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New York Times:
Barr Installs Outside Prosecutor to Review Case Against Michael Flynn, Ex-Trump Adviser  —  Amid turmoil in the U.S. attorney's office in Washington, the attorney general has also sent outside prosecutors to review other politically sensitive cases.  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr …
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Washington Post:
As impeachment trial ended, federal prosecutors took new steps in probe related to Giuliani, according to people familiar with case  —  As the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump drew to a close in Washington earlier this month, federal prosecutors in New York contacted witnesses …
Discussion: The Hill, CNN and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Roger Stone asks for new trial in sealed motion, one day after Trump accused jury forewoman of bias  —  Defense attorneys for Roger Stone demanded a new trial Friday, one day after President Trump suggested that the forewoman in his friend's case had “significant bias.”
The Daily Beast:
‘Disturbing’: Federal Judge Blasted DOJ for Leaving McCabe in ‘Limbo’  —  “I think as a government and as a society we're going to pay a price at some point for this,” Judge Reggie Barnett Walton told DOJ attorneys.  —  Justice Department attorneys struggled with mounting frustration …
Discussion: Raw Story
Lisa Monaco / Just Security:   The Soul of the Justice Department: Who Must Stand Up For It Now
Colin Kalmbacher / Law & Crime:   Ethics Complaint Against AG Barr Filed with DOJ Inspector General
Eric Boehlert / PRESS RUN:
Trump unleashed — does the press know how to handle his authoritarian ways?
Discussion: Washington Post
Washington Post:
Justice Dept. won't charge Andrew McCabe, the former FBI official who authorized the investigation of President Trump
Washington Post:
Trump-Barr divide worsens as the president bucks a request to stop tweeting, and the Justice …
New York Times:
Border Patrol Will Deploy Elite Tactical Agents to Sanctuary Cities  —  Agents from a special tactical team that normally confronts smugglers on the border are being sent to sanctuary cities across the country.  —  The Trump administration is deploying law enforcement tactical units …
New York Times:
Bill de Blasio Endorses Bernie Sanders  —  The New York City mayor, who was briefly a presidential candidate himself, is scheduled to campaign with Mr. Sanders in Nevada ahead of the caucuses there next week.  —  Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York, whose brief presidential campaign failed …
Discussion: Breitbart, Mediaite and Bloomberg
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Sally Goldenberg / Politico:
De Blasio to endorse Bernie Sanders
David M. Herszenhorn / Politico:
State Department keeps quiet as Pompeo meets Lavrov in Munich  —  MUNICH — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference on Friday in an encounter the American side apparently wanted to keep under wraps.
Discussion: Maria Zakharova
NBC News:
Michael Avenatti guilty on all counts in Nike extortion case  —  Avenatti was arrested in March, about 15 minutes after tweeting that he had scheduled a press conference to “disclose a major high school/college basketball scandal perpetrated by @Nike.”  —  Lawyer Michael Avenatti …
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Nancy Scola / Politico:
Bloomberg's meme spree prompts changes in Facebook, Instagram rules  —  Presidential contender Mike Bloomberg's spree of often-surreal social media memes is having one concrete impact — it prompted Facebook to make another change Friday in its rules for paid political content.
Jacqueline Feldscher / Politico:
Army won't investigate Vindman over impeachment testimony, top leader says  —  The Army will not investigate Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the former National Security Council staffer who testified in the president's impeachment investigation, the service's top civilian said Friday.
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Gordon Lubold / Wall Street Journal:   Alexander Vindman, Who Drew Trump's Ire, Won't Face Disciplinary Action
CNN:
Dozens of accusers emerge after Andrew Yang's wife reveals sexual assault  —  The following piece contains explicit descriptions of sexual abuse allegations that may be disturbing to some readers.  —  (CNN)Emilia Heckman trusted Dr. Robert Hadden.  —  A fashion model in her late 20s …
Discussion: The Hill
Lauren Villagran / El Paso Times:
‘Somebody is making money off those ladders’: Smugglers use ‘camouflage’ ladders to cross border wall  —  Perhaps the quickest way around a billion-dollar wall is over it.  —  Smugglers in Juárez have engineered camouflage hook-and-ladders made of rebar that blend in so well with the border wall …
Discussion: HuffPost and Raw Story
Martin Gould / Daily Mail:
Ilhan Omar's husband discovered she was cheating on him with her chief fundraiser when he walked in on the lovers in pajamas - and now the congresswoman is paying ex $250,000 for his silence  — Ahmed Hirsi discovered Ilhan Omar having an affair with married Tim Mynett when he went …
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Scott Johnson / Power Line:   Ilhan Omar: The tabloid story, cont'd
Ruy Teixeira / Washington Post:
No, radical policies won't drive election-winning turnout  —  No myth is stronger in progressive circles than the magical, wonderworking powers of voter turnout.  It's become a sort of pixie dust that you sprinkle over your strenuously progressive positions to ward off any suggestion that they might turn off voters.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Washington Post:
Trump mocks the faith of others.  His own religious practices remain opaque.  —  In September 2016, presidential candidate Donald Trump gathered evangelical pastors, whose support he had courted assiduously, to discuss the political beliefs that they shared.
