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Washington Post:
Netanyahu considers blocking Omar, Tlaib from entering Israel ahead of a planned weekend visit  —  Democrats in Congress are quietly bracing for a new public fight with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after his government informed congressional leaders on Wednesday that it would formally announce …
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Isabel Kershner / New York Times:
Israel Denies Entry to Omar and Tlaib After Trump's Call to Block Them  —  JERUSALEM — Israel on Thursday barred the entry of two American Democratic congresswomen who had planned to visit the West Bank, hours after President Trump had urged the country to block them.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Israel's ban of Omar and Tlaib is a grave misstep  —  The Post reports, “Caught between the opposing views of President Trump and Democratic leaders, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reversed himself on Thursday and decided to prohibit Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib …
Emma Green / The Atlantic:
Trump Has Enabled Israel's Antidemocratic Tendencies at Every Turn
Discussion: CNN, Breitbart and Rolling Stone
Michael Bachner / Associated Press:
Israel will bar US lawmakers Omar, Tlaib from entering, deputy FM confirms
Prynard / Iowa Starting Line:
Poll: Elizabeth Warren Jumps Out To Big Lead In The Iowa Caucus  —  Elizabeth Warren's early investment in Iowa is paying off.  —  A new Iowa Starting Line-Change Research poll shows the senator opening up a commanding lead in the Iowa Caucus.  Warren was the top pick of 28% …
Discussion: Political Wire and Mediaite
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Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Biden allies float scaling back events to limit gaffes  —  Allies to Joe Biden have been floating the idea of altering the former vice president's schedule in an effort to reduce the gaffes he has made in recent days.  —  The allies, growing increasingly nervous about Biden's verbal flubs …
David Siders / Politico:
O'Rourke: We will ‘die in our sleep’ if we don't confront Trump threat
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Many Democrats Love Elizabeth Warren.  They Also Worry About Her.  —  COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — Senator Elizabeth Warren has built the most formidable campaign organization of any Democratic presidential candidate in the first nominating states, raised an impressive $25 million without holding …
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Walter Shapiro / New Republic:   Arguing the World  —  Over the past four decades …
Henry Olsen / Washington Post:   Elizabeth Warren is gaining ground. But her path to the nomination is harder than you think.
Li Zhou / Vox:
5 reasons asking women candidates about “electability” is misguided
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
John Hickenlooper / YouTube:
Thank You YOUTUBE  —  This morning, I'm announcing that I'm no longer running for President.  While this campaign didn't have the outcome we were hoping for, every moment has been worthwhile & I'm thankful to our entire team.  While I don't yet know what's next for me, I'll be sure to let you know.
Hunter Woodall / Associated Press:
Trump's New Hampshire struggle: Voters feeling ‘Trumpgret’  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — When Chad Johansen voted for Donald Trump in 2016, he hoped he was picking someone who could help small-business owners compete with bigger companies.  But that hasn't happened, and now the 26-year-old owner …
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Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Trump returns to New Hampshire, eyeing battlegrounds won by Clinton
Discussion: Breitbart, BostonGlobe.com and ABC News
Tanya Somanader / Crooked Media:   PollerCoaster 2020: What's Happening in Wisconsin
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:   PollerCoaster 2020: How to Win Wisconsin
Karen Pinchin / FRONTLINE:
In Private Meeting, Trump Calls El Paso Mayor a “RINO”  —  The mayor of the grieving city of El Paso told President Donald Trump in a private meeting that he's presenting “misinformation” about crime in his city, and pushed back when the president used a derogatory term to suggest he wasn't a real Republican.
