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9:30 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.
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
Jason Sattler / USA Today:
Bloomberg bets his fortune on crushing Trump, whatever the cost in money or democracy  —  While Trump used his star power and shamelessness to execute a hostile takeover of the Republican Party, Bloomberg is purchasing Democrats' affection.  —  How far would you go to get rid of President Donald Trump?
NBC News:
Bloomberg qualifies for next Democratic debate
NBC News:
Here's what Michael Bloomberg joining the debate stage means for Wednesday night
Jason Lange / Reuters:   Bloomberg has barbs at the ready for his first 2020 debate
Rick Barrett / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Edited video of Mike Bloomberg appears to insult farmers, factory workers, but there's more to the story
Discussion: TheBlaze
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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Washington Post:
We must not stand for Trump's attack on Judge Amy Berman Jackson
Discussion: CNN and The Gateway Pundit
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Who's complaining about investigations now?
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
John Bolton Hints at How Much More He Still Has to Tell  —  DURHAM, N.C.—John Bolton has been called many things over his long career, plenty of them unflattering, but he has seldom been accused of being bashful about stating his opinions.  —  Yet in an interview at Duke University on Monday …
Discussion: Washington Post, HuffPost and Mediaite
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Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:   John Bolton Won't Discuss Trump and Ukraine in Public Appearance
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.
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
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.
Discussion: Redstate
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
Major Latino group backs Sanders on eve of Nevada caucus  —  A prominent national Latino group is endorsing Bernie Sanders four days ahead of the caucuses in Nevada, a state with a significant Hispanic electorate.  —  Mijente, a grass-roots organization that mobilizes Latinx and Chicanx voters …
Discussion: The Hill
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Sean McElwee / Memos:
Memo: Sanders has Strong Lead in Nevada
Discussion: Washington Times and The Hill
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 »
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.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
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.
New York Times:
Exclusive Details on Michael Bloomberg's Plan to Rein in Wall Street  —  Want this in your inbox each morning?  Sign up here.  —  Bloomberg leans left and takes aim at Wall Street  —  Exclusive: We're the first to report Mike Bloomberg's proposals for changing how the financial industry is regulated …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump's expansive view of executive power gets a post-impeachment surge  —  Pat Cipollone took only a short post-impeachment break.  —  The White House's top attorney and other members of President Donald Trump's legal team attended a private party at the Trump International Hotel to celebrate …
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 Hill and The Daily Beast
 
 
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Marcy Oster / The Times of Israel:
Bernie Sanders releases new ‘proud to be Jewish’ campaign video
Kevin Sieff / Washington Post:
They were one of the first families separated at the border.  Two and a half years later, they're still apart.
Politico:
Democrats fear Republican sabotage in key Senate race
Discussion: National Review and Raw Story
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Trump doesn't seem to grasp that blue staters are real Americans too
Richard Luscombe / The Guardian:
NSA whistleblower who leaked Russian hacking report petitions for clemency
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Discussion: The Week
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
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Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
The Republican Party asked Florida tax collectors for millions of email addresses. Why?
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Saavedra / The Daily Wire:
Dershowitz: I Have Proof Obama Ordered FBI Investigation At Request Of George Soros
Discussion: Townhall, Breitbart and Redstate
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 Hill and The Guardian
Emma Goldberg / New York Times:
She Didn't Want a Pelvic Exam. She Received One Anyway.
David Mikkelson / Snopes.com:
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Washington Post:
The EPA is about to change a rule cutting mercury pollution. The industry doesn't want it.
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Republicans owe Vindman a public apology
Discussion: Raw Story