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6:30 AM ET, February 14, 2020

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Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
Barr blasts Trump's tweets on Stone case: ‘Impossible for me to do my job’: ABC News Exclusive  —  The attorney general spoke with ABC News Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas.  —  LIVE NOW  —  In an exclusive interview, Attorney General Bill Barr told ABC News on Thursday that President Donald Trump …
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Washington Post:
Barr pushes back against Trump's criticism of Justice Dept., says tweets ‘make it impossible for me to do my job’  —  Attorney General William P. Barr pushed back hard Thursday against President Trump's criticism of the Justice Department, saying, “I'm not going to be bullied or influenced by anybody.”
Katie Benner / New York Times:
After Trump's Attacks on Justice Dept., Barr Says He Will Not ‘Be Bullied’  —  The attorney general said that the president's attacks on prosecutors' handling of his friend Roger Stone's sentencing undermine the legal system and the Justice Department.  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Here's the really important thing William Barr just said
Patrick Reis / Rolling Stone:
Roger Stone Knows Trump's Secrets. That's Why He'll Avoid Prison
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Raw Story
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Limbaugh draws bipartisan condemnation for Buttigieg remarks  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh drew bipartisan condemnation Thursday for saying the country won't elect Pete Buttigieg president because he's been “kissing his husband” on stage after debates.
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Washington Post:
Trump allies take aim at Buttigieg's sexuality, a possible sign of things to come
Discussion: LGBTQ Nation, People.com and The Week
Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
The Queer Opposition to Pete Buttigieg, Explained
Discussion: San José Spotlight
David Marcus / The Federalist:
No, Rush Limbaugh's Comments About Buttigieg Are Not Homophobic
Discussion: Instapundit
Politico:
Nevada's powerful Culinary Union declines to endorse a 2020 candidate
Discussion: The Hill, Washington Post and Townhall
New York Times:
Justice Dept. Is Investigating C.I.A. Resistance to Sharing Russia Secrets  —  The prosecutor was assigned by the attorney general to scrutinize the agents and analysts who sought to understand Russia's covert operation to help Donald J. Trump win the 2016 election.
Laura Bassett / GQ:
Why Is Bloomberg's Long History of Egregious Sexism Getting a Pass?  —  The surging Democratic presidential candidate has fielded some 40 sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuits brought against him and his organizations over decades.  —  In December 2015, employees at Everytown for Gun Safety …
Discussion: BizPac Review and Twitchy
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Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
The Price of a Bloomberg Nomination Is Too Damn High
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Trump contradicts past denials, admits sending Giuliani to Ukraine  —  Washington (CNN)Emboldened after his impeachment acquittal, President Donald Trump now openly admits to sending his attorney Rudy Giuliani to Ukraine to find damaging information about his political opponents …
Ross Ramsey / The Texas Tribune:
Bernie Sanders leaps to first among Texas Democrats in latest UT/TT Poll  —  Sanders now leads the Democratic presidential candidates among Texas voters, but Donald Trump maintains a slight lead over each of the top Democrats in the race, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.
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WSB-TV:   Exclusive: Channel 2 poll finds Biden with large lead in Georgia presidential primary
Bernard Condon / Associated Press:
Trump's story about veteran's comeback was not quite true  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Rankins, a formerly homeless, drug-addicted Army veteran, got a standing ovation at the State of the Union after President Donald Trump described how he turned his life around thanks to a construction job …
Discussion: The Independent
Corey Dickstein / Stars & Stripes:
Esper defends stripping Stars and Stripes of all funding, says news organization is not a priority  —  WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Thursday defended the Pentagon's effort to strip Stars and Stripes of all of its federal funding as part of its fiscal year 2021 budget request …
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
This latest trick from the Trump administration is one of the most despicable yet  —  SAN FRANCISCO — After Yolanda was raped, she ran.  —  She ran from the basement where her attacker had trapped her for three hours.  She ran until she found her way to a police station …
CBS Boston:
NH Man Accused Of Slapping Boy In Trump Campaign Tent On Primary Day  —  WINDHAM, NH (CBS) - A Windham man was arrested for allegedly slapping a 15-year-old boy who was inside a Trump campaign tent during the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday.  —  Police said 34-year-old Patrick Bradley exited …
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Charlie Warzel / New York Times:
Mike Bloomberg Is Hacking Your Attention  —  Shamelessness and conflict equal attention.  Attention equals power.  —  Mr. Warzel is an Opinion writer at large.  —  Mike Bloomberg and his presidential campaign respect the fundamental equation governing the modern internet: Shamelessness and conflict equal attention.
