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7:50 PM ET, February 22, 2019


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New York Times:
How Amy Klobuchar Treats Her Staff  —  Senator Amy Klobuchar was hungry, forkless and losing patience.  —  An aide, joining her on a trip to South Carolina in 2008, had procured a salad for his boss while hauling their bags through an airport terminal.  But once onboard, he delivered the grim news …
New York Times:
Cohen Gave Prosecutors New Information on the Trump Family Business  —  Michael D. Cohen, President Trump's former lawyer and fixer, met last month with federal prosecutors in Manhattan, offering information about possible irregularities within the president's family business and about a donor …
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
For the second time in two days, a building called Trump Place decides to take down the president's name  —  On Election Day 2016, six residential buildings called Trump Place stood in a row on Manhattan's Upper West Side — a legacy of Donald Trump's efforts to develop that site and a sign …
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 …
William K. Rashbaum / New York Times:
Manafort Is Expected to Face Charges in New York, Even if Trump Pardons Him  —  [What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.]  —  The Manhattan district attorney's office is preparing state criminal charges against Paul J. Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman …
Asha Rangappa / Washington Post:
If Mueller is done, states could file their own charges — even against Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
Jamie McCarthy / WPTV:
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft charged as a ‘john’ in human trafficking/prostitution investigation  —  JUPITER, Fla. — In his Tuesday news conference about a major human trafficking investigation , Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said about 100 men would be arrested.
Mary Helen Moore /
Patriots owner Robert Kraft charged with soliciting prostitution in Florida spa  —  JUPITER — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution in connection with a Florida spa tied to an international human trafficking ring, police said Friday.
Washington Post:
Grand jury is examining whether former interior secretary Ryan Zinke lied to federal investigators  —  Prosecutors have begun presenting evidence to a grand jury in Washington in their probe of whether former interior Secretary Ryan Zinke lied to federal investigators, according to two individuals briefed on the matter.
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
South Dakota governor says Trump trade wars have ‘devastated’ the state  —  South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said Friday that President Donald Trump's trade wars have “devastated” her state, and though she agreed that countries like China were not following fair trade practices …
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Arkansas governor calls Trump's border emergency declaration ‘worrisome’
Discussion: Breitbart
Matthew Walther / The Week:
The Mueller joke  —  I would like to say some things about the apparently imminent conclusion of Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation, but first let me tell you a joke.  —  One day Johnny asked his teacher, Mrs. Williamson, to be excused from class.
Associated Press:
AP source: Mueller report not expected next week  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A report from special counsel Robert Mueller about the Russia investigation is not expected to be delivered to the Justice Department next week.  —  That's according to a senior Justice Department official who spoke Friday to The Associated Press.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The slowly written Mueller report that's sitting in plain sight
Discussion: Raw Story
Hunter Walker / Yahoo News:
Democrat predicts House will get Trump's tax returns — but there are a few complications  —  WASHINGTON — House Democrats are planning to ask for a confidential copy of President Trump's tax returns from the IRS, but obtaining them won't be simple or fast, Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., said during an interview on
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Nicholas Pugliese /
Bill would keep Trump off 2020 NJ ballot unless he releases his tax returns
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.
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Trump's Syria reversal is a significant win for good sense
Discussion: Vox
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
You Give Apps Sensitive Personal Information.  Then They Tell Facebook.  —  Wall Street Journal testing reveals how the social-media giant collects a wide range of private data from developers; ‘This is a big mess’  —  Millions of smartphone users confess their most intimate secrets to apps …
Ariana Eunjung Cha / Washington Post:
Trump administration bars clinics that provide abortions or abortion referrals from federal funding  —  Planned Parenthood, which stands to lose $60 million a year, calls on courts, Congress to block the rule.  —  The Trump administration issued a rule Friday barring groups that provide abortions …
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
George R.R. Martin Isn't the Only Author Who Can't Finish a Beloved Series  —  Robert Caro's new book looks back at his own career, worrying readers who've waited since 2012 for the final volume of his Lyndon Johnson series  —  Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Caro will publish …
Trump nominates Kelly Craft as ambassador to the U.N.  —  In a tweet Friday night, President Trump announced the nomination of Kelly Knight Craft, the current ambassador to Canada, for ambassador to the U.N.  —  Details: The Kentucky native has public and private sector experience.
Discussion: Fortune, Politico and Joe.My.God.
