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10:00 AM ET, February 13, 2020


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Ann Marimow / Washington Post:
Trump takes on Judge Amy Berman Jackson ahead of Roger Stone's sentencing  —  First he went after the prosecutors who recommended a multiyear sentence for his friend Roger Stone.  Then President Trump turned his Twitter ire to the “witch hunt disgrace” of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation …
Discussion: NBC News
Washington Post:
Trump seeks to bend the executive branch as part of impeachment vendetta  —  President Trump is testing the rule of law one week after his acquittal in his Senate impeachment trial, seeking to bend the executive branch into an instrument for his personal and political vendetta against perceived enemies.
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Lead Juror In Roger Stone Case Ran For Congress As A Democrat In 2012  — The foreperson on Roger Stone's jury ran for Congress as a Democrat in 2012, it was revealed Wednesday.  — Tomeka Hart revealed her role on the jury in a Facebook post defending four prosecutors who quit …
New York Times:
After Stone Case, Prosecutors Say They Fear Pressure From Trump  —  The episode also brought to a head tensions in the U.S. attorney's office in Washington.  —  WASHINGTON — For decades after Watergate, the White House treated the Justice Department with the softest of gloves …
POLITICO Playbook: Inside the Bloomberg machine  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  G'morning from NASHVILLE.  —  IF A FEW CAMPAIGN CONSULTANTS were sitting at a bar and dreamed up how they'd run a nationwide presidential primary campaign with no constraints, no qualms and no care for tradition …
Chuck Rosenberg / Washington Post:
This is a revolting assault on the fragile rule of law  —  Chuck Rosenberg is a former U.S. attorney, senior FBI official and acting head of the Drug Enforcement Administration.  —  Something extraordinary and deeply troubling happened at — and to — the Justice Department this week.
Stone juror says she ‘stands with’ the prosecutors
Roger Stone / Fox News:
Roger Stone jury foreperson's anti-Trump views surface, raising new questions about his trial and conviction
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 …
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 and Raw Story
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.
Washington Post:
Newspaper giant McClatchy files for bankruptcy, hobbled by debt and declining print revenue  —  The Chapter 11 plan would not have an immediate impact on the publisher's 30 newspapers  —  McClatchy Co., one of the nation's largest newspaper publishers, filed for bankruptcy protection Thursday …
Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
Biden on phone call: 'I'll be damned if we're gonna lose this nomination'  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden — after his pair of devastating losses — tried to reassure supporters on an evening call Wednesday that “things haven't changed” and that there's been “no dropoff in our endorsers.”
Discussion: New York Post and The Hill
Washington Post:
Usually the early Democratic presidential contests shrink the field.  This year, they've expanded it.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The State of the Race: Democrats In Despair?
Discussion: Union-News and New York Post
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 …
Tim Perry / CBS News:
Houston mayor backs Bloomberg and will help launch “Mike for Black America”  —  Mike Bloomberg picked up the endorsement Thursday of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, who leads the fourth largest city in the nation.  The announcement follows his endorsement this week by three members of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Associated Press:
Some Democrats fear fallout from Sanders atop the ticket  —  DENVER (AP) — The resurgence of Sen. Bernie Sanders in the presidential nominating process is triggering alarm in the Democratic Party, with many warning that a ticket headed by the self-declared socialist could be devastating …
Discussion: ABC News, Axios and The Hill
Brad Polumbo / Washington Examiner:
Why Bernie Sanders's New Hampshire primary win should terrify you
Discussion: Reason and Vox
John F. Harris / Politico:
Sanders Joins Trump in Telling the Media to Go to Hell  —  Where are those medical records you promised to show us, asked NBC News' Chuck Todd last weekend on “Meet the Press.”  Sen. Bernie Sanders sounded polite enough, as he exhaled a puffy cloud of obfuscation.
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
Michael Bloomberg's Campaign Suddenly Drops Memes Everywhere  —  A campaign of sponsored content for the candidate flourished suddenly on Instagram.  A new outfit, called Meme 2020, is behind it.  —  Mike Bloomberg has contracted some of the biggest meme-makers on the internet …
Discussion: Axios, The Hill, The Week and NBC News
Tracy Kornet / WSMV-TV:
Woman punches man in Broadway bar over MAGA-style birthday hat  —  NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - A man's surprise birthday gift led to a surprise attack at a Broadway bar.  —  Daniel Sprague was at The Stage bar on Broadway sporting a gift his wife gave him for his 50th birthday bash—a hat that says “Make 50 Great Again.”
