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11:15 AM ET, February 22, 2019


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Greg Farrell / Bloomberg:
New York Has Prepared Paul Manafort Charges If Trump Pardons Him  — Cy Vance has been investigating ex-Trump aide since 2017  — District Attorney sees way to avoid double jeopardy protection  —  New York state prosecutors have put together a criminal case against Paul Manafort …
Discussion: Law & Crime and Political Wire
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Mueller could tell all in last major court filing in Paul Manafort's case  —  Washington (CNN)Friday may be the day that special counsel Robert Mueller tells all in the long-running court saga of Paul Manafort's prosecution.  —  Mueller's sentencing memorandum is due to a federal judge in DC District Court before midnight Friday.
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
All the President's broken men
Discussion: KBZK, Roll Call and IJR
Jussie Smollett Dropped From Remainder Of 'Empire's Season By Producers  —  One day after Jussie Smollett was arrested on multiple felony charges for the alleged racist and homophobic attack of last month, the producers of Empire have cut the actor from the rest of the show's fifth season
Jussie Smollett Apologizes to ‘Empire’ Cast and Crew, Maintains Innocence
Dahleen Glanton / Chicago Tribune:
Column: Sorry, bigots, but I'm not sorry for once trusting Jussie Smollett
Evan Urquhart / Slate:
Why Jussie Smollett's Alleged Hoax Won't Change How Anyone Feels About Hate Crimes
Marc Caputo / Politico:
‘He is not going to be the nominee’: Dems slam Sanders over Maduro stance  —  Florida Democrats are denouncing Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders for refusing to call Venezuelan strongman Nicolas Maduro a dictator — a politically explosive issue in the nation's biggest swing state.
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Sanders has early lead over Warren in battle of the left
Discussion: Crooked Media
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.
Julie K. Brown / miamiherald:
Federal prosecutors broke law in Jeffrey Epstein case, judge rules  —  Federal prosecutors, under former Miami U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta, broke the law when they concealed a plea agreement from more than 30 underage victims who had been sexually abused by wealthy New York hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein …
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Trump aides worry he'll get outfoxed in North Korea talks  —  President Donald Trump is eagerly anticipating his second summit with Kim Jong Un, touting his “really meaningful” relationship with the North Korean strongman and insisting he's ready to give up his nuclear arsenal.
Washington Post:
The stage may be set for progress at the Trump-Kim summit
Discussion: Bloomberg
Julia Arciga / The Daily Beast:
Ex-Fox News Quack Doctor Keith Ablow Accused of Sexually Exploiting Patients  —  The infamous TV huckster allegedly lured multiple female patients into sexual relationships, according to lawsuits, before engaging in physically abusive behavior.  —  A former member of Fox News' “Medical A-Team” …
UMass Amherst:
Early Poll of New Hampshire Voters Shows Potential Problems for Trump a Year Out from 2020 Presidential Primary Season  —  UMass Amherst Poll Finds GOP Voter Support for Primary Challenge  —  AMHERST, Mass. - With nearly 40 percent of likely Republican primary voters in New Hampshire saying …
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
Netanyahu's Most Cynical Ploy Yet  —  By allying himself with one of Israel's most despicable parties, the prime minister is jeopardizing his legacy.  —  Most Americans have probably never heard of Yifat Ehrlich, or for that matter her former center-right political party in Israel, Bayit Yehudit.
ABC News:
First court appearance for alleged domestic terrorist plotting mass killing  —  Prosecutors said the charges presented are just the “tip of the iceberg.”  —  47m ago  —  FDA says mineral sunscreens are safe, chemical sunscreens need more research  —  The agency is working on new rules about over-the-counter sunscreens.
Washington Post:
Coast Guard lieutenant used work computers in alleged planning of widespread domestic terrorist attack, prosecutors say
Discussion: Mediaite and Gothamist
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
House Dems introduce measure to revoke Trump border edict  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats on Friday introduced a resolution to block the national emergency declaration that President Donald Trump issued to fund his long-sought wall along the U.S-Mexico border.
Discussion: Shakesville
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Audience of One: Why Flattery Works in Trump's Foreign Policy  —  When the commander of U.S. forces in Europe, General Curtis Scaparrotti, met privately with members of Congress at the Munich Security Conference, last weekend, Senator Lindsey Graham finished the meeting with a blunt question.
Discussion: Politico
Associated Press:
Alabama woman who joined Islamic State sues to return to US  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The father of an Alabama woman who joined the Islamic State in Syria filed suit against the Trump administration Thursday in an effort to allow her return to the United States.
