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3:45 PM ET, February 21, 2019

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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: Althouse
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Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: ‘By the Book Bob:’ Prosecutors say Mueller will tightly hug Justice guidelines in report
Discussion: Raw Story, Talking Points Memo and CNBC
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 …
Discussion: Hill Reporter
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Inaugural Committee Challenged Vendor Requests and Budgeting, Documents Show  —  In the weeks before his inauguration, top officials on President Trump's inaugural committee repeatedly sounded alarms about the budgets submitted by several vendors, according to correspondence, committee records and draft budgets.
Discussion: Raw Story and Talking Points Memo
Leigh Ann Caldwell / NBC News:
Republican candidate's son shakes up North Carolina hearing with surprise testimony  —  John Harris said he warned his father about potentially illegal activities of a political operative the candidate eventually hired.  —  RALEIGH, N.C. — The son of Republican congressional candidate Mark Harris testified …
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Miles Parks / NPR:
GOP Candidate At Center Of Contested North Carolina Race Calls For New Election
Discussion: The Week and Contemptor
PRRI:
American Democracy in Crisis: The Fate of Pluralism in a Divided Nation  —  The 2018 Election  —  Views of President Trump  —  After two years in office, the public's view of President Trump remains negative.  As of late December 2018, when this survey was conducted …
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Emma Green / The Atlantic:
These Are the Americans Who Live in a Bubble  —  Most Americans do not live in a totalizing bubble.  They regularly encounter people of different races, ideologies, and religions.  For the most part, they view these interactions as positive, or at least neutral.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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 …
CBS News:
Jussie Smollett paid brothers $3,500 to stage attack, police say  —  “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett paid two brothers $3,500 to stage a violent attack on him, Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said.  Smollett turned himself in to police early Thursday morning and was expected to appear in bond court later in the day.
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New York Times:
Jussie Smollett, Upset Over Salary, Staged Assault, Police Say
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo News:
Chicago police on Jussie Smollett arrest: Actor ‘took advantage of the pain and anger of racism’
Discussion: Breitbart, AOL and The Gateway Pundit
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.
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: Vox and New York Times
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.
Nina dos Santos / CNN:
This man could shed light on Trump mystery, Senate witness says  —  London and Moscow (CNN)Senate investigators want to question a Moscow-based American businessman with longstanding ties to President Donald Trump after witnesses told them he could shed light on the President's commercial …
Caleb Melby / Bloomberg:
Trump's Inaugural Team Scrambled to Defend Staff and Record Haul  — Tricky question a year after party: What did Rick Gates do?  — Staffers came from Barrack's Colony Capital, Manafort's circle  —  The leaders of President Donald Trump's inaugural committee saw trouble coming and tried to get ahead of it.
Discussion: Politico and Raw Story
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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.
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.
Natalie Allison / The Tennessean:
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee says he regrets participating in ‘Old South’ parties at Auburn University  —  Governor Bill Lee addresses audience at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 30th Commemorative Convocation at Tennessee State University's Gentry Center  —  Four decades removed from his time as a student …
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Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Government report reveals CBO was scandalously off in Obamacare estimates  —  A new report from government actuaries has revealed that the Congressional Budget Office was scandalously off in its estimates of the impact of Obamacare's individual mandate, a miscalculation that has had significant ramifications …
Discussion: Daily Wire, RedState and twitchy.com
BuzzFeed News:
Trump Said He Ordered His Administration To Withhold Wildfire Aid To California.  FEMA Says He Never Did.  —  The president tweeted that he was cutting off disaster assistance to wildfire survivors to punish California officials.  But no record of such an order exists.
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 …
Jim Brunner / The Seattle Times:
Howard Schultz didn't vote on latest Seattle school levies  —  The no-show was in line with Schultz's pattern of ignoring many elections over the decades, even while urging increased civic and political involvement by Americans.  —  Even after facing public criticism over his spotty voting record …
Alan Gomez / USA Today:
The Trump administration keeps breaking up migrant families.  Here's how they do it  —  Amid public outcry over the thousands of migrant children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to keep families together.
