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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.”
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Everyone is focusing on the wrong part of William Barr's interview  —  Barr telling Trump to stop tweeting allows him to distract attention from more central issues.  —  Attorney General William P. Barr offered his first public comments Thursday since a controversy erupted at the Justice Department this week.
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
As sentencing approaches, Roger Stone turns to former mob lawyer for help  —  Roger Stone is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 20.  —  With his sentencing fast approaching, Roger Stone is bolstering his defense team with a veteran criminal defense attorney whose past roster …
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Here's What The Lead Roger Stone Juror Said During Jury Selection
Patrick Reis / Rolling Stone:
Roger Stone Knows Trump's Secrets. That's Why He'll Avoid Prison
Discussion: Raw Story
NBC News:
Jessie Liu, ex-U.S. attorney who oversaw Roger Stone case, resigns from Trump administration
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
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 …
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Politico:
Nevada's powerful Culinary Union declines to endorse a 2020 candidate
Discussion: Associated Press and Townhall
Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
You like Amy Klobuchar now? Remember that when your inner sexist starts doubting her.
Discussion: Twitchy, National Review and VICE
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.
Discussion: Mediaite, Instapundit and Vox
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Rebecca R. Ruiz / New York Times:
The Bloomberg Campaign Is a Waterfall of Cash
Discussion: Townhall and NB Blog
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, New York Post and Twitchy
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Isn't a Socialist
Discussion: Twitchy
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Why Bernie Sanders's fight with a Nevada union really matters
Discussion: HuffPost, CNN and The Hill
Hunter Walker / Yahoo News:
Documents reveal DNC was ‘intimately involved’ in development of troubled Iowa caucus app  —  While the Democratic National Committee over the last 10 days has tried to distance itself from the troubled app that through the results of the Iowa caucus into disarray, a copy of the contract …
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.
Discussion: NBC News, Joe.My.God. and Breitbart
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Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
The Queer Opposition to Pete Buttigieg, Explained
Discussion: San José Spotlight
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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Brett Samuels / The Hill:   Trump floats halt to officials listening in on calls with foreign leaders
William Westhoven / Daily Record:
Former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly admits: ‘It was a killer’ working for Trump
Discussion: Washington Post, The Hill and Raw Story
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).
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
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Trump contradicts past denials, admits sending Giuliani to Ukraine  —  Analyst: This is the long term effect of Trump's acquittal  —  Washington (CNN)Emboldened after his impeachment acquittal, President Donald Trump now openly admits to sending his attorney Rudy Giuliani to Ukraine …
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.
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 …
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: Raw Story
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.
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The Hill:   Republicans expect Trump to withdraw controversial Fed nominee
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 …
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
Mairead McArdle / National Review:
Senate Passes Resolution Limiting Trump's War Powers in Iran  —  The Senate on Thursday passed a resolution limiting President Trump's authority to take military action against Iran.  —  All Democrats and eight Republicans voted 55 to 45 to approve the Iran War Powers resolution …
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Politico:
Senate votes to limit Trump's military authority against Iran
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.
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: BizPac Review and Joe.My.God.
 
 
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Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
This latest trick from the Trump administration is one of the most despicable yet
Brian Fung / CNN:
IRS quietly deletes guideline that Fortnite virtual currency must be reported on tax returns
Discussion: 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
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Ex-law clerk tells Congress she was sexually harassed by federal judge
Discussion: New York Times, ABC News and The Hill
Media Matters for America:
Right-wing media figures try and fail to clock Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's patriotism for Drag Race appearance
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Jonathan Watts / The Guardian:
Antarctic temperature rises above 20C for first time on record
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 Earlier Items: 
Megan Messerly / The Nevada Independent:
Nevada Democrats reveal Google Forms-based plan for transmitting early vote data, caucus results
Discussion: The National Memo
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
Helen Andrews / Claremont Review of Books:
The Law That Ate the Constitution
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
Wall Street Journal:
Jeff Bezos Buys David Geffen's Los Angeles Mansion for a Record $165 Million