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5:45 PM ET, February 12, 2020


 Top Items: 
Cameron Joseph / VICE:
EXCLUSIVE: Harry Reid Says It's Time to Kill Off the Iowa Caucus  —  LAS VEGAS — Harry Reid is done with Iowa.  —  The former senate majority leader, who remains a powerful force in the Democratic Party, led off a lengthy interview with VICE News by declaring the end of the Iowa Caucuses.
Discussion: Vox, IJR, The Hill, Bloomberg and CNN
‘Blood in the water’: Biden campaign reels after New Hampshire trouncing  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — Joe Biden limped away from New Hampshire with a devastating fifth-place finish, zero delegates and the viability of his campaign in question.  —  It's a precipitous fall for the former vice president …
New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren Rejected ‘You Win, I Lose’ Politics.  Then She Lost in New Hampshire.  —  New Hampshire was the first clean test for the Democratic candidates.  Here's an analysis of the results, and what they mean for the race.  —  So we finally have actual election results from the state of New Hampshire.
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Cable News Just Can't Bring Itself To Admit That Bernie Sanders Won
Discussion: New Republic, Fox News and Vox
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Mike Bloomberg wins the Democratic spotlight and the derision of his rivals
Ebony Bowden / New York Post:
The spectacular collapse of Joe Biden as Democratic frontrunner
Discussion: Power Line and Althouse
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Joe Biden's Campaign About Nothing
Discussion: Breitbart
Elie Mystal / The Nation:
They Rocked New Hampshire—but Pete and Amy Still Can't Win Over Black Voters
Discussion: Rolling Stone, Mediaite and NPR
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The media keep falling in love — with anybody but Bernie Sanders
John Judis / Talking Points Memo:   Requiem for Elizabeth Warren's Campaign
Strong turnout in New Hampshire could ease Democrats' fears of low enthusiasm
Discussion: KTLA
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Attorney General William Barr to testify before House Judiciary Committee  —  Attorney General William Barr has accepted an invitation to testify to the House Judiciary Committee on March 31, ending a year-long standoff that began when the panel first demanded his testimony in the aftermath …
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Lindsey Graham shuts down calls to investigate DOJ's Roger Stone reversal  —  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has little interest in investigating the Justice Department's abrupt reversal on a sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone — rebuffing a Democratic demand sparked …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
As Trump openly corrupts DOJ, a former insider sounds the alarm  —  With the Justice Department in turmoil over the decision by higher-ups to downscale a sentencing recommendation for longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone, Trump tweeted: … This is a straight-up celebration of the fact …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Congratulates William Barr for Eliminating Justice Department Independence
Andrew J. Tobias / Plain Dealer:
Jim Jordan's name comes up during Statehouse testimony on OSU abuse victims bill  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio — ​U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan's name came up Tuesday during a Statehouse hearing on a bill that would pave the way for victims of former Ohio State University doctor Richard Strauss to sue the university for damages.
Liz Roscher / Yahoo Sports:
Rep. Jim Jordan accused of participating in OSU sexual abuse cover-up by ex-wrestler
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
Army Isn't Investigating Lt. Col. Vindman, Despite Trump's Tweets  —  But that could change in a hurry.  Retired officers tell The Beast that the officer who testified about Trump's attempts to pressure Ukraine isn't out of professional danger yet.  —  The Army officer and former National …
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
Pentagon officially mum on Trump's suggestion Vindman could face disciplinary action
Adam Behsudi / Politico:
Pentagon set to back Huawei restrictions
Discussion: Reason
Todd Stacy / Alabama Daily News:
New Alabama poll shows tight race for U.S. Senate  —  MONTGOMERY, Ala. - With less than three weeks to go until the primary election on March 3, a new Alabama Daily News poll shows a tight race among Republican contenders for the U.S. Senate.  —  According to the survey of likely Republican voters …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Joe.My.God.
Kate O'Keeffe / Wall Street Journal:
Education Department Investigating Harvard, Yale Over Foreign Funding  —  Officials accuse schools across U.S. of soliciting funds from foreign governments, companies known to be hostile to the country
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
Henry Rodgers / The Daily Caller:
Senate Passes War Powers Measure  —  The U.S. Senate voted Wednesday to advance a War Powers resolution which would limit President Donald Trump's ability to use military action against Iran without approval from Congress.  —  The vote was bipartisan, 51-45, with eight Republicans voting with Democrats.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Senate debates Iran War Powers resolution ahead of expected vote
Discussion: Axios, The Daily Caller and The Week
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
House to vote on resolution that would dissolve Equal Rights Amendment deadline
Discussion: The Hill
Sonam Sheth / Business Insider:
Trump repeatedly asked Reince Priebus if Wisconsin badgers are ‘mean to people,’ how they ‘work,’ and what they eat, according to a new book  — When Reince Priebus was the White House chief of staff, President Donald Trump often subjected him to questioning about badgers …
Discussion: Joe.My.God., Mediaite and The Week
Katherine Rosman / New York Times:
The Chaos at Condé Nast  —  The memoirs of Dan Peres and other ex-employees of the magazine company reveal mess behind the gloss of the aughts.  —  It's a high-class but increasingly common problem: being a former magazine editor in a digitized world that cares little about whose name used to be on top of a defunct masthead.