Matt Fuller / HuffPost:
The Big Roadblock For Bernie Sanders' Agenda  —  Moderates shouldn't be too scared of a Sanders presidency when all Republicans and most Democrats in Congress publicly oppose “Medicare for All.”  —  WASHINGTON ― It's no exaggeration to say the biggest flashpoint in the Democratic …
Discussion: Axios, Twitchy and New York Post
Howard Koplowitz / al.com:
Alabama lawmaker's bill would force men to get vasectomies at 50  —  A state representative from Birmingham filed a bill Thursday that would require Alabama men to get a vasectomy once they reach 50 years old or father three children, “whichever comes first.”
Discussion: The Hill
Yaroslav Trofimov / Wall Street Journal:
From Chernobyl to the Coronavirus  —  In the U.S.S.R. in 1986, as in China today, a public health disaster exposed the limits of dictatorial rule.  —  My grandfather called just as I finished packing my suitcase—a hard task when you don't know whether you will ever return.
Washington Post:
Trump to headline a $580,600-per-couple fundraiser, the most expensive of his reelection bid  —  President Trump will be the guest of honor at a Saturday fundraiser at the palatial Palm Beach estate of billionaire Nelson Peltz.  Trump's fellow guests: donors who gave $580,600 per couple …
Discussion: The Week and Raw Story
Rachel Maddow / MSNBC:
With the rule of law failing under Trump, just diagnosing the problem isn't enough.  —  Rachel Maddow looks at the importance of institutions in preserving democracy when the rule of law starts to fail, and asks what citizens should do when sounding the alarm about those failures isn't enough to stop them.
Peter Beinart / Jewish Currents:
“The One Issue That Matters”  —  THE CRITICS who think Bernie Sanders isn't Jewish enough—or isn't Jewish in the right way—now have a clear alternative in the Democratic presidential race: Michael Bloomberg.  Not only is the former New York mayor rising in the polls; he's also contrasting …
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
A President So Unhinged That Even Bill Barr Says He's Out of Control  —  Welcome to the post-acquittal Trump Presidency.  —  President Trump is not moving on.  He is not getting over it.  In the eight days since his acquittal by the Republican-controlled Senate, Trump has shown all too clearly …
Craig McCarthy / New York Post:
NYPD tried to subpoena NY Post reporter's Twitter account citing anti-terror law  —  In an apparent effort to tamp down on leaks, the NYPD subpoenaed a New York Post reporter's Twitter data — oddly citing a post-9/11 anti-terrorism law to try to force the tech company to comply.
Amy Qin / New York Times:
China Expands Chaotic Dragnet in Coronavirus Crackdown  —  The “wartime” campaign to round up all who might be sick was extended to cities beyond the epicenter, even as it was marred by confusion that has isolated vulnerable patients and left some to die.  —  China's leaders expanded …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Trump accused of another quid pro quo, this time with New York  —  President Donald Trump appeared Thursday to link his administration's policies toward New York to a demand that the state drop investigations and lawsuits related to his administration as well as his personal business and finances.
 
 
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Mark Scott / Politico:
Zuckerberg to concede Facebook willing to pay more taxes overseas
New York Times:
How Months of Miscalculation Led the U.S. and Iran to the Brink of War
Discussion: The Nation
Campaign Legal Center:
Secretary of State Agrees to Settle Voter ID Lawsuits by Entering Into Consent Decree with North Dakota Tribes
ICE:
ICE issues subpoenas to obtain information refused under Connecticut's sanctuary policies
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Townhall
Janelle Griffith / NBC News:
Teacher allegedly told student who didn't stand for national anthem, ‘go back to your country’
Discussion: The Root and The Hill
Brian Fung / CNN:
IRS quietly deletes guideline that Fortnite virtual currency must be reported on tax returns
Discussion: The Verge and VICE
Ursula Perano / Axios:
McConnell says he would fill Supreme Court vacancy if it opened this year
Discussion: Fox News and Raw Story
Hamilton Nolan / In These Times:
The Longest Strike in America Needs a Political Savior
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Isn't a Socialist
Discussion: Twitchy
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Ex-law clerk tells Congress she was sexually harassed by federal judge
Discussion: The Hill, New York Times and ABC News
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump floats halt to officials listening in on calls with foreign leaders
Karlyn Borysenko:
I've been a Democrat for 20 years. Here's what I experienced at Trump's rally in New Hampshire.
Discussion: Clayton Cramer and Power Line
Alanna Vagianos / HuffPost:
Michael Bloomberg Quietly Rejoined Clubs That Largely Exclude Women, Minorities
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
A Top WH Official, a Pentagon Lobbyist, and a ‘Pawn Star’ Tried to Enlist Trump in a West Wing Reality Show
Discussion: Raw Story
Matthew Rozsa / Salon:
President Trump rehires Reince Priebus and Sean Spicer to White House roles
Adele Ankers / IGN:
NASA Spots ‘Potentially Hazardous’ Asteroid Rapidly Approaching Earth
Discussion: WHDH-TV