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10:15 PM ET, February 21, 2019


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Julie K. Brown / miamiherald:
Federal prosecutors broke law in Jeffrey Epstein case, judge rules  —  A judge ruled Thursday that federal prosecutors — among them, U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta — broke federal law when they signed a plea agreement with a wealthy, politically connected sex trafficker and concealed …
David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
Mashup: Jussie Smollett Versus The Chicago Police Department  —  Actor Jussie Smollett's emotional ABC interview last week about the supposed hate crime he experienced has become even more cringe-worthy when juxtaposed with the Chicago Police Department's superintendent blasting him Thursday …
Daniel Holloway / Variety:
‘Empire’ Producers Consider Suspending Jussie Smollett (EXCLUSIVE)
Raleigh News & Observer:
Mark Harris suddenly calls for a new election in the 9th District, leaves hearing
Discussion: Breitbart and WSOC-TV
Alan Blinder / New York Times:
New Election Ordered in North Carolina Race at Center of Fraud Inquiry
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Raw Story
The Charlotte Observer:
NC state board votes for new election in 9th district after Harris calls for new race
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and NPR
Neal K. Katyal / New York Times:
The Mueller Report Is Coming.  Here's What to Expect.  —  A concise report will probably act as a “road map” to investigation for the Democratic House — and to further criminal investigation by other prosecutors.  —  Mr. Katyal was an acting solicitor general under President Barack Obama.
Discussion: Washington Post, Raw Story and Althouse
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Mueller Report Expected to Go to Justice Department Within Weeks
Discussion: Washington Post and The Week
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Judge broadens gag order against Roger Stone after Instagram post  —  Roger Stone must shut up about Robert Mueller and the Russia investigation.  —  That was the mandate from a federal judge on Thursday, who slapped a gag order on the longtime Donald Trump associate just days after he posted …
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
Stone Testifies In Off-The-Rails Hearing About Instagram Post  —  Roger Stone said he was “heartfully sorry” Thursday for a threatening Instagram post he published Monday about the judge in his case, U.S. District Amy Berman Jackson.  —  He made the comments from the stand at a hearing on Thursday.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Balloon Juice
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:   Roger Stone Can No Longer Talk About His Case — Or Robert Mueller — After Posting A Photo Of The Judge With Crosshairs
Who is Nomiki Konst?  —  Nomiki Konst, the 35-year-old TV pundit casting herself as the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of the New York public advocate's race, readily acknowledges that her background is politically unconventional.  —  She's wandered from Tucson to Buffalo to Florida to Los Angeles …
Kara Scannell / CNN:
IRS analyst charged in leak of Michael Cohen's bank records  —  (CNN)An analyst with the Internal Revenue Service was charged with disclosing confidential reports about Michael Cohen's bank records that revealed the President's former lawyer sought to profit from his proximity to the White House.
Jared Keller / Task & Purpose:
Trump claims border wall is under construction ‘right now’ using fence repair footage from 5 months ago  —  With a legal fight challenge mounting from state governments over the Trump administration's use of a national emergency to construct at the U.S.-Mexico border, the president has kicked his push for the barrier into high gear.
Discussion: Washington Press and Vox
Michael Tackett / New York Times:
Trump Claims His Wall Is Being Built. It's Just a Replacement of Old Barriers.
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Caller
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Hogan rips RNC for shielding Trump from primary challenge  —  Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said Thursday he expects to make a springtime trip to New Hampshire as he weighs a 2020 challenge to Donald Trump — and accused the Republican National Committee of going to extraordinary lengths to shield …
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Trump is trashing the Constitution. Larry Hogan shows how Republicans should respond.
Discussion: Cafe Hayek
Khadeeja Safdar / Wall Street Journal:
Meet Under Armour CEO's Unusual Adviser: An MSNBC Anchor  —  Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank was questioned last year by the company's board over his ties to MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle, who has traveled on his private jet and provided input on a range of business matters, according to current and former executives.
David Armstrong / STAT:
Purdue's Sackler embraced plan to conceal OxyContin's strength from doctors, sealed deposition shows  —  In May 1997, the year after Purdue Pharma launched OxyContin, its head of sales and marketing sought input on a key decision from Dr. Richard Sackler, a member of the billionaire family that founded and controls the company.
David Armstrong / ProPublica:
Sackler Embraced Plan to Conceal OxyContin's Strength From Doctors, Sealed Testimony Shows
Discussion: The Daily Caller and STAT
The Daily Beast:
Every 2020 Candidate But Trump Promises: No Stolen Data  —  There is high sensitivity among Democratic candidates about the use of hacked material after the 2016 election.  But the one campaign that used it last time, did not comment.  —  Nearly three years after hacked materials upended …
Adam B. Schiff / Washington Post:
An open letter to my Republican colleagues  —  Adam B. Schiff, a Democrat, represents California's 28th Congressional District in the House and is chairman of the Intelligence Committee.  —  This is a moment of great peril for our democracy.  Our country is deeply divided.
