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1:35 PM ET, February 19, 2020


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Mike Allen / Axios:
Bloomberg camp's “dire” warning: Bernie Sanders will soon be unstoppable  —  Mike Bloomberg's campaign is sounding the alarm that Bernie Sanders will soon amass an unsurmountable delegate lead if the Democratic field stays split — and took the extraordinary step of suggesting laggards should drop out.
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
Bernie Could Beat Trump.  Here's How.  —  The conventional wisdom says that Bernie Sanders can't possibly beat Trump.  The convention wisdom is wrong.  —  1. How Bernie Loses  —  I understand the Democratic panic about the possibility of Bernie Sanders winning their nomination.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Will Democrats stand up to the bully on their own side?  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) at the CNN town hall Tuesday night confirmed what he told MNBC's Chuck Todd recently: He will not, on second thought, release his full medical records as he promised after the 78-year-old had a heart attack last fall.
Discussion: Mediaite, Raw Story and Twitchy
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The Democratic primaries may soon have an uncatchable leader — who can't clinch the nomination
Discussion: Political Wire
Joshua Green / Bloomberg:   Harry Reid Tells Candidates Hoping to Stop Sanders to ‘Speak Up’
NBC News:
Sanders press secretary walks back ‘heart attack’ comments on Bloomberg
Discussion: ABC News, Politico and The Daily Beast
Megan McArdle / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders is not just a garden-variety social democrat
The Hill:
The Hill's review of John Solomon's columns on Ukraine  —  On Nov. 18, 2019, The Hill announced it was reviewing John Solomon's opinion columns on Ukraine after State Department diplomats criticized several of those columns during House impeachment hearings.
Nico Hines / The Daily Beast:
Trump Offered Assange Pardon if He Covered Up Russian Hack, WikiLeaks Founder's Lawyer Claims  —  Lawyers acting for the WikiLeaks founder said Dana Rohrabacher, a former Republican congressman, had brought the message to London from Trump.  —  LONDON—President Trump offered to pardon Julian Assange …
Discussion: Mother Jones, Raw Story and Twitchy
Owen Bowcott / The Guardian:
Donald Trump ‘offered Julian Assange a pardon if he denied Russia link to hack’  —  Donald Trump offered Julian Assange a pardon if he would say Russia was not involved in leaking Democratic party emails, a court in London has been told.  —  The extraordinary claim was made at Westminster magistrates court …
Discussion: UPI
Washington Post:
Sanders surges into national lead in new Post-ABC poll  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), on the strength of his performances in Iowa and New Hampshire, has surged nationally and now holds a sizable lead over all of his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Biden, Sanders tied for first place in South Carolina: poll
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
Bernie Sanders takes wide lead in California primary, new poll finds
Discussion: The Hill and HuffPost
New York Times:
Tonight's Democratic Debate in Nevada: When It Is and What to Watch For
Discussion: Detroit Metro Times
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Sanders takes double-digit lead in new national poll, as Biden crumbles and Bloomberg rises
Discussion: National Review, Politico and CBS News
Wall Street Journal:
China Expels Three Wall Street Journal Reporters  —  China's Foreign Ministry says move was punishment for a recent opinion piece published by the Journal  —  China revoked the press credentials of three Wall Street Journal reporters based in Beijing, the first time in the post-Mao era …
Josh Blackman / Washington Post:
Trump has the constitutional power to intervene in Roger Stone's sentencing  —  The Constitution does not place a wall between the president and the Justice Department  —  President Trump tweeted last week that he has the “legal right” to tell Attorney General William P. Barr …
Discussion: CBS News, CNBC, VICE and Reason
Aruna Viswanatha / Wall Street Journal:
The Dispute Over Roger Stone's Recommended Sentence Explained  —  Trial prosecutors argued four add-on punishments apply, but senior Justice Department officials disagreed  —  How much time should Roger Stone serve in prison?  —  The answer to that question involves a complicated set …
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump's pardon spree deepens crisis gripping American justice
Discussion: The Hill
Wall Street Journal:
Bloomberg Bankrolls a Social-Media Army to Push Message  —  Campaign is hiring workers for $2,500 per month to promote Bloomberg to all their contacts  —  Michael Bloomberg's presidential campaign is hiring hundreds of workers in California to post regularly on their personal social-media accounts …
Discussion: National Review, Axios and The Week
Top Pentagon policy official resigns at Trump's request  —  Washington (CNN)The Pentagon's top policy official John Rood resigned on Wednesday at the request of President Donald Trump, according to a copy of his resignation letter obtained by CNN.  —  John Rood, Under Secretary of Defense …
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
The Trouble with Donald Trump's Clemencies and Pardons  —  Authoritarianism is usually associated with a punitive spirit—a leader who prosecutes and incarcerates his enemies.  But there is another side to this leadership style.  Authoritarians also dispense largesse, but they do it by their own whims …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump keeps pardoning himself
Discussion: Raw Story and The Root
Devan Cole / CNN:
Andrew Yang joins CNN as a political commentator  —  Washington (CNN)Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang is joining CNN as a political commentator, the network announced Wednesday.  —  “I'm excited to join @CNN to help shed light on the election and the candidates' experiences …
Julia Azari / Washington Post:
It's time to switch to preference primaries  —  Julia Azari is an associate professor and assistant chair in the Department of Political Science at Marquette University.  This is the third op-ed in a series about how to improve the presidential nominating process.
