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5:35 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: The Daily Caller, Raw Story and Axios
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:   ‘The Trump-Russia Story’: Cue the Stage Lights
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 …
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.
The Asahi Shimbun:
Abe nominated Trump for the Nobel at behest of Washington  —  THE ASAHI SHIMBUN … Acceding to a request from Washington, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe nominated U.S. President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize around autumn for engaging with North Korea, Japanese government sources said Feb. 16.
Eliana Johnson / Politico:   Trump bets on North Korea to break his losing streak
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Graham Vows to Investigate Whether ‘Bureaucratic Coup’ Tried to Oust Trump  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, vowed on Sunday to investigate whether the top officials at the Justice Department and the F.B.I. plotted an “attempted bureaucratic coup” …
Dwight Garner / New York Times:
In ‘The Threat,’ Andrew McCabe Issues the Latest Warning Call About Trump's America
Discussion: RedState
Investor's Business Daily:
Andrew McCabe Confirms: Deep State Plotted To Take Down Trump
Discussion: RedState and The Hill
Mark Penn / Fox News:   To get Trump, FBI and Justice Department officials trampled the Constitution
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 …
Discussion: Splinter
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
Discussion: Mashable
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.
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 …
Juana Summers / Associated Press:
‘Carer-feeder’: Gillibrand plays up motherhood in 2020 race  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Kirsten Gillibrand had a flurry of pots on the stove and steak, haddock, peas, steamed vegetables and rice on the menu.  —  She had a cable news appearance coming up in a few hours, but for now …
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
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
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
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
How sexist will the media's treatment of female candidates be?  Rule out ‘not at all.’  —  If you think the media treatment of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign was not seriously marred by sexism, please proceed directly to social media, Fox News, my email or wherever trolls gather.
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
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Townhall, The Week and Politico
Christopher Bing / Reuters:   Trump's choice for U.N. ambassador withdraws: State Department
Bill de Blasio / New York Times:
The Path Amazon Rejected  —  It could have answered the concerns of citizens.  Instead it bolted.  —  Mr. de Blasio is mayor of New York City.  —  The first word I had that Amazon was about to scrap an agreement to bring 25,000 new jobs to New York City came an hour before it broke in the news on Thursday.
Discussion: Mother Jones, KBZK and Raw Story
CBS Chicago:
Jussie Smollett Case: Brothers Questioned By Police Were Paid $3,500 To Stage Attack, Which Was Rehearsed Days Before, Sources Say  —  CHICAGO (CBS) — Jussie Smollett paid two brothers to stage an attack against him, directed them to buy items used in the alleged assault and actually rehearsed it with them, sources say.
Police sources: New evidence suggests Jussie Smollett orchestrated attack
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Rukmini Callimachi / New York Times:
The English Voice of ISIS Comes Out of the Shadows
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Christine Emba / Washington Post:
Welfare for those ‘unwilling to work?’ It's not as crazy as you might think.
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Expected to Return to Supreme Court Bench Tuesday
Discussion: Axios
The National:
Top French officer raps West's tactics against ISIS in Syria, faces punishment
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Emma Platoff / The Texas Tribune:
Sen. Angela Paxton files bill that would allow her husband, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton …
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: Hullabaloo and Raw Story
Bill Scher / Politico:
How Does a Straight White Male Democrat Run for President?
Discussion: CNN