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Kaitlan Collins / CNN:
WH officials look at executive privilege for Lewandowski who never worked at the White House  —  (CNN)White House officials have been engaged in preliminary discussions about invoking executive privilege to limit former campaign aide Corey Lewandowski from complying with a congressional subpoena …
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CNN:
House panel subpoenas Lewandowski and former White House official as impeachment push ramps up
Discussion: Daily Kos
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
House Dems subpoena Trump's former campaign manager Lewandowski for public testimony
Discussion: Breitbart
M.L. Nestel / New York Magazine:
Jeffrey Epstein's Bodyguard on His Former Boss's Lifestyle, Cruelty, Suicide  —  When Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to soliciting an underage girl for prostitution in 2008 and served a 13-month sentence under the cushiest of conditions, it was his bodyguard and driver, former UFC fighter Igor Zinoviev …
Washington Post:
Autopsy finds broken bones in Jeffrey Epstein's neck, deepening questions around his death  —  An autopsy found that financier Jeffrey Epstein sustained multiple breaks in his neck bones, according to two people familiar with the findings, deepening the mystery about the circumstances around his death.
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
“You're the Man”: Fox News Emails With Trump Treasury Department Reveal Coziness  —  “The first two blocks are on the tax plan.  You'll like it,” Fox Business host David Asman told a Treasury aide.  —  A trove of Treasury Department emails released to the non-profit organization Democracy Forward …
Tom Nichols / USA Today:
Why this Never Trump ex-Republican will vote for almost any 2020 Democratic nominee  —  I'm good with anyone who is mentally stable and in no way sympathetic or beholden to a hostile foreign power.  That's it.  Policy just doesn't matter.  —  CONNECT  —  I don't care if Sen. Elizabeth Warren is a mendacious Massachusetts liberal.
Kendall Taggart / BuzzFeed News:
Insurance Companies Are Paying Cops To Investigate Their Own Customers  —  When police showed up at Harry Schmidt's home on the outskirts of Pittsburgh, he thought they were there to help.  He was still mourning the disappearance of the beloved forest green Ford F-15 pickup that he'd customized …
Ken Ward Jr / ProPublica:
Welcome to the Greenbrier, the Governor-Owned Luxury Resort Filled With Conflicts of Interest  —  Gov. Jim Justice is West Virginia's richest man and owns its most storied resort.  When lobbyists and state agencies book there, he profits.  Here's how the governor, dubbed “Big Jim,” became West Virginia's little Trump.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Trump Administration Asks Congress to Reauthorize N.S.A.'s Deactivated Call Records Program  —  The White House is seeking reauthorization of a law that lets the N.S.A. gain access to logs of Americans' phone and text records — while acknowledging that the program has been indefinitely halted.
Discussion: Boing Boing
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
Flying Assassins Are Called In to Combat Aggressive Gulls  —  A Jersey Shore town has come up with a creative but costly way to tame its marauding gulls.  —  OCEAN CITY, N.J. — They are deft predators of the French fried potato, able to pluck a fresh wedge in the milliseconds it takes …
Discussion: CityLab
Tim Elfrink / Washington Post:
A truck drove into ICE protesters outside a private prison.  They say a guard was at the wheel.  —  The protesters were sitting on the pavement to block staff from parking at a Rhode Island prison that works with Immigration and Customs Enforcement when a black pickup truck swerved toward them.
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Five Democratic senators just declared all-out war on the Supreme Court  —  A tone of ritualized obsequiousness pervades most briefs filed in the Supreme Court of the United States.  Judges are powerful and at the Supreme Court level, unaccountable.  They wield enormous …
Heather Long / Washington Post:
9 key countries are on the verge of recession, driving fears the U.S. could follow  —  Nine major economies around the world are in recession or on the verge of one, raising fears that a global economic slowdown could help tip the United States into an economic contraction as well.
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Wall Street Journal:
The Navarro Recession, II
Discussion: Fox News
 
 
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CNN:
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Discussion: Political Wire
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Allies worry Trump is “running out of tools” to boost the economy
Discussion: Raw Story and Splinter
Inquirer.com:
In N. Philly gun standoff, alleged cop shooter Maurice Hill has a long criminal history