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6:55 PM ET, February 12, 2020

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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 …
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Bob Bauer / New York Times:
Trump and Barr Are Out of Control  —  The prosecutor who quit over the Roger Stone sentencing is sending a powerful message about political weaponization.  —  Mr. Bauer was a White House counsel in the Obama administration.  —  The resignation of a Justice Department prosecutor over the sentencing of Roger Stone is a major event.
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 …
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders is a risk we can't run at this moment of national peril  —  When you're on a ship that's sinking, it's not time to rhapsodize about how someday you'll build a super-yacht with all the amenities.  Nor is it time to debate who will command that imaginary vessel.
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 …
New York Times:
After New Hampshire, What Comes Next for Elizabeth Warren?  —  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.
Discussion: Rolling Stone
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Mike Bloomberg wins the Democratic spotlight and the derision of his rivals
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Cable News Just Can't Bring Itself To Admit That Bernie Sanders Won
Politico:
‘Blood in the water’: Biden campaign reels after New Hampshire trouncing
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:   Moderate Democrats Fear Bernie Sanders Could Cost Them the House
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Congratulates William Barr for Eliminating Justice Department Independence
Discussion: NBC News, Crooked Media and Law & Crime
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Joe Biden's Campaign About Nothing
Discussion: Breitbart
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Intervention Confirmed? …
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
The Roger Stone Sentencing Fiasco
John Judis / Talking Points Memo:   Requiem for Elizabeth Warren's Campaign
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Troy Price to resign after caucus chaos  —  Troy Price resigned his position as chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party on Wednesday as the organization grapples with the fallout of a botched caucus process that has left the party and state reeling.
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Bloomberg:
Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Resigns After Caucus Debacle
Discussion: Raw Story
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Troy Price, Iowa Democratic Party Leader, Resigns Over Caucus Debacle
Discussion: Townhall
Politico:   Iowa Democratic Party chairman resigns over caucus debacle
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.
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Liz Roscher / Yahoo Sports:
Rep. Jim Jordan accused of participating in OSU sexual abuse cover-up by ex-wrestler
Discussion: Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
Jamie Lovegrove / Post and Courier:
SC's Joe Cunningham slams Bernie Sanders' ‘socialism’ ahead of 2020 Democratic primary  —  COLUMBIA — U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham, one of only two Democratic congressmen from South Carolina, forcefully rebuked U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday, jolting the state's “First in the South” …
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
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New York Times:   Tom Steyer and Bernie Sanders Got Endorsements From Lawmakers on Their Campaigns' Payrolls
Ebony Bowden / New York Post:
The spectacular collapse of Joe Biden as Democratic frontrunner
Discussion: Power Line and Althouse
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?”
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Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Rush Limbaugh: ‘Mr. Man’ Trump Will ‘Have Fun’ With ‘Gay Guy’ Buttigieg Kissing His Husband
Discussion: Contemptor
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, The Hill, IJR, Bloomberg and CNN
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CNN:
Strong turnout in New Hampshire could ease Democrats' fears of low enthusiasm
Discussion: KTLA
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 …
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Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
Pentagon officially mum on Trump's suggestion Vindman could face disciplinary action
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
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.
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 …
Congresswoman Betty McCollum:
McCollum Statement: Hate Speech Makes AIPAC a Hate Group  —  As a Member of Congress and the vice-chair of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, I believe defending human rights and freedom are foundational to our national security and our democracy.
Discussion: VICE and Jewish Telegraphic Agency
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: Raw Story and The Hill
Culinary Union Local 226:
STATEMENT by Geoconda Argüello-Kline  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  —  MEDIA CONTACT: BKhan@culinaryunion226.org ▪ (702) 387-7088  —  STATEMENT by Geoconda Argüello-Kline:  —  The Culinary Union is Nevada's union and largest immigrant organization with members who come …
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.
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 and The Hill
 
 
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Elliot Hannon / Slate:
Trump Cuts Scheduled Federal Pay Raise, Citing “Serious Economic Conditions” in the Country
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Common Dreams
Hannah Morse / Palm Beach Post:
Exclusive: PBC elections office ‘hacked’ by ransomware in 2016
Kate Davidson / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Budget Deficit Grew 25% in First Four Months of Fiscal 2020, Treasury Says
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Trump weighs tapping nuke envoy to negotiate with Russia
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Bloomberg storms to the center of the 2020 presidential fray
Discussion: Politico
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
Angelo Codevilla / The American Mind:
Abolish CIA & FISA
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
CBC News:
Award-winning journalist Christie Blatchford dead at 68
Discussion: Twelve Thirty Six
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
A Thorn in YouTube's Side Digs In Even Deeper
Discussion: Twitchy
Yossi Klein Halevi:
The Jewish nightmare of Bernie vs. Trump
Discussion: The Federalist
The Daily Beast:
Accused Yovanovitch ‘Stalker’ Robert Hyde Now Supplying Documents to Congress
Discussion: The Independent and Raw Story