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Gregg Re / Fox News:
Nunes sues Twitter, some users, seeks over $250M alleging anti-conservative ‘shadow bans,’ smears  —  California GOP Rep. Devin Nunes filed a major lawsuit seeking $250 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages against Twitter and a handful of its users on Monday …
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Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:
‘Devin Nunes’ Cow' reacts to lawsuit: 'I'm not quitting my day job'  —  The user behind the “Devin Nunes' Cow” Twitter account won't be so easily cowed by Rep. Devin Nunes' lawsuit.  —  The California Republican is suing Twitter and a handful of users for defamation and “shadow banning,” …
The Daily Beast:
Rep. Devin Nunes Files $250M Defamation Lawsuit Against Twitter, Two Anonymous Twitter Accounts  —  Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) sued Twitter, two anonymous Twitter accounts, and political consultant Liz Mair for more than $250 million, alleging that the defendants engaged in “negligence …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Devin Nunes Files Bonkers $250 Million Lawsuit Over Mean Tweets  —  Rep. Devin Nunes, who is bringing a $250 million suit against Twitter because he has been the subject of mean tweets, is not an obscure kook.  He is a famous and highly influential kook who chairs the House Intelligence Committee.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and RedState
Associated Press:
Records show FBI was probing Michael Cohen long before raid  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The FBI was investigating President Donald Trump's former personal attorney and fixer for nearly a year before agents raided his home and office, documents released Tuesday show.
Discussion: CNN and POLITICUSUSA
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New York Times:
Michael Cohen's Emails Were Sought by Special Counsel in July 2017, Documents Show  —  Federal authorities began investigating the email accounts of Michael D. Cohen, President Trump's former lawyer, as early as July 2017, only months after Mr. Trump took office, according to documents unsealed on Tuesday.
Discussion: Political Wire and Joe.My.God.
Blake Hounshell / Politico:
Preet Bharara Expects a ‘Lengthy, Detailed’ Mueller Report  —  Preet Bharara decided not to do the easy thing and write a made-for-TV book about the sprawling legal inquiries into Donald Trump's campaign and presidency.  —  But that's all anyone wants to ask the former U.S. attorney …
Discussion: New York Post
Justin Miller / The Daily Beast:   Mueller Went After Cohen Soon After He Took Over Russia Probe
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:   Mueller's office began investigating Michael Cohen as early as July 2017
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Trump officials prepared to stonewall Democratic oversight demands  —  House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler wrote to the White House last month demanding information about President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency to fund the construction of a southern border wall.
Discussion: Breitbart, POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
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Nancy Cook / Politico:
Mulvaney on cusp of permanent status upgrade
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
The Daily Beast:
Trump's Lawyers on House Judiciary Dems' Document Request: You Get Nothing
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
How the National Enquirer Got Bezos' Texts: It Paid $200,000 to His Lover's Brother  —  Michael Sanchez sold the billionaire's secrets to American Media, the Enquirer's publisher, said people familiar with the matter  —  Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos and his allies have publicly speculated …
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Andrew Yang, Upstart Democratic Presidential Candidate, Comes Out Against Circumcision  —  A candidate known for putting out position statements on virtually every policy adds a rather intimate one to the list.  —  Outsider presidential hopeful Andrew Yang's latest idea is both literally …
Discussion: Axios and Power Line
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Natalie Gontcharova / Refinery29:
Exclusive: Bernie Sanders Campaign Announces 10 New Women Hires  —  The Bernie Sanders 2020 presidential campaign has announced 15 new hires in key positions, 10 of them women.  This comes on the heels of the campaign hiring four key Iowa staffers and three 2016 veterans in New Hampshire last week.
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Associated Press:   Bernie Sanders' opening argument: I am electable. Really.
Vladimir Isachenkov / Associated Press:
Kazakhstan's president steps down after 30 years  —  MOSCOW (AP) — Nursultan Nazarbayev, the only leader that independent Kazakhstan has ever known, abruptly announced his resignation Tuesday after three decades in power, raising uncertainty over the country's future course.
Reveal:
US government uses several clandestine shelters to detain immigrant children  —  The federal government is relying on secret shelters to hold unaccompanied minors, in possible violation of the long-standing rules for the care of immigrant children, a Reveal investigation has found.
