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11:20 AM ET, February 14, 2020


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Lee Moran / HuffPost:
People Aren't Buying William Barr's Rebuke Of Donald Trump  —  Lawmakers, legal experts and cable news hosts highly doubt the attorney general's interview appearing to stand up to the president.  —  Attorney General William Barr on Thursday appeared to stand up to Donald Trump when he complained …
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 …
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
A President So Unhinged That Even Bill Barr Says He's Out of Control  —  Welcome to the post-acquittal Trump Presidency.  —  President Trump is not moving on.  He is not getting over it.  In the eight days since his acquittal by the Republican-controlled Senate, Trump has shown all too clearly …
Elizabeth Vaughn / Redstate:
AG Barr Conducts Damage Control After Trump's Reckless Tweets Nearly Spark Impeachment 2.0  —  Although many have tried, no one can stop President Trump from tweeting.  However, he needs to understand that there are occasions and there are subjects he must stay away from.  By doing so, he's only hurting himself.
Discussion: ABC News, Raw Story and The Last Refuge
Washington Post:
Trump bucks Barr's request to stop tweeting about Justice Dept., declaring a ‘legal right’ to seek intervention in criminal cases  —  A day after Attorney General William P. Barr publicly warned President Trump not to tweet about the Justice Department, Trump did just that, declaring that he has the …
POLITICO Playbook: Exclusive: Republicans snooped on Democrats' House polls  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  BEHIND THE SCENES ... CAMPAIGN COMMITTEES IN WASHINGTON pay lots of money to get an edge on their opponent.  They have research teams, conduct detailed and pricey polls and dispatch trackers across …
Washington Post:
Barr pushes back against Trump's criticism of Justice Dept., says tweets ‘make it impossible for me to do my job’
Katie Benner / New York Times:
After Trump's Attacks on Justice Dept., Barr Says He Will Not ‘Be Bullied’
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:   The Trials of Bill Barr
Benjamin Parker / The Bulwark:
Bill Barr's Really Bad First Year
Discussion: ABC News, Raw Story and New York Times
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
Transcript of Attorney General Bill Barr's exclusive interview with ABC News
Ryan Nicol / Florida Politics:
New front-runner?  Mike Bloomberg edges out Joe Biden in new Florida survey  —  A shocking St. Pete Polls survey late last month has Mike Bloomberg surging to second in the Florida presidential primary.  The newest version from the same outfit, released Friday, shows Bloomberg …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
There is another service to the country Biden may need to perform
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Hill
Ross Ramsey / The Texas Tribune:
Bernie Sanders leaps to first among Texas Democrats in latest UT/TT Poll  —  Sanders now leads the Democratic presidential candidates among Texas voters, but Donald Trump maintains a slight lead over each of the top Democrats in the race, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.
Adam Bienkov / Business Insider:
Boris Johnson has cancelled his planned trip to the White House after Trump slammed the phone down on him in a moment of ‘apoplectic’ fury  — UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has cancelled his planned trip to meet Donald Trump next month after a furious row between the two men.
Julia Ioffe / Washington Post:
Democrats are wasting time fighting over policies the Senate will never pass  —  It was a sight to behold: a former vice president, two senators and a former mayor on a stage in New Hampshire a week ago, arguing over the impossible.  Would Sen. Bernie Sanders deliver Medicare-for-all immediately, as he promised to do?
