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9:35 AM ET, February 17, 2020

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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.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Donald Ayer / The Atlantic:
Bill Barr Must Resign  —  When Donald Trump chose Bill Barr to serve as attorney general in December 2018, even some moderates and liberals greeted the choice with optimism.  One exuberant Democrat described him as “an excellent choice,” who could be counted on to “stand …
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
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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 …
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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
Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:
The Sanders foreign policy you don't know about  —  Moderates who panic at the prospect of Bernie Sanders as the Democratic presidential nominee have some good reasons to do so — above all, the risk that he will pave the way to Donald Trump's reelection.  On that, count me as one of the worried.
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Alexandra Stevenson / New York Times:
Senator Tom Cotton Repeats Fringe Theory of Coronavirus Origins  —  Scientists have dismissed suggestions that the Chinese government was behind the outbreak, but it's the kind of tale that gains traction among those who see China as a threat.  —  The rumor appeared shortly …
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Evie Fordham / Fox Business:   China ‘still lying’ about coronavirus outbreak: Sen. Tom Cotton
Paulina Firozi / Washington Post:
Tom Cotton keeps repeating a coronavirus conspiracy theory that was already debunked
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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 …
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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.
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David Edwards / Raw Story:   ‘Communist’ FOX network angers Trump fans at Daytona 500 by cutting to commercial as he begins speech
Politico:
Democrats fear Republican sabotage in key Senate race  —  Democrats are growing alarmed about Republican attempts to prop up an insurgent liberal candidate in North Carolina — fearful that GOP meddling will undercut the party's prospects in a key Senate contest.
Discussion: Raw Story
Axios:
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
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
CNN:
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
David Siders / Politico:
Bernie breaks out of the pack  —  LAS VEGAS — Bernie Sanders is becoming harder to stop.  Nevada is where his opponents are starting to realize it.  —  Advisers to three rival campaigns privately conceded over the weekend that the best anyone else could hope for here is second or third.
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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Christian Schneider / The Bulwark:
We Already Know What Trump Will Do Next
Discussion: Raw Story
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Discussion: Washington Post
CNN:
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
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.