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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 …
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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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Alexandra Stevenson / New York Times:   Senator Tom Cotton Repeats Fringe Theory of Coronavirus Origins
Alex Roarty / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
‘This race is really wide open’: Uncertainty hangs over final sprint to Nevada  —  Bernie Sanders is the favorite.  Amy Klobuchar is untested, but riding a wave of momentum.  And Joe Biden desperately needs to turn his campaign around.  —  Beyond that, even Democrats deeply familiar …
Discussion: New York Times, NBC News and CNN
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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.
Discussion: Associated Press
The Boston Globe:   In Nevada, Democrats chase Sanders in a contest that could be make-or-break
Dom Calicchio / Fox News:
Bernie Sanders tears into Michael Bloomberg, says Dem billionaire can't beat Trump
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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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The Narrow But Real Window for a Joe Biden Comeback
Discussion: Townhall
Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:   The Sanders foreign policy you don't know about
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
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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.
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Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Democrats, Don't Wish for Your Own Rogue
Discussion: American Prospect
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Past Remarks Are Challenging for Bloomberg, and Fair Game for Rivals
Discussion: Daily Kos
WJLA-TV:
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 …
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Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Assault weapons bill dies in Virginia, giving gun-rights groups a rare victory.
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
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 …
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
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
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 …
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
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
Hunter Lamirande / Point Blank Political:
2020 Nevada Democratic Caucus Poll  —  Tom Steyer leads a tight race in the Nevada Democratic Caucus with a slim 2-point lead, according to a poll commissioned and conducted by Point Blank Political; however, the top five candidates are all within the poll's 5.6 percent margin of error.
Ethan Winter / Data For Progress:
Attitudes About Norms Among Democratic Primary Voters  —  The Trump era has been marked by increased attention to norms in general and their erosion in particular.  Political scientist Brendan Nyhan defines norms as “the unwritten rules and conventions that shape political behavior.”
Clare Foran / CNN:
Pelosi warns Democrats ‘must be unified’ to ensure Trump isn't reelected  —  Nancy Pelosi: I'm not counting Joe Biden out  —  Washington (CNN)House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned fellow Democrats in an exclusive CNN interview that the party “must be unified” to defeat President Donald Trump …
Discussion: Political Wire
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: Amazon.com and Political Wire
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
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Discussion: DW.COM and Twitchy
 
 
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Compromised encryption machines gave CIA window into major human rights abuses in South America
Discussion: FWIW newsletter
Mark Moore / New York Post:
Topless protester confronts Bernie Sanders, de Blasio at Nevada campaign rally
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Scott Pelley / CBS News:
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