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1:50 PM ET, February 17, 2020


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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 …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The descent of the GOP into authoritarian know-nothingism  —  When Ivy League-educated, formerly sane politicians spew conspiracy theories, debunked talking points and contempt for science, the question often arises: Do they believe this nonsense (i.e. have they become thickheaded by listening …
Alexandra Stevenson / New York Times:   Senator Tom Cotton Repeats Fringe Theory of Coronavirus Origins
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 and Redstate
The Boston Globe:
In Nevada, Democrats chase Sanders in a contest that could be make-or-break  —  LAS VEGAS — Six leading candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination all made their way here this weekend, furiously campaigning in, around, and across a city where the Trump International Hotel Las Vegas towers above …
David Siders / Politico:
Bernie breaks out of the pack
Discussion: Associated Press
Dom Calicchio / Fox News:
Bernie Sanders tears into Michael Bloomberg, says Dem billionaire can't beat Trump
New York Times:
Katie Waldman and Stephen Miller Wed at Trump Hotel  —  Katie Rose Waldman and Stephen Miller, who both work in the Trump White House, were married Feb. 16 at Trump International Hotel in Washington.  Rabbi Aryeh Lightstone, who is a senior adviser to David Friedman, the United States ambassador to Israel, officiated.
Discussion: New York Post and Breitbart
Rishika Dugyala / Politico:   Trump attends wedding of Stephen Miller
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed News:
Michael Bloomberg's Campaign Is Huge.  That's The Point  —  RALEIGH, North Carolina — Michael Bloomberg is not a tall man.  But his presidential campaign is very big.  —  The sheer hugeness of the former New York City mayor's campaign is its defining feature.  It is the Death Star of presidential campaigns.
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:   Democrats, Don't Wish for Your Own Rogue
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:   Past Remarks Are Challenging for Bloomberg, and Fair Game for Rivals
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 …
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.
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Top Trade Adviser Peter Navarro Has a Side Project: Secretly Hunting for ‘Anonymous’  —  The search is on for the alleged insider who has been raising concerns about the president's acumen and ineptitude.  —  As President Donald Trump moves to purge his administration of perceived disloyalty …
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
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
Samuel Lovett / Yahoo News:
Smugglers helping migrants scale Trump's border wall ‘using $5 ladders’  —  Smugglers are reportedly helping migrants scale sections of  —  Donald Trump's multi-billion border wall using $5 ladders.  —  US Border Patrol has seen a rise in camouflage “hook-and-ladders” within the far south-west region of
Discussion: Raw Story and The Independent
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
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Bloomberg News's Dilemma: How to Cover a Boss Seeking the Presidency  —  Michael Bloomberg's rise in the polls has increased the pressure on political reporters employed by his news outlet.  —  John Micklethwait, the editor in chief of Bloomberg News, walked into his Washington bureau …
Anthony Foxx /
Joe Biden is the fighter we need to win  —  Former VP has track record to lift America  —  I know, and respect, all of the remaining Democrats running for President.  But there is one I know better than the others and only one I saw working day in and day out throughout my time in the Obama-Biden Administration.
Jeff Schogol / Task & Purpose:
Exclusive: US-Taliban ceasefire to begin on Feb. 22  —  The 7-day “reduction in violence” negotiated between the United States and the Taliban is set to begin on Feb. 22, an Afghan government official who spoke on condition of anonymity told Task & Purpose on Monday.
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
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Democrats, don't let Trump off the hook  —  Congratulations, President Trump.  House Democrats have decided to let you off the hook, at least until November.  —  Perhaps not completely.  But as the New York Times reports, the new Democratic strategy is to ease off the pressure on the president:
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
Dan Pfeiffer / Politico:
Dems Beware: Don't Be Like Mitt in 2012  —  Democratic political operatives have been banging their heads against the wall trying to figure out what went wrong in 2016.  How did the party lose one of the most winnable elections in recent history?  What can they do differently in 2020 to right that electoral wrong?
Discussion: and Political Wire
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Shant Shahrigian / New York Daily News:
Republican Party sends fundraising mail disguised as census as real count is about to start
How the Trump economy measures up to his predecessors
Discussion: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
Stacey Abrams ‘absolutely’ wants to run for president one day, but says she'd accept a VP slot in 2020
Discussion: Twitchy
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Weighs New Move to Limit China's Access to Chip Technology
Discussion: National Review
Leila Fadel / NPR:
Facing Hearing Loss, Huey Lewis Releases What ‘May Be’ His Last Album
Liam Stack / New York Times:
‘Most Visible Jews’ Fear Being Targets as Anti-Semitism Rises
Discussion: Raw Story
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: DW.COM and Twitchy
 Earlier Items: 
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Peter Jamison / Washington Post:
Death threats and illegal voting: The war over a luxury resort in Harpers Ferry
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
Gustavo Arellano / Los Angeles Times:
California to apologize officially for historical mistreatment of Japanese Americans
Discussion: HuffPost, UPI and Associated Press
Clare Duffy / CNN:
After McClatchy bankruptcy, reporter Julie K. Brown urges Americans to subscribe to local newspapers
Discussion: Florida Politics
Scott Pelley / CBS News:
Why President Trump asked Ukraine to look into a DNC “server” and CrowdStrike