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10:05 PM ET, February 12, 2020


 Top Items: 
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 …
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.
Washington Post:
Trump seeks to bend the executive branch as part of impeachment vendetta  —  President Trump is testing the rule of law one week after his acquittal in his Senate impeachment trial, seeking to bend the executive branch into an instrument for his personal and political vendetta against perceived enemies.
New York Times:
After Stone Case, Prosecutors Say They Fear Pressure From Trump  —  The episode also brought to a head tensions in the U.S. attorney's office in Washington.  —  WASHINGTON — For decades after Watergate, the White House treated the Justice Department with the softest of gloves …
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
The Roger Stone Sentencing Fiasco  —  Some Justice Department personnel handled it questionably, but Trump's reaction was worse.  —  The first thing to grasp about the Roger Stone sentencing fiasco is that Stone, even accepting the worst plausible gloss on his crimes, is a 67-year-old nonviolent first offender.
‘Really shocking’: Trump's meddling in Stone case stuns Washington  —  President Donald Trump's post-impeachment acquittal behavior is casting a chill in Washington, with Attorney General William Barr emerging as a key ally in the president's quest for vengeance against the law enforcement …
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.
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Lindsey Graham shuts down calls to investigate DOJ's Roger Stone reversal
Eric Cortellessa / Washington Monthly:   Where are the Department of Justice Whistleblowers?
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Intervention Confirmed? …
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Cable News Just Can't Bring Itself To Admit That Bernie Sanders Won
Discussion: Fox News, Washington Post and VTDigger
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:   Moderate Democrats Fear Bernie Sanders Could Cost Them the House
Brian Slodysko / Associated Press:
Bloomberg once blamed end of ‘redlining’ for 2008 collapse  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — At the height of the 2008 economic collapse, then-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the elimination of a discriminatory housing practice known as “redlining” was responsible for instigating the meltdown.
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.
CNN announces Democratic presidential town halls in Nevada
Discussion: The Hill
New York Times:
After New Hampshire, What Comes Next for Elizabeth Warren?
Discussion: Rolling Stone
Strong turnout in New Hampshire could ease Democrats' fears of low enthusiasm
Discussion: KTLA
Mark Niquette / Bloomberg:
Bloomberg Seeks to Move Past the ‘Stop and Frisk’ Controversy
Discussion: New York Times, NewsOne and NPR
Politico:   Reeling Biden campaign scrambles to soothe nervous supporters
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Bloomberg storms to the center of the 2020 presidential fray
Discussion: Politico
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.
NBC News:
Iowa Democratic Party chair resigns after caucus fiasco
Discussion: Fox News and The Hill
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
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Rush Limbaugh: ‘Mr. Man’ Trump Will ‘Have Fun’ With ‘Gay Guy’ Buttigieg Kissing His Husband
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Contemptor
Megan Messerly / The Nevada Independent:
Culinary Union condemns ‘vicious attacks’ by Sanders supporters after receiving hostile calls, tweets  —  The politically powerful Culinary Union is punching back at supporters of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who have lashed out at the union after it began distributing a one-pager to members warning …
Culinary Union Local 226:
STATEMENT by Geoconda Argüello-Kline  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Nevada's powerful Culinary Union says members were ‘viciously attacked’ by Sanders' supporters
Discussion: Associated Press
Tracy Kornet / WSMV-TV:
Woman punches man in Broadway bar over MAGA-style birthday hat  —  NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - A man's surprise birthday gift led to a surprise attack at a Broadway bar.  —  Daniel Sprague was at The Stage bar on Broadway sporting a gift his wife gave him for his 50th birthday bash—a hat that says “Make 50 Great Again.”
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Noah Goldberg / New York Daily News:
After legendary 53-year career, Brooklyn Federal Judge Jack Weinstein hangs up his robe at age 98  —  For years, those around Judge Jack Weinstein dared not mention the R-word — retirement.  —  Finally, at age 98, the longest-serving federal judge in the country decided it's time.
Elliot Hannon / Slate:
Trump Cuts Scheduled Federal Pay Raise, Citing “Serious Economic Conditions” in the Country  —  In public, President Donald Trump likes to boast about—and usually inflate—the performance of the American economy on his watch.  He picks through the numbers to take credit for everything …
Discussion: Common Dreams and Joe.My.God.
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 …
Pedro Nicolaci da Costa / Forbes:
Congresswoman Pressley Gives Fed Chair Powell Key Lesson In Black History  —  I have been writing about economics, markets and the Fed since 2001.  —  The House Financial Services Committee saved the best for last at Tuesday's hearing with Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell.
Discussion: The Root
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
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.
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Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
In standoff with Iran, U.S. sailors say the threat level was unlike anything they had seen in years
Jamil Smith / Rolling Stone:
This Primary's Real Loser Is Diversity
Franco Ordoñez / NPR:
Kushner Seeks To Revive Trump's Overhaul For Immigration System
Yovanovitch swipes at Trump administration as she's honored for her diplomatic work
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
White House tries to assure Congress over withheld money
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact check: Trump falsely claims ‘redemption money’ from immigrants is paying for border wall, baffling experts
Discussion: Raw Story
Akbar Shahid Ahmed / HuffPost:
Ilhan Omar Pitches A New ‘Progressive Baseline’ For U.S. Foreign Policy
Discussion: Common Dreams
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Joe Biden's Campaign About Nothing
Discussion: Breitbart
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Susan Collins' defense of her Trump vote just keeps looking worse and worse
Discussion: Raw Story, Vox and The Hill
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
A Thorn in YouTube's Side Digs In Even Deeper
Richard Ruelas / Arizona Republic:
QAnon follower who blocked bridge near Hoover Dam pleads guilty to terrorism charge
Discussion: Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
The Daily Beast:
Accused Yovanovitch ‘Stalker’ Robert Hyde Now Supplying Documents to Congress
Discussion: The Independent and Raw Story