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Manchin voted to oust Trump.  He could endorse his reelection.  —  The West Virginia Democrat is already looking to reconcile with the president.  —  President Donald Trump has lately attacked Sen. Joe Manchin as a “Munchkin”; Manchin, in turn, has criticized Trump for not mounting …
Discussion: The Hill
Chris Jackson / Ipsos:
Reuters/Ipsos Core Political Survey: Presidential Approval Tracker (02/12/2020) from Ipsos Public Affairs  —  This week's Reuters/Ipsos Core Political survey finds that after President Trump's acquittal, his approval rating among the general population remains unchanged (41%).
Ryan Pickrell / Business Insider:
Trump says 'I won't be changing my mind' on his view that brain injuries suffered by US troops in Iran's attack are not very serious  — A total of 109 US service members have been diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injuries since the Iranian missile attack on US forces in Iraq in early January.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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: The Intercept
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
The establishment's dangerous habit of crying wolf  —  Exaggerating the short-term threat from populism inures people to the threat it poses  —  Brexiters dubbed it “Project Fear”.  President Donald Trump's supporters call it Trump derangement syndrome and Bernie Sanders fans think of it as corporate scaremongering.
Mona Charen / Mona Charen from Creators Syndicate:
Bully Wannabes  —  Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative (cough) Union, which hosts the annual CPAC conference, tweeted that he was disinviting Mitt Romney from the confab this year because he “could not guarantee his physical safety” after the senator voted to convict Donald Trump in the impeachment trial.
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
Playing on Kansas City Radio: Russian Propaganda  —  Radio Sputnik, a propaganda arm of the Russian government, began broadcasting on three Kansas City-area radio stations during prime drive time.  —  When commuters spin the radio dial as they drive through Kansas City, Mo., these days …
Zach Montague / New York Times:
Marie Yovanovitch, Ex-Envoy, Offers Sober Appraisal of U.S. Diplomacy  —  Accepting an award at Georgetown University, Ms. Yovanovitch, who was a key player in President Trump's impeachment proceedings, spoke publicly for the first time since her testimony.  —  WASHINGTON — Marie L. Yovanovitch …
Discussion: Associated Press and HuffPost
Yovanovitch swipes at Trump administration as she's honored for her diplomatic work
Discussion: The Week and Raw Story
Katherine Rosman / New York Times:
The Chaos at Condé Nast  —  The memoirs of Dan Peres and other ex-employees of the magazine company reveal mess behind the gloss of the aughts.  —  It's a high-class but increasingly common problem: being a former magazine editor in a digitized world that cares little about whose name used to be on top of a defunct masthead.
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
The facts about Facebook's fact-checking program  —  Facebook loves to talk about its third-party fact-checking program as proof that it's committed to fighting disinformation.  CEO Mark Zuckerberg talks about it.  Vice President Nick Clegg talks about it.
Anthony Man / Sun-Sentinel:
Congressman Ted Deutch endorses Mike Bloomberg for president … Highlighting their shared stands on combatting gun violence, Congressman Ted Deutch is endorsing Mike Bloomberg for president.  —  Long before Bloomberg became a presidential candidate, one of his signature issues was gun violence …
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Osita Nwanevu / New Republic:
End the GOP  —  There are two figures in the Republican Party …
Discussion: CNN
Eliana Johnson / Washington Free Beacon:
Where's Hunter? Until Recently, On the Board of the Left's Premier National Security Network
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
Bernie Sanders Is Ron Paul 2.0
Joe Scarborough / Washington Post:
No matter how this race ends, I'm proud of Joe Biden
Victoria Guida / Politico:
A gold-loving, Trump-loving Fed nominee faces a key test
Discussion: Washington Post and New York Times
Max Read / New York Magazine:
Yang Is Out. Yangism Is Here to Stay.
Brittany M. Hughes / MRCTV:
VA House Democrats Storm Out As Black Pastor Prays Against Abortion and Gay Marriage
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Trump is elevating judges who could gut the Voting Rights Act
Sam Metz / Desert Sun:
Trump to visit Palm Springs area next week for fundraising event at Oracle chairman Larry Ellison's estate
Discussion: Vox and Los Angeles Times
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
In standoff with Iran, U.S. sailors say the threat level was unlike anything they had seen in years
Noah Goldberg / New York Daily News:
After legendary 53-year career, Brooklyn Federal Judge Jack Weinstein hangs up his robe at age 98
Discussion: Althouse
Elliot Hannon / Slate:
Trump Cuts Scheduled Federal Pay Raise, Citing “Serious Economic Conditions” in the Country
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Common Dreams