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2:30 PM ET, February 17, 2019


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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: Raw Story and Axios
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
‘The Trump-Russia Story’: Cue the Stage Lights  —  In this drama, the stakes are enormous.  —  The Trump-Russia story is a drama that has unfolded in four acts.  —  Act I: Denial  —  George Stephanopoulos: “Are there any ties between Mr. Trump, you or your campaign and Putin and his regime?”
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Fox News' Chris Wallace Repeatedly Nails Stephen Miller on National Emergency: ‘Answer My Question!’  —  Fox News host Chris Wallace relentlessly pushed Trump senior adviser Stephen Miller on Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency on Sunday, and nailed him particularly hard …
Discussion: Political Wire
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Miller goes to bat for Trump over emergency declaration  —  White House senior adviser Stephen Miller on Sunday defended President Donald Trump from accusations of executive overreach, arguing Trump's is national emergency declaration was sanctioned by the “plain statute” of a law passed by Congress more than four decades ago.
Discussion: ABC News, The Week and Breitbart
What Presidential Powers Trump Has During A National Emergency
Discussion: Big League Politics and Breitbart
New York Times:
Rift Between Trump and Europe Is Now Open and Angry  —  MUNICH — European leaders have long been alarmed that President Trump's words and Twitter messages could undo a trans-Atlantic alliance that had grown stronger over seven decades.  They had clung to the hope that those ties would bear up under the strain.
New York Times:   Merkel Rejects U.S. Demands That Europe Pull Out of Iran Nuclear Deal
Lia Eustachewich / New York Post:
Anthony Weiner released from prison, will register as sex offender … Convicted ex-congressman Anthony Weiner has been sprung from prison — and is now part of a federal re-entry program in New York, records show.  —  Weiner has been transferred from Federal Medical Center in Devens …
Anthony Weiner Out of Prison Early, Enters Pre-Release Program
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 …
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.
CBS Chicago:
Jussie Smollett Case: Brothers Questioned By Police Were Paid $3,500 To Stage Attack …
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
In Trump's World, He Never Loses  —  His Rose Garden speech declaring a national emergency and his decades of self-aggrandizement are more closely related than you might think.  —  Hanging on a wall behind the omelet bar at President Donald Trump's golf club in West Palm Beach, Florida …
Emma Platoff / The Texas Tribune:
Sen. Angela Paxton files bill that would allow her husband, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, to issue exemptions from securities regulations  —  Billed as a consumer protection effort, the proposal would allow approved individuals to serve as investment advisers without registering with the state board …
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 …
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Heather Nauert, Trump's pick for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, withdraws from consideration
Christopher Bing / Reuters:   Trump's choice for U.N. ambassador withdraws: State Department
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Heather Nauert withdraws name from UN ambassador consideration
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.
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: The Hill and RedState
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 and New York Times
Jon Ward / Yahoo News:
Patrick Caddell, pollster who helped Carter channel voter disaffection, dies at 68
Discussion: Breitbart
Boy, 11, arrested after refusing to recite ‘racist’ Pledge of Allegiance  —  An 11-year-old boy was arrested at school following his refusal to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, and allegedly threatening his teacher.  —  On February 4th, the 11-year-old student at
Discussion: RedState and The Root
Patrick Temple-West / Politico:
‘Evidence in plain sight’ of Trump collusion with Russia, Schiff says  —  House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff said Sunday that there is ample evidence Donald Trump's presidential campaign colluded with Russia.  —  In an interview on CNN, Schiff rejected Senate Intelligence Chairman …
Discussion: Breitbart and The Week
New York Times:
‘It Is Not a Closet.  It Is a Cage.’ Gay Catholic Priests Speak Out  —  The crisis over sexuality in the Catholic Church goes beyond abuse.  It goes to the heart of the priesthood, into a closet that is trapping thousands of men.  —  MILWAUKEE — Gregory Greiten was 17 years old when the priests organized the game.
Japan's PM nominated Trump for Nobel Peace Prize on U.S. request: Asahi  —  TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe nominated U.S. President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize last autumn after receiving a request from the U.S. government to do so, the Asahi newspaper reported on Sunday.
Eliana Johnson / Politico:   Trump bets on North Korea to break his losing streak
The National:
Top French officer raps West's tactics against ISIS in Syria, faces punishment  —  Col Francois-Regis Legrier: We have in no way won the war because we lack a realistic and lasting policy and adequate strategy  —  A senior French officer involved in the fight against ISIS in Syria faces punishment …
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Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
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Washington Post:
‘Finish that wall’: Trump seeks to turn his failure to build the wall into campaign rallying cry
Discussion: Raw Story
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Michael Goldstein / New York Daily News:
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