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Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
Barr blasts Trump's tweets on Stone case: ‘Impossible for me to do my job’: ABC News Exclusive  —  The attorney general spoke with ABC News Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas.  —  LIVE NOW  —  In an exclusive interview, Attorney General Bill Barr told ABC News on Thursday that President Donald Trump …
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Katie Benner / New York Times:
After Trump's Attacks on Justice Dept., Barr Says He Will Not ‘Be Bullied’  —  The attorney general said that the president's attacks on prosecutors' handling of his friend Roger Stone's sentencing undermine the legal system and the Justice Department.  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr …
Washington Post:
Barr pushes back against Trump's criticism of Justice Dept., says tweets ‘make it impossible for me to do my job’  —  Attorney General William P. Barr pushed back hard Thursday against President Trump's criticism of the Justice Department, saying, “I'm not going to be bullied or influenced by anybody.”
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Everyone is focusing on the wrong part of William Barr's interview  —  Barr telling Trump to stop tweeting allows him to distract attention from more central issues.  —  Attorney General William P. Barr offered his first public comments Thursday since a controversy erupted at the Justice Department this week.
Patrick Reis / Rolling Stone:
Roger Stone Knows Trump's Secrets. That's Why He'll Avoid Prison
Discussion: Raw Story
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Here's What The Lead Roger Stone Juror Said During Jury Selection
New York Times:
Justice Dept. Is Investigating C.I.A. Resistance to Sharing Russia Secrets  —  The prosecutor was assigned by the attorney general to scrutinize the agents and analysts who sought to understand Russia's covert operation to help Donald J. Trump win the 2016 election.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
LasVegasWeekly.com:
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 …
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Associated Press:
2020 Democrats step up attacks to blunt Bloomberg's rise
Discussion: East Bay Times
WSB-TV:   Exclusive: Channel 2 poll finds Biden with large lead in Georgia presidential primary
Politico:
Nevada's powerful Culinary Union declines to endorse a 2020 candidate
Discussion: Townhall
Washington Post:
Only two recent major party nominees have lost both Iowa and New Hampshire
Discussion: The Hill and Associated Press
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Limbaugh draws bipartisan condemnation for Buttigieg remarks  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh drew bipartisan condemnation Thursday for saying the country won't elect Pete Buttigieg president because he's been “kissing his husband” on stage after debates.
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Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
The Queer Opposition to Pete Buttigieg, Explained
Discussion: San José Spotlight
Washington Post:
Trump allies take aim at Buttigieg's sexuality, a possible sign of things to come
Laura Bassett / GQ:
Why Is Bloomberg's Long History of Egregious Sexism Getting a Pass?  —  The surging Democratic presidential candidate has fielded some 40 sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuits brought against him and his organizations over decades.  —  In December 2015, employees at Everytown for Gun Safety …
Discussion: BizPac Review and Twitchy
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Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
The Price of a Bloomberg Nomination Is Too Damn High
Hunter Walker / Yahoo News:
Documents reveal DNC was ‘intimately involved’ in development of troubled Iowa caucus app  —  While the Democratic National Committee over the last 10 days has tried to distance itself from the troubled app that through the results of the Iowa caucus into disarray, a copy of the contract …
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Trump contradicts past denials, admits sending Giuliani to Ukraine  —  Washington (CNN)Emboldened after his impeachment acquittal, President Donald Trump now openly admits to sending his attorney Rudy Giuliani to Ukraine to find damaging information about his political opponents …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Bernard Condon / Associated Press:
Trump's story about veteran's comeback was not quite true  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Rankins, a formerly homeless, drug-addicted Army veteran, got a standing ovation at the State of the Union after President Donald Trump described how he turned his life around thanks to a construction job …
Discussion: The Independent
Matt Fuller / HuffPost:
The Big Roadblock For Bernie Sanders' Agenda  —  Moderates shouldn't be too scared of a Sanders presidency when all Republicans and most Democrats in Congress publicly oppose “Medicare for All.”  —  WASHINGTON ― It's no exaggeration to say the biggest flashpoint in the Democratic …
Discussion: Axios, Twitchy and New York Post
Corey Dickstein / Stars & Stripes:
Esper defends stripping Stars and Stripes of all funding, says news organization is not a priority  —  WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Thursday defended the Pentagon's effort to strip Stars and Stripes of all of its federal funding as part of its fiscal year 2021 budget request …
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
New Hampshire man arrested after allegedly assaulting pro-Trump teen at polling site  —  EXCLUSIVE: A New Hampshire man was arrested Thursday afternoon after allegedly assaulting a 15-year-old Trump supporter and two adults at a polling site during the state's first-in-the-nation primary earlier this week.
