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7:40 PM ET, February 18, 2019


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CBS Chicago:
Jussie Smollett Case: Clues Into Potential Motive Behind The Attack  —  (CBS) -"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, upset after a racist letter sent to the show's studio didn't get a “bigger reaction,” is suspected of paying two men to attack him a week later, according to multiple sources with direct knowledge of the investigation.
Caleb Howe / Mediaite:
Did the Media Jump the Gun on the Jussie Smollett Story?
Christian Vasquez / Politico:
Stone posts photo of federal judge with crosshairs in background  —  Days after a federal judge gagged Roger Stone from talking about the special counsel's Russia investigation around U.S. District Court in Washington, the Republican strategist and provocateur on Monday posted a photo of the judge with crosshairs in the background.
Washington Post:
Roger Stone deletes photo of judge presiding over his case, says he didn't mean to threaten her
Discussion: Political Wire
Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:
Elizabeth Warren To Unveil Sweeping Plan For Universal Child Care  —  The proposal could put the issue on top of the 2020 campaign agenda.  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will unveil a major new initiative on Tuesday designed to make sure every family can afford high-quality child care …
Discussion: Axios
Jacob Solis / The Nevada Independent:
Warren: If officials believe Trump cannot fulfill duties, they must invoke 25th Amendment  —  Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Sunday in Las Vegas that Trump administration officials have an obligation to invoke the 25th Amendment if they believe the president cannot fulfill his duties.
Brennan Weiss / Business Insider:
RANKED: The greatest US presidents, according to political scientists  — Nearly 200 political scientists ranked the presidents by order of greatness in a survey, and President Donald Trump came in last.  — President Abraham Lincoln was first.  — Members of the American Political …
Hans von der Burchard / Politico:
Juncker: Trump ‘gave me his word’ not to impose car tariffs
Camilo Montoya-Galvez / CBS News:
Hurd says 1,000 Texas farmers could have land seized to build Trump's border wall  —  Texas Rep. Will Hurd, the sole Republican representing a congressional district along the southern border, said more than 1,000 farmers in his state are at risk of having their land seized by the federal government …
Discussion: Arizona Republic and ThinkProgress
Jane C. Timm / NBC News:   California AG: At least 13 states suing over Trump's national emergency
Dennis Wagner / Arizona Republic:
Grand Canyon tourists exposed for years to radiation in museum building, safety manager says  —  For nearly two decades at the Grand Canyon, tourists, employees, and children on tours passed by three paint buckets stored in the National Park's museum collection building, unaware that they were being exposed to radiation.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
David French / National Review:
Stephen Miller's Own Words Show the Weakness of the Trump Legal Argument on the Wall  —  One of the first rules of effective litigation is that you don't want your client to make statements out loud that reveal the weakness of your legal case.  On Sunday morning, Trump adviser Stephen Miller violated that rule.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Raw Story
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
CBS's Lara Logan Calls Media ‘Mostly Liberal’ in Scorched Earth Interview: I'm Committing ‘Professional Suicide’  —  In a recent interview, CBS News Foreign Correspondent Lara Logan critiqued the international “liberal” media while holding up outlets like Breitbart as the opposite side of the coin.
Discussion: Breitbart, Daily Wire and Instapundit
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 …
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.
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: NPR, Breitbart, Axios, Mediaite and Mashable
Stephen Castle / New York Times:
7 Labour Lawmakers Resign in U.K., in Rebuke of Jeremy Corbyn
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Politico
Could Congress Block Trump's Emergency Declaration?  —  President Trump has declared a national emergency in order to pay for physical barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border, but will Congress block it?  That's a long shot — but we can't rule it out either.
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.
Adam Jentleson / New York Times:
How Mitch McConnell Enables Trump  —  He's not an institutionalist.  He's the man who surrendered the Senate to the president.  —  Mr. Jentleson is a former deputy chief of staff to retired Senator Harry Reid.  —  Among the casualties of President Trump's declaration of a national emergency …
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.
Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
Election board to decide fate of disputed North Carolina congressional race  —  North Carolina's board of elections will dig into fraud allegations in the state's disputed 9th Congressional District on Monday, kicking off hearings that could prompt a new election this year.
Discussion: Axios and Vox
Miles Parks / NPR:
Officials Describe ‘Coordinated, Unlawful’ Scheme In Disputed N.C. Election
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The Babylon Bee:
Nation's Liberals Devastated After Learning Hate Crime Didn't Actually Happen
Erica Byfield / NBC New York:
Window of Brooklyn Synagogue Smashed on Sabbath: Rabbi
John Dickerson / The Atlantic:
What Presidential Announcements Reveal About the Candidates
Silvia Sciorilli Borrelli / Politico:
5Stars' Salvini prosecution dilemma
Meredith Watson / Washington Post:
I'm willing to testify in public. Justin Fairfax should, too.
Discussion: National Review and Mediaite
Leslie Hook / Financial Times:
Surge in US economists' support for carbon tax to tackle emissions
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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
Record High Name Government as Most Important Problem
Discussion: TheBlaze
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Biden's polling lead shaky ahead of 2020 decision
Ashraf Khalil / Associated Press:
DC's many prankster activists turn anger into street theater
Discussion: Axios