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5:35 PM ET, February 16, 2019


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John Cassidy / New Yorker:
A Weak and Rambling President Declares a Fake National Emergency  —  On Friday morning, Donald Trump walked up to a lectern in the White House Rose Garden to make an announcement of monumental importance that clearly couldn't wait a moment longer.  “Before we begin,” he said …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
In declaring a national emergency, Trump reminds Republicans: It's all about him  —  Though he expects loyalty from Republicans, President Trump has never demonstrated much fidelity to the party that he leads, and on Friday he proved it again.  In declaring a national emergency to fund his border wall …
Discussion: Raw Story, IJR, Mediaite and Axios
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.
Discussion: IJR, The Week, CNBC and POLITICUSUSA
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Trump Follows Familiar Playbook When Confronted by a Loss: Distract and Digress
Discussion: Toronto Star
Linda Qiu / New York Times:
Trump's Rationale for a National Emergency Is Based on False or Misleading Claims
Discussion: PolitiFact and Washington Post
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 …
Discussion: National Review
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Denise Lu / New York Times:
Trump's Emergency Declaration Is the First Since 9/11 to Authorize Military Action
Discussion: Business Insider
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.
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Collusion: The Criminalization of Policy Disputes
Discussion: The New Neo
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
Washington Post:   Trump foreign policy under attack from all sides at European security conference
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Pence urges E.U. to denounce Maduro and recognize Guaidó as Venezuela's leader
Discussion: Mother Jones and Politico
Sam Roberts / New York Times:
Patrick Caddell, Self-Taught Pollster Who Helped Carter to White House, Dies at 68  —  Patrick Caddell, the political pollster who helped send an obscure peanut farmer named Jimmy Carter to the White House, later became disillusioned with fellow Democrats and finally veered to advise supporters …
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 …
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.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
The War That Wasn't: Trump Claims Obama Was Ready to Strike North Korea  —  WASHINGTON — America was on the brink of war.  As President Barack Obama prepared to leave office, he was contemplating yet another conflict in Asia, where the United States had already fought twice since the 1950s without winning.
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.
David Wallace-Wells / New York Times:
Time to Panic  —  The planet is getting warmer in catastrophic ways.  And fear may be the only thing that saves us.  —  Mr. Wallace-Wells is the author of the forthcoming “The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming.”  —  The age of climate panic is here.
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.
Andrew McCarthy / Fox News:
McCabe, Rosenstein and the real truth about the 25th Amendment coup attempt  —  Ever wonder why people hate lawyers?  Consider Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's non-denial denial of his participation in discussions of an attempted coup against the duly elected president of the United States.
Discussion: Instapundit
Michael Goodwin / Fox News:
Andrew McCabe is a national disgrace - and we owe him a big, fat thank you
Discussion: Fox News Insider
New York Times:
Trump Is Driving Out Precious Republican Voters  —  The young in particular are slipping away.  —  The authors are political data experts.  —  Ever since Donald Trump's upset victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016, much of the media attention has been on how Democrats need to reconsider …
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
Amazon paid no federal taxes on $11.2 billion in profits last year  —  Amazon, the e-commerce giant helmed by the world's richest man, paid no federal taxes on profit of $11.2 billion last year, according to an analysis of the company's corporate filings by the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), a progressive think tank.
Jemele Hill / The Atlantic:
Kamala Harris's Blackness Isn't Up for Debate  —  Her identity and motives are being unfairly challenged on all sides.  —  I would never have put Snoop and Tupac Shakur on the list of things that could potentially harm Senator Kamala Harris's presidential bid.
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Opioid maker used rap video to push powerful painkiller
Discussion: Gizmodo
John Funk / Plain Dealer:
Conservative Ohio voters want most of Ohio's electricity to come from renewable sources
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
State of the Union video tweeted by Trump is ‘removed’ after copyright complaint from R.E.M. publisher
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
Google reaped millions in tax breaks as it secretly expanded its real estate footprint across the U.S.
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Is Nancy Pelosi a Climate Skeptic?
The Intercept:
Locked Inside a Freezing Federal Jail, They United to Protest Their Conditions — Only to Face Reprisals
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José Cárdenas / New York Post:
Omar's attack on Elliott Abrams was cribbed from the anti-American playbook
Matt Stoller / The Guardian:
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Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
‘Never again?’ It's already happening.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
N.C. election officials will consider fate of congressional seat at Monday hearing
Discussion: WRAL-TV
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
California's move to Super Tuesday hands Harris a big edge in 2020
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Border Wall GoFundMe Leader Brian Kolfage is Now Selling Coins With His Face on Them
Discussion: Contemptor
Russia is backing a viral video company aimed at American millennials