuzzFeed News:
White Gay Men Are Destroying Queer Black Lives With “Party ‘n’ Play” Sex And Meth Addiction  —  Two black men were found dead from meth overdoses in the LA home of Democratic donor Ed Buck.  In a new, three-part series, young queer men of color tell BuzzFeed News how rich white men are weaponizing …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Republicans growing nervous about 2020 economy  —  Republicans who have been counting on a roaring economy to power President Trump and GOP congressional candidates on Election Day are growing nervous because of the economic havoc wreaked by the coronavirus.
Washington Examiner:
A Bernie Sanders nomination is Nancy Pelosi's nightmare  —  As the race for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination intensifies, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is trying to keep the peace.  —  Bernie Sanders's recent gains have left establishment Democrats, Pelosi included, nervous.
Ryan Lizza / Politico:
Coming to a podcast near you: Hillary Clinton  —  Hillary Clinton is starting a podcast.  —  The former first lady, secretary of State, and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee is planning to launch a new audio program in late spring, just in time for her to have a powerful new megaphone during the 2020 election.
 
 
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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
Rana Ayyub / TIME:
Narendra Modi Looks the Other Way as New Delhi Burns
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
China can't fight coronavirus and the truth at the same time
Discussion: Fortune and PBS NewsHour
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
Recent debates give emboldened Bernie Sanders electability edge: POLL
Discussion: Ipsos
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
GOP scramble is on to succeed Donald Trump in 2024
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
abrahamlincolnonline.org:
Cooper Union Address
Discussion: The Guardian and The Atlantic
Jake Thomas / The Intellectualist:
The Head Of Trump's CDC Believes AIDS Was God Judgement Against Homosexuals
Discussion: Raw Story and Politico
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Senate Intel chair privately warned that GOP's Biden probe could help Russia
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Raw Story
Zachary Petrizzo / Mediaite:
‘You Guys Are Total A**holes’: Dan Bongino Berates Mediaite Writer at CPAC