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9:55 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 …
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: Roll Call, KBZK and IJR
Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
Republicans blast Cummings over ‘irresponsible’ claims regarding Trump ethics disclosure
Discussion: Axios
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
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
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
Nick Wadhams / Bloomberg:
Get Trump Alone: Kim Jong Un's Game Plan Ahead of Vietnam Summit
Discussion: New York Times and Raw Story
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 …
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” …
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
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
N.C. board declares a new election in contested House race after the GOP candidate admitted …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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
Washington Post:
Coast Guard lieutenant used work computers in alleged planning of widespread domestic terrorist attack, prosecutors say  —  The U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant spent hours on end planning a wide-scale domestic terrorist attack, even logging in at his work computer on the job at headquarters …
Discussion: Gothamist
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
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
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.
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
The New Outlaws of Conservative Media  —  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.
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  —  The dismal factoids in a new report released Thursday by the Women's Media Center go on and on.  And on.  —  While women outnumber men in journalism programs and in colleges …
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Jordan Schachtel / Conservative Review:
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Dan Merica / CNN:
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Discussion: Breitbart and
Jim DeRogatis / New Yorker:
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Discussion: NPR and New York Times
Julia Carrie Wong / The Guardian:
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Discussion: Boing Boing
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Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
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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