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8:50 AM ET, February 16, 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 …
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Trump Isn't Just Defying the Constitution.  He's Undermining SCOTUS.  —  The president defended his national emergency by boasting that he'll win at the Supreme Court because it's full of his judges.  —  In a Rose Garden speech Friday morning announcing that he was declaring a national state …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Presidents Have Declared Dozens of Emergencies, but None Like Trump's  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump on Friday pointed to nearly five dozen previous instances in which presidents of both parties have declared emergencies as justification for his invocation of extraordinary powers to build his border wall.
Discussion: Althouse, Cronkite News, The New Neo, PRI and Vox
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 …
Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
Why Trump's Going to Win on the National Emergency
Discussion: Breitbart
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.
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.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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 …
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Mueller says Paul Manafort should serve 19-24 years in prison
Fox News:
Judge imposes partial gag order in Roger Stone case
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: Splinter
Daily Herald:
Suspect in custody after multiple Aurora cops, civilians shot
Discussion: CNN, WGN-TV and Breitbart
Washington Post:
‘A recipe for disaster’?  Trump's border emergency drags the GOP into a risky fight ahead of 2020.  —  President Trump's decision to unilaterally attempt to build his promised wall at the Mexico border is pulling his party into a tailspin of drama and unease — a move that could help …
Shannon Vavra / Axios:
House Judiciary to investigate Trump's emergency declaration
Discussion: The Guardian and ABC News
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
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
How Dumb Is Ocasio-Cortez?  —  The two hottest commodities in the Democratic Party are Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  Earlier this week, Omar exhibited stunning ignorance in her hostile questioning of Elliott Abrams.  Similarly, Ocasio-Cortez has often displayed a surprising lack …
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
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
California's move to Super Tuesday hands Harris a big edge in 2020  —  Kamala Harris is building a wall around California.  —  The Democratic senator has been activating her forces on the home front since launching her White House bid last month — cornering some of the state's most prolific donors …
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Latino labor rights icon endorses Kamala Harris
Discussion: Axios
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
A quote Trump may come to regret: 'I didn't need to do this'  —  Donald Trump delivered a series of rambling comments this morning about his emergency declaration, which was then followed by a rambling press conference.  And while the president made a series of odd claims …
Discussion: Althouse
Russia is backing a viral video company aimed at American millennials  —  New York (CNN)Three online video channels designed to appeal to millennials have collected tens of millions of views on Facebook since September.  But the pages pushing the videos do not disclose that they are backed by the Russian government.
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
N.C. election officials will consider fate of congressional seat at Monday hearing  —  Investigators on Monday will begin revealing the breadth of an alleged ballot-tampering scheme in North Carolina, launching a potentially bitter and partisan battle over how to fill a congressional seat that has remained vacant since January.
Discussion: Political Wire and WRAL-TV
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Lindsey Bever / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Daily Wire and The Guardian
New York Times:
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Discussion: Politico and Common Dreams
Washington Post:
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 Earlier Items: 
Tim Mak / NPR:
Senate Panel Launches Bipartisan Probe Into Think Tank Linked To Butina, Torshin
Discussion: Raw Story
Connor O'Brien / Politico:
Trump's raid on Pentagon funds draws bipartisan Hill fire
Discussion: Raw Story
David Siders / Politico:
Beto O'Rourke in talks with strategists ahead of likely 2020 bid
Discussion: Hot Air
New York Times:
Air Force Defector to Iran Severely Damaged U.S. Intelligence Efforts, Ex-Officials Say
Liam Stack / New York Times:
A Border Agent Detained Two Americans Speaking Spanish. Now They Have Sued.
Discussion: Hit & Run