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5:15 PM ET, March 2, 2020

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Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Democratic Primary Voters Flock Back to Biden After South Carolina Victory  —  Former VP pulls within striking distance of Sanders in national poll  —  Getty Images / Morning Consult illustration by Samantha Elbouez  — 26% of Democratic primary voters nationwide are backing former Vice …
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Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
Harry Reid endorses Joe Biden for president; Amy Klobuchar also plans to back him  —  Former Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid endorsed Joe Biden's presidential bid on Monday, saying the former vice president's resume and stability make him the best candidate to beat President Trump.
New York Times:
Amy Klobuchar Drops Out of Presidential Race and Plans to Endorse Biden  —  Ms. Klobuchar made her decision hours before Super Tuesday.  She shocked the primary field with a third-place finish in New Hampshire, but ultimately could not compete with better-funded rivals.
William Kristol / The Bulwark:
The Simple Answer  —  Don't overthink your Super Tuesday vote.  —  “They say the world has become too complex for simple answers.  They are wrong.  There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers.”  —  You are a normal American.  You don't like demagogues of the right or the left.
Discussion: The Week and Althouse
Ginger Gibson / Reuters:
Pete Buttigieg plans to endorse Joe Biden in Democratic primary  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg plans to endorse Joe Biden in the Democratic presidential nominating contest on Monday, shortly after ending his own bid for the White House, a top Buttigieg adviser told Reuters.
Justine Coleman / The Hill:
Obama spoke with Buttigieg after he dropped out of 2020 race: report  —  Former President Obama spoke with former presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg after he dropped out of the 2020 race Sunday, The New York Times reported Monday.  —  Obama reportedly did not directly tell Buttigieg to endorse former Vice President Joe Biden.
Amy Wang / Washington Post:
Amy Klobuchar drops out of presidential race, will endorse Joe Biden
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Bernie or Biden. Period.
Elie Mystal / The Nation:
Black Voters Didn't Vote for Biden in South Carolina Because They ‘Lack Information’
Discussion: NPR, National Review and The Guardian
Jenna Portnoy / Washington Post:
McAuliffe and others trapped in elevator before Biden event in Richmond
Discussion: Mediaite, Daily Kos and The Hill
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Mayor Pete Flew Sky High
Discussion: The Federalist and The Hill
FBI.gov — FBI:
Joint Statement from DOS, DOJ, DOD, DHS, ODNI, FBI, NSA, and CISA on Preparations for Super Tuesday  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, U.S. Attorney General William Barr, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, Acting Director of National Intelligence …
Discussion: Raw Story
Connor O'Brien / Politico:
White House withdraws nomination of Defense official who questioned Ukraine aid freeze  —  The White House is withdrawing the nominee for a top Pentagon post, according to two Senate aides, following reports that she questioned the legality of the administration's efforts to freeze military aid to Ukraine.
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Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
White House takes aggressive public posture amid new coronavirus spread
Discussion: IJR and The Hill
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Trump says it's safe to hold rallies amid coronavirus outbreak
Associated Press:
U.S. death toll climbs to 6 as viral crisis eases in China  —  SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The death toll from the coronavirus in the U.S. climbed to six Monday and the disease spread to ever more countries and world capitals, even as new cases in China dropped to their lowest level in six weeks.
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Timothy Bella / Washington Post:
Trump retweets video of him defeating his critics after second confirmed coronavirus death reported in U.S.
Discussion: The Root
Max Abelson / Bloomberg:
Can We Get a Vaccine Early?  How the Rich Are Preparing for Coronavirus  — Langone dials hospital experts, others hunt supplies or meds  —  One investor may fly to Idaho with or without family.  A doctor in a Colorado ski town is soothing wealthy clients who want a cure.
Richard Salame / The Guardian:
Texas closes hundreds of polling sites, making it harder for minorities to vote  —  Guardian analysis finds that places where black and Latino population is growing by the largest numbers experienced the majority of closures and could benefit Republicans  —  Last year, Texas led the US south …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Susannah Luthi / Politico:
Supreme Court will hear major challenge to Obamacare  —  The Supreme Court on Monday said it will take up a Republican challenge to Obamacare, in a move that boosts Democrats who want to highlight the lawsuit's threat to health care coverage during campaign season.
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New York Times:
Ivanka Trump Completes a Political Evolution: 'I'm a Proud Trump Republican'  —  In an interview, the president's older daughter described her anger at her father's impeachment and the role she will play fund-raising for his campaign.  —  WASHINGTON — She told the Fox News host Sean Hannity …
The Nation:
‘The Nation’ Endorses Bernie Sanders and His Movement  —  We are proud to endorse Sanders, a democratic socialist with a program both realistic and radical enough to meet the challenges of our time.  —  EDITOR'S NOTE: We've put a lot of thought into our endorsement, and we want you to know why.
