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3:00 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 …
Ex-Trump aide John McEntee to lead White House office of personnel
Discussion: Politico
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
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
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
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
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
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: VodkaPundit and 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
Washington Post:
Only two recent major party nominees have lost both Iowa and New Hampshire
Discussion: The Hill
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.
Windsor Mann / The Week:
The Don seizes the Justice Department
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
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.
Discussion: New York Post
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.
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
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 …
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
Why Trump went all-out in New Hampshire and Iowa GOP primaries  —  The campaign's early investment paid off with record numbers.  —  Manchester, N.H. — President Donald Trump's historic showing in both Iowa and New Hampshire wasn't an accident.  —  While Trump didn't have a serious …
Discussion: Associated Press
Zeke Miller / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Pro-Trump effort raises over $60M in January
Discussion: Townhall, The Hill and CNN
Patricia Sullivan / Washington Post:
U.S. House removes ERA ratification deadline, one obstacle to enactment  —  The U.S. House of Representatives gave the Equal Rights Amendment a temporary new lease on life Thursday by voting to remove a 1982 deadline for ratification by the states.  —  The vote on a resolution introduced …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Axios
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
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 …
Senate votes to limit Trump's military authority against Iran  —  The Senate on Thursday passed a resolution limiting President Donald Trump's authority to attack Iran without congressional approval, delivering the president another bipartisan foreign-policy rebuke and flexing its constitutional power over military actions.
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.
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Alene Tchekmedyian / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey moves to wipe 66,000 marijuana convictions
Discussion: The Hill and KTLA
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
US brings new charges against Chinese tech giant Huawei
Discussion: Politico
Pentagon to shift $3.8B for fighter planes, ships toward border wall
Ari Natter / Bloomberg:
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Doha Madani / NBC News:
Snoop Dogg apologizes to Gayle King for attack over Kobe Bryant sexual assault question
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Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Former law clerk alleges harassment by late prominent judge
Discussion: Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Zack Friedman / Forbes:
Trump Calls For End To Student Loan Forgiveness Program
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
Playing on Kansas City Radio: Russian Propaganda
Osita Nwanevu / New Republic:
End the GOP  —  There are two figures in the Republican Party …
Discussion: CNN
Mona Charen / Mona Charen from Creators Syndicate:
Bully Wannabes  —  Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Manchin voted to oust Trump. He could endorse his reelection.
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