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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.”
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 …
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 …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Exclusive: Republicans snooped on Democrats' House polls  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  BEHIND THE SCENES ... CAMPAIGN COMMITTEES IN WASHINGTON pay lots of money to get an edge on their opponent.  They have research teams, conduct detailed and pricey polls and dispatch trackers across …
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
Transcript of Attorney General Bill Barr's exclusive interview with ABC News
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:   The Trials of Bill Barr
Benjamin Parker / The Bulwark:
Bill Barr's Really Bad First Year
Discussion: Roll Call, Breitbart and PJ Media Home
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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Trip Gabriel / New York Times:   What Being a Mayor Taught Pete Buttigieg
Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
The Queer Opposition to Pete Buttigieg, Explained
Discussion: San José Spotlight
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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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.
Discussion: The Hill, Joe.My.God. and Common Dreams
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Betsy Swan / The Daily Beast:
U.S. Readied Sanctions on Russian Oligarch's Associates—Then Mysteriously Backed Off  —  “Somebody overruled [Treasury], essentially,” one sanctions expert said.  “That's the most likely scenario.”  —  Something strange happened in mid-December involving Oleg Deripaska, the Russian oligarch.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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
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.
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
Isabella Nikolic / Daily Mail:
Vladimir Putin says ‘marriage is a union of a man and woman’ as he declares support for ‘traditional family values’  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin today stressed that marriage should be solely a heterosexual union.  —  ‘A marriage is a union of a man and woman,’ he said at a meeting …
Adam Bienkov / Business Insider:
Boris Johnson has cancelled his planned trip to the White House after Trump slammed the phone down on him in a moment of ‘apoplectic’ fury  — UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has cancelled his planned trip to meet Donald Trump next month after a furious row between the two men.
Rick Wilson / The Daily Beast:
General John Kelly, Trump Stooge, Is No Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, Patriot  —  Vindman saw something, and said something.  Kelly saw plenty, and kept it to himself for more than two years.  —  BEAST INSIDE  —  John Kelly's half-assed, just-the-tip critique of Donald Trump Thursday …
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 …
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 …
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.
The Daily Beast:
Bloomberg Once Said Taking From the Rich Was a Bigger Problem Than Income Inequality  —  The billionaire presidential candidate has made “fixing inequality” his top priority, but comments he made at a high-powered Washington summit suggest otherwise.  —  Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg …
New York Daily News:
Women's wear mogul Peter Nygard accused as vile sexual predator, hosted ‘pamper parties’ to rape and abuse aspiring models and underage girls, according to Manhattan lawsuit  —  Rags-to-riches garment business legend Peter Nygard was accused of sex trafficking paid underage “girlfriends” …
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.
 
 
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Norm Ornstein / New York Daily News:
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Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
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 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
How Months of Miscalculation Led the U.S. and Iran to the Brink of War
Discussion: The Nation
CBS Boston:
Man Accused Of Slapping Teen Trump Supporter In New Hampshire
WSB-TV:
Exclusive: Channel 2 poll finds Biden with large lead in Georgia presidential primary
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
Peter Beinart / Jewish Currents:
“The One Issue That Matters”  —  THE CRITICS who think Bernie Sanders …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Ursula Perano / Axios:
McConnell says he would fill Supreme Court vacancy if it opened this year
Discussion: Fox News and Raw Story