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11:35 AM 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.
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 …
Laura Jarrett / CNN:
Former acting FBI director: Trump's ‘own words’ prompted counterintelligence investigation
CBS News:
McCabe's “bizarre” job interview with President Trump and other clips
Discussion: The Guardian
CBS News:
Transcript: Sen. Lindsey Graham on “Face the Nation,” February 17, 2019
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Post
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
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
Don't expect apologies from the left over Jussie Smollett ‘attack’ fraud
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: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:   Five things to watch as Barr takes the reins of Justice, Mueller probe
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 and Mediaite
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
Trump wants to keep car tariffs in his back pocket
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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
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
Record High Name Government as Most Important Problem  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thirty-five percent of Americans name the government, poor leadership or politicians as the greatest problem facing the U.S. This is the highest percentage Gallup has recorded for this concern …
Discussion: Political Wire
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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
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
Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:
The Democrats have an Israel problem — and it's not Ilhan Omar
 Earlier Items: 
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
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, New York Times and TheBlaze