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2:55 PM ET, February 16, 2019

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New York Times:
Phony Wall, Phony Emergency  —  The president plans to manage the border crisis from the golf course at Mar-a-Lago this weekend.  —  The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher.  It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section.
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Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Why Trump will win the wall fight  —  Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, “If my fellow citizens want to go to hell, I will help them.  It is my job.”  What he was expressing is the limited role of courts in challenges to federal law.  It is not their task as judges to sit …
New York Times:
Trump's Attempt to Circumvent Congress Leaves Uneasy Senate Republicans With Hard Choice  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Shelley Moore Capito, Republican of West Virginia, spent the last two weeks hammering out a deal on federal spending and border security with colleagues from both parties …
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Trump Isn't Just Defying the Constitution. He's Undermining SCOTUS.
Denise Lu / New York Times:   Trump's Emergency Declaration Is the First Since 9/11 to Authorize Military Action
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Dems prepare to force Trump to reveal private talks with Putin  —  House Democrats are taking their first real steps to force President Donald Trump to divulge information about his private conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, setting up an extraordinary clash with the White House over Congress' oversight authority.
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Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Collusion: The Criminalization of Policy Disputes
Discussion: The New Neo
Michael Goodwin / Fox News:
Andrew McCabe is a national disgrace - and we owe him a big, fat thank you
Discussion: Fox News Insider
Chico Harlan / Washington Post:
Ex-cardinal McCarrick defrocked by Vatican for sexual abuse  —  ROME — The Vatican on Saturday said it had stripped ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick of the rights of the priesthood, leveling a historic penalty against a onetime church power broker and former archbishop of Washington who has been credibly accused of sexual abuse.
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Associated Press:
Vatican defrocks former US cardinal McCarrick over sex abuse  —  VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing confession and sexual crimes against minors and adults, the Holy See said Saturday.
Associated Press:
The Latest: Police: Aurora attacker took gun to firing  —  AURORA, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on the mass shooting at a warehouse in Aurora, Illinois (all times local):  —  Authorities say the man who killed five co-workers at a suburban Chicago manufacturing warehouse brought his gun to a meeting in which he was going to be fired.
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Allie Malloy / CNN:
Pence calls on European allies to withdraw from Iran deal as Merkel defends decision  —  Munich, Germany (CNN)Vice President Mike Pence called on European allies to abandon the Iran nuclear deal while speaking at the Munich Security Conference, shortly after German Chancellor Angela Merkel …
Discussion: KBZK and Mediaite
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Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Pence urges E.U. to denounce Maduro and recognize Guaidó as Venezuela's leader
Discussion: Politico
Robyn Kanner / New York Times:
Esquire's Cover Boy and Our Culture of Shame  —  I'm a trans woman living in Brooklyn.  And I have tremendous empathy for the conservative teen in Wisconsin.  —  Ms. Kanner is a writer and designer living in Brooklyn.  —  I have an embarrassing secret.  One I have long feared the internet would out for me.
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Bernie Sanders records video announcing 2020 campaign  —  Bernie Sanders, inching closer to a second bid for the White House, has recorded a campaign video in which he says he is running for president in 2020, according to two people familiar with the spot.  —  It's the latest sign …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Political Wire
Reis Thebault / Washington Post:
Conservatives can't stop obsessing over Ocasio-Cortez.  Their latest target: her boyfriend.  —  Fox News, Breitbart and others are wondering why Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's partner has a mail.house.gov email address.  —  First, it was her clothing.  Then her dancing.
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Matt Stoller / The Guardian:
It's not enough to beat back Amazon from New York.  We must do more |  Matt Stoller  —  Simply saying ‘no’ to its headquarters isn't enough - Amazon should be investigated for abusing monopoly power  —  This week, Amazon abandoned a plan to open a second “headquarters” in New York City …
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
‘Never again?’  It's already happening.  —  Because I write books about Soviet history, and because I often speak about them to U.S. or European audiences, I am frequently forced to confront the problem of Western indifference.  Why, I am asked over and over, did British diplomats who knew …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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 …
The Intercept:
Locked Inside a Freezing Federal Jail, They United to Protest Their Conditions — Only to Face Reprisals  —  Photo illustration: Soohee Cho/The Intercept, Redux  —  Jordan remembers jolting awake in his cell at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York, in the early-morning hours of Saturday, February 2.
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USA Today:
Mueller's office seeks prison sentence of 20 years or more for ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort
Discussion: Daily Wire and The Gateway Pundit
 
 
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Jemele Hill / The Atlantic:
Kamala Harris's Blackness Isn't Up for Debate
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
Amazon paid no federal taxes on $11.2 billion in profits last year
Paul Sonne / Washington Post:
Trump looks to raid Pentagon budget for wall money using emergency powers
Linda Qiu / New York Times:
Trump's Rationale for a National Emergency Is Based on False or Misleading Claims
Discussion: PolitiFact and Washington Post
Kait Bolongaro / Politico:
Spain could get right-wing government, survey suggests
José Cárdenas / New York Post:
Omar's attack on Elliott Abrams was cribbed from the anti-American playbook
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
N.C. election officials will consider fate of congressional seat at Monday hearing
Discussion: WRAL-TV
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Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Border Wall GoFundMe Leader Brian Kolfage is Now Selling Coins With His Face on Them
Discussion: Contemptor
Lindsey Bever / Washington Post:
‘Bring back our #ChildHoodDiseases,’ White House official's wife says as she criticizes vaccines
Discussion: Daily Wire
CNN:
Russia is backing a viral video company aimed at American millennials
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
A quote Trump may come to regret: 'I didn't need to do this'
Discussion: Althouse
Henry Olsen / Washington Post:
Words are a president's strongest weapon. Trump is terrible at words.
Discussion: Raw Story
Katherine Tully-McManus / Roll Call:
Capitol Police crackdown on press escalates to physical altercation
Discussion: Common Dreams