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2:05 PM ET, February 14, 2019


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Andrew G. McCabe / The Atlantic:
Every Day Is a New Low in Trump's White House  —  The president steps over bright ethical and moral lines wherever he encounters them.  Everyone in America saw it when he fired my boss.  But I saw it firsthand time and time again. … On Wednesday, May 10, 2017, my first full day on the job …
CBS News:
McCabe says he ordered the obstruction of justice probe of President Trump  —  The former FBI acting director tells 60 Minutes about the measures taken to ensure investigations into President Trump wouldn't “vanish.”  See the full story Sunday at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CBS
New York Times:
McCabe Says Justice Officials Discussed Recruiting Cabinet Members to Push Trump Out of Office  —  WASHINGTON — Andrew G. McCabe, the former deputy F.B.I. director, said in an interview aired on Thursday that top Justice Department officials were so alarmed by President Trump's decision …
J. David Goodman / New York Times:
Amazon Pulls Out of Planned New York City Headquarters  —  [What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.]  —  Amazon said on Thursday that it was canceling plans to build a corporate campus in New York City.  The company had planned to build a sprawling complex …
The Amazon Blog:
Update on plans for New York City headquarters  —  After much thought and deliberation, we've decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens.  For Amazon, the commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive …
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
Amazon Got Exactly What It Deserved—And So Did New York
Discussion: CNN, Curbed NY and GeekWire
New York Times:
Trump Puts Best Face on Border Deal, as Aides Try to Assuage an Angry Right  —  WASHINGTON — In pursuit of a wall, President Trump ran into one.  A single-minded drive to force Congress to finance his signature campaign promise has left Mr. Trump right back where he started …
Trump privately gripes that GOP was outplayed by Democrats  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump appears to be moving — unhappily — closer to signing a bipartisan agreement that provides only a fraction of the money he demanded for a border wall.  But in conversations with allies …
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
The Ocasio-Cortez Effect: Wave of Challenges Hits Entrenched N.Y. Democrats  —  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may be just the beginning.  —  Less than eight months after Ms. Ocasio-Cortez stunned the political world by unseating a powerful Democratic congressman, her home state is emerging …
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
'Here's the system, it sucks': Meet the Hill staffers hired by Ocasio-Cortez to upend Washington  —  One is the daughter of an immigrant from Nigeria who wanted to understand the causes of her mom's plight, starting a search that would lead her to Spelman, Oxford, Harvard, Georgetown …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP wants to pit Ocasio-Cortez against Democrats in the Senate
Discussion: Washington Post
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Isn't Looking to Retire Yet, But Is Another Supreme Court Justice Ready to Go?  —  No one tells a Supreme Court Justice when to retire.  But there are currently two retirement dramas under way at the Court—one semi-public and the other semi-private …
The Daily Beast:
Trump's DHS Guts Task Forces Protecting Elections From Foreign Meddling  —  “It's very curious why the leadership has not committed resources to prepare for the 2020 election,” one DHS official tells The Daily Beast.  —  Two teams of federal officials assembled to fight foreign election interference …
Jim DeRogatis / New Yorker:
Prosecutors Are Moving to Indict R. Kelly, After the Discovery of Another Videotape  —  According to a senior law-enforcement official, the tape shows Kelly sexually assaulting an underage girl.  —  A videotape from the R. & B. superstar R. Kelly's past may soon lead to his indictment in Illinois …
Discussion: Okayplayer
Sara Sidner / CNN:
CNN has seen tape Avenatti says shows R. Kelly having sex with underage girl
Discussion: The Root and
Moritz Rakuszitzky / bellingcat:
Third Suspect in Skripal Poisoning Identified as Denis Sergeev, High-Ranking GRU Officer  —  Bellingcat previously confirmed that a third GRU officer was present in the UK during the time Sergey and Yulia Skripal fell into a coma, after what the UK authorities said was a deliberate poisoning with Novichok.