Washington Post:
Trump announces nomination of Kelly Knight Craft as U.S. ambassador to United Nations
Discussion: Political Wire
Chicago Sun-Times:
R. Kelly charged with sexually abusing 4 victims, at least 3 of them minors  —  Embattled R&B superstar R. Kelly will turn himself in to authorities Friday night and is scheduled to appear in bond court in Chicago Saturday to face charges of 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
Doug Palmer / Politico:
U.S.-China trade talks yield currency deal, but big differences remain  —  The United States and China have reached an agreement as part of broader trade talks that will limit Beijing's ability to manipulate the value of its currency for an unfair trade advantage, President Donald Trump said Friday.
CBS News:
Colorado woman's $8,000 tax bill leaves her in tears  —  Isadora Bielsky's tax bill this year brought her to tears.  Last year, her family of four's refund topped $3,600.  This year, the Colorado family owed in the thousands.  —  “I plugged it all in and at first I thought oh …
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:
On the campaign trail, Kamala Harris tries on a sequined jacket, and men go nuts  —  Every four years, aspiring presidential nominees leave behind families, jobs and, frequently, their dignity to prove they are worthy of the votes of everyday people.  —  Senators, governors, million- or billionaires …
Discussion: Mother Jones
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.
Discussion: National Review and
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Trump Job Approval 50% or Higher in 17 States in 2018  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump's job approval rating varied widely across the U.S. states in 2018, with 17 states giving him ratings of 50% or higher, and 16 states giving him ratings below 40%.
Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
Dems call on Trump to fire Acosta  —  Three House Democrats are collecting signatures for a letter calling on President Trump to demand the resignation of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta.  —  The push comes a day after a federal judge ruled that Acosta and other federal prosecutors acted illegally …
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
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 …
Discussion: Gothamist
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Trump Should Stop Telling Hateful Lies That Racist Terrorists Believe  —  Donald Trump has warned the public that immigrants “violently changed” Europe's culture — and will do the same to America's, if they get the chance.  He has said that Democrats “want illegal immigrants …
Kushner Cos.  Seeks Federal Loan in Biggest Deal in Decade, Sources Say  — Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Kushner Cos. have been in loan talks  — Debt would fund $1.15 billion Maryland, Virginia apartments  —  Kushner Cos., the real estate firm owned by the family of President Donald Trump's son …
Morgan Cook /
Rep. Duncan Hunter gets help with legal expenses from government contractors, others  —  Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, and his wife and former campaign manager, Margaret appear in this file photograph.  —  Nine donors, including at least two who had already reached political contribution limits …
Discussion: Roll Call
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Not the Fun Kind of Feminist  —  How Trump helped make Andrea Dworkin relevant again.  —  For decades now, Andrea Dworkin has existed in the feminist imagination mostly as a negative example, the woman no one wanted to be.  —  An anti-porn, anti-prostitution militant in the feminist sex wars …
Discussion: Althouse
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Michael Hyland / WNCN:
Criminal prosecution anticipated in District 9 case, Wake County DA says
Discussion: Politico
Stephanie Akin / Roll Call:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's call for a ‘living wage’ starts in her office
Aaron Rodriguez / CREW:
CREW On Behalf of Government Accountability Project Sues For Middle East Marshall Plan Documents
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
The Corruption of the Vatican's Gay Elite Has Been Exposed
Scoop: Trump, Pence overseas travel to overlap, concerning some officials
Discussion: Washington Post
Humeyra Pamuk / Reuters:
U.S. farmers receive $7.7 billion in trade aid to date: USDA
Discussion: Axios
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack will not run for the U.S. Senate against Sen. Joni Ernst in 2020
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Democratic States Exceed Republican States by Four in 2018
 Earlier Items: 
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Judge Jeanine Pirro Stiffs Campaign Vendors Out of Nearly $600K
Discussion: Raw Story
Conrad Black / American Greatness:
The Greatest Constitutional Crisis Since the Civil War
Washington Post:
Two dead after Venezuelan soldiers open fire on opposition supporters
Discussion: TheBlaze
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Pfizer executive Sally Susman to host 2020 presidential fundraiser for Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand
Discussion: Splinter
A.J. Katz / TVNewser:
PBS NewsHour Continues to Expand Its Team by Naming New Foreign Affairs Producer
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
The Democrats' Grand Delusion
Discussion: Washington Post and Hot Air
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
Netanyahu's Most Cynical Ploy Yet
Sasha Issenberg / Politico:
Here's What Beto Could Unleash on Trump