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
2020 Democrats Embrace Race-Conscious Policies, Including Reparations  —  From the very first day of the 2020 presidential race, when Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts blamed “generations of discrimination” for black families earning far less than white households …
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
Schiffting to Phase 2 of Collusion  —  Conspiracy theorists look for something new, anticipating a Mueller letdown.  —  There's been no more reliable regurgitator of fantastical Trump-Russia collusion theories than Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff.  So when the House Intelligence Committee chairman sits …
Adam Sabes / Campus Reform:
VIDEO: Conservative suffers blow to the face at Berkeley  — A conservative was punched in the face while helping students recruit for a conservative group at UC-Berkeley.  —  A conservative helping students recruit at the University of California-Berkeley was punched in the face this week.
Matt Pearce / Los Angeles Times:
National Enquirer's biggest investors include California taxpayers and state workers  —  The National Enquirer has been one of President Trump's most controversial allies, delivering scathing coverage of his opponents to super market check-out lines and funneling $150,000 to one of his alleged mistresses to buy her silence.
Washington Post:
Residents of another Manhattan building vote to remove ‘Trump Place’ name  —  For the second time in four months, the name “Trump Place” will come down from a New York building's facade, after condo owners at 120 Riverside Blvd. voted to have the name removed.
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Trump White House Is Forcing Interns to Sign NDAs and Threatening Them With Financial Ruin  —  Not even the interns are exempt from the legally dubious rite of passage practiced by the Trump White House.  —  Asawin Suebsaeng  —  When the Trump White House welcomed its newest batch …
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Biden calls on candidates not to ‘aid and abet’ foreign election interference  —  U.S. intelligence agencies confirm that Russia and other bad actors are continuing to interfere in U.S. democracy and will want to have their say in our next presidential contest.
Antonia Noori Farzan / Washington Post:
‘Jerk punks’ torched a statue of General Lee.  It honors a WWII veteran, not the Confederate leader.  —  Just outside downtown Dunn, N.C., a historic antebellum-style house honors Maj. Gen. William C. Lee, a hometown hero often described as the father of the U.S. Army's airborne infantry.
Tony Leys / Des Moines Register:
Steve King: ‘I have nothing to apologize for,’ plans to run for re-election  —  Rep. Steve King addresses recent quotes on white supremacy and western civilization during a town hall event in Iowa  —  A defiant Rep. Steve King confirmed Thursday that he will run for a 10th term as an Iowa congressman …
Sam Dean / Los Angeles Times:
Facebook decided which users are interested in Nazis — and let advertisers target them directly  —  Facebook makes money by charging advertisers to reach just the right audience for their message — even when that audience is made up of people interested in the perpetrators of the Holocaust or explicitly neo-Nazi music.
Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
Republicans blast Cummings over ‘irresponsible’ claims regarding Trump ethics disclosure  —  It's only February, but the sniping between the Democratic chairman of the House Oversight Committee and the top Republican members of the committee has already begun.
Discussion: Axios
Nick Bilton / Vanity Fair:
“She Never Looks Back”: Inside Elizabeth Holmes's Chilling Final Months at Theranos  —  At the end, Theranos was overrun by a dog defecating in the boardroom, nearly a dozen law firms on retainer, and a C.E.O. grinning through her teeth about an implausible turnaround.
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Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
What does Pete Buttigieg bring to the table? Experience — really.
Nick Wadhams / Bloomberg:
Get Trump Alone: Kim Jong Un's Game Plan Ahead of Vietnam Summit
Discussion: Raw Story
Will Wilkinson / New York Times:
Don't Abolish Billionaires  —  Abolish bad policy instead.
Discussion: Power Line
Felicia Schwartz / Wall Street Journal:
What's the Hot Device in Startup Nation? The Fax Machine
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is an economic illiterate — and that's a danger to America
Discussion: Jacobin
Bryan Lowry / Kansas City Star:
‘Wide open race’ and open wallets in Kansas after Pompeo rules out 2020 Senate run
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
Sanders Has an Advantage, and It's Not About Economics
Discussion: The Atlantic
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Russian-backed US energy company hires lobbying firm with connections to Trump to help with China deal
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Trump's Presidency Is Getting Weaker
Charles Duhigg / New York Times:
America's Professional Elite: Wealthy, Successful and Miserable
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
How Bernie's 2020 Map Might Change Without The #NeverHillary Vote
Discussion: New York Times
Benjamin Parker / The Bulwark:
Laura Ingraham Goes All In on the Duke