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10:00 AM ET, February 17, 2019

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CNN:
Police sources: New evidence suggests Jussie Smollett orchestrated attack  —  Chicago (CNN)Two law enforcement sources with knowledge of the investigation tell CNN that Chicago Police believe actor Jussie Smollett paid two men to orchestrate an assault on him that he reported late last month.
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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 …
Discussion: Breitbart and Outside the Beltway
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Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
How Pat Caddell's Political Life Took Him From Jimmy Carter to Donald Trump  —  The pollster who won Carter the White House and created Bulworth with Beatty ended his life a MAGA man.  —  I learned through the network of people who worked for Jimmy Carter that Pat Caddell …
Discussion: Townhall
Jon Ward / Yahoo News:
Patrick Caddell, pollster who helped Carter channel voter disaffection, dies at 68  —  Patrick Hayward Caddell, a political pollster who advised several Democratic presidential candidates but became a pundit on conservative media late in his career, and who was a singular voice in favor …
Discussion: Breitbart
Carole Cadwalladr / The Guardian:
Mueller questions Cambridge Analytica director Brittany Kaiser  —  Second former employee of controversial data firm to be questioned by special counsel's inquiry into Russia collusion  —  A director of the controversial data company Cambridge Analytica, who appeared with Arron Banks …
Discussion: Axios
Press Herald:
Maine paid for 40 rooms at Trump hotel for LePage, staff  —  Newly released receipts reveal nearly a dozen trips to the president's luxury hotel, part of $170,000 in out-of-state travel by the former Maine governor in recent years.  —  AUGUSTA — Former Gov. Paul LePage and his staff members paid …
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Heather Nauert withdraws name from UN ambassador consideration  —  State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert has withdrawn her name for consideration to be appointed ambassador to the United Nations. … The backdrop: Nauert was nominated to replace Nikki Haley in December.
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Christopher Bing / Reuters:
Trump's choice for U.N. ambassador withdraws: State Department  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's choice to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Heather Nauert, has withdrawn from consideration for the job for family reasons, according to a statement issued by the State Department on Saturday.
New York Times:
Heather Nauert Withdraws From Consideration as U.N. Ambassador  —  PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Trump's pick to serve as ambassador to the United Nations withdrew from consideration on Saturday, citing family concerns.  —  His intended nominee, Heather Nauert, a spokeswoman …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and The Hill
Dwight Garner / New York Times:
In ‘The Threat,’ Andrew McCabe Issues the Latest Warning Call About Trump's America  —  On the back cover of his new book, “The Threat: How the F.B.I. Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump,” Andrew G. McCabe looks preposterously fit (he competes in triathlons).  His hands are at his hips, gunslinger style.
Discussion: The Hill
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Mark Penn / Fox News:   To get Trump, FBI and Justice Department officials trampled the Constitution
Andrew McCarthy / Fox News:
McCabe, Rosenstein and the real truth about the 25th Amendment coup attempt
Discussion: RedState
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Trump bets on North Korea to break his losing streak  —  Stung by domestic defeat after a losing battle with Democrats in Washington, D.C., this winter, President Donald Trump hopes his negotiating skills can achieve better results some 8,000 miles away when he meets with North Korea's leader in Vietnam later this month.
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
The War That Wasn't: Trump Claims Obama Was Ready to Strike North Korea
Discussion: Common Dreams, Breitbart and Bloomberg
Bill Scher / Politico:
How Does a Straight White Male Democrat Run for President?  —  Of the nine candidates officially running in the Democratic presidential primary, only one is a heterosexual white man.  And that guy, former Rep. John Delaney, generally polls somewhere between zero and 1 percent.
New York Times:
Merkel Rejects U.S. Demands That Europe Pull Out of Iran Nuclear Deal  —  MUNICH, Germany — In an uncharacteristically passionate speech, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany delivered a strong rejoinder on Saturday to American demands that European allies pull out of the Iran nuclear deal …
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Washington Post:
Trump foreign policy under attack from all sides at European security conference
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Michael Goldstein / New York Daily News:
A campus infected with hostility: A professor says he's been targeted for being a conservative Jew  —  Each time I walk into my office at Kingsborough Community College, I draw inspiration from a picture of my father, Leon Goldstein, the school's president for 29 years and the man who built the college's modern-day campus.
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 …
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
In declaring a national emergency, Trump reminds Republicans: It's all about him
Discussion: Raw Story, Mediaite and IJR
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:   This Trump performance is why people talk about the 25th Amendment
 
 
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Washington Post:
‘Finish that wall’: Trump seeks to turn his failure to build the wall into campaign rallying cry
NPR:
What Presidential Powers Trump Has During A National Emergency
Discussion: Big League Politics and Breitbart
David Wallace-Wells / New York Times:
Time to Panic  —  The planet is getting warmer in catastrophic ways.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Trump Is Driving Out Precious Republican Voters
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
Amazon paid no federal taxes on $11.2 billion in profits last year
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Bernie Sanders records video announcing 2020 campaign