Bernie Sanders' pipe dreams
Discussion: TheBlaze
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 …
Alex Kotch / EXPOSEDbyCMD:
Democratic Presidential Candidate Michael Bloomberg Is a GOP Bankroller  —  In June 2018, billionaire business executive and former Republican Michael Bloomberg hosted a fundraiser for Long Island GOP Rep. Peter King.  At his lavish home in New York City, Bloomberg urged co-hosts to raise …
Discussion: NewsOne and Twitchy
ABC News:   Mike Bloomberg's philanthropy pays dividends with emerging political network
Wall Street Journal:
The Dangerous Denial of Sex  —  Transgender ideology harms women, gays—and especially feminine boys and masculine girls.  —  Transgender ideology can take on a comical character, as in a recent American Civil Liberties Union commentary objecting to sales tax on tampons and similar products while pondering …
Discussion: Catholic League
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
An Unrestrained Trump May End Up Trapping Himself  —  The Senate pushes back on war powers and a Fed nominee, while a White House purge might undercut the president's clout.  —  I'm not sure what the conventional wisdom is about the current health of Donald Trump's presidency …
Rick Wilson / The Daily Beast:
General John Kelly, Trump Stooge, Is No Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, Patriot  —  Vindman saw something, and said something.  Kelly saw plenty, and kept it to himself for more than two years.  —  BEAST INSIDE  —  John Kelly's half-assed, just-the-tip critique of Donald Trump Thursday …
Discussion: Raw Story
Betsy Swan / The Daily Beast:
U.S. Readied Sanctions on Russian Oligarch's Associates—Then Mysteriously Backed Off  —  “Somebody overruled [Treasury], essentially,” one sanctions expert said.  “That's the most likely scenario.”  —  Something strange happened in mid-December involving Oleg Deripaska, the Russian oligarch.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
New York Daily News:
Women's wear mogul Peter Nygard accused as vile sexual predator, hosted ‘pamper parties’ to rape and abuse aspiring models and underage girls, according to Manhattan lawsuit  —  Rags-to-riches garment business legend Peter Nygard was accused of sex trafficking paid underage “girlfriends” …
Ryan Goodman / Just Security:
White House ‘1264 Notice’ and Novel Legal Claims for Military Action Against Iran  —  To its credit, the Trump administration has submitted a newly released notice to Congress, describing the legal and policy basis for the Jan. 2 airstrike against Qassem Soleimani, Iran's top military commander.
Associated Press:
Facebook reverses on paid political messages that aren't ads  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook decided Friday to allow a type of paid political message that had sidestepped many of the social network's rules governing political ads, in a reversal that highlights difficulties tech companies …
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 …
Discussion: Reason
Anthony Izaguirre / Associated Press:
MIT: Hackers could alter ballots in widely used voting app  —  CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An internet voting app that has been used in pilots in West Virginia, Denver, Oregon and Utah has vulnerabilities that could allow hackers to change a person's vote without detection …
Shay Khatiri / The Bulwark:
The Irrelevance of Marco Rubio  —  He used to be the future of the Republican party.  Now he's desperately hunting for new principles.  —  Marco Rubio is our great republic's most overrated senator—which is really saying something, since pretty much everyone in America, left, right, and center, thinks he's a joke.
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
John Daniel Davidson / The Federalist:
Media Will Never Understand The Country So Long As They Keep Hating Trump Voters  —  The mainstream media will spend a lot of effort this year reporting on Trump voters, but very little effort trying to understand or empathize with them.  —  I've spent much of the past two weeks in Iowa …
Megan Messerly / The Nevada Independent:
Culinary Union officials face profanity-laced attacks after scorecard says Sanders would ‘end’ their health care  —  Geoconda Arguello-Kline, left, secretary-treasurer for the Culinary Union announced that the culinary will not endorse a Democratic presidential candidate in the primary.
Discussion: Raw Story, PBS NewsHour and Vox
Howard Koplowitz /
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
Terry Spencer / Associated Press:
Florida ‘red flag’ gun law used 3,500 times since Parkland  —  FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A 23-year-old man who posted on Facebook, “I don't know why I don't go on a killing spree.”  A West Palm Beach couple who shot up their home while high on cocaine.  A 31-year-old Gulf Coast man …
Discussion: The Hill
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Mike Bloomberg Could Pull It Off  —  Biden's collapse created a vacuum in the center, and the former mayor has the money and will to fill it.  —  You have to start here: We are immersed in a freakish and confounding political era.  Anything can happen.  Surprise is built in.
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Norm Ornstein / New York Daily News:
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Isabella Nikolic / Daily Mail:
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Hunter Walker / Yahoo News:
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