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12:30 AM ET, February 29, 2020


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Trump rallies his base to treat coronavirus as a ‘hoax’  —  NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — President Donald Trump on Friday night tried to cast the global outbreak of the coronavirus as a liberal conspiracy intended to undermine his first term, lumping it alongside impeachment and the Mueller investigation.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Thomas Franck / CNBC:
Trump says the coronavirus is the Democrats' ‘new hoax’  — President Trump says that Democrats are using the virulent coronavirus as a “hoax” to damage him and his administration.  — “The Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus,” he said from a campaign rally in North Charleston, South Carolina.
Discussion: TheBlaze
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Does Trump Know Senate Republicans Can't Make the Coronavirus Go Away?  —  Donald Trump has built his formidable career in public life atop one fundamental insight: What passes for reality in American society is far more malleable than most people are inclined to believe.
New York Times:   Right-Wing Media Says Virus Fears Were Whipped Up to Hurt Trump
Lauren Egan / NBC News:
Trump calls coronavirus Democrats' ‘new hoax’
Discussion: Deadline
The Guardian:
Trump calls coronavirus criticism Democrats' ‘new hoax’ and links it to immigration
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Trump Criticizes Media for Coverage of Coronavirus
Washington Post:
Live updates: Second coronavirus case of unknown origin confirmed in California, indicating virus is spreading in the state  —  Breaking: Second coronavirus case of unknown origin confirmed in California, indicating virus is spreading in the state  —  The patient is a 65-year-old person …
Washington Post:
A second case of coronavirus found through spread in California  —  California has a second case of community transmission of the coronavirus, a 65-year-old resident of Santa Clara County who has no known history of travel to countries hit hard by the outbreak, people familiar with the case said Friday.
Carl Goldman / Washington Post:
I have the coronavirus.  So far, it isn't that bad.  —  My treatment has largely consisted of drinking gallons and gallons of Gatorade  —  I have the coronavirus.  And it hasn't been that bad.  —  I am in my late 60s, and the sickest I've ever been was when I had bronchitis several years ago.
Discussion: Twitchy
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren Has Won Black Activists.  She's Losing the Black Vote.  —  She earned coveted endorsements and released racial justice plans that scholars agree could make a real difference.  That hasn't meant much on the ground.  —  CHARLESTON, S.C. — The crowd at a music venue here was energized …
Discussion: Jezebel
Kevin Freking / Associated Press:
Trump to stump in South Carolina before Democratic primary
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
CNN:   Amy Klobuchar abandons South Carolina as she looks ahead to Super Tuesday
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
‘THE.  Nina.  Turner.’ Bernie Sanders's most visible and passionate surrogate is helping him connect with black voters
Fedor Zarkhin / Oregonian:
Oregon coronavirus case shuts Lake Oswego elementary school  —  A Washington County adult is sick with the first presumptive case of the new coronavirus in the state, Oregon health officials said Friday.  —  The case needs to be confirmed by federal health officials.
Discussion: State of Oregon and New York Post
Donald G. McNeil Jr / New York Times:
To Take On the Coronavirus, Go Medieval on It  —  Quarantines and restrictive measures served a purpose in the old days.  They can now, too.  —  There are two ways to fight epidemics: the medieval and the modern.  —  The modern way is to surrender to the power of the pathogens …
New York Times:
Coronavirus Live Updates: New Unexplained Cases Reported in Oregon and California  —  Officials in both states raced to contact people who might have been exposed, and experts warned that the cases could indicate signs of spread within the United States.  —  RIGHT NOW Oregon officials …
11 cases of coronavirus confirmed in San Antonio  —  Here's everything you need to know about the coronavirus in San Antonio  —  SAN ANTONIO - The number of evacuees infected with the novel coronavirus climbed to 11 on Friday, per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Boston Globe:
Bernie Sanders goes for the campaign kill  —  Let's call Bernie Sanders latest campaign move exactly what it is:Shabby, Bernie, shabby.As he pursues the nomination of a party he hasn't even deigned to join over the long term, Sanders is coming to Elizabeth Warren's home state …
Discussion: Politico, CNN and The Hill
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Stephen Miller's new wife is in charge of approving all coronavirus communications
Discussion: KCRG-TV
Trump wins appeal to block McGahn testimony  —  President Donald Trump scored a major legal victory on Friday when a federal appeals court panel ruled former White House counsel Don McGahn can defy a congressional subpoena for his testimony.  —  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District …
Devastating Court Ruling Allows White House To Block Testimony From Former Counsel Don McGahn
Discussion: The Week
Singer's Elliott Seeks to Replace Twitter CEO Dorsey  — Elliott has nominated four directors for Twitter's board  — Hedge fund has had ‘constructive discussions’ with company  —  Activist investor Elliott Management Corp. has taken a sizable stake in Twitter Inc. and plans to push …
The Guardian:
Naomi Seibt: ‘anti-Greta’ activist called white nationalist an inspiration  —  German teenager spoke at an event at US rightwing conference CPAC  —  A young campaigner who has been hailed by climate sceptics as the right's answer to Greta Thunberg has previously described a white nationalist …
Discussion: Byline Times and American Thinker
‘Anti-Greta’ Activist Naomi Seibt Praises White Nationalist At CPAC
Discussion: New York Times
Elizabeth Kim / Gothamist:
CDC's First Press Briefing Since Pence Took Charge Of Coronavirus Was Full Of Praise For Trump's Response  —  Employing a distinct shift in tone from a prior press briefing on Tuesday, a director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention praised President Donald Trump's containment strategy …
Discussion: Washington Post, Fox News, NPR and Slate
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
US to sign historic deal with Taliban, Trump announces, beginning end of US war in Afghanistan and withdrawal of American troops  —  The deal is also supposed to lead to Afghan negotiations with the Taliban.  —  After a week-long deal to reduce violence across Afghanistan …
Amber Athey / Spectator USA:   BREAKING: Pompeo to sign historic peace agreement with Taliban
PR Newswire:
5WPR Survey Reveals 38% of Beer-Drinking Americans Wouldn't Buy Corona Now  —  Corona's buzz score has fallen from 75 to 51 in 2020  —  5W Public Relations, one of the top 15 independently-owned PR agencies in the U.S., has conducted a survey via phone of 737 American beer drinkers over the age …
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Rep. Garamendi: NIH official canceled on five Sunday talk shows after Pence's office ‘took over’  —  Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.) on Friday said the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases was told to “stand down” and not appear on five Sunday morning talk shows to discuss the coronavirus.