Discussion: NBC News and Daily Kos
Tal Kopan / San Francisco Chronicle:
Trump administration begins effort to strip work permits for immigrant spouses  —  WASHINGTON — After nearly two years of delays, the Trump administration is moving ahead with its plan to strip work permits for the spouses of many high-skilled visa holders, an effort that could jeopardize tens …
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Bernie Sanders Will Hit Huge Obstacles in 2020  —  Bernie Sanders's entry into the 2020 race amounts to a big stone in a lake: It will generate ripples that touch every other candidate.  But his own path to the nomination remains rocky unless he can attract a broader coalition than he did in 2016.
Discussion: Hot Air, ThinkProgress and KBZK
Deconstructed / The Intercept:
Crazy in Gov: Why Won't the Media Discuss Trump's Mental Instability?  —  Photo illustration: Soohee Cho/The Intercept, Getty Images  —  Subscribe to the Deconstructed podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms.  New to podcasting?  Click here.
Jennifer Schuessler / New York Times:
The Obama Presidential Library That Isn't  —  The Obama Presidential Center promises to be a presidential library like no other.  —  The three-building, 19-acre “working center for citizenship,” set to be built in a public park on the South Side of Chicago, will include a 235-foot-high …
New York Times:
Advertisers Boycott YouTube After Pedophiles Swarm Comments on Videos of Children  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Nestlé, Epic Games and other major brands said on Wednesday that they had stopped buying advertisements on YouTube after their ads appeared on children's videos where pedophiles had infiltrated the comment sections.
Politico:
Orbán faces backlash after attack on Juncker  —  A Hungarian government-sponsored attack campaign on European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker backfired as senior officials in the European People's Party (EPP) rebuked Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
Discussion: One America News Network and RT
TIME:
The Biggest Field Yet.  No Frontrunner.  A Divided Base.  Welcome to the 2020 Democratic Primary  —  Almost a year before the first votes of the 2020 -presidential contest, Democratic candidates are all over the map.  There's Elizabeth Warren in a drafty warehouse in Des Moines, Iowa …
Alex Linder / shanghaiist:
Uniqlo says its new spring jacket was not inspired by Mao Zedong  —  Is 2019 the year that the Mao suit makes a comeback!?  —  Searching for a new look for this spring that's light, simple, and proletarian?  Well, Uniqlo has just the thing!  —  The Japanese fashion brand has introduced a new …
 
 
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Benjamin Parker / The Bulwark:
Laura Ingraham Goes All In on the Duke
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
Stone Testifies In Off-The-Rails Hearing About Instagram Post
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Trump is trashing the Constitution. Larry Hogan shows how Republicans should respond.
Discussion: Cafe Hayek
Adam Klasfeld / courthousenews.com:
Airline Intrigue With Mueller Tie Lands in US Court
Discussion: Raw Story
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Where to Go on Health Insurance?
Lauren Hilgers / New York Times:
The New Labor Movement Fighting for Domestic Workers' Rights
Nogales International:
Town says it's ‘taken action’ after marshal's encounter with young journalist
Discussion: Hit & Run
 Earlier Items: 
Just Security:
Stop Using the Word “Collusion”—How to Frame the Critical Question at the Heart of Trump-Russia
Indianapolis Star:
Road rage, hate crime or both: Shooting death of Muslim man could draw FBI scrutiny
Discussion: Advocate and ThinkProgress
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: McConnell recommends Kelly Craft to Trump for UN ambassador
Discussion: Political Wire
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
It's Not a Disinformation Campaign if the Facts Are True
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Booman Tribune
Michael Grunwald / Politico:
Trump's War on California
Washington Post:
Allies decline request to stay in Syria after U.S. troops withdraw
Discussion: Bloomberg and rbc.ru
John Solomon / The Hill:
FBI's top lawyer believed Hillary Clinton should face charges, but was talked out of it
Discussion: Daily Wire and The Resurgent