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11:25 PM ET, February 14, 2020

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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:
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.”
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
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  —  Over the course of 20 years in public service, including 15 at the Department of Justice, I had the opportunity to work under some great Justice Department leaders, including Janet Reno and Bob Mueller.
Washington Post:
Justice Dept. won't charge Andrew McCabe, the former FBI official who authorized the investigation of President Trump  —  The Justice Department will not bring charges against former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe for lying to investigators about a media disclosure, according to people familiar …
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:
Trump-Barr divide worsens as the president bucks a request to stop tweeting, and the Justice …
NBC News:   Justice Department drops leak case against former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe
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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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 …
Mercury News:
Amy Klobuchar will change the tone of national politics
Discussion: The Hill
Sally Goldenberg / Politico:
De Blasio to endorse Bernie Sanders
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: CNN, The Hill and Raw Story
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 …
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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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
David M. Herszenhorn / Politico:
State Department keeps quiet as Pompeo meets Lavrov in Munich  —  Russian officials publicize meeting that US side did not mention.  —  MUNICH — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference on Friday …
Discussion: Maria Zakharova
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.
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.
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
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.
Henry Foy / Financial Times:
US cites reports Oleg Deripaska helped Vladimir Putin launder cash  —  Oligarch reportedly helped Russian president hide money, Treasury agency says to justify sanctions  —  The US Treasury has justified sanctions against Oleg Deripaska by citing reports that the Russian tycoon helped President Vladimir Putin launder money.
Discussion: РБК
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Betsy Swan / The Daily Beast:
U.S. Readied Sanctions on Russian Oligarch's Associates—Then Mysteriously Backed Off
Discussion: American Oversight and Raw Story
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
New York Times:
We Checked the Iowa Caucus Math.  Here's Where It Didn't Add Up.  —  Caucus volunteers tally the final round votes.  Then they divide the county delegates among the viable candidates based on their vote shares.  —  They must round down or up to the nearest whole number to award the delegates.
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: Raw Story
Rory Appleton / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Sanders holds lead heading into Nevada's Democratic caucuses, poll finds  —  Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders leads the presidential field by a solid margin among likely Democratic caucusgoers heading into Nevada's four-day early voting period, but all six of the candidates actively campaigning …
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
Trump just got bad news from Neil Gorsuch's mentor in a big Medicaid case  —  Judge David B. Sentelle testified at the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on the future of the Independent Counsel Act in 1999.  Douglas Graham/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images  —  When you've lost David Sentelle ...
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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Phil McCausland / NBC News:
Federal court strikes down Trump administration's Medicaid work requirements
Discussion: NPR
 
 
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Kayla Tausche / CNBC:
White House considering tax incentive for more Americans to buy stocks, sources say
Discussion: The Hill and Joe.My.God.
WJXT-TV:
Man accused of driving van into GOP tent says he's thankful no one was hurt
Discussion: Redstate
Gabrielle Fonrouge / New York Post:
Judge takes rare step to help serve elusive Ghislaine Maxwell with lawsuit
Greg Jaffe / Washington Post:
William Taylor Jr., a key impeachment witness, quietly returns home to Trump's Washington
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Russians Pressure U.S. Forces in Northeast Syria
HuffPost:
Trump's 29th Trip To Mar-a-Lago Brings Golf Tab To 334 Years Of Presidential Salary
Discussion: Raw Story
Rob Arthur / MIT Technology Review:
Pollsters got it wrong in the 2016 election. Now they want another shot.
 Earlier Items: 
Foreign Policy:
Pompeo Aims to Cut Funds for Program Honoring Envoy Killed in Benghazi
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Washington Post:
White House memo on Soleimani strike makes no mention of imminent threat
Discussion: Axios
Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
I spoke to experts on authoritarian rule about Trump's behavior this week. …
Washington Post:
Mass propaganda used to be difficult, but Facebook made it easy
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, Raw Story and PBS NewsHour
Wall Street Journal:
The Dangerous Denial of Sex
Discussion: Breitbart and Catholic League