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11:10 AM ET, February 18, 2020

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Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
Poll: Sanders Leads The Field, Bloomberg Qualifies For His 1st Debate  —  Toggle more options  —  Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has opened up a double-digit lead in the Democratic nominating contest, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll.  —  Sanders has 31% support nationally …
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Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Only 1 In 4 Voters Firm About Choice  —  Bloomberg, Sanders, and Biden lead field  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Mike Bloomberg, Bernie Sanders, and Joe Biden top the field in Virginia, one of the states that holds their Democratic presidential primary on Super Tuesday.
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Michael Bloomberg Surges in Poll and Qualifies for Democratic Debate in Las Vegas  —  The billionaire will share the stage with his Democratic rivals for the first time on Wednesday night.  He is certain to be a target of onstage criticism.  —  WASHINGTON — Former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg …
Discussion: PBS NewsHour, Slate and Contemptor
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
The Trumpian Liberalism of Michael Bloomberg  —  He may be running as the anti-Trump, but when it comes to the politics of racial control, there is a resemblance.  —  Donald Trump is who he is as a politician because of his unapologetically racial vision of the American nation.
NBC News:
Bloomberg qualifies for next Democratic debate  —  The late entrant to the presidential race got the final poll he needed to make the debate stage in Las Vegas.  —  Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg on Tuesday qualified for his first appearance in a Democratic presidential primary debate.
Washington Post:   Klobuchar scrambles to turn her magic moment into something more
Jason Sattler / USA Today:
Bloomberg bets his fortune on crushing Trump, whatever the cost in money or democracy
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders and Mike Bloomberg are both right. The other guy's got issues.
Discussion: Vox, Reason and VICE
NBC News:
Here's what Michael Bloomberg joining the debate stage means for Wednesday night
Kathleen Ronayne / Associated Press:
Bloomberg makes debate stage, facing Dem rivals for 1st time
Discussion: Daily Kos and Twitchy
Philip Rotner / The Bulwark:
Is Mike Bloomberg Ready For His Close-Up?
Discussion: The Independent
Jason Lange / Reuters:   Bloomberg has barbs at the ready for his first 2020 debate
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Democratic candidates are doing Trump's job for him
Rachel Elbaum / NBC News:
Bloomberg to join debate, Boy Scouts file for bankruptcy protection: The Morning Rundown
Discussion: Breitbart
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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Quinta Jurecic / The Atlantic:
Imagine If a Democrat Behaved Like Bill Barr  —  On November 15 of last year, Attorney General Bill Barr gave a speech before the Federalist Society's National Lawyers Convention, in which he addressed, among other things, respect for norms in our polarized times.
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump suggests he may sue over Mueller investigation  —  President Trump on Tuesday suggested he may file lawsuits over the outcome of former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, saying its findings are “badly tainted.”  —  The president in a series of tweets also made multiple misleading claims …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Who's complaining about investigations now?
Senator Chris Murphy:
Behind the Scenes of My Trip to Ukraine and Munich  —  I just got back from a return trip to visit President Zelensky in Ukraine and a stop at the important Munich Security Conference in Germany.  As is my habit, on the long plane ride home I wrote a candid, behind-the-scenes summary of my trip.
Discussion: The Federalist
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Jeremy Shapiro / ECFR:   Land of the lost: My trip to the Munich Security Conference
Katie Pavlich / Townhall:
Pompeo Responds to Reports Democrats Secretly Met Iran's Javad Zarif
Discussion: The Federalist and Twitchy
Elliot Spagat / Associated Press:
Homeland Security waives contracting laws for border wall  —  SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration said Tuesday that it will waive federal contracting laws to speed construction of a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.  —  The Department of Homeland Security said waiving procurement regulations …
Discussion: National Review and The Hill
Tom Nichols / USA Today:
Sanders was ridiculously naive about the Soviet Union.  The Trump ads write themselves.  —  Sanders was amazed at the open ‘self-criticism’ of his Soviet hosts, but they were playing him.  I hope I'm not forced to vote for him to oust Trump.  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders and I don't have a lot in common.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Does Sanders Have A Ceiling?  Maybe.  Can He Win Anyway?  Yes.  —  The Bernie Sanders rally that I attended on the evening before the New Hampshire primary drew a reported 7,500 people — about twice as many as his actual 3,867-vote margin of victory in the primary the next day.
Discussion: Washington Post
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren's Allies Claim ‘Erasure’ as They Seek to Reignite Campaign  —  Ms. Warren's backers, convinced her message is being ignored, see a path forward — and they say writing her off would be a mistake.  —  RENO, Nev. — A bad month for Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts keeps getting worse.
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Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
Major Latino group backs Sanders on eve of Nevada caucus
Discussion: Common Dreams and The Hill
Mark Hemingway / RealClearInvestigations:
FBI Raids James Biden-Tied Business  —  FBI agents last month raided the home of the CEO of a bankrupt hospital chain and one of its hospitals in Pennsylvania in new signs of trouble for a company central to accusations of influence-peddling by James Biden, brother of former Vice President Joe Biden.
Ajit Solanki / Associated Press:
India hastily builds wall along slum ahead of Trump visit  —  AHMEDABAD, India (AP) — A half-kilometer (1,640-foot) brick wall has been hastily erected in India's Gujarat state ahead of a visit by U.S. President Donald Trump, with critics saying it was built to block the view of a slum area inhabited by more than 2,000 people.
NBC News:
Graham tells Defense Secretary Esper he could ‘make your life hell’ in battle over Trump Africa policy  —  During a meeting in Munich, Graham warned Defense Secretary Mike Esper there would be consequences if the Trump administration pulled U.S. troops from Africa.
Discussion: National Review and Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: VICE, more at Techmeme »
Ken Blackwell / USA Today:
Don't forget Justice Clarence Thomas in Black History Month celebrations  —  In remembering the legacy of extraordinary black Americans, why does Clarence Thomas always go ignored?  —  Black History Month should be a celebration of African Americans who have helped transform our nation.
Allyson Chiu / Washington Post:
Obama pushes Trump's button on economy.  Trump responds: ‘Did you hear the latest con job?’  —  On Monday, former president Barack Obama commemorated the 11th anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the $800 billion stimulus, with a tweet, boasting that it paved …
Rebecca Traister / New York Magazine:
The Immoderate Susan Collins After a long career voting across the aisle, why did the Maine senator gamble her legacy on Trump?  —  Photo: Rod Lamkey Jr./SIPA USA/AP Images  —  Last fall, Erik Mercer, a Maine social worker and psychotherapist, saw one of his senators, the Republican Susan Collins …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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.
Mike Allen / Axios:
Kenan Thompson and Hasan Minhaj to headline White House Correspondents' Dinner  —  Kenan Thompson, the longest-tenured “Saturday Night Live” cast member, will host the White House Correspondents' Association dinner on April 25.  —  And Hasan Minhaj — host of Netflix's “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj …
Discussion: Politico, The Daily Beast and The Hill
 
 
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