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10:50 AM ET, February 17, 2020


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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
Mark Moore / New York Post:
Topless protester confronts Bernie Sanders, de Blasio at Nevada campaign rally
Discussion: Mediaite, Power Line and Redstate
Shant Shahrigian / New York Daily News:
Topless protesters storm stage as Bernie Sanders campaigns in Nevada
Daniel Dale / CNN:
Trump campaign manager deletes dramatic Air Force One photo after people point out it's from 2004  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's campaign manager deleted a tweet featuring a dramatic photo of Air Force One at the Daytona 500 after users pointed out that the shot …
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 …
Virginia lawmakers have rejected assault weapon ban despite Northam's push  —  Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's push to ban the sale of assault weapons failed on Monday after some of his fellow Democrats balked at the proposal.  Senators voted to shelve the bill for the year and ask …
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Assault weapons bill dies in Virginia, giving gun-rights groups a rare victory.  —  RICHMOND — A Virginia Senate committee killed a bill on Monday that would have banned the sale of assault-style weapons and possession of high-capacity magazines, handing gun-rights activists a rare win …
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
New York Times:
Katie Waldman and Stephen Miller Wed at Trump Hotel
Discussion: Breitbart and New York Post
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.
David Edwards / Raw Story:   ‘Communist’ FOX network angers Trump fans at Daytona 500 by cutting to commercial as he begins speech
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
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 …
Paulina Firozi / Washington Post:
Tom Cotton keeps repeating a coronavirus conspiracy theory that was already debunked
Discussion: The Hill and Balloon Juice
Evie Fordham / Fox Business:   China ‘still lying’ about coronavirus outbreak: Sen. Tom Cotton
Christian Schneider / The Bulwark:
We Already Know What Trump Will Do Next  —  In the 1940s, Graham Greene entered a contest to write the best Graham Greene parody.  He finished third.  —  None of us likes to think we're predictable—the highest compliment you can get is to be told that you are independent of thought …
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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 …
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
“V” For “Vympel”: FSB's Secretive Department “V” Behind Assassination of Georgian Asylum Seeker in Germany  — In our previous investigation of the murder of Zelimkhan Khangoshvili on August 23, 2019 in Berlin, we identified the suspected assassin — who traveled under the fake identity of Vadim Sokolov, 49 — as Vadim Krasikov, 54.
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.
Brian Feldman / New York Magazine:
11 Months From Today A second term for Trump seems more possible than ever.  But what would it look like? … Here is one starting point for contemplating a second Trump term: The Ukraine scandal only became a Trump scandal because Ukraine refused to submit to a pair of presidential demands that would have been fairly easy to satisfy.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Peter Jamison / Washington Post:
Death threats and illegal voting: The war over a luxury resort in Harpers Ferry  —  'It's gotten vicious,' reports one former town council member  —  HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. — Public screaming matches erupt between neighbors, and death threats have been reported to the police.
Cuneyt Dil / Associated Press:
California to apologize for internment of Japanese Americans  —  SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Les Ouchida was born an American just outside California's capital city, but his citizenship mattered little after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and the United States declared war.
Discussion: The Hill
Gustavo Arellano / Los Angeles Times:
California to apologize officially for historical mistreatment of Japanese Americans
Discussion: HuffPost
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Dan Cobb / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Jolt: A state lawmaker explains her support for Michael Bloomberg
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Source: Democrat Senator Held Secret Meeting In Munich With Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif
Discussion: Twitchy and DW.COM
Washington Post:
Compromised encryption machines gave CIA window into major human rights abuses in South America
Discussion: FWIW newsletter
Washington Post:
Eric Trump said the Secret Service stays free at family properties. Doesn't look like it.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
 Earlier Items: 
Inside the Trump campaign's big hedge on Facebook
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Trump's revenge tour has the House in its sights
Discussion: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
Wall Street Journal:
Democratic Candidates Sharpen Criticisms of Bloomberg
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Democrats Plan to Highlight Health Care and Jobs Over Investigating Trump
Discussion: Washington Post