Discussion: Common Dreams, The Hill, Paste and Slate
Marty Steinberg / CNBC:
Jack Welch, former chairman and CEO of GE, dies at 84  — Jack Welch was a railroad conductor's son who rose to chairman and CEO of General Electric.  — During the 20 years he led the conglomerate, its market value grew from $12 billion to $410 billion.
Justine Coleman / The Hill:
Trump administration announces new restrictions on Chinese journalists  —  President Trump's administration on Monday announced new restrictions against Chinese journalists working for state media, a reaction to how American and other foreign journalists are treated in China.
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Carol Morello / Washington Post:
Trump administration orders four Chinese news outlets in U.S. to reduce staffs
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge orders Hillary Clinton deposition in email flap  —  A federal judge has ordered former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to sit for a sworn deposition for the first time in connection with her use of a private email account during her State Department tenure.
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Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Federal judge orders Hillary Clinton deposition to address private emails: ‘Still more to learn’
Discussion: Townhall and PJ Media Home
NBC News:
FEMA preparing for possible coronavirus emergency declaration  —  “To me this is another indication that the president and the White House are finally aware of the gravity of the situation,” said former FEMA official Michael Coen.  —  WASHINGTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency …
Discussion: VICE, The Week and New York Post
Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
Benjamin Netanyahu defeats Benny Gantz with striking 60-seat bloc  —  It is expected that after the third election in one year, this time the prime minister will succeed in forming a government.  —  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu succeeded in winning 60 seats for his bloc of right-wing …
Discussion: Power Line and The Daily Caller
Politico:
Azar in the crosshairs for delays in virus tests  —  Even as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention takes blame for testing delays that may have led to hundreds of Americans being quietly infected with the coronavirus, officials inside the health department and the White House …
Discussion: The Hill and FOX6Now.com
George Packer / The Atlantic:
The President Is Winning His War on American Institutions  —  When Donald Trump came into office, there was a sense that he would be outmatched by the vast government he had just inherited.  —  The new president was impetuous, bottomlessly ignorant, almost chemically inattentive …
Discussion: Raw Story
Daniel Kreps / Rolling Stone:
Public Enemy Fire Flavor Flav After Bernie Sanders Rally Spat  —  “We thank him for his years of service and wish him well”  —  Public Enemy announced they are permanently “moving forward” without Flavor Flav, firing one of hip-hop's most memorable hypemen after more than 35 years.
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
How a Trump Insider Embeds Climate Denial in Scientific Research  —  An official at the Interior Department embarked on a campaign that has inserted misleading language about climate change — including debunked claims that increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is beneficial …
New York Times:
How Bloomberg Buys the Silence of Unhappy Employees  —  Every year, Mike Bloomberg's company pays hundreds of fired employees to not say anything bad.  —  Every year, hundreds of departing employees at Bloomberg L.P. are presented with a choice: Either leave the company empty-handed or accept …
Moe Tkacik / Bustle:
Rebekah Neumann's Search For Enlightenment Fueled WeWork's Collapse  —  When Rebekah Paltrow showed up at Dechen Thurman's 8 a.m. meditation class for the first time, Thurman saw someone a lot like himself.  Her last name advertised shared lineage with an ultrafamous blonde movie star.
Discussion: The Verge
Andrew Marantz / New Yorker:
The Man Behind Trump's Facebook Juggernaut  —  Brad Parscale used social media to sway the 2016 election.  He's poised to do it again.  —  In September, at a resort hotel in the Coachella Valley, the California Republican Party held its fall convention.  Brad Parscale—forty-four …
Discussion: Washington Post
Lara Seligman / Politico:
Cracks start to show in Taliban peace deal  —  Signs began to show Monday that key pillars of the agreement to negotiate an end to the Afghanistan war were starting to buckle, just hours after the United States signed what was billed as a historic agreement with the Taliban.
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Pentagon to Get First African-American Senior Leader Since Powell
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Max Boot / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders would be an awful president
Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
Bloomberg's online tactics test the boundary of disinformation
Politico:
Health care lobby urges Congress to foot the bill for coronavirus quarantines
Discussion: The Hill
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
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The Coronavirus Will Test Our Connected Way of Life
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Jordan Libowitz / CREW:
CREW Files IRS Complaint Against the NRA
CNN:
Coronavirus crisis underlines eight of Trump's failings as a leader
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Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:
Elizabeth Warren Announces Plan For Swift Federal Action On Coronavirus
Discussion: Press Watch and Washington Post
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
The Sanders and Biden Families Have Been Cashing In for Years
Daniel Greenfield / Front Page Magazine:
An Obama Holdover in an Obscure Government Arm Helped Cause the Country's Coronavirus Crisis
Victor Davis Hanson / American Greatness:
New Impeachment Rules Would Snare Obama
John Myers / Los Angeles Times:
Californians who already voted for Buttigieg or Steyer grapple with desire for a do-over
Discussion: Power Line and The Gateway Pundit