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10:55 AM ET, February 23, 2019

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Mike Allen / Axios:
Looming Mueller investigation report leaves Washington in suspense  —  For 21 months, Robert Mueller has been an omnipresent but unseen lead in D.C. drama.  —  Driving the news: As soon as he delivers his farewell letter or report, the protagonists become Attorney General William Barr …
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Deanna Paul / Washington Post:
Even if Mueller's probe concludes soon, things are far from over  —  Predictions for when special counsel Robert S. Mueller III will deliver his much-anticipated report to the attorney general have yo-yoed between days and weeks.  —  Two things are more definitive: In January …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Raw Story and LewRockwell
Washington Post:
Access to Mueller's report and evidence may be guided by Congress, Clinton email case
Discussion: Associated Press and Mediaite
Matthew Walther / The Week:
The Mueller joke
Discussion: Viking Pundit
Associated Press:   AP source: Mueller report not expected next week
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 …
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The top 15 Democratic presidential candidates of 2020, ranked  —  It's just February 2019 and we already have 10 declared well-known 2020 Democratic candidates for president.  The 2016 runner-up for the nomination just got in.  Others are set to decide within days or weeks.  The debates start in three months.
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Exposing Amy Klobuchar's Mistreatment Of Staff Is Not Sexist
Discussion: The Atlantic and Mediaite
John Bowden / The Hill:
Judge tosses North Carolina mandatory voter ID amendment citing gerrymandering  —  A judge in North Carolina on Friday tossed out the state's constitutional amendment requiring a voter ID, citing prevalent gerrymandering in the state's General Assembly.  —  Wake County Superior Court Judge …
Discussion: Axios, Joe.My.God. and myfox8.com
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New York Times:
Republican Cries Against Voter Fraud Go Mostly Quiet After Scheme Tied to Party  —  RALEIGH, N.C. — Republican politicians across the country have for years railed against the threat of voter fraud.  Some have made unproven claims about how rampant it has become in order to pass voter ID laws and open sweeping investigations.
Ali Schmitz / TCPalm.com:
Florida human trafficking: Billionaire equity firm owner John Childs wanted on prostitution charge in Vero Beach  —  Billionaire equity firm owner John Childs is one of several men accused of soliciting prostitution in connection with a Florida spa tied to an international human trafficking ring, police said Thursday.
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Mary Helen Moore / TCPalm.com:
Patriots owner Robert Kraft charged with soliciting prostitution in Florida spa
Associated Press:
Court records reveal a Mueller report right in plain view  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump was in full deflection mode.  —  The Democrats had blamed Russia for the hacking and release of damaging material on his presidential opponent, Hillary Clinton.  Trump wasn't buying it.
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 …
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Do Not Disturb: How I Ditched My Phone and Unbroke My Brain  —  My name is Kevin, and I have a phone problem.  —  And if you're anything like me — and the statistics suggest you probably are, at least where smartphones are concerned — you have one, too.  —  I don't love referring to what we have as an “addiction.”
Naomi Jagoda / The Hill:
Average tax refunds down double-digits, IRS data shows  —  Average tax refund amounts are down double-digits compared to last year, according to the latest batch of weekly IRS data about the 2019 tax-filing season released late Friday.  —  The average refund through Feb. 15 was $2,640 …
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
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Aaron Lorenzo / Politico:
Average tax refund down 17 percent, IRS reports
Discussion: Hill Reporter, Raw Story and Bloomberg
CBS News:
Colorado woman's $8,000 tax bill leaves her in tears
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Caroline O'Donovan / BuzzFeed News:
YouTube Just Demonetized Anti-Vax Channels  —  YouTube on Friday said it would prevent channels that promote anti-vax content from running advertising, saying explicitly that such videos fall under its policy prohibiting the monetization of videos with “dangerous and harmful” content.
Bloomberg:
Trump's Trade Chief Lectures His Boss and Gets an Earful in Return  — Lighthizer tries to shape debate on key element in China talks  — Trump rejects Lighthizer case for memorandums of understanding  —  An exasperated Robert Lighthizer, the U.S. trade representative …
Elon Green / Columbia Journalism Review:
How Esquire lost the Bryan Singer story  —  On February 11, news broke that Millennium Films was delaying Bryan Singer's Red Sonja, which was to begin production this year.  This was, on the face of it, a remarkable turn of events.  Singer's Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, had just been nominated for five Oscars.
Discussion: The Daily Californian
John Bowden / The Hill:
Warren: Native Americans should be ‘part of the conversation’ on reparations  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said Friday that Native Americans should be “part of the conversation” on reparations, The Washington Post reported.  —  Warren, a 2020 Democratic presidential contender …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Washington Post
New York Times:
An Emergency for the G.O.P.  —  The Constitution or The Donald?  Why is this such a hard choice for congressional Republicans?  —  The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher.  It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section.
Discussion: Raw Story, CNBC, Roll Call and Hit & Run
Washington Post:
Trump announces nomination of Kelly Knight Craft to be ambassador to United Nations  —  President Trump announced Friday evening that he will nominate Kelly Knight Craft, the U.S. ambassador to Canada and a major Republican donor, to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
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Axios:
Trump nominates Kelly Craft as ambassador to the U.N.
Stephanie Akin / Roll Call:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's call for a ‘living wage’ starts in her office  —  Claudia Pagon Marchena, like so many Hill staffers, moonlighted at a Washington, D.C., eatery to pay her rent until she took a job with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  She celebrated her last day at her coffee shop job that same week.
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 …
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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
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Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Trump Employs QAnon Believer Elizabeth Alfieri As Pastry Chef at Mar-a-Lago
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Qatar hired ex-Trump campaign staffer as D.C. lobbyist
Sue Halpern / New Yorker:
Why the U.K. Condemned Facebook for Fuelling Fake News
Barbie Latza Nadeau / The Daily Beast:
An Italian Expose Documents Moscow Money Allegedly Funding Italy's Far-Right Salvini
Discussion: Mother Jones
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Gallup: Liberals outnumber conservatives in only 6 states, down from 9
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and The Gateway Pundit
Adam Cancryn / Politico:
2020 Democrats' progressive gamble is about to get real
Discussion: Reuters
Matthew Desmond / New York Times:
The $15 Minimum Wage Doesn't Just Improve Lives. It Saves Them.
Deanna Paul / Washington Post:
A teen was told her MAGA hat violates school code. She's fighting back.
Discussion: RedState
 Earlier Items: 
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Strategy Isn't Everything  —  Sean Trende, one of my favorite analysts …
Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
Dems call on Trump to fire Acosta
Michael Hyland / WNCN:
Criminal prosecution anticipated in District 9 case, Wake County DA says
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Politico
Bloomberg:
Kushner Cos. Seeks Federal Loan in Biggest Deal in Decade, Sources Say
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
Grand jury is examining whether former interior secretary Ryan Zinke lied to federal investigators
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
George R.R. Martin Isn't the Only Author Who Can't Finish a Beloved Series
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Axios:
Scoop: Trump, Pence overseas travel to overlap, concerning some officials
Discussion: ABC News
Chicago Sun-Times:
R. Kelly charged with sexually abusing 4 victims, at least 3 of them minors