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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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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 …
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.”
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and The Intercept
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Here's What The Lead Roger Stone Juror Said During Jury Selection  — A former Democratic congressional candidate revealed Wednesday that she was the foreperson on the jury that convicted Roger Stone.  — Tomeka Hart said during the jury selection process that she did not …
Patrick Reis / Rolling Stone:
Roger Stone Knows Trump's Secrets. That's Why He'll Avoid Prison
Discussion: Raw Story
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
Political journalists are sounding the alarm. They mustn't stop.
Discussion: The Week, Fox News and The Independent
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Everyone is focusing on the wrong part of William Barr's interview
Discussion: ABC News and The Guardian
Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
John Kelly Finally Lets Loose on Trump  —  MORRISTOWN, N.J.—Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, the former National Security Council aide and impeachment witness President Donald Trump fired Friday, was just doing his job, former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly told students and guests …
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William Westhoven / Daily Record:
Former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly admits: ‘It was a killer’ working for Trump  —  MORRISTOWN — For more than an hour, Gen. John Kelly focused on the “Governance Versus Politics” topic promised during his speaking appearance Wednesday at the Mayo Performing Arts Center.
Discussion: Washington Post, The Hill and Raw Story
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump floats halt to officials listening in on calls with foreign leaders
Discussion: Political Wire
LasVegasWeekly.com:
Our 2020 Nevada caucus endorsement: Amy Klobuchar and Joe Biden  —  For all the talk of Democrats being divided along moderate-progressive ideological lines and for all the debate among party candidates on fractious issues like health care and immigration, poll after poll shows that the majority …
Discussion: Joe.My.God., VodkaPundit and Mediaite
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Politico:
Nevada's powerful Culinary Union declines to endorse a 2020 candidate
Discussion: Washington Post and The Hill
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Why Bernie Sanders's fight with a Nevada union really matters
Discussion: CNN, Bloomberg and Washington Times
Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
You like Amy Klobuchar now? Remember that when your inner sexist starts doubting her.
Discussion: National Review, VICE and CBS Boston
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Mike Bloomberg Is Hiring So Many Operatives, Local and State Campaigns Are Starving for Help  —  Jennifer Leeper was on her last night of maternity leave with her second boy when Donald Trump was declared winner of the 2016 presidential election.  When she recovered from shock …
Discussion: Twitchy, WMUR and Outside the Beltway
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Rebecca R. Ruiz / New York Times:
The Bloomberg Campaign Is a Waterfall of Cash  —  The billionaire has deployed his corporation in service of his presidential bid, producing slick events and recruiting staff members with unusually high pay and other perks.  —  MIAMI — In a warehouse covered in murals in the Design District here …
Discussion: Townhall
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
Michael Bloomberg's Campaign Suddenly Drops Memes Everywhere
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Sanders Cements Front-Runner Status After New Hampshire Win  —  Vermont senator expands lead over Biden to 10 points  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) takes the stage on Tuesday, Feb. 11, in Manchester, N.H. New polling shows the senator cementing his status as the race's front-runner.
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Froma Harrop / The National Memo:   Bernie Sanders Isn't Doing So Hot
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Joe Biden to host over 250 donors from Wall Street, big business at NYC fundraisers - here's the guest list
Discussion: New York Post
Washington Post:
The president's rhetoric has changed the way hundreds of children are harassed in American classrooms, The Post found  —  Left: Students at Royal Oak Middle School in Michigan chant “Build the wall!” the day after the 2016 election.  Students' faces blurred in provided video (Storyful).
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Hope Hicks to Return to the White House After a Nearly Two-Year Absence  —  President Trump's former communications director will return as an aide to Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser.  —  Hope Hicks, a close aide to President Trump who resigned nearly two years ago …
Felix Salmon / Axios:
Judy Shelton vs. Fed independence  —  President Trump hasn't given up on his dream of politicizing the Fed.  After failing to get Herman Cain and Stephen Moore onto the Fed's board of governors, his latest candidate is one of his former campaign advisers, Judy Shelton, who testified in front of the Senate Banking Committee today.
