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5:40 PM ET, February 11, 2020


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Washington Post:
Justice Dept. to reduce sentencing recommendation for Trump associate Roger Stone, official says, after president calls it ‘unfair’  —  The Justice Department plans to reduce its sentencing recommendation for longtime President Trump confidant Roger Stone, after top officials were apparently blindsided …
Fox News:
DOJ expected to scale back Roger Stone's ‘extreme’ sentencing recommendation: official  —  The Justice Department is preparing to change its sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone after top brass were “shocked” at the stiff prison term initially being sought, according to a senior DOJ official.
New York Times:
Justice Dept. to Seek Shorter Sentence for Roger Stone, Overruling Its Prosecutors  — President Trump had complained that the recommendation of seven to nine years in prison for his former adviser and longtime friend was a “miscarriage of justice.”  — A key prosecutor has resigned …
Discussion: BuzzFeed News
NBC News:
Roger Stone prosecutor resigns from case after DOJ backpedals on sentencing recommendation  —  Trump tweeted early Tuesday, calling the initial sentencing recommendation “disgraceful” and a “miscarriage of justice.”  —  The lead prosecutor in Roger Stone's criminal case abruptly resigned …
Three prosecutors exit Roger Stone case after DOJ shifts to urge lighter sentence  —  Three federal prosecutors have withdrawn from the case of Roger Stone, after the Justice Department backed off prosecutors' earlier recommendation for a lengthy prison term for President Donald Trump's longtime adviser …
Betsy Swan / The Daily Beast:
Prosecutors Quit After DOJ Says It Will Override ‘Excessive’ Sentencing Guideline for Roger Stone
Discussion: Law & Crime and Axios
Media Matters for America:
Alex Jones: Source involved in Roger Stone White House discussions says Trump will pardon him after sentencing
Discussion: Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:
AP source: Feds back away from Stone sentencing proposal
Discussion: The Week and Townhall
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
Reports: DOJ To Make Extraordinary Reversal On Tough Sentence For Roger Stone
New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren, in New Memo, Outlines Her Path and Rivals' Flaws  —  Seeking a revival, Ms. Warren's campaign manager sent a letter to supporters expressing optimism about her path forward while taking a skeptical view of her leading opponents.  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
28 Scenarios For What Things Could Look Like After New Hampshire
Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
Bernie Sanders Has Built The Most Powerful Machine In Democratic Politics—And It May Be Unstoppable
Discussion: The Hill
First results of 2020 New Hampshire Primary are in. Amy Klobuchar, Donald Trump lead
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
Electile Dysfunction: Joe Biden Pulls Out Early from New Hampshire
Discussion: The Week
Roger Lau / Team Warren:   A Look Ahead  —  With no clear winner out of Iowa …
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren Is Running Her Race. The Real One May Be Passing Her By.
Discussion: Slate, The Week and The Guardian
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Biden super PAC warns of ‘doomsday scenario’
Natasha Turak / CNBC:
Joe Biden can beat Trump — but he won't win the Democratic nomination, Paul Ryan says
Discussion: Axios, The Hill and JONATHAN TURLEY
Mike Bloomberg's 2020 chances rise while Joe Biden crashes
Discussion: CNN, NBC News, Politico and HuffPost
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
Surging in the polls, Klobuchar says Trump can't put himself in voters' shoes, ‘I can’
Discussion: The Hill
Kate Brannen / Just Security:
Exclusive: New Unredacted Emails Show How Deeply OMB Misled Congress on Ukraine  —  “Can we call you in 5, DoD is being extraordinarily difficult.”  —  It was almost 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 12, and Mark Paoletta, the general counsel at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) …
Steven Nelson / New York Post:
White House expected to drop Pentagon nominee Elaine McCusker amid Ukraine fallout  —  The White House is expected to pull the nomination of Elaine McCusker to be the Pentagon's comptroller and chief financial officer in the latest staffing fallout from President Trump's impeachment, The Post has learned.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Fires Defense Official for Refusing to Break the Law on His Behalf
Discussion: Washington Post
David Choi / Business Insider:
‘I would trust Alex with my life’: Trump's decision to boot Lt. Col. Vindman was 'designed …
Wall Street Journal:
DOJ Nears Decision on Whether to Charge Blackwater Founder Erik Prince  —  Prince could face charges stemming from his testimony to Congress about Seychelles meeting with Putin adviser and potential arms-trafficking violations  —  The Justice Department is in the late stages of deciding whether …
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
For decades, the CIA read the encrypted communications of allies and adversaries.  —  For more than half a century, governments all over the world trusted a single company to keep the communications of their spies, soldiers and diplomats secret.  —  The company, Crypto AG …
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate GOP blocks three election security bills  —  Senate Republicans blocked an effort by Democrats to unanimously pass three election security-related bills on Tuesday, marking the latest attempt to clear legislation ahead of the November elections  —  Democrats tried to get consent …
Matt Mueller / FOX 32 Chicago:
Jussie Smollett indicted by special prosecutor in Chicago, source says  —  CHICAGO - Former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was indicted Tuesday in Chicago by special prosecutor Dan Webb, stemming from the alleged racist and anti-gay attack on him that occurred in January of 2019, a source confirms to FOX 32 News.
Former CNBC anchor Michelle Caruso-Cabrera will challenge Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in House Democratic primary  — Former longtime CNBC correspondent and anchor Michelle Caruso-Cabrera filed late Monday to run for Congress in New York's 14th District.  — The seat is currently held …
Abigail Tracy / Vanity Fair:
AOC's Speech Snub, ICE Remarks Rankle Bernie Sanders Campaign
Discussion: Deseret News
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Most Expect Trump Will Be Reelected; Sanders Overtakes Biden Among Dem Voters  —  Enthusiasm up from 2016, but with a partisan gap  —  West Long Branch, NJ - As New Hampshire primary voters go to the polls, there already seems to be an impact from the Iowa caucus results on presidential preferences among Democrats nationwide.
Brent Lang / Variety:
‘The Hunt’ Producer Jason Blum and Writer Damon Lindelof Speak Out: ‘This Is Not a Dangerous Movie’  —  Universal and Blumhouse are ready to unveil “The Hunt,” a satiric thriller that follows a group of liberal elites who try to track down and kill “red state” conservatives for sport …
Discussion: Deseret News and Rolling Stone
Grace Panetta / Business Insider:
‘Fear and chaos’: Andrew Yang staffers are furious over sudden layoffs and a campaign near collapse  — Yang's staff said they were blindsided by the layoffs.  Many found out something was amiss when they suddenly lost their email accounts or heard about it from the rumor mill.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Socialism and Atheism Still U.S. Political Liabilities  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than nine in 10 Americans say they would vote for a presidential candidate nominated by their party who happened to be black, Catholic, Hispanic, Jewish or a woman.  Such willingness drops to eight in 10 …
Dennis Romboy / Deseret News:
New poll shows most Utahns pleased with Mitt Romney's vote, but 60% of GOP has negative reaction  —  SALT LAKE CITY — Reactions to Sen. Mitt Romney's vote to remove President Donald Trump from office has ranged from outrage to praise across the country and in Utah.
Discussion: The Hill
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Bloomberg heard in 2015 audio clip defending ‘stop and frisk,’ throwing minority kids against wall: report  —  A newly surfaced recording from a 2015 speech by Michael Bloomberg, in which the former three-term mayor of New York City gives a full-throated defense of the controversial policing procedure known …
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Discussion: Raw Story
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