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1:45 PM ET, February 18, 2019


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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.
Jacob Solis / The Nevada Independent:
Warren: If officials believe Trump cannot fulfill duties, they must invoke 25th Amendment  —  Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks to a crowd at a Las Vegas campaign rally on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019.  Photo by Jeff Scheid//The Nevada Independent  —  Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren …
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 …
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
CBS News:
Transcript: Sen. Lindsey Graham on “Face the Nation,” February 17, 2019
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Post
Fox News:
Rush Limbaugh on whether Trump is justified in taking executive action to secure funding for his border wall
Discussion: Daily Wire and The Week
Jussie Smollett Case to Go to Grand Jury  —  A grand jury will hear the Jussie Smollett case early next week ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.  —  Law enforcement sources connected to the investigation tell TMZ, the 2 brothers who were arrested and then released are staying somewhere around …
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.
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
Don't expect apologies from the left over Jussie Smollett ‘attack’ fraud
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.
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:   Five things to watch as Barr takes the reins of Justice, Mueller probe
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.
Darby Beane / WBKO-TV:
Man accused of pulling gun on victim wearing MAGA hat  —  BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) — A Tennessee man is in jail after being accused of pulling a gun on a Sam's Club customer Saturday.  —  According to the police report, officers were called to Sam's Club due to a person with a gun.
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: Axios, Breitbart, Mediaite and Mashable
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Obama Quietly Gives Advice to 2020 Democrats, but No Endorsement  —  A secret meeting of former President Barack Obama's financial backers convened in Washington early this month: Organized by David Jacobson and John Phillips, Mr. Obama's former ambassadors to Canada and Italy …
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.
Molly Prince / The Daily Caller:
Ilhan Omar To Fundraise For Hamas-Linked Muslim Organization
Discussion: RedState and The Gateway Pundit
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: Daily Wire and Hullabaloo
Sara Sidner / CNN:
Grand jury seated in wake of new R. Kelly allegations, sources say  —  (CNN)A grand jury has been convened in Cook County, Illinois, in connection with new allegations against singer R. Kelly, according to two sources close to the case.  —  This comes on the heels of attorney Michael Avenatti announcing …
Discussion: The Root
Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Trump Considering Powell, Craft, Grenell, James for UN Job, Sources Say  — Ivanka Trump may also be considered, person familiar says  — State Department spokeswoman Nauert withdrew nomination  —  President Donald Trump is considering four people to be his next UN ambassador …
Discussion: Political Wire
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
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
ABC News:
Lawmakers launch new probe into ‘complex web’ of alleged ties between NRA, Russians  —  House Democrats expressed concern about NRA members' 2015 trip to Moscow.  —  16m ago
Discussion: Political Wire
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Gregg Re / Fox News:
Democrats reject push to alert ICE when illegal immigrants fail firearm background checks
Discussion: Townhall, Bearing Arms and
Stacey Stowe / New York Times:
New York City to Ban Discrimination Based on Hair
Discussion: Gothamist and WPIX 11 New York
Adam Jentleson / New York Times:
How Mitch McConnell Enables Trump
Sarah El Deeb / Associated Press:
‘Taking their last breath’: IS hides among Syrian civilians
Robert Tracinski / The Bulwark:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the Left's Manic Pixie Dream Girl
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
Chinese and Iranian Hackers Renew Their Attacks on U.S. Companies
Discussion: The Week and Bloomberg
 Earlier Items: 
Record High Name Government as Most Important Problem
Discussion: Political Wire
Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
Election board to decide fate of disputed North Carolina congressional race
Discussion: Political Wire
Will Weissert / Associated Press:
Border wall a complex issue for 2020 prospect Beto O'Rourke
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
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Facebook ‘intentionally and knowingly’ violated U.K. privacy and competition rules, British lawmakers say
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump's go-it-alone presidency
Discussion: Raw Story