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5:35 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 …
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 …
Carol E. Lee / NBC News:
Justice Department opens inquiry into FBI interview at heart of Flynn's guilty plea  —  AG Barr has asked a U.S. attorney to lead the inquiry.  Flynn pleaded guilty to making false statements during the interview, but wants to withdraw plea.  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department recently opened …
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’
Discussion: Raw Story
Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:   I spoke to experts on authoritarian rule about Trump's behavior this week. …
Lisa Monaco / Just Security:   The Soul of the Justice Department: Who Must Stand Up For It Now
NBC News:   Justice Department drops leak case against former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe
Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
Please stop tweeting, Mr. President. It's making it much more difficult for me to do your bidding!
Discussion: Redstate, The Hill and Raw Story
Colin Kalmbacher / Law & Crime:   Ethics Complaint Against AG Barr Filed with DOJ Inspector General
Associated Press:
US closes case against ex-FBI boss McCabe with no charges
Discussion: TheBlaze and IJR
Andrew C. McCarthy / The Hill:
Roger Stone's sentence: How the judge will really decide to ‘lock him up’
Franklin Foer / The Atlantic:
Now We Know What Kind of Authoritarian Trump Aspires to Be
Discussion: Raw Story
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
U.S. officials: Using Huawei tech opens door to Chinese spying, censorship
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 …
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.
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Dems will hold mid-March debate in Arizona
Discussion: ABC News, Associated Press and The Hill
Andrew Romano / Yahoo News:
New Yahoo News/YouGov poll shows Sanders's strength going head-to-head with rivals
Discussion: Slate, The Dispatch and Power Line
Philip Bump / Washington Post:   This is how narrow a Democrat's path to the nomination will be
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
There is another service to the country Biden may need to perform
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Hill
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 …
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Disgraced lawyer Michael Avenatti found guilty in Nike extortion trial  — Disgraced lawyer Michael Avenatti was convicted of all three charges related to his efforts to extort up to $25 million from athletic apparel giant Nike.  — The verdict in Manhattan federal court came two years …
Associated Press:
Michael Avenatti convicted of trying to extort Nike
Discussion: Axios
New York Times:
Bill de Blasio Plans to Endorse Bernie Sanders  —  The New York City mayor, who was briefly a presidential candidate himself, is expected to travel with Mr. Sanders in Nevada in the coming days, according to people familiar with the plans.  —  Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York …
Discussion: National Review and Mediaite
Sally Goldenberg / Politico:   De Blasio to endorse Bernie Sanders
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: Axios and The Week
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
Henry Foy / Financial Times:
US cites reports Oleg Deripaska helped Vladimir Putin launder cash
Discussion: РБК
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 ...
Phil McCausland / NBC News:
Federal court strikes down Trump administration's Medicaid work requirements
Discussion: Associated Press
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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