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9:15 PM ET, February 15, 2019


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Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
Trump's National Emergency Just Got Its First Legal Challenge  —  Legal advocacy group Public Citizen filed suit on behalf of landowners in Texas and an environmental group.  More lawsuits are expected.  —  Reporting From  —  Washington, DC  —  WASHINGTON - A consumer advocacy group filed …
Washington Post:
Trump's bewildering national emergency press conference, annotated  —  President Trump declared a national emergency at the southern border on Friday — but not without making a scene full of false claims, offbeat comments and tense exchanges.  —  Below is the full transcript, with annotations in yellow.
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Ann Coulter Fires Back at Trump: ‘The Only National Emergency Is That Our President Is an Idiot’  —  The president said she had gone ‘off the reservation’ during his Rose Garden address declaring a national emergency for the wall.  —  Matt Wilstein  —  Ann Coulter says she's thankful …
David French / National Review:
Trump's Emergency Declaration Is Contemptuous of the Rule of Law  —  This is no Trump v. Hawaii; the president's discretion is dramatically limited.  —  One thing that is abundantly clear from reading the full text of President Trump's declaration of a national emergency on the southern border …
Henry Olsen / Washington Post:
Words are a president's strongest weapon.  Trump is terrible at words.  —  The lawyers will fight over the legality and constitutionality of President Trump's national emergency declaration.  What his legal team can't salvage is the American people's assessment of his ability to do his job.
Discussion: Raw Story
Victoria Albert / The Daily Beast:
Ann Coulter: National Emergency Designed ‘for Trump to Scam the Stupidest People in His Base’  —  Conservative provocateur Ann Coulter fired shots at Trump on Friday for saying he'll sign a bill that would avert another government shutdown and instead declaring a national emergency to build his Mexico border wall.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Declares a National Emergency, and Provokes a Constitutional Clash
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump just plunged the country into dangerous new territory. Here's what's really at stake.
Discussion: Raw Story, New York Times and CNBC
Washington Post:
Fact-checking Trump's announcement of a national emergency
Discussion: PolitiFact and New York Times
Shannon Vavra / Axios:
House Judiciary to investigate Trump's emergency declaration
Discussion: Washington Post
Washington Post:
Trump declares national emergency on southern border in bid to build wall
ACLU to Challenge National Emergency Declaration
Discussion: Daily Wire and Mother Jones
Josh Blackman / Lawfare:
How Congress and President Obama Made Trump's Wall Possible
Discussion: New York Times and CNN
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Special counsel prosecutors say they have communications of Stone with WikiLeaks  —  Washington (CNN)Prosecutors said for the first time that they have evidence of Roger Stone communicating with WikiLeaks, according to a new court filing from special counsel prosecutors.
Exclusive: WH press secretary Sarah Sanders interviewed by special counsel's office  —  Washington (CNN)Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has interviewed White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, she told CNN on Friday.  —  “The President urged me, like he has everyone in the administration …
USA Today:
Mueller's office seeks prison sentence of 20 years or more for ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort  —  WASHINGTON - Russia special counsel Robert Mueller asked a federal judge on Friday to send former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to prison for between 20 and 24 years for his conviction on multiple financial fraud charges.
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Mueller says Paul Manafort should serve 19-24 years in prison  —  Prosecutors for special counsel Robert Mueller said in a new court filing that President Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort should serve between 19.5 and 24.5 years in prison for the financial crimes for which he was convicted in a Virginia court last August.