Discussion: Politico and New York Times
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The Hill:   Republicans expect Trump to withdraw controversial Fed nominee
Heather Long / Washington Post:
Trump's Fed nominee Judy Shelton could be in trouble as key GOP senators express concerns about ‘outlier’ views
Discussion: Mother Jones and UPI
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: Twitchy
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.
Politico:
Pentagon to shift $3.8B for fighter planes, ships toward border wall  —  The Trump administration plans to sap money intended to build fighter jets, ships, vehicles and National Guard equipment in order to fund barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border, the Pentagon told Congress on Thursday …
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Washington Post:
Pentagon to divert $3.8 billion from its budget to build more of Trump's border barrier
Discussion: Axios and Foreign Policy
Politico:
Senate votes to limit Trump's military authority against Iran  —  The Senate on Thursday passed a resolution limiting President Donald Trump's authority to attack Iran without congressional approval, delivering the president another bipartisan foreign-policy rebuke and flexing its constitutional power over military actions.
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Adele Ankers / IGN:
NASA Spots ‘Potentially Hazardous’ Asteroid Rapidly Approaching Earth  —  Asteroid alert!  —  NASA has confirmed that an asteroid larger than the tallest man-made structure in the world is currently travelling towards Earth at a speed of almost 34,000 miles per hour.
Discussion: WHDH-TV
Matthew Rozsa / Salon:
President Trump rehires Reince Priebus and Sean Spicer to White House roles  —  Since leaving the West Wing, Spicer competed on “Dancing With the Stars” and Priebus joined the U.S. Navy  —  President Donald Trump has rehired his former chief of staff Reince Priebus and former press secretary …
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and BizPac Review
Megan Messerly / The Nevada Independent:
Nevada Democrats reveal Google Forms-based plan for transmitting early vote data, caucus results  —  Nevada Democratic Party volunteer name tags at a Reno rally on Thurs., Oct. 25, 2018.  (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)  —  Nevada Democrats will use a Google Forms-based calculator accessible through …
Discussion: The National Memo
Alanna Vagianos / HuffPost:
Michael Bloomberg Quietly Rejoined Clubs That Largely Exclude Women, Minorities  —  When no one was watching, the presidential candidate re-upped his membership at two of these clubs after resigning from them in 2001.  —  When Michael Bloomberg was on the verge of running for mayor of New York City in 2001 …
Wall Street Journal:
Jeff Bezos Buys David Geffen's Los Angeles Mansion for a Record $165 Million  —  The Amazon CEO also bought a plot of land from the estate of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen for $90 million  —  Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos has purchased the Warner Estate from media mogul David Geffen for $165 million …
Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
The Queer Opposition to Pete Buttigieg, Explained  —  By now, you may have heard that some queer people think that Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and a current contender for the Democratic Presidential nomination, is not gay enough.
Discussion: San José Spotlight
Kevin G. Hall / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
McClatchy files bankruptcy to shed costs of print legacy and speed shift to digital  —  McClatchy Co. filed for bankruptcy Thursday, a move that will end family control of America's second largest local news company and hand it to creditors who have expressed support for independent journalism.
Dan De Luce / NBC News:
U.S., Iran use Swiss as go-between to negotiate release of Americans held in Iran  —  Despite nearly going to war, the U.S. and Iran have kept a channel open to discuss the possible release of prisoners.  —  WASHINGTON — Iran and the U.S. came to the brink of war in January but the two sides …
 
 
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Bernard Condon / Associated Press:
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Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Where are all the Never Bernie Democrats?
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Jonathan Watts / The Guardian:
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Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Secretary for majority to retire from Senate
Discussion: The Hill
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
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
Why Trump went all-out in New Hampshire and Iowa GOP primaries
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John F. Harris / Politico:
Sanders Joins Trump in Telling the Media to Go to Hell