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Kevin Johnson / USA Today:
Federal judges' association calls emergency meeting after DOJ intervenes in case of Trump ally Roger Stone  —  WASHINGTON - A national association of federal judges has called an emergency meeting Tuesday to address growing concerns about the intervention of Justice Department officials …
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Who's complaining about investigations now?  —  Attorney General William Barr is looking into the murky origins of the politically-charged Justice Department investigations that roiled American public life for the last three years.  —  Just how did the FBI's “Crossfire Hurricane” …
Washington Post:
We must not stand for Trump's attack on Judge Amy Berman Jackson
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
Barr Aimed To Block Turkish Bank Indictment After Erdogan Asked Trump For Help: Report
Discussion: Raw Story
Raw Story / Salon:
More than 1,100 former Justice Department officials demand William Barr's ouster in scathing letter
Vivian Salama / CNN:
Bolton issues plea that his upcoming book isn't ‘suppressed’ by White House  —  Durham (CNN)John Bolton issued a plea that his upcoming book isn't “suppressed” by the White House in his first public remarks since the impeachment inquiry into Trump wrapped.  —  “I hope it's not suppressed …
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Axios:
Top NSC official may be moved after “Anonymous” rumor fallout  —  Top Trump administration officials are in discussions to reassign deputy national security adviser Victoria Coates to the Department of Energy from the National Security Council, per two sources familiar with the planning.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Raw Story
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
John Bolton Won't Discuss Trump and Ukraine in Public Appearance  —  President's former aide, who almost upended impeachment trial, reiterates criticisms of foreign policy toward Iran, North Korea
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
John Bolton Hints at How Much More He Still Has to Tell
Discussion: HuffPost
Carol E. Lee / NBC News:
Bolton book remains stuck in White House classification review
Discussion: The Hill and Mediaite
New York Times:
Bloomberg Campaign Opens First Attack on a Democratic Rival: Bernie Sanders  —  Michael R. Bloomberg's campaign mounted a direct offensive against a Democratic opponent for the first time, as Bernie Sanders shot back by accusing the billionaire of trying to buy the presidency.
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Sean McElwee / Memos:
Memo: Sanders has Strong Lead in Nevada  —  Authors: Sean McElwee, Executive Director of Data for Progress, Jason Ganz, CTO of Data for Progress, Ryan O'Donnell, Senior Polling Advisor, Data for Progress, Ethan Winter, Senior Adviser  —  Key Findings:  — Senator Bernie Sanders …
Discussion: The Hill
Lee Brown / New York Post:
Woman brings mini-service horse onto plane, into first class  —  This flyer wasn't horsing around.  —  A Michigan woman startled other passengers on a recent series of flights when she brought aboard a mini-service horse and traveled with him in first class to California.
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
What Obama Is Saying in Private About the Democratic Primary  —  Democratic leaders, whose two primary concerns these days are trying to keep Donald Trump in check and maintaining their own party's unity, have had ample reason for concern in the first seven weeks of 2020.
George Soros / Financial Times:
Letter: Remove Zuckerberg and Sandberg from their posts  —  Mark Zuckerberg should stop obfuscating the facts by piously arguing for government regulation ("We need more regulation of Big Tech", February 17).  —  Mr Zuckerberg appears to be engaged in some kind of mutual assistance arrangement …
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Republicans owe Vindman a public apology  —  In the large category of things that justice demands but will never come to pass: The elected Republicans who voted against the impeachment and removal of President Trump owe Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman a public apology.
