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9:55 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.
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?
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, CNN, Slate 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.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders and Mike Bloomberg are both right. The other guy's got issues.
NBC News:
Here's what Michael Bloomberg joining the debate stage means for Wednesday night
Rachel Elbaum / NBC News:
Bloomberg to join debate, Boy Scouts file for bankruptcy protection: The Morning Rundown
Discussion: Breitbart
Philip Rotner / The Bulwark:
Is Mike Bloomberg Ready For His Close-Up?
Discussion: The Independent and New York Times
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
Jason Lange / Reuters:   Bloomberg has barbs at the ready for his first 2020 debate
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
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
Cristina Cabrera / Talking Points Memo:
Bolton: I ‘Really Hope’ My Book Isn't ‘Suppressed’ By Trump  —  Former National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Monday night that he was concerned that President Donald Trump and the White House would try to muzzle his tell-all book, “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir.”
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
John Bolton Won't Discuss Trump and Ukraine in Public Appearance
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
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
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
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” …
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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.
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.
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: Common Dreams and The Hill
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Sean McElwee / Memos:
Memo: Sanders has Strong Lead in Nevada
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.
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 »
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.
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 …
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 …
 
 
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Left Is Awash In Money
Avalon Zoppo / New Jersey Online:
Newark mayor fires back at Barr over ICE plan that ‘incites hatred’
Discussion: Fox News
Washington Post:
Europe is watching the U.S. presidential campaign — and holding its breath about Trump and Sanders
Marcy Oster / The Times of Israel:
Bernie Sanders releases new ‘proud to be Jewish’ campaign video
Mike Allen / Axios:
Kenan Thompson and Hasan Minhaj to headline White House Correspondents' Dinner
Discussion: Politico, The Hill and The Daily Beast
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
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Hunter Biden Was On Board Of Trade Coalition Lobbying Obama Admin On Ukraine Aid
Discussion: Instapundit
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Ryan Saavedra / The Daily Wire:
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Washington Post:
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Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
What Obama Is Saying in Private About the Democratic Primary
Discussion: Daily Kos
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Republicans owe Vindman a public apology
Discussion: Raw Story