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10:20 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?
Discussion: The Guardian and Fox News
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.
NBC News:
Here's what Michael Bloomberg joining the debate stage means for Wednesday night  —  First Read is your briefing from “Meet the Press” and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.  —  LAS VEGAS — Tomorrow night here will be the ninth presidential debate …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders and Mike Bloomberg are both right. The other guy's got issues.
Discussion: Vox, Reason and VICE
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
Kathleen Ronayne / Associated Press:
Bloomberg makes debate stage, facing Dem rivals for 1st time
Discussion: Daily Kos and Twitchy
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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Quinta Jurecic / The Atlantic:
Imagine If a Democrat Behaved Like Bill Barr
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump suggests he may sue over Mueller investigation
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Who's complaining about investigations now?
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 and The Hill
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.
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
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 and Real Clear Politics
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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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.
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
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 »
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Week
Bloomberg:
U.K. Employment Jumps as Economy Defies Brexit Political Turmoil  — Number in work increases more than expected in fourth quarter  — Jobless rate holds at four-decade low even as growth stalls  —  Sign up to our Brexit Bulletin, follow us @Brexit and subscribe to our podcast.
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
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.
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 …
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
 
 
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Dake Kang / Associated Press:
China's ‘War on Terror’ uproots families, leaked data shows
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
Bloomberg drops $124 million on ads in Super Tuesday states. Rivals go on the attack
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
New York Times:
Exclusive Details on Michael Bloomberg's Plan to Rein in Wall Street
Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
Major Latino group backs Sanders on eve of Nevada caucus
Discussion: Common Dreams and The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
We must not stand for Trump's attack on Judge Amy Berman Jackson
Discussion: CNN, Law & Crime and The Gateway Pundit
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Hunter Biden Was On Board Of Trade Coalition Lobbying Obama Admin On Ukraine Aid
Discussion: Instapundit
Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
The Republican Party asked Florida tax collectors for millions of email addresses. Why?
Ryan Saavedra / The Daily Wire:
Dershowitz: I Have Proof Obama Ordered FBI Investigation At Request Of George Soros
Discussion: Townhall, Breitbart and Redstate
Emma Goldberg / New York Times:
She Didn't Want a Pelvic Exam. She Received One Anyway.
David Mikkelson / Snopes.com:
Is This ‘God Bows Down to Trump’ Sign Real?
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