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
White House tries to assure Congress over withheld money  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A key White House figure in delaying aid to Ukraine last year reassured lawmakers Wednesday that the Trump administration realizes it is required under the law to spend money approved by Congress.
Discussion: Politico
Media Matters for America:
Rush Limbaugh: “Mr. Man Donald Trump” will “have fun” with Pete Buttigieg because he kisses his husband  —  CNN legal analyst on multiple resignations at the DOJ: “Is Fox News calling the shots?”
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Contemptor
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Susan Collins' defense of her Trump vote just keeps looking worse and worse … Asked Wednesday morning by CNN's Manu Raju about those comments — made to CBS' Norah O'Donnell following Collins' vote to acquit Trump — the Maine senator said this: … OK.  —  Well, the “actions” Manu is referring to are, among other things, these:
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
First on CNN: Deval Patrick ends 2020 presidential campaign  —  (CNN)Deval Patrick, the former Massachusetts governor who in November made a late entrance into the Democratic 2020 race, ended his campaign on Wednesday, according to a statement provided to CNN.
Hannah Morse / Palm Beach Post:
Exclusive: PBC elections office ‘hacked’ by ransomware in 2016  —  Current Palm Beach County elections supervisor Wendy Sartory Link said she recently learned about a 2016 ransomware attack at the elections office.  —  Weeks before a key election that would usher in Donald Trump as president …
Richard Ruelas / Arizona Republic:
QAnon follower who blocked bridge near Hoover Dam pleads guilty to terrorism charge  —  A man who, motivated by his belief in the wide-ranging conspiracy theory known as QAnon, blocked the bridge near the Hoover Dam with a homemade armored vehicle, has pleaded guilty to making a terrorist threat.
Discussion: Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Trump weighs tapping nuke envoy to negotiate with Russia  —  Aides to President Donald Trump want to name a high-level negotiator to oversee nuclear talks with Moscow, former U.S. officials say - an effort that may be delaying a Trump decision on whether to extend America's last major arms control treaty with Russia.
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
A Thorn in YouTube's Side Digs In Even Deeper  —  Carlos Maza, a socialist who calls YouTube “deeply unethical and reckless,” is trying to bolster the video site's left wing.  —  Carlos Maza believes that YouTube is a destructive, unethical, reckless company that amplifies bigots and profits off fascism.
Discussion: Gothamist and Twitchy
The Daily Beast:
Accused Yovanovitch ‘Stalker’ Robert Hyde Now Supplying Documents to Congress  —  When asked what he gave the Hill, Robert Hyde told The Daily Beast: “Everything that I had between Lev Parnas and I.”  —  Not long ago, he was accused of tracking a U.S. ambassador from the shadows.
Discussion: The Independent and Raw Story
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Kate Davidson / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Budget Deficit Grew 25% in First Four Months of Fiscal 2020, Treasury Says
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Moderate Democrats Fear Bernie Sanders Could Cost Them the House
Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
Tensions flare at House session as Dems take aim at Trump travel ban
Discussion: Politico
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Bloomberg storms to the center of the 2020 presidential fray
Discussion: Politico
Baltimore Sun:
Two police officers working with U.S. Marshals shot in Northeast Baltimore; suspect killed
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Fox News
Richard Sisk / Task & Purpose:
Neo-Nazi group membership may not get you booted from the military, officials say
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact check: Trump falsely claims ‘redemption money’ from immigrants is paying for border wall, baffling experts
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Akbar Shahid Ahmed / HuffPost:
Ilhan Omar Pitches A New ‘Progressive Baseline’ For U.S. Foreign Policy
Discussion: Common Dreams
Lee Brown / New York Post:
Coronavirus is a bigger threat than terrorism: World Health Organization
Discussion: Fox News
Angelo Codevilla / The American Mind:
Abolish CIA & FISA
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
New York Times:
Tom Steyer and Bernie Sanders Got Endorsements From Lawmakers on Their Campaigns' Payrolls
CBC News:
Award-winning journalist Christie Blatchford dead at 68
Discussion: Twelve Thirty Six
Yancey Roy / Newsday:
Amid uproar, Senate Democrats to offer compromise on bail law
Discussion: Gothamist
Yossi Klein Halevi:
The Jewish nightmare of Bernie vs. Trump
Discussion: The Federalist
Georgia race devolves into nasty GOP fight amid fears it could cost Senate majority