Discussion: Raw Story
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Trump doesn't seem to grasp that blue staters are real Americans too  —  You would think the symbolism of a tycoon being chauffeured in an armored limousine would hardly be the most effective way to signal “I'm one of you.”  But that's precisely what President Trump did at the Daytona 500 on Sunday …
Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
The Republican Party asked Florida tax collectors for millions of email addresses.  Why?  —  The request was ultimately denied but it demonstrated the massive data effort behind President Donald Trump's reelection campaign.  —  A curious request arrived in the inboxes of Florida tax collectors …
David Mikkelson / Snopes.com:
Is This ‘God Bows Down to Trump’ Sign Real?  —  Claim  —  A photograph shows a real a Trump 2020 campaign sign bearing the legend “God Bows Down to President Donald J Trump — Declares ‘He Is Perfect.’”  —  Rating  —  What's True  —  A photograph of a Trump campaign sign bearing the legend …
Ryan Saavedra / The Daily Wire:
Dershowitz: I Have Proof Obama Ordered FBI Investigation At Request Of George Soros  —  Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz revealed in an interview on Sunday that he has proof that former Democrat President Barack Obama ordered the FBI to investigate someone …
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Right-Wing Activists Discussed Wiretapping Seth Rich's Family, Three People in the Room Say  —  Involved in the talks about murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich: a Fox reporter, a former intelligence contractor, and a pair of provocateurs looking to sow “targeted chaos” online.
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Hunter Biden Was On Board Of Trade Coalition Lobbying Obama Admin On Ukraine Aid  — Hunter Biden served on the board of a trade group that lobbied for increased spending on international aid, including for Ukraine.  — Biden's association with the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition …
Washington Post:
The EPA is about to change a rule cutting mercury pollution.  The industry doesn't want it.  —  For more than three years, the Trump administration has prided itself on working with industry to unshackle companies from burdensome environmental regulations.  But as the Environmental Protection …
Emma Goldberg / New York Times:
She Didn't Want a Pelvic Exam.  She Received One Anyway.  —  Medical schools and students are grappling with an unsettling practice: Performing pelvic exams on unconscious, non-consenting patients.  —  Janine, a nurse in Arizona, checked into the hospital for stomach surgery in 2017.
Richard Luscombe / The Guardian:
NSA whistleblower who leaked Russian hacking report petitions for clemency  —  Reality Winner was sentenced to five years in 2018 after leaking classified report about Russia's interference in the 2016 election  —  Supporters of Reality Winner, a National Security Agency whistleblower …
Discussion: The Intercept, Fox News and The Hill
Gregg Re / Fox News:
Bloomberg says many ‘black and Latino males’ don't ‘know how to behave in the workplace,’ in newly uncovered 2011 video  —  While promoting a $127 million, three-year initiative to help minorities in the workplace in 2011, then-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared that there's …
Discussion: The Guardian
Alan Suderman / Associated Press:
Virginia lawmakers reject assault weapon ban  —  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — 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 the state crime commission …
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: The Daily Caller and Raw Story
Kimberly Kindy / Washington Post:
Jeff Bezos commits $10 billion to fight climate change  —  Jeff Bezos announced the formation of the Bezos Earth Fund on Monday, saying it will provide $10 billion in grants to scientists and activists to fund their efforts to fight climate change.  —  “Climate change is the biggest threat to our planet …
Discussion: The Week
Nick Duffy / PinkNews:
Activists shout down Pete Buttigieg for ‘not representing’ LGBT community - while he's talking about his husband  —  Queers Against Pete activists shouted down Pete Buttigieg at an event at an LGBT+ centre, while he was taking about his husband.  —  The left-wing activist group launched …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and TheBlaze
 
 
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Thomas Beaumont / Associated Press:
Pete Buttigieg's next test: Winning over minority voters
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Ron Wyden / Washington Post:
Corporations are working with the Trump administration to control online speech
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Susan Fowler / TIME:
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James Randerson / Politico:
UK Brexit negotiator: We're not bluffing on not accepting EU rules
George Joseph / Gothamist:
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2020 Nevada Democratic Caucus Poll
Discussion: Power Line and The Daily Caller
New York Post:
Squeegee men, scourge of the '90s, are back in New York
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Top Trade Adviser Peter Navarro Has a Side Project: Secretly Hunting for ‘Anonymous’
Discussion: Mediaite
Dan Pfeiffer / Politico:
Dems Beware: Don't Be Like Mitt in 2012
Discussion: Raw Story and Amazon.com