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2:25 PM 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
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 …
Ex-Trump aide John McEntee to lead White House office of personnel
Discussion: Politico
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Sanders Cements Front-Runner Status After New Hampshire Win  —  Vermont senator expands lead over Biden to 10 points  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) takes the stage on Tuesday, Feb. 11, in Manchester, N.H. New polling shows the senator cementing his status as the race's front-runner.
Froma Harrop / The National Memo:
Bernie Sanders Isn't Doing So Hot  —  Bernie Sanders was supposed to run away with the New Hampshire primary.  This is his kind of state, where Democrats are mostly educated liberals.  Yet the national celebrity from next-door Vermont bested Pete Buttigieg, recently an unknown from Indiana, by less than 4,000 votes.
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
Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
You like Amy Klobuchar now? Remember that when your inner sexist starts doubting her.
Discussion: National Review, VICE and CBS Boston
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Here's What The Lead Roger Stone Juror Said During Jury Selection  — A former Democratic congressional candidate revealed Wednesday that she was the foreperson on the jury that convicted Roger Stone.  — Tomeka Hart said during the jury selection process that she did not …
Gregg Re / Fox News:
Roger Stone jury foreperson's anti-Trump social media posts surface after she defends DOJ prosecutors
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Lead Juror In Roger Stone Case Ran For Congress As A Democrat In 2012
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 …
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: Townhall
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Mike Bloomberg Is Hiring So Many Operatives, Local and State Campaigns Are Starving for Help  —  Jennifer Leeper was on her last night of maternity leave with her second boy when Donald Trump was declared winner of the 2016 presidential election.  When she recovered from shock …
Discussion: WMUR
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. 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
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.
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Joe Biden to host over 250 donors from Wall Street, big business at NYC fundraisers - here's the guest list  — Joe Biden is set to rally more than 250 Wall Street and big money donors Thursday at a pair of fundraisers in New York after his presidential campaign stumbled in Iowa and New Hampshire.
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.
Discussion: Politico and New York Times
Heather Long / Washington Post:
Trump's Fed nominee Judy Shelton could be in trouble as key GOP senators express concerns about ‘outlier’ views
Discussion: Mother Jones
House passes bill to revive Equal Rights Amendment  —  House action on Thursday inched the U.S. closer to enshrining gender equality in the Constitution — but a daunting maze of legislative and legal obstacles still stands in the way.  —  Lawmakers voted 232-183 to pass legislation …
Patricia Sullivan / Washington Post:
U.S. House removes ERA ratification deadline, one obstacle to enactment
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Axios
Helen Andrews / Claremont Review of Books:
The Law That Ate the Constitution  —  This review appears in the forthcoming Winter 2019/20 Claremont Review of Books.  And don't miss this exclusive book excerpt, “The Price of the 1980s.”  —  During a democratic town hall event hosted by the Human Rights Campaign and CNN on October 10 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Inside Bloomberg's 48-hour dash to contain his stop-and-frisk crisis  —  Mike Bloomberg's highly disciplined presidential campaign was suddenly facing a crisis beyond its control.  —  As his staff was planning a week of events in Super Tuesday states and hoping to capitalize on continued feuding among …
Tim Perry / CBS News:   Houston mayor backs Bloomberg and will help launch “Mike for Black America”
Ari Natter / Bloomberg:
Right-Wing Backlash Greets Modest GOP Foray Into Climate Change  — Proposal derided as ‘Green New Deal lite,’ bowing to liberals  — Outrage shows hard road for Republicans newly embracing issue  —  House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy had barely finished presenting his party's modest plan …
Brian Schaefer / Yahoo News:
Radical New West Side Story Paints an Angry Young America  —  (Bloomberg) — In spring 2016, Belgian theater director Ivo van Hove was in New York, preparing his Broadway production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible.  Between rehearsals, he found himself captivated by the crowded and chaotic Republican presidential primaries.
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
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.
Pentagon to shift $3.8B for fighter planes, ships toward border wall  —  The Trump administration plans to sap money intended to build fighter jets, ships, vehicles and National Guard equipment in order to fund barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border, the Pentagon told Congress on Thursday …
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Doha Madani / NBC News:
Snoop Dogg apologizes to Gayle King for attack over Kobe Bryant sexual assault question
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Raw Story
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Former law clerk alleges harassment by late prominent judge
Discussion: Politico
Simon Clark / Wall Street Journal:
Barclays CEO Under Investigation Over Links to Jeffrey Epstein
Zack Friedman / Forbes:
Trump Calls For End To Student Loan Forgiveness Program
Talia Lavin / New Republic:
To Dream of a Jewish President
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Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed News:
Top Black Democrats Have Urged Tom Perez To Restore Confidence In The DNC
Discussion: The Hill
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
The facts about Facebook's fact-checking program
Osita Nwanevu / New Republic:
End the GOP  —  There are two figures in the Republican Party …
Discussion: CNN
Zeke Miller / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Pro-Trump effort raises over $60M in January
Discussion: Townhall, The Hill and CNN
Mona Charen / Mona Charen from Creators Syndicate:
Bully Wannabes  —  Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative …
Ryan Pickrell / Business Insider:
Trump says 'I won't be changing my mind' on his view that brain injuries suffered by US troops …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Joe.My.God.
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
The establishment's dangerous habit of crying wolf