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12:25 AM ET, February 12, 2016


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Mother Jones:
Civil Rights Hero John Lewis Slams Bernie Sanders  —  Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), the progressive icon who led the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) during the civil rights movement, on Thursday dismissed Sen. Bernie Sanders' participation in that movement.
Kasie Hunt / NBC News:
Sanders: Obama Hasn't Closed ‘Presidential Leadership Gap’  —  NEW YORK, N.Y. — Bernie Sanders says the aim of his political revolution is to bring more people into the political process than President Barack Obama, arguing that he can close a presidential leadership gap that's persisted …
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Clinton to Sanders at debate: Get real  —  MILWAUKEE — A low-key debate turned fiery at the very end on Thursday night as Hillary Clinton unleashed a series of points to try and paint Bernie Sanders as opposed to President Barack Obama — a tack that Sanders forcefully rebutted.
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Sanders's Secret Service code name revealed  —  Bernie Sanders's Secret Service code name is “Intrepid,” according to The Bill Press Show.  —  Press, a liberal talk show host and columnist for The Hill, revealed the code name, citing an undisclosed source and stating that it was an “absolute fact.”
Discussion: Yahoo Politics, Mediaite, RT and The Week
The Intercept:
Hillary Clinton's Congressional Black Caucus PAC Endorsement Approved By Board Awash in Lobbyists  —  The Congressional Black Caucus PAC announced its endorsement of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign on Thursday, a move that is being widely interpreted as a sign of her deep support from the African American community.
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
John Lewis questions Sanders on civil rights involvement
Discussion: Hot Air
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo Politics:
Stephen Colbert offers Bernie Sanders advice on how to win South Carolina
Discussion: Washington Post, ABC News and Politico
Brian Flood / The Wrap:
CNN's Jake Tapper Calls Anti-Trump Headlines ‘Very Height of Elitism’  —  “I think journalistically, to not take Donald Trump seriously is a mistake,” Tapper tells TheWrap  —  CNN's Jake Tapper is not impressed with Huffington Post and New York Daily News headlines mocking Donald Trump.
MJ Lee / CNN:
First on CNN: New Cruz ad hits Trump's character, accuses him of ‘sleaze’  —  (CNN)Ted Cruz will launch his most forceful attack yet against Donald Trump in a TV ad that accuses Trump of buying political influence “in a pattern of sleaze stretching back decades.”
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Donald Trump's Campaign Pulls a Negative Ad on Ted Cruz
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Hispanic celebs rip GOP field in open letter
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Cruz denies Trump accusation over ‘push polls’
Associated Press:
Rubio Eyes Brokered Convention After NH Setback
Monica Langley / Wall Street Journal:
Meet the Man Who Helps Trump Be Trump
Discussion: Hot Air and Trail Blazers Blog
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Cruz Campaign Removes Ad Featuring Softcore Porn Star  —  Amy Lindsay has appeared in films such as Erotic Confessions, Carnal Wishes, Secrets of a Chambermaid, and Insatiable Desires.  “Had the campaign known of her full filmography, we obviously would not have let her appear in the ad,” a Cruz campaign spokesman told BuzzFeed News.
Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
Clinton Foundation received subpoena from State Department investigators  —  Investigators with the State Department issued a subpoena to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation last fall seeking documents about the charity's projects that may have required approval …
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
Report: Iranian Official Says GOPers Tried To Stall Prisoner Swap For 2016 Election  —  An Iranian official said “Republican rivals of the current US administration” attempted to stall last month's Iranian-U.S. prisoner swap until the eve of the U.S. presidential election, Tasnim News Agency reported.
