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8:30 AM ET, February 24, 2019


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Franklin Foer / The Atlantic:
The Loud Silence of Mueller's Manafort Memo  —  A nation is waiting, with no clear sense of timing or resolution, to learn if its leader is a foreign agent of a hostile power.  But the director of this epic tale seems determined to jerk everyone around.  —  Expectations of imminent revelation are routinely deflated.
Discussion: emptywheel, Daily Kos and Splinter
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Paul Manafort a ‘hardened’ and ‘bold’ criminal, Mueller prosecutors tell judge  —  Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is a “hardened” criminal who “repeatedly and brazenly violated the law,” prosecutors told a Washington federal judge.  —  But in the filing submitted Friday …
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Robert Mueller files 800+ page sentencing memo for Paul Manafort  —  Special counsel Robert Mueller has filed a sentencing memo for President Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort.  Mueller does not take a position on how much time in prison Manafort should serve, but accuses him of …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Politico
Sharon LaFraniere / New York Times:
Sentencing Memo Paints Manafort as Someone Who ‘Repeatedly and Brazenly’ Broke Law  —  Federal prosecutors on Saturday portrayed Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman, as a hardened, remorseless criminal who “repeatedly and brazenly” violated a host of laws over more than a decade …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Adam Davidson / New Yorker:
Robert Mueller's Nothing-Burger Sentencing Memo on Paul Manafort  —  All week long, there has been a frenzy among those most obsessed with Robert Mueller's investigation for what was coming on Friday.  We expected he would produce a sentencing memo on Paul Manafort and many allowed themselves to believe …
Discussion: Althouse
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Prosecutors say Manafort's ‘criminal actions were bold’ in redacted sentencing memo
Discussion: Law & Crime
New York Times:   Russian Spy or Hustling Political Operative?  The Enigmatic Figure at the Heart of Mueller's Inquiry
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
The Mueller report is coming! Oh, wait.
Discussion: New York Times and Daily Kos
Washington Post:
Four dead, 24 injured after pro-government militias open fire on Venezuela-Brazil border  —  The standoff between Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaidó continued to intensify Saturday as the two sides clashed over delivery of humanitarian aid into the impoverished country.
New York Times:
Some Aid From Brazil Pierces Venezuela's Blockade, but Deadly Violence Erupts
Discussion: Breitbart and Axios
Stephania Taladrid / New Yorker:
Venezuela's Food Crisis Reaches a Breaking Point
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
Associated Press:   Soldiers unleash tear gas amid tension on Venezuela's border
Associated Press:
The Latest: 2 killed, 18 injured in Venezuela border clashes
Discussion: NPR
Foster Klug / Associated Press:
Hanoi summit nightmare scenario: Bad deals and little change  —  HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The nightmare scenario heading into the second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un isn't so much “fire and fury” and millions dead.  Rather, some experts fear the meeting …
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
‘No rush’: Trump redefines success ahead of second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un  —  Days ahead of his second summit with Kim Jong Un, President Trump is redefining success in his bid to force North Korea to relinquish its nuclear program, tamping down public expectations amid evidence …
Alexandra Hutzler / Newsweek:
Bill Maher Mocks Red State Voters, Says Rich and Educated Live in Blue States  —  Bill Maher ridiculed red state voters in a segment about Amazon's HQ2 locations, saying that the rich and educated people of America live in blue states.  —  “That's why red state voters are so pissed off.
Joshua A. Geltzer / CNN:
What if Trump refuses to accept defeat in 2020?  —  Joshua A. Geltzer is executive director and visiting professor of law at Georgetown Law Center's Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection and an ASU future of war fellow at New America.  He previously was senior director …
New York Times:
Inside the Rise and Fall of a Multimillion-Dollar Airbnb Scheme  —  Multiple misleading identities, more than 100 host accounts and 18 corporations were created to run an illegal hotel business in Manhattan, according to a lawsuit filed by the city.  —  [What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.]
Aaron Lorenzo / Politico:
As tax refunds shrink, Republicans scramble to defend Trump tax cut  —  Size apparently does matter, at least when it comes to tax refunds, and that's put Republicans on the defensive as Americans start filing their returns.  —  With headlines blaring about smaller refunds in the first weeks …
Discussion: Raw Story, The Mahablog and The Hill
Ronald A. Klain / Washington Post:
Time for Democrats to stare down Trump's red scare  —  Ronald A. Klain, a Post contributing columnist, served as a senior White House aide to Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton and was a senior adviser to Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign.  —  It's time for Democrats to stand up and stare down the great …
Bill McKibben / New Yorker:
The Hard Lessons of Dianne Feinstein's Encounter with the Young Green New Deal Activists  —  One imagines that Senator Dianne Feinstein would like a do-over of her colloquy with some young people on Friday afternoon.  A group of school students, at least one as young as seven …
Discussion: USA Today
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