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Plus, at least nine scientific reports from the Interior Department contained misleading language about climate change.

Biden’s decisive S.C. win a signal for Super Tuesday

Former Vice President Joe Biden won a nearly 30-point lead in South Carolina this weekend with the help of an endorsement from South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn, the highest-ranking African-American in Congress. The win resurrected his campaign ahead of Super Tuesday and prompted pundits to frame the primaries as a two-candidate race now. But he’s not come close to the number of ads Sen. Bernie Sanders has aired in the 14 Super Tuesday voting states, his network of staffers is smaller, and he doesn’t have the same influence with Latino voters as Sanders. By contrast, Sanders still needs to improve with African-American voters, a sizable part of the Democratic electorate. He took only 17% of South Carolina’s Black vote, compared to Biden’s 61%.

Buttigieg, Steyer bow out of presidential race

Pete Buttigieg, the first openly gay major presidential candidate, announced Sunday he was withdrawing his bid following a trouncing in the South Carolina Democratic primary, a second-place position in New Hampshire and a contested Iowa win. Buttigieg failed to build a broad coalition of voters, including the vital block of African-American Democratic voters. He is considering throwing his support behind former Vice President Joe Biden, but has not made an official endorsement as of press time. On Saturday, Billionaire Tom Steyer also announced that he was suspending his campaign. 

Trump official inserted debunked climate theories into scientific reports

The New York Times found at least nine scientific reports from the Interior Department contained misleading language about climate change—the result of a campaign by Indur M. Goklany, deputy secretary tasked with assessing the department’s climate policies. The reports, which inform federal decisions about water, land, and mineral rights, now contain language that contradicts confirmed science and casts doubt on global warming, among other issues. Goklany has worked in the Interior Department for decades in lower-level positions, but was swiftly elevated in 2017 by the Trump administration. 

Campaign rally drama for Klobuchar and Sanders

Dozens of demonstrators representing the Racial Justice Network, Minneapolis NAACP and community members forced Sen. Amy Klobuchar to cancel an appearance in her home state of Minnesota Sunday. Myon Burrell was sentenced to life in prison in a case pressed by then-County Attorney Klobuchar and which an Associated Press investigation has labeled “flawed.” The conviction has drawn national attention. Meanwhile, Public Enemy gave Flavor Flav the boot this weekend after the former rapper and reality TV star sent Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign a cease-and-desist letter over a Public Enemy concert at a Los Angeles rally. Chuck D and other members went on to perform under a slightly different name, Public Enemy Radio, and announced Sunday that they would move on without their iconic hypeman.