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7:50 AM ET, February 18, 2020

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NPR:
NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll: Sanders Leads, Bloomberg Qualifies For Debate  —  Audio will be available later today.  —  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.
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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.
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
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 and Contemptor
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.
Discussion: ABC News
Kathleen Ronayne / Associated Press:
Bloomberg makes debate stage, facing Dem rivals for 1st time  —  Billionaire Mike Bloomberg has qualified for the upcoming Democratic presidential debate, marking the first time he'll stand alongside the rivals he has so far avoided by bypassing the early voting states and using his personal fortune …
Discussion: WAVY-TV and Twitchy
Sean McElwee / Memos:
Memo: Sanders has Strong Lead in Nevada
Discussion: The Hill
Thomas Beaumont / Associated Press:
Pete Buttigieg's next test: Winning over minority voters
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: CNN and The Gateway Pundit
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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David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
John Bolton Hints at How Much More He Still Has to Tell
Discussion: HuffPost
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:   John Bolton Won't Discuss Trump and Ukraine in Public Appearance
Carol E. Lee / NBC News:
Bolton book remains stuck in White House classification review
Discussion: The Hill, HuffPost and Mediaite
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Jeremy Shapiro / ECFR:
Land of the lost: My trip to the Munich Security Conference  —  With such a smorgasbord of offerings, most people eat the familiar food and leave the conference pleasantly full of the same ideas that they entered with.  —  I went to the Munich Security Conference (MSC) this past weekend, but I am not sure that I found it.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Rick Barrett / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Edited video of Mike Bloomberg appears to insult farmers, factory workers, but there's more to the story  —  Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg 's campaign says his video about farmers and manufacturing was taken out of context (Photo: Mark Wilson, Getty Images)
Discussion: TheBlaze
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 …
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.
Discussion: New Republic, CNN and Washington Post
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
 
 
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Politico:
Democrats fear Republican sabotage in key Senate race
Discussion: National Review and Raw Story
Nick Duffy / PinkNews:
Activists shout down Pete Buttigieg for ‘not representing’ LGBT community - while he's talking about his husband
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Kimberly Kindy / Washington Post:
Jeff Bezos commits $10 billion to fight climate change
Discussion: The Week
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
Discussion: The Guardian
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Ron Wyden / Washington Post:
Corporations are working with the Trump administration to control online speech
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