Peter Hamby / Vanity Fair:
The Grim Logic of Money Makes Bernie and Bloomberg the Only Candidates Who Matter  —  Only two candidates (and possibly, Mayor Pete) can muster the huge sums necessary for Super Tuesday and beyond.  But zombie candidacies may slog on.  —  The feel-good days of the presidential primary season …
Kayla Tausche / CNBC:
White House considering tax incentive for more Americans to buy stocks, sources say  — The White House is considering ways to incentivize U.S. households to invest in the stock market.  — Under the proposal, a portion of income would become tax-free for investment purposes.
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and The Hill
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Russians Pressure U.S. Forces in Northeast Syria  —  Russian troops are engaging in standoffs with U.S. troops guarding oil fields and fighting remnants of the Islamic State.  —  WASHINGTON — Russia is intensifying a pressure campaign on U.S. military forces in northeastern Syria following …
Washington Post:
She pushed Trump to exit the Paris climate agreement and roll back environmental rules.  And she's returning to EPA as chief of staff.  —  One of EPA's first Trump appointees, Mandy Gunasekara has run a ‘pro-Trump nonprofit’ since leaving the agency a year ago.
Discussion: The Week and Axios
HuffPost:
Trump's 29th Trip To Mar-a-Lago Brings Golf Tab To 334 Years Of Presidential Salary  —  The president often brags about not taking a paycheck, but his golf hobby has now cost taxpayers $133.8 million.  —  President Donald Trump returned to Mar-a-Lago on Friday evening for the 29th golf-related trip …
Discussion: Raw Story
Gabrielle Fonrouge / New York Post:
Judge takes rare step to help serve elusive Ghislaine Maxwell with lawsuit  —  Jeffrey Epstein crony Ghislaine Maxwell is so impossible to find that a Manhattan judge has taken the rare step of allowing her to be served with a new lawsuit — by email, according to a federal court filing Friday.
WJXT-TV:
Man accused of driving van into GOP tent says he's thankful no one was hurt  —  Gregory Timm, 27, spoke to News4Jax in interview at Duval County jail  —  JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A man who is accused of deliberately driving a van into a Republican voter registration tent in an incident …
Discussion: Redstate and Breitbart
Vivian Ho / The Guardian:
Queer activists disrupt Pete Buttigieg event in San Francisco: ‘We deserve better’  —  Fundraiser highlights division as growing number of LGBTQ+ voters say his views don't represent them  —  Play Video  —  At the center of San Francisco's National LGBTQ Center for the Arts …
 
 
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Greg Jaffe / Washington Post:
William Taylor Jr., a key impeachment witness, quietly returns home to Trump's Washington
Rob Arthur / MIT Technology Review:
Pollsters got it wrong in the 2016 election. Now they want another shot.
Abraham Gutman / CSNY:
Bloomberg's misleading comments on stop-and-frisk
Foreign Policy:
Pompeo Aims to Cut Funds for Program Honoring Envoy Killed in Benghazi
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Mercury News:
Amy Klobuchar will change the tone of national politics
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Washington Post:
White House memo on Soleimani strike makes no mention of imminent threat
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Washington Post:
Mass propaganda used to be difficult, but Facebook made it easy
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
Trump just got bad news from Neil Gorsuch's mentor in a big Medicaid case
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Henry Foy / Financial Times:
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Discussion: РБК
New York Times:
We Checked the Iowa Caucus Math. Here's Where It Didn't Add Up.
ProPublica:
The Benefits of Being Joe Biden's Brother
Megan Messerly / The Nevada Independent:
Culinary Union officials face profanity-laced attacks after scorecard says Sanders would ‘end’ their health care
Discussion: Redstate and Raw Story