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
U.S. and Russia Announce Plan for Humanitarian Aid and a Cease-Fire in Syria  —  MUNICH — Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergey V. Lavrov, announced that they had agreed on the delivery over the next few days of desperately needed aid to besieged Syrian cities …
Discussion: and Mediaite
Claire Phipps / Guardian:
Syria cessation of hostilities ‘within a week’ agreed at Munich talks - live
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hullabaloo
Dennis Overbye / New York Times:
Gravitational Waves Detected, Confirming Einstein's Theory  —  A team of physicists who can now count themselves as astronomers announced on Thursday that they had heard and recorded the sound of two black holes colliding a billion light-years away, a fleeting chirp that fulfilled the last prophecy …
Tim Radford / Guardian:
Gravitational waves: discovery hailed as breakthrough of the century
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Alan Grayson's Double Life: Congressman and Hedge Fund Manager  —  WASHINGTON — The hedge fund manager boasted that he had traveled to “every country” in the world, studying overseas stock markets as he fine-tuned an investment strategy to capitalize on global companies' suffering because of economic or political turmoil.
Beth Anne Steele / FBI:
Statement by FBI Special Agent in Charge Greg Bretzing on the Situation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge … This morning the FBI took into custody the four remaining occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge without incident and without shots fired.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and NPR
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
SC Poll: Trump 32, Cruz 26, Rubio 20, Bush 10  —  I've just heard from a political operative whom I've known a long time and whose integrity I trust.  This person is working with an organization—not one of the campaigns—that was in the field (using a very reputable pollster) Wednesday night in South Carolina.
Peter Holley / Washington Post:
Parents outraged after students shown ‘white guilt’ cartoon for Black History Month  —  A Virginia school district has banned the use of an educational video about racial inequality after some parents complained that its messaging is racially divisive.  —  The four-minute, animated video …
Associated Press:
Cruz app data collection helps campaign read minds of voters  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Protecting the privacy of law-abiding citizens from the government is a pillar of Ted Cruz's Republican presidential candidacy, but his campaign is testing the limits of siphoning personal data from supporters.
Discussion: The Last Refuge
First on CNN: Harry Reid says contested Democratic convention possible  —  (CNN)Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that the Democratic race for president could drag on for months — and possibly to the Democratic National Convention in July.  —  In an interview with CNN …
Discussion: Hot Air, Political Wire and Politico
Darren Sands / BuzzFeed:
Clinton Campaign Hires Zerlina Maxwell For Digital Outreach  —  WASHINGTON — The Hillary Clinton campaign has hired Zerlina Maxwell, a well-known political analyst and writer, to join its digital outreach team, BuzzFeed News has learned.  —  Contacted by BuzzFeed News Thursday …
Discussion: National Review
Jon Ralston / Ralston Reports:
Team Clinton tries to lower Nevada expectations with incredible (i.e. false) claims  —  After setting up an impressive team of Nevada veterans, including some noteworthy Hispanic operatives, Hillary Clinton arrived in May to lay down a marker on immigration reform.  —  She met with DREAMERs, who endorsed her last week.
Cpotter / MARK-CM:
Westwood One Announces Lifetime Extension for The Mark Levin Show  —  Popular Show Hosted by Mark Levin Renewed Through 2025  —  NEW YORK, NY, February 11, 2016 - Westwood One announces that Mark Levin will continue his eponymous talk show for many years to come, as The Mark Levin Show has now been extended through 2025.
Discussion: The Right Scoop
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David E. Sanger / New York Times:
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Lena H. Sun / Washington Post:
Miscarriages reported in 2 U.S. women with Zika virus, CDC says
Discussion: RT and STAT
Mariano Castillo / CNN:
52 dead in riot at Mexico's Topo Chico prison
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Yellen on negative rates: 'We wouldn't take those off the table'
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Ben Howe / RedState:
Donald Trump Financed The Gang of 8
Scott Thistle / Bangor Daily News:
LePage names himself state education commissioner
Discussion: Political Wire and Daily Kos
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Heidi Cruz Bizarrely Rants About How Ted Will Show America ‘The Face of God’
Erica Orden / Wall Street Journal:
After Cracking Under Pressure, Marco Rubio's Molar Gets a Campaign Trail Fix

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