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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
CNN:
Bolton to break his silence as White House wrangles over content of his book  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's former national security adviser John Bolton is due to make his first public speech since the impeachment inquiry into Trump wrapped up, even as his lawyers continue …
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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
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: Raw Story
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: Breitbart and Associated Press
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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 …
The Boston Globe:   In Nevada, Democrats chase Sanders in a contest that could be make-or-break
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
Barr Aimed To Block Turkish Bank Indictment After Erdogan Asked Trump For Help: Report  —  A CNN report suggests the attorney general was doing the bidding of an autocratic foreign leader at the direction of President Donald Trump.  —  Attorney General William Barr attempted to block U.S. prosecution …
Discussion: Raw Story
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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: Fox News and Daily Kos
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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Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:   The Sanders foreign policy you don't know about
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
How Republicans have failed Vindman  —  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.
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.
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
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.
Susan Fowler / TIME:
I Spoke Out Against Sexual Harassment at Uber.  The Aftermath Was More Terrifying Than Anything I Faced Before  —  Susan Fowler is the author of Whistleblower: My Journey to Silicon Valley and Fight for Justice at Uber.  —  In February 2017, I published a blog post about my experiences …
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
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.
New York Times:
Biden, Seeking Revival, Is Counting on at Least Second Place in Nevada  —  Joe Biden's first two finishes sent his national poll numbers plummeting and put his donors on edge.  He wants Nevada to begin his comeback, not accelerate his plunge.  —  LAS VEGAS — On Friday afternoon …
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The Narrow But Real Window for a Joe Biden Comeback
Discussion: Townhall
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
Stacey Abrams ‘absolutely’ wants to run for president one day, but says she'd accept a VP slot in 2020  —  The former Georgia lawmaker opted against endorsing a candidate this cycle.  —  Stacey Abrams, the former Georgia gubernatorial candidate who's now focusing on tackling voter suppression head on …
Discussion: NB Blog, The Hill, Twitchy and Breitbart
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.
James Randerson / Politico:
UK Brexit negotiator: We're not bluffing on not accepting EU rules  —  The U.K.'s rejection of demands that it stay aligned with EU rules post Brexit is not a “negotiating position which might move under pressure,” but central to the government's vision for the country beyond 2020, according to Britain's chief negotiator David Frost.
New York Post:
Squeegee men, scourge of the '90s, are back in New York  —  Just when you thought they were washed up, the notorious squeegee men are streaking back to Big Apple streets.  —  The panhandling window-washers, who became the face of former Mayor Rudy Giuliani's quality-of-life crackdown in the 1990s …
 
 
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George Joseph / Gothamist:
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Clare Foran / CNN:
Pelosi warns Democrats ‘must be unified’ to ensure Trump isn't reelected
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Axios:
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Christian Schneider / The Bulwark:
We Already Know What Trump Will Do Next
Discussion: Raw Story
Politico:
Democrats fear Republican sabotage in key Senate race
Discussion: Raw Story
Tony Katz / 93.1 WIBC:
New York Times Has An Issue With Trump's Daytona 500 Appearance
Scott Pelley / CBS News:
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Daniel Dale / CNN:
Trump campaign manager deletes dramatic Air Force One photo after people point out it's from 2004