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9:00 AM ET, February 17, 2020


 Top Items: 
Scott Pelley / CBS News:
Why President Trump asked Ukraine to look into a DNC “server” and CrowdStrike  —  The consensus view of the CIA, NSA, FBI and a Senate investigation is that Russians interfered in the 2016 election.  But those findings don't line up with the ever-evolving story President Trump has been telling about Ukraine.
Donald Ayer / The Atlantic:
Bill Barr Must Resign  —  The attorney general is working to destroy the integrity and independence of the Justice Department, in order to make Donald Trump a president who can operate above the law.  —  When Donald Trump chose Bill Barr to serve as attorney general in December 2018 …
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
Jack Goldsmith / The Dispatch:
Should Attorney General Barr Resign?  —  On Sunday, more than 1,100 former federal prosecutors and Justice Department officials called on Attorney General William Barr to step down over his handling of the Roger Stone matter.  The letter is an overreaction to the substance of what happened.
Ashley Feinberg / Slate:
Meet the Man Who Tweeted “It's Lis,” Who Is Not Lis Smith  —  One could be forgiven for a bit of skepticism where Pete Buttigieg's campaign and its supporters are concerned.  This is a politician who claimed to have no knowledge of or involvement in the editing of his Wikipedia presence …
Ellen Cranley / Business Insider:   A senior adviser for Pete Buttigieg was accused of running a fake Nigerian supporter account …
Ali Breland / Mother Jones:   We Talked to the Man Behind That Nigerian Pete Buttigieg Fan Account. It's Not Lis Smith.
Jane Lytvynenko / BuzzFeed News:
A Nigerian Man Is Actually Behind That Pro-Pete Buttigieg Twitter Account
Discussion: Mediaite and Twitchy
Shant Shahrigian / New York Daily News:
Topless protesters storm stage as Bernie Sanders campaigns in Nevada  —  A group of protesters blew their tops — literally — as Sen. Bernie Sanders was campaigning in Carson City, Nev., on Sunday.  —  The Democratic presidential hopeful had just finished introducing his wife Jane O'Meara Sanders as …
Mark Moore / New York Post:
Topless protester confronts Bernie Sanders, de Blasio at Nevada campaign rally
Discussion: Power Line, Mediaite and Redstate
Tony Katz / 93.1 WIBC:
New York Times Has An Issue With Trump's Daytona 500 Appearance  —  BLOG > TONY KATZ > MORNING NEWS > NEW YORK TIMES HAS AN ISSUE WITH TRUMP'S DAYTONA 500 APPEARANCE  —  Air Force One flew low, just 800 ft above the massive crowd gearing up to watch the 62nd running of the Daytona 500.
Discussion: PJ Media Home, Breitbart and Townhall
David Edwards / Raw Story:   ‘Communist’ FOX network angers Trump fans at Daytona 500 by cutting to commercial as he begins speech
The costs of going after Bloomberg  —  Here's the growing dilemma for 2020 Democrats vying for a one-on-one showdown with frontrunner Bernie Sanders: Do they have the guts — and the money — to first stop Mike Bloomberg?  —  Why it matters: Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar …
Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:   The Sanders foreign policy you don't know about
Inside the Trump campaign's big hedge on Facebook  —  The Trump campaign has invested most of its advertising budget to date on Facebook, testing thousands of versions of ads per day to maximize its spending.  —  But behind the scenes, a source familiar with the campaign tells Axios …
Jeff Dunetz / The Lid:
1990 Bloomberg L.P. Employees Created A Book Of His Offensive Quotes (Embedded)  —  On February 14th, 1990 for Michael Bloomberg's 48th birthday, staffers at Bloomberg L.P celebrated their boss' most famous offensive quips and anecdotes by creating a pamphlet and presenting him with a leather-bound copy.
Discussion: Reason and Instapundit
Evie Fordham / Fox Business:
China ‘still lying’ about coronavirus outbreak: Sen. Tom Cotton  —  Cotton called for a “targeted travel ban” on flights from China to the U.S. in late January  —  Sen. Tom Cotton said Sunday that China is “still lying” about the gravity of the coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 1,660 people.
Paulina Firozi / Washington Post:
Tom Cotton keeps repeating a coronavirus conspiracy theory that was already debunked
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Democrats fear Republican sabotage in key Senate race  —  A mysterious super PAC with GOP ties is attempting to boost little-known Erica Smith over DSCC-endorsed Cal Cunningham in the North Carolina primary.  —  Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Cal Cunningham, left, in 2010.
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Compromised encryption machines gave CIA window into major human rights abuses in South America  —  South American military dictatorships combined forces in the late 1970s on a continent-wide crackdown they called Operation Condor against perceived threats to their rule.
Discussion: FWIW newsletter
Federal prosecutors weigh new charges that bring Lev Parnas investigation closer to Giuliani  —  Lev Parnas describes multiple quid pro quos with Ukraine  —  New York (CNN)Federal prosecutors are weighing new charges against associates of Rudy Giuliani in connection with a company that paid him $500,000 …
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Trump's revenge tour has the House in its sights  —  In the lead-up to the 2018 midterm elections — buoyed by Republican control of both chambers — President Trump viewed campaigning for the House as a lower-tier priority and instead poured his energy into rallying for the Senate.
Discussion: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
Rishika Dugyala / Politico:
Trump attends wedding of Stephen Miller  —  President Donald Trump attended the wedding of senior adviser Stephen Miller on Sunday evening, according to the White House.  —  The wedding took place in one of the president's hotels, just blocks away from the White House …
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony  —  Senators are reviving the fight over the whistleblower complaint at the center of the months-long impeachment effort against President Trump.  —  With Trump's trial in the rearview mirror, the Senate Intelligence Committee …
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Washington Post:
Eric Trump said the Secret Service stays free at family properties. Doesn't look like it.
Discussion: Raw Story
Gustavo Arellano / Los Angeles Times:
California to apologize officially for historical mistreatment of Japanese Americans
Discussion: HuffPost
Clare Duffy / CNN:
After McClatchy bankruptcy, reporter Julie K. Brown urges Americans to subscribe to local newspapers
Discussion: Florida Politics
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
Lawmaker proposes bill requiring men have vasectomies
Wall Street Journal:
Democratic Candidates Sharpen Criticisms of Bloomberg
Washington Post:
Trump's soft touch with China's Xi worries advisers who say more is needed to combat coronavirus outbreak
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Democrats Plan to Highlight Health Care and Jobs Over Investigating Trump
 Earlier Items: 
The US is finally evacuating Americans from the Diamond Princess. Here's why that's made them mad
Discussion: The Week, UPI and New York Post
Evan Semones / Politico:
Biden admits South Carolina may be make-or-break for campaign
Discussion: Associated Press, CNN and Breitbart
Houston Chronicle:
We recommend Amy Klobuchar in Democratic primary for president [Editorial]
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Patrick Kingsley / New York Times:
Highly Secretive Iranian Rebels Are Holed Up in Albania. They Gave Us a Tour.
Dallas Morning News:
We won't recommend a candidate for president in 2020 and here's why