Ronald Radosh / The Daily Beast:
How Ilhan Omar's Attempt to Shame Elliott Abrams Backfired  —  The new committee member's very rhetorical questions to ‘Mr. Adams’ suggested deep suspicion of America's foreign affairs, and limited knowledge of them.  —  Ronald Radosh  —  The House Foreign Affairs Committee heard testimony …
Discussion: Washington Post, RedState and Breitbart
Jewish Insider:
Daily Kickoff: Rep. Ilhan Omar vs. Elliott Abrams | …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Jihad Watch
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Paul Manafort Keeps Lying About Russia Collusion.  Is It to Protect Donald Trump?  —  Last night, a federal judge ruled that Paul Manafort violated his plea agreement by lying repeatedly to federal prosecutors about the Russia investigation.  Some of Manafort's lies go …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
The three 2020 Democrats Trump's campaign is watching most closely  —  Donald Trump's political advisers are homing in on three declared Democratic candidates who they believe are the most viable at this early stage of the campaign.  —  The reelection campaign has begun compiling opposition research …
Discussion: The Week and Talking Points Memo
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Anti-Vaccine Facebook Ads Target Women in Measles-Stricken States  —  Nearly 150 spots are targeting women over the age of 25—the group most likely to include mothers of children who might need to be vaccinated.  —  BEAST INSIDE … Facebook's advertising platform is being used …
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Senate confirm William Barr as attorney general  —  [Breaking: Senate votes to confirm William P. Barr as attorney general.  He will oversee the Mueller probe as lawmakers grow eager to see its results.  —  Barr, who previously served as attorney general in the George H.W. Bush administration …
The Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh:
Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh eyewitness accounts of the incident involving Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Publisher John Robinson Block  —  After much careful consideration, the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh has decided to release some of the eyewitness accounts of the incident involving Pittsburgh …
Ivan Dikov / European Views:
Belgian Counterintelligence Chief Suspected of Spying for Russia  —  Belgium's intelligence service ADIV has been plagued by a long-standing conflict between its intelligence and counter-intelligence departments.  —  Clement Vandenborre, counterintelligence head in Belgium's intelligence service …
Andrea Drusch / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Worried Texas Republicans call for more national help in 2020  —  Texas Republicans have long coasted to re-election while ignoring their Democratic opponents.  Not anymore.  —  For 2020, GOP incumbents in what has historically been one of the most solidly red states in the union …
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
Trump Is Making ‘Socialism’ Sound Pretty Good  —  And in any case, Democrats are not planning to seize the means of production anytime soon.  —  Only a handful of Democrats in Congress (and just one Democrat-adjacent presidential contender) identify as “socialist,” but they appear …
Discussion: Observer and American Thinker
Daily Mail:
Timeline of the London girls' journey into ISIS' heart of terror - but now one wants to come home  — December - Counter terrorism police question Shamima Begum, Kadiz Sultana and Amira Abase after their friend Sharmeema Begum goes to Syria.  —  Kadiza Sultana, 16, and 15-year-olds Shamima Begum …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
Amazon's Home Surveillance Chief Declared War on “Dirtbag Criminals” as Company Got Closer to Police  —  On March 17, 2016, Ring CEO Jamie Siminoff emailed out a company-wide declaration of war.  The message, under the subject line “Going to war,” made two things clear to the home surveillance …
A remembrance of the victims from the Parkland shooting — as told by their classmates  —  BY STUDENTS OF MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS SPECIAL TO THE MIAMI HERALD  —  Twelve months ago, 14 students and three adults were murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland.  On Valentine's Day.
Deanna Paul / Washington Post:
El Chapo escaped two prisons in Mexico — but no one's ever busted out of the American ‘ADX’  —  There's a supermax prison in Florence, Colo., two hours outside Denver.  It's the highest-security penitentiary in the United States.  Since opening in 1994, no prisoner has escaped …
Mike Allen / Axios:
House Democrats may target Ivanka Trump in their Russia probe  —  Outlining a blueprint for the vast Russia probe planned by the new House majority, a Democratic member of Congress suggested at a roundtable with reporters this week that lawmakers may seek testimony from Ivanka Trump.
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Jussie Smollett Goes There: If I Said My Attackers Were Muslim or Mexican, Doubters Would Support Me  —  In his Thursday interview with Good Morning America, Empire actor Jussie Smollett struck back at those who have doubted his story of an alleged hate crime attack in Chicago.
Discussion: Law & Crime
Mark Di Stefano / BuzzFeed:
Journalists Have Been Banned From A Powerful Database That Lets You Search People's Phone Numbers And Addresses  —  Until now, Trace IQ let journalists search names, phone numbers and addresses in one database - now they've been banned, but other groups, such as debt collectors, haven't.
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Silicon Valley Index shows the misery and triumph of the world's tech capital … Living at the center of the tech universe?  Well, I have some good news and some bad news.  —  The good news is that Silicon Valley is thriving economically, generating new technology and good jobs.
Laura Strickler / NBC News:
‘Whistleblower’ seeks protection after sounding alarm over White House security clearances  —  Tricia Newbold says her supervisor “repeatedly mishandled security files and has approved unwarranted security clearances.”  —  Specialist in White House security clearance office suspended without pay
Discussion: CNN and Raw Story
Liel Leibovitz / Tablet Magazine:
Virginia Democratic Candidate Apologizes to Jewish Community for Past Statements  —  Coming on the heels of Rep. Ilhan Omar's (D-Minn.) anti-Semitic statements and subsequent apology, another Democratic politician was forced to apologize for vitriolic statements about Israel.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Union: Los Angeles Times management wants ‘unfettered’ control over staffers' book projects  —  The Los Angeles Times Guild is raising concerns about a proposal from the newspaper's management to assert “unfettered control” over the outside projects — books and TV shows, for example …
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Lawmakers call for former top Tillerson aide to be disciplined for refusing to comply with investigation
Discussion: Raw Story
Victorina Morales / USA Today:
As an undocumented worker, I cleaned Trump's golf club. Now, I'm a voice for all immigrants.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Trump's pick to lead the World Bank once described himself as 25-year opponent to the institution
Washington Post:
Joe Biden's 2020 campaign decision: Quietly agonizing as months go by
Discussion: The Week
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Pretend It's Aliens
Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:
In bid to avoid shutdown, spending deal drops Violence Against Women Act extension, other contentious provisions
Discussion: Vox and Daily Kos
Ron Synovitz / Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Are Russian Trolls Saving Measles From Extinction?
Discussion: Slate and ThinkProgress
 Earlier Items: 
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Nearly half of Republicans think God wanted Trump to be president
Discussion: Political Wire
Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
Poll: A Year After Parkland, Urgency For New Gun Restrictions Declines
Discussion: Washington Post and Vox
Paul Sperry / RealClearInvestigations:
Trump Looks to Uproot Numbers-Only Bias Test Widely Used in U.S.
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Eddie Scarry / Washington Examiner:
It's true, Trump really did start building more wall in Texas