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3:50 PM ET, February 12, 2020


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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 …
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Cable News Just Can't Bring Itself To Admit That Bernie Sanders Won  —  It was the moderates who really won!  —  Just so we're clear, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) won the New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary.  He received the most votes.  He won.  —  But you might not know that if you were watching cable news.
New York Times:
Democrats Got Endorsements From Lawmakers on Their Campaigns' Payrolls  —  As the 2020 candidates vie for support in South Carolina, Tom Steyer has been criticized for hiring black lawmakers or their companies.  Records show Bernie Sanders's campaign has done the same.
Catherine Garcia / The Week:
In Twitter rampage, Trump attacks federal judge set to sentence Roger Stone  —  President Trump on Tuesday night attacked the judge presiding over his friend and adviser Roger Stone's criminal case.  —  Stone was found guilty last year of lying to Congress, witness tampering, and obstructing a House investigation.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Joe Biden's Campaign Was a Disaster For Liberalism and the Democratic Party  —  Candidates who flame out early in presidential primaries, almost by definition, do not make history.  But Joe Biden may be an exception.  Biden's presidential campaign is now almost certain to fail …
Ebony Bowden / New York Post:
The spectacular collapse of Joe Biden as Democratic frontrunner  —  MANCHESTER, NH — He was once the presumptive Democratic nominee, but on Tuesday, Joe Biden fled New Hampshire with his tail between his legs — and headed to South Carolina where he watched his dismal results come in.
Discussion: Power Line and Althouse
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Joe Biden's Campaign About Nothing
Discussion: Breitbart
John Judis / Talking Points Memo:   Requiem for Elizabeth Warren's Campaign
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Mike Bloomberg wins the Democratic spotlight and the derision of his rivals
Discussion: Breitbart, NBC News and The Guardian
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
What happened to Elizabeth Warren?
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  —  Ohio congressman and former Ohio State assistant wrestling coach Jim Jordan has been accused of participating in the cover up of widespread sexual abuse in OSU's wrestling program.
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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
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.
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
House Intel Republicans Boycott Hearing, Citing Schiff's Failure To Hold Hearing On FISA Abuse  —  In a rare move, the Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee will boycott a hearing scheduled for Wednesday morning, saying that Chairman Adam Schiff has “strayed” …
Billy House / Bloomberg:   Republicans Skip Hearing as Impeachment Ill Will Reverberates
Megan Messerly / The Nevada Independent:
In new flyer, Culinary Union warns members Sanders would ‘end’ their health care if elected president  —  Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a Culinary Union town hall in Las Vegas on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019.  (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)  —  Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders would …
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Discussion: Redstate
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
David Ingram / NBC News:
Bloomberg spends big to challenge Trump on his home court: Facebook  —  Bloomberg spent on average more than $1 million a day during the past two weeks on Facebook, according to data compiled by NBC News.  —  Mike Bloomberg is spending so much money on Facebook ads that he has surpassed …
Discussion: The Hill, Florida Politics and MSNBC
Richard Sisk / Task & Purpose:
Neo-Nazi group membership may not get you booted from the military, officials say  —  Editor's Note: This article by Richard Sisk originally appeared on, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.  —  Membership in a white supremacist or neo-Nazi group …
Yossi Klein Halevi:
The Jewish nightmare of Bernie vs. Trump  —  In his first months in office, President Trump emboldened the far-right fringe.  President Sanders would do the same with the far left  —  Ask British Jews what advice they would offer to American Jews, based on their experience fighting Corbynism …
Discussion: The Federalist
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: Twitchy
CBC News:
Award-winning journalist Christie Blatchford dead at 68  —  Blatchford was best known for reporting and columns on criminal justice  —  Well-known national newspaper columnist Christie Blatchford has died at 68, according to the National Post, the daily newspaper she worked for.
Discussion: Twelve Thirty Six
Angelo Codevilla / The American Mind:
Abolish CIA & FISA  —  This is the first in The American Mind's new Rethinking Policy series.  Throughout 2020 we are publishing essays that boldly reframe, reorder, and reprioritize our political goals in order to directly address the real challenges of our time.
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
House to vote on resolution that would dissolve Equal Rights Amendment deadline  —  The 10-year deadline issued in 1973 created legal controversy over ERA adoption.  —  The U.S. House of Representatives is slated to vote on a resolution Thursday that would pave the way for the long-developing …
Discussion: The Hill
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Daniel Dale / CNN:
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Akbar Shahid Ahmed / HuffPost:
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Discussion: Common Dreams
Lee Brown / New York Post:
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Discussion: Fox News
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John McCormick / Wall Street Journal:
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Charlie Nash / Mediaite:
THIS JUST IN: Sean Spicer Will Record a Valentine's Day Message For You For Only $199
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Mike Allen / Axios:
How Bernie Sanders could build up an insurmountable delegate lead on Super Tuesday
Discussion: Political Wire
Alex Shephard / New Republic:
Bernie Sanders Has an MSNBC Problem
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
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Discussion: Townhall and New York Post
Yancey Roy / Newsday:
Amid uproar, Senate Democrats to offer compromise on bail law
Discussion: Gothamist
Georgia race devolves into nasty GOP fight amid fears it could cost Senate majority
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Paging Michael Bloomberg
Discussion: Washington Post and Althouse