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9:45 AM ET, February 22, 2019


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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 …
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Sanders has early lead over Warren in battle of the left
Discussion: Crooked Media
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
Sanders Has an Advantage, and It's Not About Economics
Discussion: The Atlantic
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.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Shakesville
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, IJR and TheBlaze
Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
Republicans blast Cummings over ‘irresponsible’ claims regarding Trump ethics disclosure
Discussion: Axios
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 …
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
Jussie Smollett Apologizes to ‘Empire’ Cast and Crew, Maintains Innocence  —  Jussie Smollett is begging his “Empire” family to believe he's innocent and continue supporting him — even as the drama of his arrest postponed a scene Thursday in Chicago.  —  Sources on the “Empire” …
Evan Urquhart / Slate:
Why Jussie Smollett's Alleged Hoax Won't Change How Anyone Feels About Hate Crimes
Discussion: Townhall, USA Today and Breitbart
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 …
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” …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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
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
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
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Raw Story and TheBlaze
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
Aimee Edmondson / USA Today:
Don't gut libel ruling that gave us brave civil rights, Vietnam and Watergate coverage  —  Journalists don't always win libel cases.  But they need the protections that President Trump and Justice Thomas want to ‘open up’ or let states handle.  —  CONNECT11  —  TWEET11  —  COMMENT11  —  EMAIL11
Discussion: CNN
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: Raw Story
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 …
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.
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Mueller Report Expected to Go to Justice Department Within Weeks  —  WASHINGTON — The new attorney general, William P. Barr, is preparing for the special counsel to deliver a report in coming weeks on the results of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election …
Discussion: Washington Post and The Week
Sui-Lee Wee / New York Times:
China Uses DNA to Track Its People, With the Help of American Expertise  —  The Chinese authorities turned to a Massachusetts company and a prominent Yale researcher as they built an enormous system of surveillance and control.  —  BEIJING — The authorities called it a free health check.
Discussion: Boing Boing
David Armstrong / ProPublica:
Sackler Embraced Plan to Conceal OxyContin's Strength From Doctors, Sealed Testimony 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.
Americans arrested in Haiti with arsenal of guns won't face U.S. charges  —  The five heavily armed Americans arrested in Haiti earlier this week are back on their home soil and won't be facing any criminal charges in the United States — a decision already causing outrage among some Haitian leaders.
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McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
The New Outlaws of Conservative Media
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
Dan Merica / CNN:
Hillary Clinton met with Biden, Klobuchar on 2020
Discussion: Breitbart and
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: 
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
What does Pete Buttigieg bring to the table? Experience — really.
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Biden calls on candidates not to ‘aid and abet’ foreign election interference
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
Tony Leys / Des Moines Register:
Steve King: ‘I have nothing to apologize for,’ plans to run for re-election
Washington Post:
Residents of another Manhattan building vote to remove ‘Trump Place’ name
Discussion: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
2020 Democrats Embrace Race-Conscious Policies, Including Reparations