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Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Kellyanne Conway defends Trump after he attacked her husband  —  Kellyanne Conway on Wednesday defended President Donald Trump's attacks on her husband George Conway saying he's “a counterpuncher” and asserting that the president is free to respond when he's accused of having a mental illness.
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CNN:
Kellyanne Conway: How she became the ultimate Trump White House survivor  —  How Kellyanne Conway thrives in the Trump White House  —  (CNN)Kellyanne Conway is a consistent figure in the otherwise revolving-door world of the Trump White House.  —  She is a survivor.
A.B. Stoddard / The Bulwark:
EXCLUSIVE: Sen. Johnny Isakson Stands Up for McCain; Unloads on Trump  —  Georgia's senior senator gives the president a “whipping.”  —  Later today Sen. Johnny Isakson will call out President Trump for his continued disparagement of John McCain.  The chairman of the Senate Veteran Affairs Committee …
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Johnny Isakson delivers the indictment of Trump's McCain-bashing that Lindsey Graham wouldn't  —  Of all the political and societal norms President Trump has bulldozed, our reverence for war heroes may be one of the most significant.  Our national defense is built upon a special regard for people who have risked their lives in battle.
Elie Mystal / The Nation:
The Time Has Come for Democrats to Impeach Brett Kavanaugh  —  And no, 'he's just not worth it' is not an acceptable excuse.  —  Donald Trump is up for reelection in about 18 months.  Even if he wins, he is term-limited out of office after 2024.  Even if he declares a national emergency …
Discussion: Above the Law
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Politico:
Florida felon voting rights imperiled amid GOP opposition  —  TALLAHASSEE — Florida's Republican-controlled Legislature is moving to roll back parts of a historic November constitutional amendment that reinstated voting rights for convicted felons, drawing sharp opposition from Democrats in a key 2020 presidential battleground.
Discussion: Splinter and Seymour Tribune
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Florida Republicans Are Sabotaging a Constitutional Amendment That Gave Felons the Right to Vote
Discussion: NBC News, The Daily Beast and bradenton
Wall Street Journal:
House Democrats Plan to Request More Documents From Trump Associates  —  The House Judiciary Committee is planning to send a second wave of document requests to associates of President Trump, including Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and a former lawyer for Michael Cohen.
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Anita Kumar / Politico:
Lawyer: Prosecutors advise Gates not to cooperate with House probe yet
Discussion: Breitbart and Raw Story
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
Bernie Sanders Is Hiring a Former Hillary Clinton Staffer As Research Chief  —  Bernie Sanders is preparing for the coming onslaught of attacks by hiring someone who knows the material best.  The Vermont senator's campaign is bringing on a veteran of Hillary Clinton's research department …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Will Bernie Sanders Split the Democratic Party in 2020?
Ryan Lizza / Esquire:
The Esquire Interview: Mayor Peter Buttigieg  —  The South Bend, Indiana mayor and Democratic presidential candidate talks socialism, the Green New Deal, “I'm With Her,” what Democrats can learn from James Joyce(!), and more.  —  Like seemingly every other Democrat in or out of office …
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Donna Brazile Explains Why She's Working for Fox News  —  Donna Brazile, who has twice served as the interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, is one of the most prominent political strategists of recent times.  Brazile, Al Gore's campaign manager in 2000, was the first African-American woman …
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
‘Florida Is Tired of Being a Cheap Date’: Andrew Gillum Wants to Help Democrats Win in 2020  —  In an interview, the former mayor and rising Democratic star confirms he's not running for president, and outlines his plans to mobilize Florida voters for the election.  —  Andrew Gillum has more free time than he would like.