Discussion: The Week and Splinter
Jia Tolentino / New Yorker:
Stepping Into the Uncanny, Unsettling World of Shen Yun  —  Does the ubiquitous dance troupe really present five thousand years of civilization reborn?  —  Just as it is impossible for me to articulate with any certainty the moment I entered adulthood or began to believe that human life …
CNN:
White House expects to see Mueller findings before they go to Congress  —  Washington (CNN)White House lawyers expect to have an opportunity to review whatever version of Robert Mueller's report Attorney General Bill Barr submits to Congress before it reaches lawmakers and the public …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Luppe B. Luppen / Yahoo News:
Last prosecutor on Michael Flynn case departs Mueller's office
Variety:
New-Model Murdochs: Fox Corporation to Emerge Tuesday  —  UPDATED: 21st Century Fox said Tuesday it has completed the distribution of shares to birth the Fox Corporation.  “21CF and FOX are now each a standalone, publicly traded company,” 21st Century Fox said in a statement issued at 8:30 a.m. ET.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Andrea Drusch / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
This is Sen. Cornyn's attack plan if Joaquin Castro challenges him for Senate  —  Texas Sen. John Cornyn is readying fire for a potential race against Rep. Joaquin Castro, according to a game plan laid out to the Star-Telegram by Cornyn's campaign Monday.  —  Though Cornyn already faces …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Politico
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Democrats don't want to restore norms, they want to destroy different ones than Trump  —  Over the past two years, we've heard a lot about actions that President Trump has taken to destroy norms — and I've joined in the criticism at times myself.  But Democrats running to replace him in 2020 …
Brad Kutner / courthousenews.com:
All Eyes on Fourth Circuit Hearing in Emoluments Case  —  RICHMOND, Va. (CN) - Of the many legal challenges President Donald Trump is facing, few have forced legal experts and historians to dig deep quite like claims that his private business dealings with foreign governments violate the Constitution.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Trump's campaign secret weapon: Facebook  —  Data: Adapted from a Bully Pulpit interactive chart; Chart: Axios Visuals  —  While Democrats' campaign launches have sucked up national attention, President Trump's re-election campaign has quietly spent nearly twice as much as the entire …
Discussion: Raw Story
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Indicted Oligarch Dmytro Firtash Praises Paul Manafort, Says Trump Has Third-Grade Smarts  —  The Ukrainian mogul, a background presence in the story of Russian influence in U.S. elections, praised Manafort's savvy but dismissed Trump in an interview with The Daily Beast.  —  Betsy Woodruff
Discussion: Raw Story
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
The March of White Supremacy, From Oklahoma City to Christchurch  —  As we struggle against the forces behind decades of violence, we must remember that we aren't fighting with strangers.  —  The Oklahoma City National Memorial consists of two stark structures connected by a reflecting pool …
Discussion: Raw Story, Splinter and WHNT-TV
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Kate Riga / Talking Points Memo:
Rosenstein Extending Stay At DOJ Indefinitely  —  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is extending his stay at the Department of Justice for at least “a little longer,” according to Tuesday NBC reporting.  —  Slated to leave in mid-March, Rosenstein has reportedly spoken …
James Hoft / YouTube:
Mark Meadows: There Are Sitting Ambassadors Who Were Involved in Deep State Coup of President Trump … Hannity: What we now have is the beginning of a cascade of information of materials that will be collaborating everything we have been telling you...  Mark Meadows: Additional information …
Discussion: IJR and The Gateway Pundit
Kansas City Star:
Blunt disinvited to GOP event in backlash over vote to block Trump's emergency powers  —  U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt has been disinvited from a local GOP gathering in Christian County, Missouri, next month amid a backlash over his vote to block President Donald Trump's use of emergency powers to build a border wall.
Nico Hines / The Daily Beast:
Cambridge Analytica Secrets Allegedly Covered Up by Trump Campaign Veterans  —  The High Court in London heard that former insiders, including Rebekah Mercer, were pulling the strings of “biased” officials responsible for the fate of the company.  —  Nico Hines
 
 
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Politics is religion, and the right is getting ready for the end times
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Cop Working at High School Revealed as White Nationalist Organizer
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Trump's Venezuela policy doesn't protect that country's citizens from being deported
Evan Halper / Los Angeles Times:
A political awakening: How Howard University shaped Kamala Harris' identity
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Google VP Stepped In After Employees Offended By Christian Video On Marriage
Discussion: The Right Scoop
 Earlier Items: 
Leah Rosenberg / Israel Unwired:
The Muslim Brotherhood is now part of Congress
Discussion: The Federalist
Caroline Orr / Byline Times:
Robert Mercer is Fueling A Multimillion Dollar Anti-Muslim Propaganda Industry
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Beto O'Rourke's early campaign: Upbeat sentiments absent many specifics
Discussion: Axios
Amanda Hoover / New Jersey Online:
Alleged mob boss killer Anthony Comello scrawls ‘MAGA Forever’ on his hand
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Splinter and Raw Story