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10:15 AM ET, February 18, 2019

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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 …
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Victor Davis Hanson / American Greatness:
Autopsy of a Dead Coup  —  The illegal effort to destroy the 2016 Trump campaign by Hillary Clinton campaign's use of funds to create, disseminate among court media, and then salt among high Obama administration officials, a fabricated, opposition smear dossier failed.
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
Discussion: The Guardian
Laura Jarrett / CNN:
Former acting FBI director: Trump's ‘own words’ prompted counterintelligence investigation
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Andrew Prokop / Vox:
The 25th Amendment, explained: how a president can be declared unfit to serve
Discussion: Breitbart and Contemptor
CBS News:
Transcript: Sen. Lindsey Graham on “Face the Nation,” February 17, 2019
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Post
Catherine Herridge / Fox News:
Former top FBI lawyer: 2 Trump Cabinet officials were ‘ready to support’ 25th Amendment effort
Nana Efua Mumford / Washington Post:
I doubted Jussie Smollett.  It breaks my heart that I might be right.  —  Nana Efua Mumford is the executive assistant to The Post's editorial board.  She lives in Virginia with her family but will always call Chicago home.  —  “Empire,” Fox's drama about a family-run hip-hop label …
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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
Lindsey Bahr / Associated Press:
Smollett developments leave some baffled, others outraged  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — The national outrage that simmered after actor Jussie Smollett said he was attacked by people shouting racial and anti-gay slurs was fueled in part by celebrities who spoke out loud and strong on social media.
Discussion: KBZK, The Week and Associated Press
Caleb Howe / Mediaite:
Did the Media Jump the Gun on the Jussie Smollett Story?  —  In light of new details in the investigation of the alleged assault on actor Jussie Smollett, fingers have been pointed at “the media” for jumping the gun on the story.  —  In pushing back against that, there is an emerging effort …
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
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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
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Reuters:
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
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
“We're going to go to the edge on everything”: Trump pushes governing to the brink
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
Axios:
Trump wants to keep car tariffs in his back pocket
BBC:
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.
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
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
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.
Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
Election board to decide fate of disputed North Carolina congressional race  —  The multi-day evidentiary hearing starting Monday could end with a call for a new election.  —  North Carolina's board of elections will dig into fraud allegations in the state's disputed 9th Congressional District on Monday …
Discussion: Political Wire
 
 
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Discussion: Political Wire
Will Weissert / Associated Press:
Border wall a complex issue for 2020 prospect Beto O'Rourke
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Obama Quietly Gives Advice to 2020 Democrats, but No Endorsement
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Biden's polling lead shaky ahead of 2020 decision
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?
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Salena Zito / Washington Examiner:
The populist sledgehammer kills Amazon jobs that Middle America would love to have
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
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: HuffPost, TheBlaze and New York Times
Juana Summers / Associated Press:
‘Carer-feeder’: Gillibrand plays up motherhood in 2020 race