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Sanders targeted in chaotic S.C. debate
Sen. Bernie Sanders weathered a gauntlet of attacks from fellow presidential candidates in a debate Tuesday night in South Carolina characterized as chaotic. Democrats went all out on their last stage together before Super Tuesday. Sen. Elizabeth Warren drew Sanders as ineffective, with good ideas but no real plan for getting them accomplished and contrasted herself as someone who gets work done. Mike Bloomberg declared Sanders unable to beat President Trump; Pete Buttigieg said he would hurt Democratic campaigns in the House and Senate; and former vice president Joe Biden came for Sanders on gun control, suggesting Sanders’ votes helped pave the way for the Mother Emmanuel Church massacre in Charleston, S.C.
Trump will to address nation about the U.S. response to coronavirus outbreak
The president announced via Twitter this morning he plans to hold a press conference today at 6 p.m. to talk about how his administration is responding to the coronavirus outbreak. The tweet addressed economic impact rather than health concerns: He accused MSNBC and CNN of “doing everything possible to make the Caronavirus look as bad as possible, including panicking markets, if possible.” Speaking on an impending coronavirus outbreak, the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases recommended on Tuesday that cities and towns plan for extended school closings and businesses should arrange for employees to work from home.
Black Lives Matter founders endorse Warren, Sanders
Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors gave a joint endorsement of Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren for president, joining colleague Alicia Garza who backed Warren days ago. Cullors also called for Joe Biden to stand down as an establishment candidate. “We need all hands on deck right now for progressives,” she said on MSNBC’s The Beat with Ari Melber.
SCOTUS blocks suit from family of minor murdered by border patrol
In 2010, Sergio Hernandez Guereca, 15, was playing with friends on the cement that divides El Paso, Texas, from Ciudad Juarez in Mexico when a Border Patrol agent arrested one of the group for illegal border crossing. Guereca ran back to the Mexican side of the border but was shot in the back of the head from the U.S. side. His parents sued for extradition of the agent responsible for his death but were denied, but suffered another blow Tuesday when the Supreme Court ruled that they cannot sue. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the dissenting opinion.