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Washington Post:
Federal judge casts doubt on Trump's drilling plans across the U.S. because they ignore climate change  —  The ruling temporarily halts drilling on 300,000 acres of leases in Wyoming.  —  A federal judge ruled late Tuesday that the Interior Department violated federal law by failing …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Beto, Biden and Bernie: The B-Boys and the media's dangerous, self-fulfilling prophecy  —  As amorous embraces go, few could be more ardent than the one Beto O'Rourke got this month from Vanity Fair magazine.  —  The perfectly timed cover treatment was the full monty: Rugged-glam photo …
Discussion: The Hill
David Brown / Politico:
IG investigating Shanahan over Boeing comments  —  The Pentagon's inspector general has begun an investigation into Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan's reported Boeing bias, the IG's office said Wednesday.  —  “The Department of Defense Office of Inspector General has decided …
Courier-Journal:
Bevin exposed his 9 kids to chickenpox, says vaccine not for everyone  —  In a move experts say is medically unsound — and can be dangerous — Gov. Matt Bevin said in a radio interview Tuesday that he deliberately exposed all nine of his children to chickenpox so they would catch the disease and become immune.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Splinter
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Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Trump administration withholds report justifying ‘shock’ auto tariffs  —  A confidential government report has provided President Donald Trump with a legal rationale to impose heavy new tariffs on foreign cars as soon as this spring, a prospect fiercely opposed by White House officials …
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Doug Palmer / Politico:
Trump warns he'll keep China tariffs for ‘substantial period of time’
Washington Post:
Brexit is breaking the British Parliament.  Can the damage be repaired?  —  Long-standing rules and practices are collapsing.  —  Last week's Parliamentary defeat for the Brexit deal has just been followed by another major event.  The Parliament's speaker has ruled that the government cannot introduce …
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Charlie Cooper / Politico:
How to watch the Brexit crunch like a pro
Mike Memoli / NBC News:
Rep. Clyburn calls Trump family ‘greatest threats to democracy in my lifetime’  —  The House majority whip said congressional investigations can set the table for impeachment if “deserved.”  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. — The third-ranking Democrat in the House on Tuesday called President Donald Trump and his family …
Tim Elfrink / Washington Post:
Trump retweets QAnon conspiracy theorist, via Larry the Cable Guy, to slam the TSA  —  From a QAnon conspiracy theorist to actor James Woods to comedian Larry the Cable Guy to the leader of the free world.  Thus travels information in the age of Twitter and President Trump …
Steve Miletich / The Seattle Times:
FBI joining criminal investigation into certification of Boeing 737 MAX  —  The FBI has joined the criminal investigation into the certification of the Boeing 737 MAX, lending its considerable resources to an inquiry already being conducted by U.S. Department of Transportation agents, according to people familiar with the matter.
Elijah E. Cummings / Washington Post:
The White House hasn't turned over a single piece of paper to my committee  —  Elijah E. Cummings, a Democrat, represents Maryland's 7th Congressional District in the House, where he is the chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform.  —  In November, the American people voted overwhelmingly …
Los Angeles Times:
No soccer experience, but she still got a spot on elite UCLA team in college admissions scandal  —  Lauren Isackson's athletic credentials were dwarfed by those of her teammates.  She joined the vaunted UCLA women's soccer program in 2017 alongside members of the U.S. and Canadian national teams …
Mike Eckel / Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Of Suspicious Minds: Medical Experts Cast Doubt On Lesin Autopsy  —  WASHINGTON — A neck bone that rarely breaks, and when it does, it is almost always due to strangulation or asphyxiation.  Soft-tissue hemorrhaging on muscles running along the sides and back of the neck.  A swollen brain.
Henry J. Gomez / BuzzFeed News:
The New Left Wants To Stop Joe Biden.  There Just Isn't A Clear Plan To Do It.  —  There's a progressive faction of the Democratic Party very much against Joe Biden for president.  Whether their strategy amounts to more than angry tweets remains to be seen.
Discussion: Washington Post and The Week
Barbara McQuade / USA Today:
The bread crumb papers: Why Cohen document dump should worry Donald Trump and others  —  Redactions can be used to avoid alerting a defendant before he's charged or tipping off suspects in a pending investigation.  Who might that apply to?  —  CONNECT  —  While the case against former …
Discussion: CNBC and Axios
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
NYU Journalism School Hires Ex-New Yorker Fact Checker Who Falsely Said ICE Agent Had Nazi Tattoo  —  New York University has hired Talia Lavin as an adjunct journalism professor less than a year after the former New Yorker fact checker resigned after falsely accusing an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent of having a Nazi tattoo.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Dan Alexander / Forbes:
Trump Has Now Shifted $1.3 Million Of Campaign-Donor Money Into His Business  —  Donald Trump has charged his own reelection campaign $1.3 million for rent, food, lodging and other expenses since taking office, according to a Forbes analysis of the latest campaign filings.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Jack Detsch / Al-Monitor:
Pentagon fails to deliver US strategy on Yemen  —  A man walks at the site of an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition in the Houthi-held capital Sanaa, Yemen, Jan. 20, 2019.  —  The Donald Trump administration has missed another congressional deadline to lay out the US strategy in Yemen, Al-Monitor has learned.
Seamus Hughes / Politico:
The Federal Courts Are Running An Online Scam  —  Every day, dozens of hungry reporters lurk inside something called PACER, the online records system for America's federal courts.  These days, they're mostly looking for the latest scraps of intel on special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
World leaders tell Biden: We need you  —  When Joe Biden attended the annual Munich Security Conference last month, the wonky foreign policy confab promised an escape from the nonstop speculation back home about the former vice president's political plans.  —  Instead, Biden's 2020 intentions were the talk of the conference.
 
 
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Michael R. Strain / National Review:
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Joe Scarborough / Washington Post:
I disagreed with Obama. But what Trump has done makes those differences insignificant.
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David Marcus / The Federalist:
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Frank Bruni / New York Times:
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New York Times:
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Robin Marty / Politico:
I Am an Abortion Rights Activist. I Hope the Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade.
Discussion: The Daily Caller