Bud Kennedy / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
A paranoid militia infiltrating Texas police is bent on rebellion, ‘ready to rise up’  —  A revolution-minded, conspiracy-bent militia group named the Oath Keepers is recruiting law officers in Hood County to take up arms in what the founder predicts will be a “bloody civil war” against the U.S. government.
Discussion: Raw Story
ویرو س کر;ونا در ایرا ن جان ‘دست کم ۲۱۰ نفر’ را گرفت ه است
Discussion: Townhall
Hilary Russ / Reuters:
Just one American with coronavirus still in hospital: Vice President Pence  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Of dozens of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States, only one patient is still in the hospital, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Friday.  —  “In every case, people are being treated …
Laura Bassett / GQ:
Like Warren, I Had My Own Sexist Run-In with Chris Matthews  —  The Hardball anchor frequently demeans women guests, with objectifying and belittling comments, both on and off air.  —  MSNBC host Chris Matthews, whose long history of sexist comments and behavior have somehow not yet gotten him fired …
Anna Merlan / VICE:
Here's the File Clearview AI Has Been Keeping on Me, and Probably on You Too  —  After a recent, extensive, and rather withering bout of bad press, the facial recognition company Clearview AI has changed its homepage, which now touts all the things it says its technology can do, and a few things it can't.
Rachel Paula Abrahamson /
School policy forbids kids from saying ‘no’ when asked to dance  —  One mom is fighting back on behalf of her 11-year-old daughter.  —  Alicia Hobson's 11-year-old daughter, Azlyn, was counting down the days until the Valentine's Day dance at her Utah middle school.
Discussion: TheBlaze and Joanne Jacobs
Andrew Romano / Yahoo News:
New Yahoo News/YouGov poll: Who is strongest against Trump?  Must-win states and swing voters show Biden holds edge over Sanders  —  Is Bernie Sanders “electable”?  It's a question that's been troubling many Democrats, who fear that despite his strong showings in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada …
Robin Wright / New Yorker:
How Iran Became a New Epicenter of the Coronavirus Outbreak  —  Iran's deputy health minister, Iraj Harirchi, was pale and drenched in sweat during a press conference on Monday as he told reporters that the Islamic Republic had “almost stabilized” the country's outbreak of coronavirus.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
For the first time, there are fewer registered Republicans than independents  —  For the first time in history, there are more registered independents in the United States than there are registered Republicans.  —  It may not be for the reason you think, though.
Michael Daly / The Daily Beast:
Trump Didn't Just Botch the Coronavirus Response.  He Enabled Its Spread.  —  Thanks to our president, not even a thousand miles of border wall can keep out what may be already spreading amongst us.  —  Even as China was announcing that its deaths from the novel coronavirus had surpassed …
Discussion: Raw Story
Stephanie Hegarty / BBC:
The boss who put everyone on 70K  —  In 2015, the boss of a card payments company in Seattle introduced a $70,000 minimum salary for all of his 120 staff - and personally took a pay cut of $1m.  Five years later he's still on the minimum salary, and says the gamble has paid off.
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T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
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Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Trump picks Ratcliffe as top intelligence official, again
Discussion: Fox News, Politico and The Hill
Steven Nelson / New York Post:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Mark McLaughlin / The Times:
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Washington Post:
Judge voids nearly 1 million acres of oil and gas leases, saying Trump policy undercut public input
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Trump pushing for three-way arms control with Russia, China
 Earlier Items: 
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Chico Harlan / Washington Post:
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Michael Harriot / The Root:
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Discussion: American Prospect
The RNC Stopped Paying a Data Firm After A Serious Breach.  Then It Paid A Mysterious LLC With the Same Address.
Associated Press:
Sanders-linked group entered into racial discrimination NDA
Discussion: Twitchy