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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.
Patrick Reis / Rolling Stone:
Roger Stone Knows Trump's Secrets. That's Why He'll Avoid Prison
Discussion: Raw Story
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Here's What The Lead Roger Stone Juror Said During Jury Selection
Sadie Gurman / Wall Street Journal:   Attorney General Says Tweets Make It Impossible for Him to Do His Job
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: Townhall
Associated Press:
2020 Democrats step up attacks to blunt Bloomberg's rise
Discussion: East Bay Times
Arlette Saenz / CNN:   Biden campaign redeploying dozens of staffers to Nevada and South Carolina
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:
Only two recent major party nominees have lost both Iowa and New Hampshire
Discussion: The Hill and Associated Press
WSB-TV:   Exclusive: Channel 2 poll finds Biden with large lead in Georgia presidential primary
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
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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Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
The Queer Opposition to Pete Buttigieg, Explained
Discussion: San José Spotlight
Washington Post:
Trump allies take aim at Buttigieg's sexuality, a possible sign of things to come
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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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 …
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 …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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
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).
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
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
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.
Ursula Perano / Axios:
McConnell says he would fill Supreme Court vacancy if it opened this year  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Fox News Thursday that he would fill a Supreme Court vacancy if it opened up this year, despite it being an election year.  —  Why it matters: Antonin Scalia died on this day in 2016.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Marisa Schultz / Fox News:   Senate passes measure to curb Trump's war powers in rare bipartisan vote
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 …
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.
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
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
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 …
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.
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 …
 
 
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Craig McCarthy / New York Post:
NYPD tried to subpoena NY Post reporter's Twitter account citing anti-terror law
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: VICE
Hamilton Nolan / In These Times:
The Longest Strike in America Needs a Political Savior
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: New York Times, The Hill and ABC News
Dan De Luce / NBC News:
U.S., Iran use Swiss as go-between to negotiate release of Americans held in Iran
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Watts / The Guardian:
Antarctic temperature rises above 20C for first time on record
Discussion: Common Dreams, New York Post and VICE
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
Wall Street Journal:
Jeff Bezos Buys David Geffen's Los Angeles Mansion for a Record $165 Million