Discussion: Townhall
Jordan Schachtel / Conservative Review:
CAIR rallies to the defense of ISIS bride who wants to come back to USA
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
Naming and Shaming the Pro-Trump Elite  —  Charlie Sykes is sitting behind a desk in a sparse, disheveled office—blank walls lined with empty filing cabinets, windows covered with crooked blinds—as he tries to conjure the perfect metaphor for The Bulwark, the anti-Donald Trump conservative news site he recently helped start.
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 …
J. David Goodman / New York Times:
Sex in New York City Parks?  It's Less of a Thing Than It Used to Be  —  A decade ago, New York City police officers handed out hundreds of tickets for “sex in park.”  Last year, they wrote six.  —  In a wild, overrun corner of Fort Tryon Park, a secluded area had become a popular destination …
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Jim Risch tries to calm Republicans furious with Trump  —  Sen. Jim Risch was on the verge of facing down an insurgency from his GOP colleagues.  —  Top Senate Republicans were fuming at the Trump administration last week for ignoring congressional demands to further investigate the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Discussion: The Week
Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
It's time to take John Wayne's name off the Orange County airport  —  Most people familiar with the life story of John Wayne are aware that the late movie star was a dyed-in-the-wool right-winger — after all, he was still making a movie glorifying America's conduct of the Vietnam War …
Discussion: RedState
John M. Donnelly / Roll Call:
Congress could block big chunk of Trump's emergency wall money  —  Full funds likely to be unavailable from the sources president has identified  —  A reporter's homage to government workers — unsung heroes of transparency Trump Ignites New Budget Fights by Targeting Pentagon Programs Inhofe open to ‘exaggerated’ war budget
Sasha Issenberg / Politico:
Here's What Beto Could Unleash on Trump  —  AUSTIN, Texas—With rain hammering outside, Zack Malitz stood in a warehouse space lit by strands of bistro lights and began to reveal the campaign strategy of Beto O'Rourke in exacting detail.  Malitz, who was the field director of O'Rourke's Senate campaign …
Shira Ovide / Bloomberg:
Facebook Grew Too Big to Care About Privacy  —  Once it became indispensable, it gained the power to reverse promises it had made not to gather certain data.  —  Two years ago, a Yale Law School student published what became an influential paper about how antitrust law should apply …
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 …
Joe Bruno / Popular Information:
The anti-Ivanka  —  There is normally only one free edition of Popular Information each week.  But I wanted to send along this newsletter because of the dramatic developments in the North Carolina election fraud scandal.  —  Popular Information has had a significant impact on this story.
The Daily Beast:
Trump Won't Rule Out Using Stolen Data in 2020 Campaign  —  Democratic candidates have committed not to use hacked materials against one another.  The Trump campaign declined to make such a pledge.  —  Nearly three years after hacked materials upended the 2016 presidential campaign …
Discussion: Washington Post and Hill Reporter
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed News:
Mark Zuckerberg Promised A Clear History Tool Almost A Year Ago.  Where Is It?  —  Facebook spent most of 2018 embroiled in one scandal or another.  But there was a point early on in the year when Mark Zuckerberg thought he could turn down the heat by offering a fix for the public's privacy concerns.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
No great sense of panic as Trump team prepares for “imminent” Mueller report  —  President Trump's team believes Robert Mueller will submit his report “imminently,” but is unsure exactly what that means, two sources familiar with the situation tell Jonathan Swan.
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
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.
Discussion: naked capitalism
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Discussion: Splinter
Aimee Edmondson / USA Today:
Don't gut libel ruling that gave us brave civil rights, Vietnam and Watergate coverage
Discussion: CNN
Americans arrested in Haiti with arsenal of guns won't face U.S. charges
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
The state of women in U.S. media in 2019: Still f'ing abysmal — especially at Reuters and the AP
Jim DeRogatis / New Yorker:
Federal Authorities Are Weighing Charges Against R. Kelly
Discussion: NPR and New York Times
Julia Carrie Wong / The Guardian:
Anti-vaxx propaganda has gone viral on Facebook. Pinterest has a cure
 Earlier Items: 
Sui-Lee Wee / New York Times:
China Uses DNA to Track Its People, With the Help of American Expertise
Discussion: Boing Boing
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Biden calls on candidates not to ‘aid and abet’ foreign election interference
Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
Republicans blast Cummings over ‘irresponsible’ claims regarding Trump ethics disclosure
Discussion: Axios
Felicia Schwartz / Wall Street Journal:
What's the Hot Device in Startup Nation? The Fax Machine