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10:00 AM ET, February 17, 2020

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Axios:
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 …
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Mark Moore / New York Post:
Topless protester confronts Bernie Sanders, de Blasio at Nevada campaign rally  —  A topless protester disrupted Sen. Bernie Sanders' campaign rally in Nevada on Sunday — moments after Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced the Democratic presidential candidate to the stage.
Discussion: Power Line, Mediaite and Redstate
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.
Shant Shahrigian / New York Daily News:
Topless protesters storm stage as Bernie Sanders campaigns in Nevada
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.
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  —  The FOX broadcast network seemingly snubbed the president of the United States on Sunday when it cut to commercial while he was speaking.  —  Viewers complained on Twitter …
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
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
Paulina Firozi / Washington Post:
Tom Cotton keeps repeating a coronavirus conspiracy theory that was already debunked  —  Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) repeated a fringe theory suggesting that the ongoing spread of a coronavirus is connected to research in the disease-ravaged epicenter of Wuhan, China.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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Alexandra Stevenson / New York Times:   Senator Tom Cotton Repeats Fringe Theory of Coronavirus Origins
Evie Fordham / Fox Business:   China ‘still lying’ about coronavirus outbreak: Sen. Tom Cotton
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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
Washington Post:
Eric Trump said the Secret Service stays free at family properties.  Doesn't look like it.  —  NO ONE disputes that Secret Service protection is essential and expensive.  But revelations about exorbitant rates that the Secret Service has been charged to protect President Trump …
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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Peter Jamison / Washington Post:
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Christian Schneider / The Bulwark:
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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
Jeff Dunetz / The Lid:
1990 Bloomberg L.P. Employees Created A Book Of His Offensive Quotes (Embedded)
Discussion: Reason and Instapundit
Axios:
Inside the Trump campaign's big hedge on Facebook
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony
 Earlier Items: 
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Trump's revenge tour has the House in its sights
Discussion: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
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
Discussion: Washington Post
Houston Chronicle:
We recommend Amy Klobuchar in Democratic primary for president [Editorial]
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money