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11:45 AM ET, February 13, 2020


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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, The Hill and Raw Story
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 …
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.
New York Times:
After Stone Case, Prosecutors Say They Fear Pressure From Trump
Chuck Rosenberg / Washington Post:
This is a revolting assault on the fragile rule of law
Laura Testino / The Tennessean:
Memphis woman, head juror in Roger Stone trial, stands up for prosecutors
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
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
ABC News:
Hope Hicks returning to Trump White House as senior adviser  —  A Trump favorite is making a return after departing for the Fox Corporation.  —  Hope Hicks, formerly President Donald Trump's most trusted and longest serving aide, is expected to return to the administration in the coming weeks …
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
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 …
Tim Perry / CBS News:   Houston mayor backs Bloomberg and will help launch “Mike for Black America”
Inside Bloomberg's 48-hour dash to contain his stop-and-frisk crisis
Discussion: Bloomberg
New York Times:
Biden Needs Black Voters to Lift His Campaign.  But He Has Competition.  —  Joe Biden is looking ahead to South Carolina to resurrect his candidacy.  There are signs that it may be a bigger challenge after defeats in Iowa and New Hampshire.  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. — Even before the final results …
Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
Biden on phone call: 'I'll be damned if we're gonna lose this nomination'
Discussion: The Hill and New York Post
Washington Post:
Usually the early Democratic presidential contests shrink the field.  This year, they've expanded it.
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).
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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 …
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: Mediaite
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 …
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed News:
Top Black Democrats Have Urged Tom Perez To Restore Confidence In The DNC  —  Last week's disastrous Iowa caucus has reawakened a deep existing frustration among some leading black Democrats with their party chair, Tom Perez.  —  After months of planning by the Democratic National Committee …
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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, NBC News' Chuck Todd asked last weekend on “Meet the Press.”  Sen. Bernie Sanders sounded polite enough, as he exhaled a puffy cloud of obfuscation.
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: Axios, ABC News and The Hill
John Haltiwanger / Business Insider:
‘There need to be mass protests’: Authoritarianism experts say time is running out for Americans to stop Trump  — Americans are running out of time to stop President Donald Trump's authoritarian slide, experts warned.  — “There need to be mass protests,” a Yale philosophy professor and expert on fascism told Insider.
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
Kaitlan Collins / CNN:
First on CNN: Jessie Liu resigns from Treasury after pulled nomination  —  (CNN)The US attorney whose nomination for a top Treasury Department job was yanked because she ran the office that oversaw Roger Stone's prosecution has resigned, an administration official tells CNN.
Discussion: Mediaite, Talking Points Memo and KTLA
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: Talking Points Memo and The Hill
Senate Dems fear Cotton amendment will sink war powers bill  —  Senate Democrats warned on Thursday that an amendment from Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) could tank the effort to restrain President Donald Trump's war powers against Iran.  —  The amendment would create an exemption for military forces deemed …
Discussion: Raw Story
Osita Nwanevu / New Republic:
End the GOP  —  There are two figures in the Republican Party who best represent the state of the GOP in the Trump era.  The first, of course, is Donald Trump.  The second is Roy Moore.  By the time Moore defeated Jeff Sessions's replacement, Luther Strange, in the Republican primary …
Discussion: CNN
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.
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.”
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.
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Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
The Trouble With Breaking Up Amazon? Its Online Store Is So Good
Discussion: National Review
Talia Lavin / New Republic:
To Dream of a Jewish President
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
The facts about Facebook's fact-checking program
Zeke Miller / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Pro-Trump effort raises over $60M in January
Discussion: Townhall and CNN
Mona Charen / Mona Charen from Creators Syndicate:
Bully Wannabes  —  Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative …
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
 Earlier Items: 
Joe Scarborough / Washington Post:
No matter how this race ends, I'm proud of Joe Biden
Discussion: NB Blog
Victoria Guida / Politico:
A gold-loving, Trump-loving Fed nominee faces a key test
Discussion: Washington Post and New York Times
Chris Jackson / Ipsos:
Reuters/Ipsos Core Political Survey: Presidential Approval Tracker (02/12/2020) from Ipsos Public Affairs
Sam Metz / Desert Sun:
Trump to visit Palm Springs area next week for fundraising event at Oracle chairman Larry Ellison's estate
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
Katherine Rosman / New York Times:
The Chaos at Condé Nast  —  The memoirs of Dan Peres …