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9:35 AM ET, February 15, 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 …
Washington Post:
Roger Stone asks for new trial in sealed motion, one day after Trump accused jury forewoman of bias
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
The Daily Beast:
‘Disturbing’: Federal Judge Blasted DOJ for Leaving McCabe in ‘Limbo’
Discussion: Raw Story
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
William Barr has energetically played the role of presidential wingman
Eric Boehlert / PRESS RUN:
Trump unleashed — does the press know how to handle his authoritarian ways?
Discussion: Washington Post
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
Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:   I spoke to experts on authoritarian rule about Trump's behavior this week. …
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 …
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.
Emily Jane Fox / Vanity Fair:
“I Want to Be Really F—king Clear”: The Epic, Inconceivable, Totally Predictable Fall of Michael Avenatti  —  From hyperaggressive Trump antagonist, cable-news superstar, and possible presidential candidate to convicted felon (in the current case, he could be sentenced to 40 years in prison) …
Discussion: TheBlaze
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
Paul Sonne / Washington Post:
U.S. military isn't investigating Vindman, top Army official says  —  The top civilian official in the U.S. Army said the service isn't investigating Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, days after President Trump told reporters that the military may look into disciplining the former National Security Council official …
Gordon Lubold / Wall Street Journal:   Alexander Vindman, Who Drew Trump's Ire, Won't Face Disciplinary Action
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
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: Joe.My.God., HuffPost and Raw Story
Greg Jaffe / Washington Post:
William Taylor Jr., a key impeachment witness, quietly returns home to Trump's Washington  —  Seven days after his closed-door testimony in the House impeachment hearings — seven days after his face was plastered across every screen in America — William B. Taylor Jr. found himself in Mariupol …
Terrence McCoy / Washington Post:
He showed me a lawless border town.  Then masked gunmen killed him in front of his family.  —  RIO DE JANEIRO — What do you say about a death as horrific as this?  What do you say about a man who was murdered by two masked intruders inside his home, in front of his family, while they ate dinner?
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
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.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The future of local newspapers just got bleaker.  Here's why we can't let them die.  —  It's been a particularly rough couple of months for those who care about local journalism — which should be every American citizen.  —  Warren Buffett sold his 31 newspapers in January, a powerful vote of no confidence in their financial future.
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 …
Scott Johnson / Power Line:   Ilhan Omar: The tabloid story, cont'd
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.
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
White House Memo Justifying Suleimani Strike Cites No Imminent Threat  —  A new report sent to Congress about the drone strike that killed Iran's top general contradicted the original justification the administration provided.  —  WASHINGTON — The White House told Congress on Friday …
Washington Post:
White House memo on Soleimani strike makes no mention of imminent threat
Discussion: Axios
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: The Hill and Joe.My.God.
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.
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
The Senate's self-degradation is even more depressing than Trump's misbehavior
Michelle L. Price / Associated Press:
Nevada's lone black congressman backs Biden before caucuses
Man accused of driving van into GOP tent says he's thankful no one was hurt
Discussion: Breitbart and Redstate
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Russians Pressure U.S. Forces in Northeast Syria
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
 Earlier Items: 
Foreign Policy:
Pompeo Aims to Cut Funds for Program Honoring Envoy Killed in Benghazi
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Mercury News:
Amy Klobuchar will change the tone of national politics
Discussion: The Hill
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Trump still hoping for US-Russia-China nuclear arms pact
Ryan Lessard /
Windham police charge man with slapping teen, assaulting Trump supporters at polls
Discussion: Law & Crime, Breitbart and Fox News
Ruy Teixeira / Washington Post:
No, radical policies won't drive election-winning turnout
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Washington Post:
She pushed Trump to exit the Paris climate agreement and roll back environmental rules.
Discussion: The Week and Axios
Rory Appleton / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Sanders holds lead heading into Nevada's Democratic caucuses, poll finds