Discussion: Politico
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Cummings: 2 Trump attorneys may have lied about Cohen payments  —  House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings said on Friday that his panel received new documents showing that two attorneys for President Donald Trump may have lied to government ethics officials about Trump fixer Michael …
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:   Ethics Office Notes Show ‘Evolving Stories’ on Trump's Reimbursement of Michael Cohen, House Oversight Committee Says
Daily Herald:
Suspect in custody after multiple Aurora cops, civilians shot  —  Multiple police officers and civilians have been wounded in an Aurora shooting Friday in an industrial area near Prairie and Highland avenues.  —  Multiple police officers and civilians have been wounded in an Aurora shooting Friday …
Discussion:, WGN-TV and CNN
Washington Post:
At least 5 civilians dead and 5 officers wounded in shooting in Aurora, Ill., officials say  —  Five people were killed and five police officers wounded Friday afternoon when a gunman opened fire inside of a warehouse in Aurora, Ill., police say.  —  Aurora Police Chief Kristin Zimen confirmed the suspect …
Discussion: CBS Chicago and Splinter
Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
Why Trump's Going to Win on the National Emergency  —  All through the 2016 campaign Donald Trump warned about the menace of immigration by reciting the lyrics of a song called “The Snake,” about a kind woman who takes a snake into her home, only to die when he bites her.
Discussion: Breitbart
The Bulwark:
A Defining Moment for the GOP  —  President Trump's emergency declaration is a red line for Republicans.  —  Now that President Trump has declared a national emergency to circumvent Congress and build his wall, Republican legislators face a time for choosing: Support Trump or the rule of law.
Discussion: Raw Story and Hill Reporter
Chris Truax / USA Today:
Donald Trump's emergency declaration is an attack on democracy
Nolan Hicks / New York Post:
De Blasio rips into AOC's Amazon opposition: Working people ‘want jobs’ … It's a progressive civil war.  —  A hot-under-the-collar Mayor Bill de Blasio tore into Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday as he blistered both the online giant and local politicians who opposed bringing it to Queens.
Jennifer Smith / Daily Mail:
PICTURED - Two Nigerian actor brothers are arrested over Jussie Smollett attack, as it's revealed they are FRIENDS with the Empire star amid claims the assault was staged to save his career  — Police are now treating the two brothers as suspects and not persons of interest but neither has been charged
Discussion: Breitbart and The Gateway Pundit
Katherine Tully-McManus / Roll Call:
Capitol Police crackdown on press escalates to physical altercation  —  A Capitol Police crackdown turned physical Thursday afternoon, when officers clashed with reporters attempting to speak with senators in a location known as key territory for lawmakers and media to mix: the Senate basement.
New York Times:
Air Force Defector to Iran Severely Damaged U.S. Intelligence Efforts, Ex-Officials Say  —  WASHINGTON — A former Air Force sergeant who defected to Iran did severe damage to American intelligence operations, and is suspected of revealing the names of double agents run by United States military intelligence …
Connor O'Brien / Politico:
Trump's raid on Pentagon funds draws bipartisan Hill fire  —  President Donald Trump's decision to tap into billions of dollars in defense funding to help build his signature border wall drew fierce criticism Friday from military-minded lawmakers in both parties, who warned the move would damage military readiness.
Discussion: Raw Story
Liam Stack / New York Times:
A Border Agent Detained Two Americans Speaking Spanish.  Now They Have Sued.  —  The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on Thursday against United States Customs and Border Protection on behalf of two American women who were stopped last spring in a small Montana city by a border agent …
Discussion: Hit & Run and ACLU
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Steve Benen / MSNBC:
A quote Trump may come to regret: 'I didn't need to do this'
Washington Post:
Angry over campus speech by Uighur activist, Chinese students in Canada contact their consulate, film presentation
Tim Mak / NPR:
Senate Panel Launches Bipartisan Probe Into Think Tank Linked To Butina, Torshin
Discussion: Raw Story
David Siders / Politico:
Beto O'Rourke in talks with strategists ahead of likely 2020 bid
Discussion: Hot Air and Political Wire
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:
White House social media chief denies knowing of undocumented workers at Trump golf club, won't address specific claims
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Promised to ‘Build That Wall,’ Then Ran Out of Time and Options
Discussion: Raw Story
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Latino labor rights icon endorses Kamala Harris
Discussion: Axios
 Earlier Items: 
Aaron Rodriguez / CREW:
CREW Sues DOJ Over Presidential Emergency Powers Documents
Discussion: Splinter
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:
How Kids YouTube Star Blippi Used Copyright Law to Hide His Harlem Shake Poop Video
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
Twitter Suspended A DC Think Tank For Violating Its Rules Against Fake Accounts