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10:00 AM ET, February 18, 2019


 Top Items: 
Scott Pelley / CBS News:
Andrew McCabe: The full 60 Minutes interview  —  Former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe tells 60 Minutes about taking over for James Comey, starting investigations of President Trump, interactions with the president and his own firing  —  Tonight you will hear for the first time from the man …
Quint Forgey / Politico:
McCabe: ‘I was fired because I opened a case against the president’  —  Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said he was ousted from the bureau in March 2018 because he opened two investigations into President Donald Trump 10 months earlier.  —  “I believe I was fired because I opened …
CBS News:
McCabe's “bizarre” job interview with President Trump and other clips  —  More of 60 Minutes' interview with Andrew McCabe.  Plus, Overtime reaction from Scott Pelley  —  “It's absolutely astonishing,” says Scott Pelley when 60 Minutes Overtime asked for his reaction to Andrew McCabe's recollections …
Discussion: The Guardian
Carrie Johnson / NPR:
Andrew McCabe, Ex-FBI Deputy, Describes ‘Remarkable’ Number Of Trump-Russia Contacts  —  Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe condemned what he called the “relentless attack” that President Trump has waged against the FBI even as it continues scrutinizing whether Americans in Trump's campaign …
Laura Jarrett / CNN:
Former acting FBI director: Trump's ‘own words’ prompted counterintelligence investigation  —  (CNN)Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe outlined on Sunday the reasons top officials decided to open a counterintelligence probe and obstruction of justice investigation into President Donald Trump.
Victor Davis Hanson / American Greatness:   Autopsy of a Dead Coup
CBS News:
Transcript: Sen. Lindsey Graham on “Face the Nation,” February 17, 2019
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Post
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
Don't expect apologies from the left over Jussie Smollett ‘attack’ fraud  —  A lot of explosive material can get defused with nine little letters: “I was wrong.”  It works wonders with your significant other.  Try it.  Frequently.  —  This week, now that the Chicago Police Department has …
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Page Six and Breitbart
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Trump can't run the Mueller playbook on New York feds  —  Even as speculation mounts that special counsel Robert Mueller might be winding down his investigation, a parallel threat to President Donald Trump only seems to be growing within his own Justice Department: the Southern District of New York.
Discussion: Raw Story
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Five things to watch as Barr takes the reins of Justice, Mueller probe  —  William Barr was sworn in as President Trump's second attorney general on Thursday, putting a new face atop the Justice Department who will assume oversight of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Graham Vows to Investigate Whether ‘Bureaucratic Coup’ Tried to Oust Trump
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Washington Post:
Japan's Abe won't confirm Trump Nobel Prize nomination, but media reports say he did  —  SEOUL — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wouldn't say Monday whether he nominated President Trump for a Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating with North Korea, even though local media reports suggest that he did.
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
Japan's PM nominated Trump for Nobel Peace Prize on U.S. request: Asahi
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump's go-it-alone presidency  —  Shortly after becoming President Trump's acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney conveyed a blunt message to several Cabinet secretaries.  According to a senior White House official with direct knowledge and another source briefed on the private conversations …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
“We're going to go to the edge on everything”: Trump pushes governing to the brink
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
Trump wants to keep car tariffs in his back pocket
Seven MPs leave Labour Party in protest at Jeremy Corbyn's leadership  —  Seven MPs have resigned from the Labour Party in protest at Jeremy Corbyn's approach to Brexit and anti-Semitism.  —  They are: Chuka Umunna, Luciana Berger, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Mike Gapes, Gavin Shuker and Ann Coffey.
Discussion: Breitbart
Kristine Phillips / Washington Post:
Florida sixth-grader charged with misdemeanor after refusing to recite Pledge of Allegiance  —  A Florida student is facing misdemeanor charges after a confrontation with his teacher that began with his refusal to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and escalated into what officials described as disruptive behavior.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Republicans Already Are Demonizing Democrats as Socialists and Baby Killers  —  WASHINGTON — In the 116th Congress, if you're a Democrat, you're either a socialist, a baby killer or an anti-Semite.  —  That, at least, is what Republicans want voters to think, as they seek to demonize Democrats …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Ashraf Khalil / Associated Press:
DC's many prankster activists turn anger into street theater  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — In the nation's capital, it can be hard for protesters to stand out.  A group of 50 people — or even 500 — holding signs and shouting hardly merits a second glance in this city of protests.
Discussion: Axios
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Biden's polling lead shaky ahead of 2020 decision  —  Joe Biden's big lead in early Democratic 2020 polling might be a bunch of malarkey.  —  While most polls show the former vice president hovering around 30 percent of the Democratic primary vote, well ahead of second-place Sen. Bernie Sanders …
Emerson College Polling:
Majority of Americans disagree with Trump's national emergency despite a plurality agreeing with border wall extension
Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:
The Democrats have an Israel problem — and it's not Ilhan Omar  —  The Democratic Party has problems with Israel.  But Reps. Ilhan Omar (Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), the new members of Congress who have attracted attention with toxic tweets and support for boycott, are not the main protagonists.
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Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: Democrats' new remote caucus option could expand participation by nearly a third, results suggest
Tim Graham / NB Blog:
On PBS, David Brooks Warns Democrats ‘Somewhere to the Left of Che Guevara’
Discussion: Daily Wire
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Stumbled With Black Voters in 2016. Can He Do Better in 2020?
Salena Zito / Washington Examiner:
The populist sledgehammer kills Amazon jobs that Middle America would love to have
David Krayden / The Daily Caller:
Joe Biden Tells Europe That America Is ‘An Embarrassment’
Discussion: Daily Wire, Power Line, TheBlaze and IJR
Louisa Loveluck / Washington Post:
Syrian military linked to more than 300 chemical attacks, report says
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Facebook ‘intentionally and knowingly’ violated U.K. privacy and competition rules, British lawmakers say
 Earlier Items: 
Aris Folley / The Hill:
Protests planned across US on Presidents Day in response to Trump's national emergency for border wall
Discussion: USA Today
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
An off-key Pence sings from the Trump hymnal to a stony European reception
Discussion: New York Times
Rukmini Callimachi / New York Times:
The English Voice of ISIS Comes Out of the Shadows
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Juana Summers / Associated Press:
‘Carer-feeder’: Gillibrand plays up motherhood in 2020 race
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
How sexist will the media's treatment of female candidates be? Rule out ‘not at all.’