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11:35 AM ET, February 16, 2020


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Katie Benner / New York Times:
Former Justice Dept. Lawyers Press for Barr to Step Down  —  More than 1,100 former prosecutors and officials who served in Republican and Democratic administrations signed an open letter condemning the president and the attorney general over the Stone case.
DOJ Alumni Statement / Medium:
DOJ Alumni Statement on the Events Surrounding the Sentencing of Roger Stone  —  We, the undersigned, are alumni of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) who have collectively served both Republican and Democratic administrations.  Each of us strongly condemns President Trump's …
Discussion: The Hill
George Conway / Washington Post:
There is no one to stop Trump now  —  When the subject of Attorney General William P. Barr comes up these days, it's hard not to think of John S. McCain.  Not the late senator, mind you, but the USS John S. McCain, the naval destroyer named after his father and grandfather.
Discussion: Althouse and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Barr's internal reviews and re-investigations feed resentment, suspicion inside Justice Dept.  —  The Justice Department in the Trump era has repeatedly tasked U.S. attorneys from far-flung offices to parachute into politically explosive cases in Washington, raising concerns among current …
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
Over 1,100 former DOJ officials call for Barr's resignation
Discussion: The Hill
New York Times:
Fearful of Trump's Attacks, Justice Dept. Lawyers Worry Barr Will Leave Them Exposed
Discussion: American Greatness
Garrett Haake / NBC News:
Klobuchar declines to set expectations for New Hampshire  —  EXETER, N.H. — Amy Klobuchar declined to set expectations for Tuesday's primary here, saying in an interview that it would be for “many others” to decide what constitutes success, adding that she has “kept meeting every single standard” set before her thus far.
Discussion: Fox News and The Hill
How Joe Biden's free fall puts Bernie in command  —  Data: RealClearPolitics; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios  —  Bernie Sanders hasn't picked up the voters who are deserting Joe Biden, but he's the clear beneficiary of the former vice president's rapid collapse.
Discussion: Common Dreams
Trevor Hunnicutt / Reuters:
Sanders says presidential rival Bloomberg will not excite voters
Discussion: Fox News, Axios and The Hill
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Why Wasn't Andrew McCabe Charged?  —  The proof that he willfully deceived investigators appears strong, but the Justice Department likely felt there were too many obstacles to convicting him.  —  The Justice Department announced Friday that it is closing its investigation of Andrew McCabe …
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
‘Something has to be done’: Trump's quest to rewrite history of the Russia probe  —  The U.S. intelligence community long ago produced evidence of Russia's illegal interference in the 2016 presidential election to try to boost Donald Trump's candidacy.  Then the special counsel investigating …
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Bloomberg in 2013: Civil libertarians and teachers union are like NRA ‘extremists’  —  Michael Bloomberg has made it his late life's mission to take on the National Rifle Association, calling the organization “shameful,” “dangerous” and extreme.  —  The problem now that he's seeking the Democratic nomination?
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Bloomberg should face a reckoning on his treatment of women
Discussion: TheBlaze
Zeeshan Aleem / Vox:
A new report raises more questions about Bloomberg's alleged sexism and sexual harassment
Discussion: NBC News, CNN, Washington Post and The Hill
Washington Post:
The Portable Bloomberg: The Wit & Wisdom of Michael Bloomberg
Mike Bloomberg in 2010 called Obamacare legislation ‘a disgrace’ and 'another program that's going to cost a lot of money'  —  (CNN)Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg said the final Obamacare bill would do “absolutely nothing to fix the big health care problems” and also called the program …
The Guardian:
'The only uncertainty is how long we'll last': a worst case scenario for the climate in 2050  —  The Future We Choose, a new book by the architects of the Paris climate accords, offers two contrasting visions for how the world might look in thirty years (read the best case scenario here)  —  It is 2050.
Anita Bennett / Deadline:
Bloomberg Campaign Shuts Down Report He's Considering Hillary Clinton As Running Mate  —  Michael Bloomberg's campaign is downplaying a report claiming the billionaire presidential hopeful is considering former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as his vice presidential running mate.
Discussion: Spectator USA
Yanan Wang / Associated Press:
Xi's early involvement in virus outbreak raises questions  —  BEIJING (AP) — A recent speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping that has been published by state media indicates for the first time that he was leading the response to a new virus outbreak from early on in the crisis.
Amy Qin / New York Times:
China's Leader, Under Fire, Says He Led Coronavirus Fight Early On
Discussion: The Week and Bloomberg
Washington Post:
Trust and consequences … It was time for another hearing in the ongoing efforts of the U.S. government to deport a Honduran teenager named Kevin Euceda, who had already been in detention for more than two years.  In a Northern Virginia courtroom, U.S. immigration judge Helaine Perlman peered …
Zach Everson / NBC News:
Trump's Secret Service hotel racket is hiding in plain sight.  And he's getting away with it.  —  A complete accounting of how much taxpayers have forked over to the Trump Organization since its CEO's election is as likely as a Trump pardon for Michael Cohen.
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Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
Trump Is Why You Got Michael Avenatti
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump drives massive turnout in primaries despite token opposition
NBC News:
Trump pushed CIA to find, kill Osama bin Laden's son over higher priority targets
Thaddeus G. McCotter / American Greatness:
Spygate: The Villains Aren't the Victims
Discussion: Redstate
Cameron Peters / Vox:
Why there aren't more polls about the Nevada caucuses
Discussion: The Atlantic and Fox News
Washington Post:
Killing of ISIS leader has not hurt group's operations, says Iraqi Kurdish prime minister
Discussion: The National Interest
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Joe Biden, grilled on Obama-era record of putting children in ‘cages,’ argues ‘we kept them safe’
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Trump eliminates funding for program honoring Ambassador Stevens, who was killed in Benghazi
Minyvonne Burke / NBC News:
Black college swimmer on team trip had gun pointed at his head by police
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Pete Buttigieg's Dash for Cash: 10 Fund-Raisers in Two Weeks
Discussion: The Hill
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Bloomberg Temptation
Discussion: Nonzero Newsletter
New York Times:
A Presidency Increasingly Guided by Suspicion and Distrust
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Ted Cruz once called Trump ‘utterly amoral’ and a ‘sniveling coward.’ Then he worked to save his presidency.
Discussion: Raw Story
Donald Judd / CNN:
After saying Keegan-Michael Key supports Buttigieg, the former mayor's campaign says the actor …