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CBS Boston:   NH Man Accused Of Slapping Boy In Trump Campaign Tent On Primary Day
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
This latest trick from the Trump administration is one of the most despicable yet  —  SAN FRANCISCO — After Yolanda was raped, she ran.  —  She ran from the basement where her attacker had trapped her for three hours.  She ran until she found her way to a police station …
Charlie Warzel / New York Times:
Mike Bloomberg Is Hacking Your Attention  —  Shamelessness and conflict equal attention.  Attention equals power.  —  Mr. Warzel is an Opinion writer at large.  —  Mike Bloomberg and his presidential campaign respect the fundamental equation governing the modern internet: Shamelessness and conflict equal attention.
Yaroslav Trofimov / Wall Street Journal:
From Chernobyl to the Coronavirus  —  In the U.S.S.R. in 1986, as in China today, a public health disaster exposed the limits of dictatorial rule.  —  My grandfather called just as I finished packing my suitcase—a hard task when you don't know whether you will ever return.
Washington Post:
Trump to headline a $580,600-per-couple fundraiser, the most expensive of his reelection bid  —  President Trump will be the guest of honor at a Saturday fundraiser at the palatial Palm Beach estate of billionaire Nelson Peltz.  Trump's fellow guests: donors who gave $580,600 per couple …
Discussion: The Week and Raw Story
Howard Koplowitz / al.com:
Alabama lawmaker's bill would force men to get vasectomies at 50  —  A state representative from Birmingham filed a bill Thursday that would require Alabama men to get a vasectomy once they reach 50 years old or father three children, “whichever comes first.”
Discussion: The Hill
Rachel Maddow / MSNBC:
With the rule of law failing under Trump, just diagnosing the problem isn't enough.  —  Rachel Maddow looks at the importance of institutions in preserving democracy when the rule of law starts to fail, and asks what citizens should do when sounding the alarm about those failures isn't enough to stop them.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Trump accused of another quid pro quo, this time with New York  —  President Donald Trump appeared Thursday to link his administration's policies toward New York to a demand that the state drop investigations and lawsuits related to his administration as well as his personal business and finances.
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.
Discussion: WHDH-TV
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).
Peter Beinart / Jewish Currents:
“The One Issue That Matters”  —  THE CRITICS who think Bernie Sanders isn't Jewish enough—or isn't Jewish in the right way—now have a clear alternative in the Democratic presidential race: Michael Bloomberg.  Not only is the former New York mayor rising in the polls; he's also contrasting …
Discussion: The Federalist
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: Joe.My.God. and BizPac Review
Craig McCarthy / New York Post:
NYPD tried to subpoena NY Post reporter's Twitter account citing anti-terror law  —  In an apparent effort to tamp down on leaks, the NYPD subpoenaed a New York Post reporter's Twitter data — oddly citing a post-9/11 anti-terrorism law to try to force the tech company to comply.
Brian Fung / CNN:
IRS quietly deletes guideline that Fortnite virtual currency must be reported on tax returns  —  Washington, DC (CNN Business)For months leading up to this tax season, a section of the IRS's website advised players of Fortnite, the popular online video game, that their use of in-game virtual currency could be subject to federal taxes.
Discussion: The Verge and VICE
 
 
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Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
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Campaign Legal Center:
Secretary of State Agrees to Settle Voter ID Lawsuits by Entering Into Consent Decree with North Dakota Tribes
ICE:
ICE issues subpoenas to obtain information refused under Connecticut's sanctuary policies
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Townhall
Janelle Griffith / NBC News:
Teacher allegedly told student who didn't stand for national anthem, ‘go back to your country’
Discussion: The Hill and The Root
Ursula Perano / Axios:
McConnell says he would fill Supreme Court vacancy if it opened this year
Discussion: Fox News and Raw Story
Hamilton Nolan / In These Times:
The Longest Strike in America Needs a Political Savior
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Isn't a Socialist
Discussion: Twitchy
 Earlier Items: 
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Ex-law clerk tells Congress she was sexually harassed by federal judge
Discussion: The Hill, New York Times and ABC News
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump floats halt to officials listening in on calls with foreign leaders
Karlyn Borysenko:
I've been a Democrat for 20 years. Here's what I experienced at Trump's rally in New Hampshire.
Alanna Vagianos / HuffPost:
Michael Bloomberg Quietly Rejoined Clubs That Largely Exclude Women, Minorities
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
A Top WH Official, a Pentagon Lobbyist, and a ‘Pawn Star’ Tried to Enlist Trump in a West Wing Reality Show
Discussion: Raw Story
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Joe Biden to host over 250 donors from Wall Street, big business at NYC fundraisers - here's the guest list
Discussion: Fox News and New York Post
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Hope Hicks to Return to the White House After a Nearly Two-Year Absence