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
The Hidden History of Sanders's Plot to Primary Obama  —  Bernie Sanders got so close to running a primary challenge to President Barack Obama that Senator Harry Reid had to intervene to stop him.  —  It took Reid two conversations over the summer of 2011 to get Sanders to scrap the idea …
Discussion: Raw Story
Molly Hensley-Clancy / BuzzFeed News:
Why Elizabeth Warren Got Dropped From A Poll Question About General Election Matchups  —  Elizabeth Warren was left out of a national poll question Tuesday that pitted Democratic candidates against Donald Trump, angering supporters who have protested that the media has erased her candidacy …
Sign of the times: a pro-Warren super PAC
Discussion: CNN, Washington Post and YouTube
ABC News:
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responds to criticism that Sanders' policies are too radical  —  “He's been fighting for these issues his entire life,” she said of Sanders.  —  New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined “The View” on Wednesday, promoting Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and The Hill
Bethany Rodgers / Salt Lake Tribune:
Utah senators pass bill to decriminalize polygamy  —  A bill that would effectively decriminalize polygamy and dispel fears of prosecution for plural marriage among consenting adults sailed through the Utah Senate on Tuesday.  —  Sen. Deidre Henderson's bill would reclassify bigamy as an infraction …
Discussion: Deseret News
Brandy Zadrozny / NBC News:
What is the ‘boogaloo?’  How online calls for a violent uprising are hitting the mainstream  —  The movement says it wants a second Civil War targeting liberal political opponents and law enforcement.  —  An anti-government movement that advocates for a violent uprising targeting liberal political opponents …
Siraj Qureshi / India Today:
Monkey menace at Taj Mahal could spoil Donald Trump's trip  —  The monkeys and other stray animals have attacked numerous domestic and foreign tourists till date inside the Taj Mahal.  All the efforts made by the local CISF unit and ASI staff, to control the monkeys, have gone in vain.  —  Agra
Charlene Carruthers / Teen Vogue:
Black Womxn For Supports Elizabeth Warren for Admitting Her Mistakes  —  In this oped, activist Charlene Carruthers praises the 2020 candidate's willingness to listen to Black women.  —  There are two things political leaders in this country rarely do well: the first is owning …
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Exclusive: Ahead of 2020 election, a ‘Blue Wave’ is rising in the cities, polling analysis shows  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - As Republican President Donald Trump seeks a second term in November, Americans' interest in voting is growing faster in large cities dominated by Democrats …
Discussion: Raw Story
Kenneth S. Baer / The Atlantic:
The Debates Broke the Primary  —  With one caucus and one primary complete, Democratic insiders are worried.  The number of Democratic candidates is working to President Trump's advantage, Senator Dianne Feinstein told Politico.  A recent Wall Street Journal headline read: “Moderate Democrats Stress Over Crowded Center Lane.”
Michael Gold / New York Times:
‘Hi Haters’: Why New Jersey's Twitter Account Is Like No Other  —  With brassy quips and state-centric memes, @NJGov is trying to burnish New Jersey's much-maligned reputation.  —  The two women who run New Jersey's official state Twitter account, Megan Coyne and Pearl Gabel …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump campaign hires alum of controversial data company  —  President Donald Trump's campaign is bringing on an alum of the controversial data firm Cambridge Analytica, a move likely to raise alarms among Trump critics and data privacy advocates who worry the president will push the technological envelope to get reelected in 2020.
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Discussion: Law & Crime
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