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5:20 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 …
Joyce White Vance / TIME:
If William Barr Truly Believed in Rule of Law, He Would Resign  —  Vance is distinguished professor of the practice of law at the University of Alabama, a former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama and an NBC News and MSNBC legal analyst.  —  “Nothing could be more destructive …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
Over 1,100 former DOJ officials call for Barr's resignation  —  More than 1,100 former Justice Department officials have signed onto a statement condemning Attorney General Bill Barr's intervention in the sentencing of President Trump's associate Roger Stone, arguing that his actions “require” him to resign.
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
More than 1,100 ex-Justice Department officials call for Barr's resignation
Discussion: Twitchy
Washington Post:
Barr's internal reviews and re-investigations feed resentment, suspicion inside Justice Dept.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Evan Semones / Politico:
Biden admits South Carolina may be make-or-break for campaign  —  But the former vice president says it is too early to count him out.  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden.  Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden suggested on Sunday that winning South Carolina's primary …
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Axios:   How Joe Biden's free fall puts Bernie in command
Garrett Haake / NBC News:
Klobuchar declines to set expectations for New Hampshire
Discussion: The Hill and Fox News
Trevor Hunnicutt / Reuters:
Sanders says presidential rival Bloomberg will not excite voters
Discussion: Axios, The Hill and Fox News
Washington Post:
Trump's soft touch with China's Xi worries advisers who say more is needed to combat coronavirus outbreak  —  President Trump has lavished praise on Chinese President Xi Jinping for his handling of the growing coronavirus outbreak — a posture some in his administration are growing increasingly uncomfortable …
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Yanan Wang / Associated Press:   Xi's early involvement in virus outbreak raises questions
Amy Qin / New York Times:
China's Leader, Under Fire, Says He Led Coronavirus Fight Early On
Discussion: The Week and Bloomberg
Jane Lytvynenko / BuzzFeed News:
A Nigerian Man Is Actually Behind That Pro-Pete Buttigieg Twitter Account  —  The man who runs the @easychinedu account — widely accused of being a sockpuppet for a Mayor Pete Buttigieg staffer — told BuzzFeed News that he is a genuine supporter and has nothing to do with the South Bend mayor's campaign.
Houston Chronicle:
We recommend Amy Klobuchar in Democratic primary for president [Editorial]  —  It's difficult to watch even now — that graceless moment during Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation when he cracked under pressure, shattering the fine shell of judicial temperament and hurling contempt at a senator across the room.
Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
‘A complete disaster’: Fears grow over potential Nevada caucus malfunction  —  Anxiety is rising over the possibility of another tech-induced meltdown at the Nevada Democratic caucuses on Saturday.  —  In interviews, three caucus volunteers described serious concerns about rushed preparations …
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?
Discussion: The Daily Caller
CNN:
The US is finally evacuating Americans from the Diamond Princess.  Here's why that's made them mad  —  (CNN)The US plan to evacuate Americans and their families from the Diamond Princess cruise ship appears, on its face, to be the case of a powerful government coming to the aid of its most vulnerable citizens.
Discussion: UPI and New York Post
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Democrats Plan to Highlight Health Care and Jobs Over Investigating Trump  —  With impeachment behind them and an eye on November, Democrats appear to have decided that focusing on President Trump's norm-shattering words and deeds only elevates him.  —  WASHINGTON — House Democrats …
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.
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
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: Redstate and The Hill
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Philip V. McHarris / Washington Post:
Should Mike Bloomberg's stop-and-frisk record disqualify him?
Discussion: CNN, Outside the Beltway and Vox
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 …
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 …
Kevin Freking / Associated Press:
Trump taking in Daytona 500 before heading West  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump will give the command for drivers at the Daytona 500 to start their engines Sunday as he looks to win over NASCAR fans.  And he will soon be off and running as well with a Western state swing …
Discussion: Politico, Washington Post and Breitbart
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Democratic Candidates Sharpen Criticisms of Bloomberg
Doug P. / Twitchy:
‘We need on-air mea culpas’: Frank Luntz calls BS on Brian Stelter & Oliver Darcy's blame shifting …
Discussion: Mediaite
Robert Wright / Nonzero.org:
Mike Bloomberg and the oligarchy question
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
Discussion: Fox News
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
 Earlier Items: 
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
Trump Is Why You Got Michael Avenatti
Washington Post:
Trust and consequences … It was time for another hearing …
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
The Guardian:
'The only uncertainty is how long we'll last': a worst case scenario for the climate in 2050
Discussion: Breitbart
Cameron Peters / Vox:
Why there aren't more polls about the Nevada caucuses
Discussion: Politico and The Atlantic
Anita Bennett / Deadline:
Bloomberg Campaign Shuts Down Report He's Considering Hillary Clinton As Running Mate
Discussion: Spectator USA