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2:10 PM 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.
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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 …
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.
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
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Buttigieg hits back: I won't ‘take lectures on family values’ from Rush Limbaugh  —  Limbaugh suggested Americans wouldn't elect Buttigieg because he is gay, saying, “How's this going to look ... on stage next to Mr. Man Donald Trump?”  —  Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg …
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Houston Chronicle:   We recommend Amy Klobuchar in Democratic primary for president [Editorial]
Garrett Haake / NBC News:
Klobuchar declines to set expectations for New Hampshire
Discussion: The Hill, Fox News and Washington Post
Axios:
How Joe Biden's free fall puts Bernie in command
Discussion: Common Dreams
Trevor Hunnicutt / Reuters:
Sanders says presidential rival Bloomberg will not excite voters
Discussion: Axios, Fox News and The Hill
CNN:
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 …
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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?
Discussion: The Hill
Philip V. McHarris / Washington Post:
Should Mike Bloomberg's stop-and-frisk record disqualify him?
Discussion: CNN and Outside the Beltway
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Bloomberg should face a reckoning on his treatment of women
Discussion: Fox News, CNN and POLITICUSUSA
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 …
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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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
Dallas Morning News:
We won't recommend a candidate for president in 2020 and here's why  —  The Dallas Morning News will recommend policy ideas to help prompt much-needed civil discourse to guide our leaders. … If asked to identify one thing that has made this country unique and a model for the world …
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.
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Amy Qin / New York Times:
China's Leader, Under Fire, Says He Led Coronavirus Fight Early On
Discussion: The Week and Bloomberg
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.
Discussion: Breitbart
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump drives massive turnout in primaries despite token opposition  —  President Donald Trump doesn't have much of a primary fight on his hands — but Republican voters are nevertheless turning out in droves for him, a warning sign for Democrats in November.
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 …
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
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Cameron Peters / Vox:
Why there aren't more polls about the Nevada caucuses  —  Democratic candidates for president at a Nevada Democratic Party even in Las Vegas last year.  Bridget Bennett/30240120A/AFP/Getty Images  —  Nevada is hard to poll, and new caucus rules are only making it harder.
Discussion: Politico and The Atlantic
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CNN:
The US is finally evacuating Americans from the Diamond Princess. Here's why that's made them mad
Discussion: UPI and New York Post
Evan Semones / Politico:
Biden admits South Carolina may be make-or-break for campaign
Discussion: Associated Press, The Week and The Hill
Beth Baumann / Townhall:
Pelosi Spins Her ‘Impromptu’ SOTU Shredding and Places Blame on... the Media?
Discussion: Redstate
Andrew Duehren / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Weigh Whether to Pursue New Investigations as Election Looms
Patrick Kingsley / New York Times:
Highly Secretive Iranian Rebels Are Holed Up in Albania. They Gave Us a Tour.
Jake Johnson / Salon:
Audio shows GOP Sen. Joni Ernst telling donors she wants “changes” to Medicare, Medicaid
New York Times:
To Tame Coronavirus, Mao-Style Social Control Blankets China
Discussion: Balloon Juice
 Earlier Items: 
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
Trump Is Why You Got Michael Avenatti
NBC News:
Trump pushed CIA to find, kill Osama bin Laden's son over higher priority targets
Washington Post:
Killing of ISIS leader has not hurt group's operations, says Iraqi Kurdish prime minister
Discussion: The National Interest
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Bloomberg Temptation
Discussion: Nonzero Newsletter
New York Times:
A Presidency Increasingly Guided by Suspicion and Distrust